l i n u x - u s e r s - g r o u p - o f - d a v i s
Next Meeting:
July 7: Social gathering
Next Installfest:
Latest News:
Jun. 14: June LUGOD meeting cancelled
Page last updated:
2010 Jun 18 22:31

The following is an archive of a post made to our 'vox mailing list' by one of its subscribers.

Report this post as spam:

(Enter your email address)
Re: [vox] [fwd] zareason advice about laptops
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [vox] [fwd] zareason advice about laptops

Thanks Bill. This is good general info.

On Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 3:17 PM, Bill Kendrick <nbs@sonic.net> wrote:

Seen on SF-LUG's list:

----- Forwarded message from jim -----

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 21:41:10 -0700
From: jim
Subject: [sf-lug] zareason advice about laptops

  lately i've become worried about my two-to-three year old
zareason laptop and sent email to zareason asking if they
could help me pick something from their current line as a
replacement. earl malmrose replied with some very helpful

"Thanks for checking in with us. Your laptop should have a good amount
of life left in it. Something simple like a dead keyboard can easily
(and affordably) be replaced. The primary weak spot on almost all
laptops is the screen hinge. Keep an eye on that.

"Another weak spot long-term is the hard drive. Fortunately most
failures are gradual. If you have an up-to-date Ubuntu, the Disk
Utility is really good at monitoring the hard drive health. When the
hard drive is near failure, it will notify you. Don't ignore the
warnings if they pop up.

"And finally, backup backup backup. I swear by DropBox. Put all your
important files in the DropBox folder, then whenever you connect to
the Internet, it syncs/backups everything in the DropBox folder. No
manual effort. Automatic. That's my kind of system. 2 to 3 GB of
storage is free, or you can upgrade to 50 GB of storage for $10/mo. It
even stores old versions/deleted files/etc. that can easily be
retrieved like a month later.

"SD cards and flash drives have virtually no wear levelling features.
Don't depend on them lasting with frequent writes. Go ahead and use
them for weekly or monthly backups.

"--Earl Malmrose  www.zareason.com

"We also have some forums started at  zareason.com/forums
You can post questions there."

JS: I'm using ubuntu 10.04; I didn't bother looking at
the System > Administration > Disk Utility until after
reading earl's email. Wow! I like it!

----- End forwarded message -----

Sent from my computer
vox mailing list

vox mailing list

LUGOD Group on LinkedIn
Sign up for LUGOD event announcements
Your email address:
LUGOD Group on Facebook
'Like' LUGOD on Facebook:

Hosting provided by:
Sunset Systems
Sunset Systems offers preconfigured Linux systems, remote system administration and custom software development.

LUGOD: Linux Users' Group of Davis
PO Box 2082, Davis, CA 95617
Contact Us

LUGOD is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization
based in Davis, California
and serving the Sacramento area.
"Linux" is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Sponsored in part by:
O'Reilly and Associates
For numerous book donations.