|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Sony Vaio RS410 Review - DONT BUY THIS PC
> Subject: [hangout] Sony Vaio RS410 Review - DONT BUY THIS PC
Was somebody about to buy one?
On Mon, Apr 19, 2004 at 06:42:17PM +0100, Inker, Evan wrote:
> Sony Vaio RS410
> Sunday, November 23, 2003; Page F09
> $1,350 ($100 rebate available)
> Display:15-inch, 1024-by-768 pixel LCD, $400 (included in above price)
> Processor and memory: 2.7GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 256MB memory,
> integrated Intel 845GV graphics accelerator (64MB memory shared)
> Storage: 116.8GB hard drive, 16x/10x/32x CD-RW/4x/2-2.4x/12x DVD+-RW combo
> drive, 40x CD-ROM drive, floppy drive
> Communication: 100-Mbps Ethernet, 56-kbps v.92 modem
> Expansion: Two PCI slots, one drive bay, one six-pin FireWire and one
> four-pin FireWire port, four USB 2.0 ports, and one parallel and one serial
> port available
4-pin FireWire is significant because the other 2 wires are for power
IIRC, and Sony usually leaves those out for its "i.Link" crap.
I'm really surprised they kept the parallel port.
> The problems start when you first boot up the computer and must accept a
> Sony license that lets Sony "take appropriate measures" to protect
> copyrighted content on the PC -- measures including "counting the frequency
> of your backup and restoration . . . [and] refusal to accept your request to
> enable restoration of data." If this legalese were printed on the outside of
> the box, we predict sales would plummet.
I suppose that is the interesting part.
> (Instead of a Windows CD, you get a five-gigabyte recovery partition
> on the hard disk.)
Yeah, and they keep harassing you to backup the recovery partition onto
a disk set of 10 CDRs (not included). After you make the CDRs, you can
blow away the partition, but now you've got a 5G limb sticking out.
(Unless you immediately repartition the drive and use the Recovery
Disks). Grr.. Anyway, the utility to create the CDRs is *total* crap.
If you make it to disc 6 and get a write error (of any kind), you have
to start over, and burn another complete set from the beginning. You
can't write one disc at a time, it's a real "Start -> Next -> Next ->
Next .... -> Finish" sort of app..
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