||[Dec. 2nd, 2007|11:52 pm]
Currently, I'm in a search for a laptop for the next semester. I have certain basic requirements, like decent ram, harddrive, and an nvidia graphics card. And the absolute requirement, not have Vista installed (I want windows for things that need it, but I don't want Vista).
So, just to get a benchmark on things, I wandered around the Dell website. I also did this a few weeks ago. One of the big things I noticed is that they aren't offering Ubuntu laptops any more. Which sucks. The other thing is that, when I look at the home laptop section, they seem to charge way over the odds, whereas the small business section offers specs closer to what I want, with the option of XP on more of the machines. The added bonus, they're cheaper, even when you do count in the VAT.
Does this mean that if you consider yourself a power user (or, at the very least, someone who wants to run a BDI-style Multi-Agent system, or experiments on grammatical evolution, or a simple neural net, at any reasonable speed on your laptop) you should consider yourself to be a small business rather than a home customer?
Just a thought.