Friday, January 23, 2009

Lenovo's ideapad

Today I was tasked by the better half to bring a lenovo ideapad S10 to life. My date with the ideapad got off to a rough start when during the initial filling in of the customary username and password and other stuff, the power died on me. From there on the puppy was not too happy with me and refused to boot up slapping me in the face with a "Installation not complete" dialog box and proceeded to reboot every time I clicked on the 'Ok' button or tried to cancel it. Good stuff. Tried the reboot-click-on-dialog cycle for about 3 to 4 times before calling yer-olde' friendly tech support dude who began the conversation with "Don't mean to be offensive..." (I mean what was I supposed to do?! It doesn't even come with a damned rescue disk!) Ever notice how people always tend to start getting nasty every time after saying that.... ?! Yeehawe!

Okay, so after a little bit of good vibes rescue generally telling how manly he sounded on the horn, the guy tells me that there is a rescue button there that can reset the baby back to it's factory settings ... Ah! So that is what that little non-standard button is fer! The funny thing about this button is that it will only work if the unit is turned off! Tried it during boot up and no way Jose! The button was like non responsive, just like when you tell your gf _not_ to go MNG just this once for your date. It only worked after I finally hunkered down to read the damn manual! Now, why didn't I just save myself the aggravation and did that from the beginning? Why? I don't know, I just want to be cool like everyone?!

At this point the lappie is working fine installed with a printer and a hax0red version of office 2007. Hey! don't be barking down this pair of pants asking why not openoffice! When the customer is your gf and she ain't in the mood of hearing about your FSS evangelism, you shut up and and nod man! The customer is always right, doubly so when she is your better half!

On the performance of this little guy I can only say this ... "It's slow and steady". Stuff works but there is just that little bit of lag before starting up, hey give it a break it's just that little atom of a processor under the hood man! I am quite happy with the performance considering that we only forked out Rm 1,783 with printer thrown in! I can see the appeal this kind of lappie would have for the ever on the go exec that just wants to occasionally check his/her mail or do the usual proposal on the run. For the rest of us that needs that performance juice from their daily machine, and do more than that stay clear!

Well, at least it's been fun and I am still in her good books :)
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