When I bought my first laptop more than a decade ago, there were only a few sizes from which to choose: big, bigger, and huge. Well, maybe the selection wasn't quite that bad, but it pales in comparison to what's available today. Netbooks cover the 9-12" slice of the spectrum, while more capable notebooks start at 11.6" and scale all the way up to a gargantuan 19". A multitude of options can be found at nearly every incremental inch, raising the question: which is best?
I'm quite fond of the 11.6" display in my CULV-based ultraportable because it's as small as you can go without really sacrificing resolution or keyboard size. A larger screen would be an absolute necessity if I didn't already have a couple of 24" panels hooked up to my primary desktop, though. What about you? What's your ideal laptop size? You can cast your vote over on the right column on the front page or after clicking on the comment link below.
Last week's poll explored networked-attached storage, which 55% of voters have in their homes. Folks clearly prefer to build their own, with 34% cobbling together a storage server themselves and only 5% buying something pre-built. 17% have gone the NAS route, quite literally deploying network-attached storage boxes. The remaining 45% keep their storage local.
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