Laptops now advertise hard drives of 60, 80 or 100 gigabytes, but you always get less than that. First, everybody in the industry uses a definition of "gigabyte" that artificially pads out the size of the drive by about 7 percent. (The laptop reviews on Page F7 list the correct figures.) Second, many vendors of Windows laptops use some of the hard drive to hide a set of system-recovery programs, including a backup copy of Windows, instead of providing those on separate CDs or DVDs.
Meet Robert Pegoraro at CPCUG
Monday, August 8, 2005, 7-10 pm
Location: Washington Gas, 6801 Industrial Road, Springfield, Va
How Personal Technology Products Are Reviewed
Rob Pegoraro, Personal Technology Editor, The Washington Post
We all read product reviews; besides shaping our purchases and dealings with technology, they often determine product and company success or failure. The Washington Post's Rob Pegoraro has covered personal technology for more than a few years and shared more than a few opinions with readers. An always-engaging speaker, he'll describe how he reviews products, including selecting review items, dealing with vendors, structuring and performing reviews, and enjoying reader feedback.