Working with Laptops and my IBM ThinkPad
I've started using laptops in 1996. My first one was a Leo 486 Computer that has Windows 95 and 120 MB hard disk.
Although I had some little hassle with the trackball as it gets dirty from time to time, but neverthless it was with me in my early consulting days teaching Autocad and developing workflow applications in Lotus Notes. I can't forget how the system became so slow when I tried to DoubleSpace it.
The 2nd laptop I had, in 1997, was an NEC Pentium 100 PC with 2 gigabytes hard disk. I was using a touch pad then to control the mouse and was very careful to ensure that my hands are always dry before using it. As I was working with an upcoming ISP then, I was able to create my Infotech website, for the very first time. The NEC laptop was with me when I was starting the Philippine Internet Commerce Society.
In 1999, I had my 3rd laptop, a Toshiba Pentium 166 with 96 MB memory and 5 gigabytes hard disk. This is my first time to use the "power steering" mouse. It was the most durable laptop I've ever had then and enjoyed using it so much.
However, in 2001, I was given an IBM ThinkPad iSeries and my perception on laptops was never the same. Once you use an IBM ThinkPad, it will be hard for you to switch to another brand for the user experience is really different.
Now I rave to own one day the IBM ThinkPad X30 notebook. It is a 3.6-pound portable computer that is designed to be able to use two batteries at the same time --one internal and one optional extended life battery that easily attaches to the bottom of the system. The patented power-saving techniques intelligently manage the power consumption between the two batteries, and analyze how much power is needed to perform a specific task in a specific environment. The system then reduces the power to each of the major subsystems appropriately.
The ThinkPad X30, which uses more than 25 newly-patented technologies, boasts a series of other firsts in the ultraportable category. It offers IBM's innovative Access Connections wizard, which allows users to easily manage both wired and wireless connections, and to switch from one location to another. It is also the only ultraportable in the market today to feature on select models integrated TCPA-compliant security and IBM Rapid Restore PC, the one-button disaster recovery solution that lets customers easily recover previously saved data after a software crash with one press of a button.
The IBM ThinkPad has a lot of features forthcoming centered around wireless, security, migration to provide business users with value-added benefits. As IBM's ThinkPad notebook celebrates 10 years of pioneering innovation and thinking, we look forward in hearing more about its product developments soon.