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(Some Guy)   New ultra-compact PC is smaller than a DVD case, runs Linux, comes with lots of ports and connectivity, and your choice of a "standard" case or a ribbed-for-her-pleasure "pro" case   (blog.linuxmint.com) divider line 54
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2012-11-28 09:40:27 AM  

Vaneshi: redmid17: For example, I opted for the thinkpad ultrabook instead of the macbook air because there are no OS X versions of Project and Visio.

I never said the Air would be running OS X. Like any Intel Mac you can blitz the HDD/SSD and install Win7 or 8 on it without the need to Boot Camp it. I'm really only going on the reviews of various Ultrabooks I've seen, towards the high end and midrange you end up going head to head with the Air and not quite being able to pull it off it seems..

/Win8's touch interface... a Mac laptop's loverly scratchpad... sounds like a match made in heaven.


While I understand and would probably do that personally if I were to buy an Air, asking a company to spend more money up front on a laptop and then again on a Windows license when a cheaper, effective alternative exists isn't a cost effective approach.
 
2012-11-29 01:38:23 PM  

redmid17: While I understand and would probably do that personally if I were to buy an Air, asking a company to spend more money up front on a laptop and then again on a Windows license when a cheaper, effective alternative exists isn't a cost effective approach.


Why would you need to spend more on Windows? Your site license will cover it. I am reminded of one of the ways Microsoft makes money... licensing the same thing to the same people repeatedly.
 
2012-11-29 02:11:31 PM  

Vaneshi: redmid17: While I understand and would probably do that personally if I were to buy an Air, asking a company to spend more money up front on a laptop and then again on a Windows license when a cheaper, effective alternative exists isn't a cost effective approach.

Why would you need to spend more on Windows? Your site license will cover it. I am reminded of one of the ways Microsoft makes money... licensing the same thing to the same people repeatedly.


Your company has to a) be big enough to have a site license and b) have a site license
 
2012-11-30 11:40:54 AM  
Just picked up a Biostar AMD 350D mini-ITX mobo/apu combo on black friday from newegg for $60. They even threw in 8GB ram for free. The 350D looks very similar spec wise to the mintbox. Coincidentally, I installed Mint 14 on it, and it seems to run quite nimbly. Gonna hook it up to my (as yet unfinished) 8 TB raid 5 tower and have it host a media backend and an ftp server.
Obviously the $60 price tag doesn't include a case, power supply, and such, but since I had those lying around, $60 is a damn sight better than $500.
 
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