I’m often asked for what I consider to be the most reliable notebook brands. Now I’m glad to have some hard evidence to back my recommendations, much of which frankly surprises me.
I’m a big fan of Apple and Lenovo, for example and thought that they’d certainly be top reliability contenders. Not so!
Of course, if we’ve purchased a bum Asus or Toshiba (the leaders of the pack), we’ll often consider them all to be junk, and if our Macbook has been humming along just fine for the last five years, we’ll often think they’re all rock solid.
It’s also interesting to note that Netbooks are more prone to failure than full-size laptops. My MSI Wind has been fantastic thus far, slogging along with me on multiple continents, but once again YMMV.
30,000+ SquareTrade laptop repairs give us a really good sample, though, so I’ll go with their results over my own little slice of experience.
As a lover of live music, GigLocator looks promising.
It has a slick, no-nonsense interface, a large database of events, and some slick extras — I just wonder if it’ll have some of the more obscure acts that I enjoy, or find good gigs in the hinterlands of Connecticut.
Holy moly, is this awesome. Just as I’m getting into the mood for more 60’s and 70’s rock, VSL hooks us up with this incredible site.
Lovingly curated 60’s and 70’s psychedelic, hard rock, folk, and progressive rock albums for download, including big, beautiful cover art, liner notes, and a variety of formats (MP3, FLAC, etc.). There’s some question on the legality of some of these for me, but others look OK — YMMV.
It’s rather sad that the way to make money on the Internet is through quantity, not quality.
MetaFilter points us to a bunch of intriguing data about Demand Media, a hugely successful company that spits out low-quality, high-volume (and high-profit) online content, including this RWW article from August.
It seems as though there will always be a place for cheap crap online, just as there is the real world, and that there will be a great deal more of it. No surprise, huh?
I get sucked in by alarming headlines just as easily as anyone, so when the Freakonomics blog pointed me to this FuturePundit post comparing natural disasters in the 19th Century to those of the 20th Century, I was hooked.
You see, the 19th Century was rife with disasters that, if they were to happen with today’s infrastructure and population, would be devastating on a scale beyond imagination. The question is whether or not the 20th Century was relatively calm on this front, and whether or not we’re in for a bumpy ride during the 21st.
Check out the original article, and then be sure to read the comments underneath it, which were equally interesting.