From: Randal Whittle (rwhittle_at_usa.net)
Date: Tue Apr 27 1999 - 00:47:38 EDT
At 10:03 PM 4/26/99 -0500, you wrote:
>You left out the part about juggling the extra battery that doesn't fit into
>the PC to start with, so you were not able to insert it while waiting for
>boarding. So, you have to put the TP somewhere while you A) get the spare
>battery out of the seat pocket in front of you; B) wrestle your briefcase out
>from under the seat in front of you or the overhead compartment to get the
>spare battery; or C) get on your hands and knees to find the battery that fell
>off your lap where you were keeping it so you would not have to do A or B.
It seems you get bothered & upset easily. :-) Helps if you plan ahead!
When on a plane, I keep everything I think I might need within reaching
distance & packed in such a way as not to create the mess you describe. I
rarely have such problems. Maybe I'm just lucky, but I think much of it is
planning & packing appropriately, which makes a big difference whether you
have 2-battery capability or not.
No system is perfect--not even, I think, the 770. All I can say is I've
used a number of notebook computers (6 in all--4 of them ThinkPads, a 750C,
701C, 560, and 600) and the ThinkPads are something special compared to the
rest, and the 600 is the best blend of feature set and portability I've
ever seen. I have no interest in notebooks that aren't light enough or
small enough, unless there's some feature in them that I can't live
without. I have yet to see anything that matters enough to justify the
extra weight & size. The difference in feature set of the 600 vs. the 560
I had *did* justify the additional weight (1 lb.) and size (1" deeper and
>Gig.... Also, I'm pretty sure that DVD was not an option on the 600 family
>when I bought my 770ED. So, would I rather have a high end April 99 TP600 than
>a December 98 TP770ED? Maybe. Of course, I've had the use of that 770ED for an
>extra five months.
Hmmm...my memory could be fading, but I'm pretty sure DVD was indeed an
option on the 600 within about 3 months of introduction, which would have
been by August 98 or so--most *certainly* by the Dec. 98 date you mention.
But even though DVD is available on a 600, it lacks the hardware MPEG
decoding in the 770.
- Randy Whittle
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