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Vaio P Challenge: Day 6 – 15

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Success!

After a short trip to Osaka, I have pretty much been able to switch completely to the Vaio P. The only things I continue to do on the MacBook Pro are managing my photo collection and editing video clips. Currently, the Vaio P spends most of its time downstairs on the coffee table, and because I’ve been spending more time downstairs to do my work, it has been getting used everyday. I’ll also take it upstairs when I need to browse the interwebs before bed.

The last thing on my list is to hook the Vaio P up to my external monitor for a test drive as a desktop. I don’t know when I’ll muster up the willpower to connect everything up, but it should be sometime next week. Until then, I’ll keep on using the P as my daily machine.

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Vaio P Challenge: Day 5

November 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Being the weekend I had more time than usual to “play.” I started my morning with on the P, and continued to use it all day long. RSS and Skype got installed and configured (even got a call in), rounding out the software I use regularly. Let the trend continue into tomorrow!

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Vaio P Challenge: Day 4

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Before I went  to sleep yesterday, I downloaded Thunderbird to manage my email. For some reason, I like having a dedicated mail client vs. using webmail all the time. Once set up, I had it sync my account, and by morning all my mail was on my Vaio P. I still have not spent my goal of a whole day with the P, and the main reason today was that I wasn’t able to get Skype installed. At the download page, I kept getting a password prompt, and I kinda forgot what it was! The easiest remedy was to boot up the MBP and get Skyping.

In any event, things are moving a long slowly but surely. The next thing to do is get my RSS feeds downloaded. We’ll see to that tomorrow!

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Vaio P Challenge: Day 3

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

After a full day on my MBP printing out PDF forms filled and saved in OS X’s built-in Preview software, I came home and hopped on the Vaio P for some fun. It was just opening up the browser (Chrome) and writing for a future blog post, and checking my twitter timeline, but it felt good to get some use out of my ultra-note. On a positive, I really do love the keyboard. It has a nice feel, and I’m able to hit the right-side shift with little effort.

Tomorrow is another day, wonder how things will turn out.

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Vaio P Challenge: Day 1 (Tues)

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

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I’m off to a fairly descent start, but not without some roadblocks.

A busy Tuesday, lead me to use my MBP for the afternoon. It had all the files that I needed, and didn’t have the time to copy everything off. I also wanted to use MS Word, which is only on the MBP. I’m still not used to OpenOffice or what capabilities it has. After coming home from the office, I had the MBP with me, so I just ended up using it to write a blog post to be published tomorrow.

On the positive side, I woke up this morning and the Vaio P was the one I booted up to check my e-mail and twitter. This evening, I installed Picasa and edited the photos I’m using for said blog post, then uploaded them into WordPress, and added the final edits to the post. So far, I think everything will work out fine for a smooth transition to the P.

Tomorrows barrier will Adobe PDFs, anyone know if Adobe Reader is able to save filled in PDF forms like OS X’s Preview? I guess, I’ll have to try it out.

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Vaio P, my personal challenge.

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Sony Vaio P Gold Color

Are you the type of person that buys stuff just because it’s new and cool, perhaps there’s something nostalgic that draws to you buy? If so, you’re like me.

Before my fate purchase of my custom Vaio P, I had pipe-dreams of days long ago. Upon returning from Japan many years ago, my computer setup was a Vaio PictureBook VR-BP, severely underpowered but small and compact. I installed a 60 Gb hard drive, and given my computing habits it was fine for what I wanted to do. Eventually, moving into a new job, it chugged along as my work machine and in order to effectively use Microsoft Outlook, but I had to hook up to an external monitor for more desktop space. Skip forward to more present times, and in order to reduce “stuff” and offset moving expenses I had to depart with my beloved PictureBook.

Today, I find my much loved Vaio P in dire under-use. An expensive paperweight, it sits on the side of my desk plugged in waiting for me to need some ULTRA-portable computing, as my main computer is a early 2010 13″ MacBook Pro. Last week, I contemplated making a little switcheroo, temporarily using my Vaio P as my main machine. Only, with all my data on my MBP and being so used to OS X now, I’ve just been procrastinating. Thinking about it, there’s no reason for me not to be able to just swap out; the barriers are only mental. I can use two computers if I needed, heck my iPhone is synced to my MBP and I’m not going to change that.

So what do I normally use my MBP for?

  1. Net surfing (check)
  2. E-mail (check, use browser or install mail client)
  3. Addressbook and calendar (hmm… must look into)
  4. RSS (check, use browser or install software)
  5. Skype (check)
  6. Writing (check, online or OpenOffice)
  7. Twitter (check)
  8. Movie watching (check)
  9. Music (can do, but limitations)
  10. Photos (can do, but limitations)
  11. Video editing (can do, but difficult and limited)

So let’s take a look at items 9 through 11. Basic music playing and photo editing should be just fine on the Vaio P, but the big limitation is hard disk space. With only an 80 Gb hard disk, there’s not enough room for my current music and photo libraries. I’m not about to crack this baby open, and replace the hard drive, so one option would be an external disk. It would be a lot of work to manage the different libraries across OS’s, something I’m not interested in doing at the moment. For the time being my iPod and internet radio can fill the gap, but for photos I’ll need to work out photo management for my blogs and personal library. For video editing, I use QuickTime X to cut clips from my digicam and Sony Bloggie and upload them to YouTube. I’m sure there are options for Windows 7, but I have not investigated them and I’d imagine they will not be as easy or may too taxing on the P’s Intel Atom.

On the hardware side of things, the high-resolution of the Vaio P’s screen is great, but I have the resolution lowered for non-eye squinting reading. On the desk, I’ll be hooking it up to a 20″ widescreen LCD sitting unused. Around the house or on the road, as-is will work just fine. Touch typing on the P’s keyboard is fine with my small hands, so I’ll just have to get used to the small right-shift key. And although I do not mind the touch-point nib mouse while on the go, at the desk I’ll be relying on my compact Bluetooth mouse. I do have the feeling I’ll miss the MBP’s multi-touch track pad.

The Vaio P is an amazing piece of hardware, and I cannot sit around any longer for it to fall into obsolescence. Reading the forums, there seem to be quite a few people using the Vaio P to its fullest potential, and I’m excited to join that crowd. Let’s see if I can get my act together and set everything up tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Any tips to help guide me or to share your experiences, please leave a comment.

No he di-n’t.

January 28, 2009 Leave a comment
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Vaio P hands on

Would you believe that I pulled the trigger on the Vaio P? This baby is hot, check it out compared to my 12″ PowerBook, it’s smaller than the entire keyboard!

Vaio P vs. 12" PowerBook

Vaio P vs. 12" PowerBook

Vaio P vs. 12" PowerBook - open screen

Vaio P vs. 12" PowerBook - open screen

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