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    bb1
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    Greg_M, post: 241363, member: 38207 wrote:
    and yes I’ve always had issues with Wine…

    Have a read of this article, all good things about Wine… http://www.medicaldaily.com/red-wine-burns-fat-and-lowers-blood-pressure-plus-5-other-health-benefits-winos-321382

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    bb1, post: 241368, member: 53375 wrote:
    Have a read of this article, all good things about Wine… http://www.medicaldaily.com/red-wine-burns-fat-and-lowers-blood-pressure-plus-5-other-health-benefits-winos-321382

    Ha ha, probably not the only thing I’ve had issues with over the years :)

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    Good choice Greg, we’ve just rolled these out across our mobile workforce and from what I’ve seen they’re a super little machine. Only downside is needing the little extra box for video out but if it keeps the notebook small than I’m all for it!

    Maclean

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    John Debrincat
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    JohnTranter, post: 241362, member: 20554 wrote:
    Very nice!

    Yeah, I can’t give up Photoshop just yet,
    Hey John have you tried https://www.canva.com/ yet its pretty cool. I am a PS user but this seems to nail most of it.

    John

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    John Debrincat
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    Greg_M, post: 241346, member: 38207 wrote:
    Ha ha…been procrastinating on this one, nothing purchased yet but Dell looks like winning. Still need to give them a call as per Bert’s suggestion…slack

    Greg we have been using Dell XPS 13s and 15s as well as Inspirons for years and they have been really reliable. There is a new XPS 13 with i7 16GB and 513GB SSD now but a bit pricey at almost $3k. One of our guys just got one and it is really nice.

    John

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    John Debrincat, post: 241467, member: 2969 wrote:
    Hey John have you tried https://www.canva.com/ yet its pretty cool. I am a PS user but this seems to nail most of it.

    John

    Good suggestion,

    We’ve moved a lot of our graphic design from Adobe Suite to Canva. Amazingly fast for whipping up banners, popup graphics etc.

    Maclean

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    Greg_M
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    eWAY, post: 241455, member: 44733 wrote:
    Good choice Greg, we’ve just rolled these out across our mobile workforce and from what I’ve seen they’re a super little machine. Only downside is needing the little extra box for video out but if it keeps the notebook small than I’m all for it!

    Maclean

    Smaller suits me too, tend to work away from home a bit so I don’t want cart too much stuff around. I’ve also found a 13 inch screen is a pretty good compromise between usability and portability.

    John Debrincat, post: 241468, member: 2969 wrote:
    Greg we have been using Dell XPS 13s and 15s as well as Inspirons for years and they have been really reliable. There is a new XPS 13 with i7 16GB and 513GB SSD now but a bit pricey at almost $3k. One of our guys just got one and it is really nice.

    John

    Sounds like the XPS 13 is getting a pretty good wrap all round.

    I have used the Inspirons in the past and they handled some pretty rough treatment (construction sites) so I’m expecting the XPS should be fine, especially now I’m no longer doing any building site work.

    I don’t think I’d go near needing the 513 SSD…I’ve only half filled the 120 GB SSD on my MacAir, and that’s over a year old now…tend to stick stuff in the Cloud, or shift it to separate backup storage, and $3k is starting to get a bit over budget.

    Thanks for the input chaps.

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    I’ve had 5 Dell laptops so far… and been trying to go back for a sixth for some months now.

    I must have a 17″ screen even though I cart it around… it’s my main computer.

    8GB of RAM doesn’t cut it now so it’s 12 which means 16

    I’ve spoken to Dell online several times about getting a top of the line CPU in an Inspiron (no problem) but when I mention the RAM the online sales people disappear for long periods and come back and say No.

    Finally spoke to someone online in Dell sales who said no problem… buy the machine and then buy the RAM and our service people will fit it.

    Dell are their own worst enemy in many ways.

    But the 5 I’ve had so far have been excellent value and total work horses.

    Hellooo Dell… are you listening on the Internet forums?

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    I know I’m late to the party, but if anyone else is looking, Venom Computers are well worth checking out. Really high spec’d machines without all the song and dance. http://www.venomcomputers.com.au/

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    Good deals on the Microsoft Surface at the moment.

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    bluepenguin, post: 241915, member: 21866 wrote:
    I know I’m late to the party, but if anyone else is looking, Venom Computers are well worth checking out. Really high spec’d machines without all the song and dance. http://www.venomcomputers.com.au/

    Hello Steve
    These look to be very good machines and I have sent you a personal message for more info.

    It might be good to post some more info on your experience with them here

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    Bit of an update…

    Finally spent the money and my new Dell XPS13 arrived today, fancy new Dell 29 inch monitor arrived a couple of days ago.

    So far I’m enjoying Windows 10 (I’m surprised). The “on boarding” was typical of MS but apart from that everything seems smooth. Time will tell if the battery etc lives up to expectations.

    BUT, I have to say Dell need to go take lessons from Apple in how to manufacture a keyboard and trackpad. Compared to my MacAir they can only be described as “clunky” :(

    Never mind, seems like a good machine and it’s nice to get away from the Apple interface for a change.

    Next is setting up the Ubuntu dual boot, it’s still 41 C (very hot) in my part of the world today and with no aircon I think I’ll leave this task for a day or two.

    As a side note:

    A HUGE thumbs down to Startrack, this is now the 4th delivery they’ve screwed in as many months. I became suspicious when I got a tracking email saying it was delivered today, went to the PO and there it was (not at my door as paid for).

    I was actually working on my front verandah all day from 7.30 am…no courier, no card, no nothing. Just me being suspicious enough after previous efforts to go looking (also no cards etc etc). Luckily being in a country town going to the Post Office is not a major drama if I was in the the city and working I’d be ropable.

    Long long letter to Dell coming up me thinks, nearly 2K of notebook floating around with no accurate comminication is not a good look.

    Weird part is the monitor turned up no drama with a very pleasant driver…maybe ok because it was a heavier and bulky item and on a bigger truck.

    End of whinge, back to playing with the new toy.

    PS
    Couldn’t log in to forum in IE?? Might be me not being familiar with it’s quirks…sort of half logged in bit no user panel, notifications etc.

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    Paul – FS Concierge
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    Good luck Greg – that screen sounds gorgeous to me!

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    Greg_M, post: 243149, member: 38207 wrote:
    PS. Couldn’t log in to forum in IE?? Might be me not being familiar with it’s quirks…sort of half logged in bit no user panel, notifications etc.

    Nothing like a new toy to distract! I went from lifelong MS to Apple a few years back but could be tempted back at some point I reckon for a change. Greg – I’ve sent you a message about the login so let me know if still an issue and I’ll investigate. Cheers, Peter

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    Darn it I am late to the party:

    https://www.linuxnow.com.au/nshpV6E48PA.html

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