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    When can we expect >200GB drives?

    Are you sure that the 250 GB DM 16 is a 3-platter (83 GB/platter) drive? The transfer rate is more like what would be expected from a 4-platter (62 GB/platter) drive. I also thought that the 200 GB 7200 RPM drive was a 66 GB/platter model, similar to WD's offering in the same category.
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    It's back! (Drive Reliability Survey)

    Tony: I agree. But if it will make some people feel better about their drives, then so be it. I have little pity for those who don't back up their highly reliable drives daily, though. Davin: I don't understand your last post. Where is the allegory? Do you mean anecdotal?
  4. WoooHooo! Finally, after nearly my whole life, the Angels have won. :D:D
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    Notebook Heat

    I have recently been using a notebook PC at 100% CPU utilization for extended periods of time. The exhaust temperature reaches 49.6 °C (121.2 °F) after about 30 minutes of use in a 25 °C (77 °F) environment. The bottom of the case also feels very hot. Is this typical for a PIII 900 notebook? Is there a significant likelihood of premature failure? TIA
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    Backup solutions

    A Firewire drive is a simple and relatively inexpensive backup solution that offers excellent performance.
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    Compact Notebook

    What are my options for a compact notebook PC with the following specifications? Internal optical drive (bootable) Weight of NMT 2 kg 2.5 in., 9.5 mm HD (possibility of future upgrade) 1024*768 TFT Type I/II slot (for microdrive with adapter) Firewire port Processor performance is of secondary importance to battery life, which should be NLT 3 hours in moderate use. TIA
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    Compact Notebook

    Main difference is that with Home you cannot be a member of a domain. Also some of the NTFS features are not available IIRC. I would save the money and get Home if you are not on a domain. Pradeep: Why cannot one be a member of a domain with XP? Is it just so that businesses will be forced to by XP Pro? I could still do simple filesharing over the ethernet between XP Home and 2000, correct? Eric
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    The best use of a 3.5" slot

    Yes. That web site is the work of the Russian artist Alexei Shulgin. Maybe he is still too busy with his 386DX to update the site. And of course the drives should be half-height.
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    Firewire Issues

    Unfortunately, my Firewire scanner (8000 ED) is halted every time I connect another Firewire device to my system. There is an error message that the scanner is not powered on and then the application closes. When restarted, the scanner is not found, so the entire system must be rebooted. Needless to say this is extremely annoying, since scans can take 15-60 minutes or more and other Firewire devices (hard drives) cannot be used during that time. The problem seems to be independent of the Firewire controller (Via, NEC, or TI), port, cabling sequence, and/or Firewire bridge. The OS is Win2K. I am out of ideas. Is this just the nature of the beast? TIA
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    Compact Notebook

    That sounds good. Another question regards the quality of the built-in video. Can it drive an external display at 1280x1024 and 85Hz with good 2D quality? Also, what is the difference between XP and XP professional in a notebook? I have not used either OS yet. TIA
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    Firewire Issues

    Arghh! Apparently there is a problem. Windows will not start with both controllers installed. Is the problem caused by using all 6 PCI slots on a KT333 board? Does the Adaptec AUA-3121 have compatibility issues?
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    Firewire Issues

    I don't believe that either device uses power, since either works with my notebook Firewire card. That card does not supply power as evidenced by the fact that my 2.5" Firewire HD will not run without external power. The controller that is currently in use does not have a power jack, but I will try the others that do have the option. The PCI Firewire card that was supplied with the scanner has a Molex connector. However, it does not have an internal port for my internal Firewire drives and is therefore nearly useless for my purposes. Is there any reason that two different Firewire controllers cannot be used in a system?
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    Firewire Issues

    The scanner has its own internal power supply. It is rather large to be powered by the controller.
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    Compact Notebook

    Thanks! FYI, the model number of the drive is that of the 4200 RPM 40GN. I have not used that drive, but did notice a substantial improvement between the 30GN and 40GNX, which I believe is due at least as much to the 8 MB cache buffer as it is to the reduced access times. How is the battery life?
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    Compact Notebook

    Arghhh! There are so many choices and nothing is quite right. The HPs are too bulky, and many of the smaller notebooks such as IBMs use the dreaded eraserhead. The Fujitsu has no MS Office options, so that would be an additional cost. I looked at some of the notebooks with external drives, and they are ridiculous.
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    Compact Notebook

    Technically it does not have to have an internal bootable drive. But what is the point in having an external optical drive if the total weight and size will be the same as (if not more than) that of a mid-sized notebook? Though the Fujitsu S is appealing, I doubt that one could one find a model on display. I would like to hear of user's experiences before getting stuck with a 15% restocking fee. Has anyone tried to upgrade the hard drive? Could it handle a 5400 RPM model?
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    Compact Notebook

    I have another question. What are the actual speeds in the battery mode for PIII-M and P4-M processors? Is it a non-specified function?
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    Compact Notebook

    Without a bootable floppy or CD, how can one restore an image in the event of an emergency?
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    Compact Notebook

    OK, I can live with 2 hours and an extra battery. I cannot have a notebook without a bootable optical drive.
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    Digital Photo recommendations?

    If photos are needed on the spot for a one-time event, it would be better to rent a decent digital camera and an A4 dye-sub printer. However, it cannot be stressed too strongly that event photography is best left to professionals, not only due to equipment limitations, but primarily experience. Red eye is often the result of using PS cameras with very accute angles between the light source (flash), subject and lens. Try to position the main flash at least 8" away from the lens for mobile setups. Even so, the use of additional bounced radio-slaved lights for the general background can really help. If the subjects are in a fixed position, then a relatively simple two-light setup would suffice for your purposes. However, learning proper lighting techniques is not something to be done overnight.
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    Digital Photo recommendations?

    If you can afford to wait a bit, and depending on which lenses you have, consider the new Canon or Nikon bodies. The current Canon D60 and Nikon D100 are pretty good, too. I prefer the pigment-based Epson SP2200/2100 for home printing. For best quality one should just send out for Lightjet prints.
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    WD 800JB Capacity Discrepancy?

    Yes. WD drives generally contain only the exact x billion bytes while those of other manufcaturers such as IBM and Maxtor contain about 1.024 times as much.
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    6-color Photo Inkjets - Which Is Best?

    Not necessarily. The SP2200/2100 uses seven separate cartridges.
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    6-color Photo Inkjets - Which Is Best?

    I really like the 7-color Epson SP2200/2100. Resolution is exceptional, gradations are superior, metamerism is almost non-existent, and the pigment-based inks eliminate the need to reprint photos every few years. The addition of the "light" black ink color allows for realistic B&W printing as well as better detail in shadow areas in color prints. The colors are not quite as intense as those of some other printers, so if you want more pop and can accept a harsher image with less gradations and longevity, the dye-based inkjet printers may be a better choice. The next-generation dye printers will probably be better and very similar in quality.