Futzing from the Future
"New laptop, great. Now you just need a time-machine to read your future blog of all the pain and frustration you're about to undergo"
While I don't yet have the time machine, I decided to start on the blog.
I had poured hours in to meticulously configuring my last laptop into
a cybernetic extension of my will, or at least my geekiness, but then
some guy picked my laptop to steal. A room full of laptops, all but
one insured, and the bastard took mine.
So goodbye oxum, my faithful Asus M6R running Ubuntu 5.10,
and hello ogum, the shiny and tacky replacement, an Asus A6QJA.
I'd hoped that since AsusTek had been manufacturing for Apple, they
may have picked up some style. While they'd not made pretty machines,
at least they didn't look like they had actively tried to be ugly.
Somehow the current generation of Asus laptops is worse.
How does that happen?
Ugliness, well I'll cope, but there's been two changes that have really
bugged me. The first is that the touchpad now only has 2 buttons
(the M6R had 3), they've been learning the wrong things from Apple.
The second is the Colorshite screens that all new Asus laptops in
Australia have. I called up Asus Australia and had a conversation,
- Do all the new Asus laptops have these Colorshine screens?
- Why? All they do is reflect the things behind you. What good are these
new shiny screens?
- You know, for watching DVDs, the colours are brighter.
- Right, so I should stop programming for a living and get someone to
pay me to watch DVDS.
Can I pay extra to get the old style matte screen?
- Why don't you guys do that?
- Because then consumers would have a choice and they'd get confused
(There was a similar conversation about to fact that the Nvidia equivalent
of the A6Q is not available in Australia. It seems that bulk purchasing
and the risk of being caught with old stock on hand limit the range
of choices here)
So now I can see the office lights, myself and anything happening behind
me while I use my new lousy laptop. I quite liked Asus on the basis of
the M6R and my support experience (although their websites are deplorable),
but now the relationship is more like-hate.
This blog got kicked into existence from frustration with computers,
and I think that's going to be an ongoing theme. How could it not be?
Computers are so annoying! Hopefully though, Asus will read my screed
and offer matte screens, 3-button trackpads, alternative graphics cards
and laptops that don't look tacky. Yarright. Or maybe someone else
researching Colorshine-- will read that it sucks and to try to avoid it.
Stay tuned for more whinging at 10...