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Just some random curiosity. ^_^ If you've got more than one laptop, answer for the most recent of them.

Poll #1025656 Your laptop

Importance

It's your primary computer
20(38.5%)
It's your sole computer
7(13.5%)
It's just one of your systems
22(42.3%)
Strictly for work purposes only
0(0.0%)
is a perfectly cromulent word
3(5.8%)

For most or all of the time, what OS does it run?

OS X (Leopard, 10.5)
0(0.0%)
OS X (Tiger, 10.4)
17(33.3%)
OS X (Panther, 10.3)
2(3.9%)
Linux
6(11.8%)
*BSD
1(2.0%)
XP
20(39.2%)
Vista
2(3.9%)
9.x
1(2.0%)
95/98/Me/2000
2(3.9%)
Something else
0(0.0%)

How many OSs do you use on it? (Different versions do count)

Just the one
40(78.4%)
Two
9(17.6%)
Three or more
2(3.9%)

Do you use it for 3D gaming, eg Second Life?

Yes
20(39.2%)
No
31(60.8%)

What processor clock speed does it have?

400MHz or lower
4(7.8%)
Above 400MHz, up to 1GHz
5(9.8%)
Above 1GHz, up to 1.8GHz (single CPU)
20(39.2%)
Above 1GHz, up to 1.8GHz (dual CPU)
2(3.9%)
Above 1.8GHz (single GPU)
10(19.6%)
Above 1.8GHz (dual GPU)
9(17.6%)
Above 1.8GHz (quad CPU or better)
1(2.0%)

Graphics capability (yes, this is vague =:)

Prehistoric (eg Rage 128 or earlier)
7(13.7%)
Integrated Intel graphics (eg GMA950 in a MacBook)
4(7.8%)
Somewhere in the middle (Radeon 9700 Mobility or earlier)
19(37.3%)
Recent
15(29.4%)
Best of breed (eg Nvidia 8600M-GT)
1(2.0%)
No idea
5(9.8%)

It comes with you

to the office
3(6.5%)
to restaurants
0(0.0%)
in the bath
1(2.2%)
to parks/arboreta
1(2.2%)
by the bedside/on the bed
16(34.8%)

Longetivity - it's experienced

a fall of more than two feet
1(2.4%)
being left somewhere unattended by accident
0(0.0%)
having a drink spilled on it
1(2.4%)
some other fluid accident
0(0.0%)
being stepped on or run over
1(2.4%)
horrors you can't even begin to imagine
3(7.3%)
love
12(29.3%)
 
 
 
 
 
 
I don't have (and have never had) a "modern" laptop of any description... but I could always count my Amstrad NC100! 3.5MHz, I believe, and not much in the way of 3D gaming capability... but it does run for 20 hours on four AA batteries, and it's survived most of the things in your last section! =:P
Ooh, cute! You still have it, then? Not that I'd encourage you to do so, but I could imagine there being eBay folks willing to pay actual money for one - it might not be as exotic as a Newbury Newbrain, but still, part of home computing history, and its original diversity of architectures and operating systems.

Closest I came to that was a luggable I picked up at (physical!) auction, with twin 3.5" floppies, and an 8x80 character LCD. No battery, just wall-powered. Came in quite handy a few times, when I wanted to run a DOS game. Sold it for a modest profit, as I felt I could use the money more than DOS. ^_^

Occasionally I feel the temptation to try building up a collection, assuming I had the space.. so perhaps it's just as well I don't. Not that I'd turn down anyone offering a 4000 sq.ft. warren with good net.connectivity. =:)

It's oddly amusing how laptop battery life seems to've remained more or less even, or even marginally improved, once things settled on the clamshell concept - my old Wallstreet (266MHz G3, 320MB) got about 3h per battery, whilst Hyzenthlay (1.67GHz G4, 2GB) sees around 4-5h on a charge. It's all part of the niftiness of technological progress - for the same energy, so much more can be done. True, battery tech's improved as well, but not so much lately - early laptops had sealed lead-acid (eep!), then NiMH, and now Li-ion, but it's been stuck there for a while now, with fuel cells too awkward to manufacture, or simply not yielding much of a benefit in energy density.

I hope someone came out with a Pac-Man for it. ^_^
Oh yes, I've still got it, and it still gets used. No floppy drive, though, and only a serial port for transfer. Luckily my PC is old enough to have one of those! As for value, there are actually an awful lot still around, so they're very cheap by vintage computer standards: it's not hard to find one in good condition on eBay for £20 including p&p.
That cheap? That could be fun to play with, at that price. (Though, with finances as they are at present, I'd be going for an external drive first, I'll admit) I wonder if anyone's come up with a TCP/IP stack for it.. I'd imagine a small footprint one could be conjured up, given how diminutive QNX's was (with embedded deployment in mind).

There's certainly much to be said for a dinky form factor. I'd use the PSP's browser more, if it were actually good, but it's a fairly awkward example of fulfilling a spec, less than the ideal. Still, it is nice to be able to just lie on my back and browse away. Part of the iPhone's appeal, of course - it doesn't do much more, in raw specs, than anything before it. It just does it really well. And again we come back to battery life, with even that able to manage around four to six hours on a charge when actively browsing over WiFi. Not bad, given the processing power within. (Similarly the PSP, with a modified R4000 core at around 222MHz usually, up to 333MHz - I was able to loop Curse of the Were-Rabbit for around six hours before the battery finally groaned. Not bad going, when you think of all the billions of calculations involved, the display, and even just the backlight)
You remain, it appears, the only person who takes their laptop into the bath. *g* (Seriously, what are the logistics of that? Have there ever been any horrifying catastrophes?)