Hey, chief. Was just thinking about you the other day. Hope you and your machine are well
I hope mine runs well, too. But given its history, I don't trust it. A great machine brought down by little problems. Too much ahead of it's time? Don't know. But if they'd have overcome the problems in testing before releasing to the public, they would've had a sure-fire winner. If it had PCI-Express, in addition, I think it'd still
be selling like hotcakes.
Not sure what to think about PCT leaving the scene. I've heard a lot of good about discountlaptops.com. There's another one, but I can't think of the name now (Edit: Powernotebooks
). I used to frequent their forums on occasion and give D87P tips on occasion. Think that was before my 8790 tanked and I lost a few bookmarks (and got a bit grumpy and lost a few brain cells due to me
). I don't know that things will really change w/ PCT not providing sales. I think there are enough Sager resellers out there that not much will change. They're focusing on the forums, so the very reason we're all together here won't essentially change. We just won't be buying from the forum owners As a result, PCT might actually throw their opinion in more often about certain resellers since they're not in competition any longer.
Understand your misgivings about giving into "the man," but if they've got something that fits your bill, then I say go for it. Dell's by far not perfect, but you could do a lot worse, too, I think. 9300 here at work that I'm typing on at the moment is running just fine. It doesn't get gamed on, but seems to run everything else fairly well. Pigs down when I get PTGui, ACDSee, ACDSee Photo Editor, Fireworks, Trillian, Firefox (w/ ~10-20 tabs :P) and a couple Exploder windows open. But hey- can't win 'em all, I guess.
Still comtemplating a different machine. Had mailed Luke awhile back in regards to it, but he didn't respond to that particular part of my email. I've been busy, so didn't get right on it. We'll see what happens. Edit:
I went back and reread my email; I was a bit vague, so not surprising that he didn't respond. Guess I've been in Japan too long