Laptops

I was just looking at my laptop (Dell Latitude D620) and wondered about a few things …

  • Why do they bother putting RS-232 ports on laptops anymore?   I haven’t seen a device that connects via RS-232 in years.   The only devices I can actually think of that used a RS-232 port was an external modem … and most laptops have modems built in (not that they’re used much anyways).
  • Ditto with a parallel printer port.   Most printers that I’ve seen in the last few years have been connected by USB (‘course my laptop doesn’t have a parallel port, but Ginny’s does).
  • Why bother with a DB15 video connector?   Wouldn’t it be better to just go with DVI?   If you need a DB15 video connector, you can use an adapter.
  • The hard drive on my laptop uses SATA … I really wish there was an eSATA connector.   I tried putting an eSATA card in the PCI slot of the D/DOCK port replicator, but the BIOS wouldn’t recognize it (which is fairly logical, considering there’s no guarantee that the card would be there all the time).

On a somewhat different, although related, topic … I really wish someone would make an inexpensive tablet computer.   I have an idea for a nice little appliance application that would be perfectly suited to a tablet computer.   All it would need is a 12″ display, 512mb of ram, 4gb to 8gb of flash disk, wifi, and Linux.

Related posts ...
Ginny told me about this video of Perpetuum Jazzile ... they do an incredible acapella
My poor little Laptop ... something's gone wrong with it's video card. A few days
This video was found on YouTube by someone who subscribes to my CPF0000 mailing list.
Today was our first full day on Maui ... I woke up really early ...

1 thought on “Laptops

  1. Jon Angliss

    I still use my RS-232… well actually I don’t, my laptop (Dell Inspiron 9300) doesn’t have one, so I have a USB->RS232 adapter. I use it for our switches, routers, and firewalls.

    I agree on the parallel port, it’s a little odd, but I guess until somebody guarantees that there aren’t any more parallel port printers, manufacturers will keep putting them on. USB is just more convenient.

    I think I’d be frustrated if they took off the DB15. Both my home, and work monitors still use them, and while I could get a converter, it would be a little disappointing opening a brand new laptop, and finding you cannot use a second screen 😉

    What’s your idea? I think I’ve seen slimline tablet screens, no keyboard/etc, just the screen., with all connectors on there I’ll have to see if I can find the site again.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.