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Old 08-18-2011, 05:21 AM   #1
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Default Sony Vaio small laptop

Last week I bought a Sony Vaio small (13.1") laptop, and this is my chance to extol its virtues. Yes, it was about $2,100 with sales tax, but it fits my needs exactly, although, of course, I am on the learning curve with Windows 7 Pro.

This laptop has no hard drive, it has a Solid State Drive instead, and wow, is it fast. Only 127 Gigabytes, but that is plenty for me. I am using MS ACCESS 2010 on large files (500-600 Megabytes as text files before importing), and working with them on Windows XP Pro with a hard drive was dreadfully slow. On the laptop, much faster.

I bought more memory than standard, now 8 Gb, and it has an Intel i5-2410M 2.30 GHz CPU. One battery gives good service for me, but I will look into a second battery for travel situations. Right now I am using it at home, and deliberately running it down and recharging it. The system says 4 hours, but my experience is somewhat less. I am told that running it down and recharging is good for the battery capacity and life. Any comment on that?

Anyway, I really like it, and when I cannot figure out how to do something in Windows 7, there is always the WinXP Pro virtual machine to fall back to. I will post again as I gain experience, and perhaps post elsewhere on Windows 7 books.
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>> I am told that running it down and recharging is good for the battery capacity and life. Any comment on that?

That was true of NiCd batteries, which suffered from "memory effect". If you repeatedly used, say, 25% of their capacity before recharging, they'd eventually only give you that much per charge. Full discharge/recharge cycles were the cure for this.

The same isn't true of the Li-Ion batteries you probably have in your Vaio. These don't suffer from memory effect. They do have a limited number of charge/discharge cycles and over time will gradually lose capacity. The hotter they run, the faster they lose capacity.

Google lithium ion battery care or li-ion battery care for more info. This is a pretty good article with practical recommendations:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/...on-battery.ars

   
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One of the most powerful tools in Windows 7 that is often overlooked by geeks is the START / Search Box .....

Play with it a little and you will be amazed at how it will take you to where you want to go to do something without having to know how to do it first.

Start typing in defragment drive and before you are partway through at the top of the list will be a link to take you to wherever that control is hidden.

Add printer .....

Fonts .... and there's the fonts folder ....

screen resolution ...

   
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And for geeks, the search feature's extraordinarily flexible, but uses its own eccentric syntax (good luck finding the documentation!).

If you just need to find files, Agent Ransack is free and way way better.

   
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Sounds good. What's the model number.

   
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