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Are There Things You Shouldn't DO on a Laptop?


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Over on Lockergnome, PhidiasBob asked the community if there are things you can do on a desktop machine that you should NOT do on a laptop. This is a fair question to ask. I think the only thing I wouldn’t do with a notebook or laptop vs a desktop is to do something that is very memory or processor intensive. They to tend to underpowered compared to your desktop system… and some machines will even end up having an overheating problem if you push them too hard.

There are times you need to use a portable machine, such as when you’re on a self-imposed vacation. I prefer my desktop, of course. I have more power, more memory and more OOMPH on my home system. My Macbook Pro is great, but it just doesn’t have the capability to multi-task with processor-intensive applications as my Mac Pro does.

There really isn’t anything else I can think of to answer this question, y’all. What things can you guys think of that you likely shouldn’t do with a laptop that you can do on your desktop?

Keep in mind that you can join Lockergnome yourself for free and ask questions of your own. The community loves to answer things, and are telling me that it’s quite addictive. I hope you’ll join us!

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Sony Recalling Half a Million Vaio Notebooks

If you are a Sony Vaio owner, you need to check the recall list to find out whether or not your machine is in danger. The company issued a voluntary global recall of 535,000 Vaio notebook computers after reports of defects in the temperature control software was discovered. The flaw can cause the notebook to overheat, sometimes to an extreme degree.

The recalled products are from the VPCF11 Series and VPCCW2 Series notebook computers. About half of these are found right here in the United States. According to Stacey Palosky, spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sony has issued a firmware update to correct this issue. Sony received several reports of machines overheating enough that the keyboards and casing became deformed, she noted.

An owner can either download the fix for themselves, or arrange to have the machine picked up and serviced at no charge. The defective units were sold at Costco, Best Buy and Amazon between January and April of this year.