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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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All the computers at my house are named after famous scientists. The names of nodes on Kamat network are/were Aristotle, Turing, Einstein, Newton, Edison, Sprague, Pascal, and Curie. When we felt a new computer was required, we decided to name it after Prof. Dijkstra who passed away earlier this month. I have an obsession with naming and I name everything. Our cars have names (G.I. Joe and Sexy Sando), so are the rooms in our house (Helen Keller Porch, Mahatma Gandhi Study, Abraham Lincoln Dining Room, Ann Frank Attic, etc.).

Anyway, I have spent last several days shopping for a value (most bang for the buck) notebook computer. I am looking for a notebook for personal computing (surfing, writing, fantasy score tracking) as well as for light software development.

If you are also shopping for one, here's is an unbiased research table for you. If you are an expert in this field, please drop me a line (Contact Kamats) with your recommendation.

Make/Model Pros Cons
Apple iBook

  • This is the one I really want. Slurp, Slurp
  • Boss asks why introduce more heterogeneity in the network
  • I'd have to buy lots of software, since I won't be able to use PC software on it.
Sony VAIO GR300S

  • Lots of ports, lots of goodies
  • I want an IBM or an Apple
Dell Inspiron 8200

  • Has some cash-back and free shipping
  • Lot of video RAM, lots of muscle
  • This one is heavy (as in weight)
  • Dells are historically noisy
Satellite 1100-S101

  • Just look at the price!
  • Celeron processor is inferior to Pentium IV
  • No S-Video out
IBM ThinkPad R32

  • Nice use and feel
  • Light weight
  • Must pay the premium for the brand.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, August 18, 2002
Last Modified: 8/18/2002

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