There have been attempts to imitate Sony's advanced technology but nothing beats the no-nonsense – albeit slightly pricey – reputation of Sony products around the globe. Take for example Sony Vaio. My very first Sony Vaio laptop is the Sony Vaio Picturebook PCG-C1. It is the smallest laptop I had, smaller than the 12-inch Apple iBook G4 by an inch or two. I got it from a family friend who works as IT engineer in Japan. Although it runs only with a Pentium 233 MHz processor with Microsoft Windows 98 as its operating system and having only about 4 GB hard drive, I’ve had no major problems with it. It is equipped with a swiveling camera for capturing still pictures, but the images aren’t good enough for developing; they’re grainy like those images captured from Nokia CMOS camera phones. I know it can also do videos but it had to be installed with the necessary software. The screen is a bright 1024 x 480 pixel active matrix LCD which complements the built-in camera just above the catch hook of the fold. It also comes with a modem and firewire for Internet, a toggle nipple for scrolling although a separate USB mouse can do the work more efficiently, and an infrared port – no Bluetooth! No Wi-Fi yet; this is a ’98 model from Japan, although a PC card can be popped in the PC card slot for network connection. No built-in CD drive, just the usual floppy disk drive that you have to plug in after start up. Since this Vaio was released in 1998 current updates are quite improbable given the specifications indicated.
I used this laptop to surf the Internet for one good year, which was great because the speed is just like the usual dial-up connection in modern PCs. My Vaio days came into an end when it went to a sluggish start up, showing a blue screen with that message “Dumping physical memory…” It crashed, man. Then I remembered that it doesn’t have any antivirus software installed, and the firewall isn’t a capable one. My friend advised me to bring it to a service center in Festival Mall in Filinvest. Upon bringing my laptop to the administering technician, he got this confounded look in his face upon which he told me that they can’t fix the kind of laptop I have for the parts to be replaced – the hard disk – is not available locally. Up to this day, my Vaio is technically brain dead; it can be revived if I replaced it with a new hard disk, probably with a larger volume.
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