Poll: Would you be interested in a translator group buy for laptops or PCs?
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Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
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Yes Mar 28

Yes, I am contemplating replacing my current laptop in the next tax year (which here in the UK starts on 6th April) and so would be interested in a group buy if I could obtain a reasonable discount on a laptop with the right specifications for my work.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Maybe Mar 28

It depends on the price and features of the device. I can already get comparatively reasonably priced PCs and laptops here in Spain, so it'd be interesting to see how the offer compares.

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Teresa Borges
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No Mar 28

1. I work on an Azerty keyboard (harder and harder to find!)
2. I have been working with the same PC provider for some years. She is extremely helpful and is always on-hand to provide all the technical assistance I need either online or at my place.


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Antonio Tomás Lessa do Amaral
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Different translators need very different laptops Mar 28

Different translators need VERY different laptops

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Yes Mar 28

But probably impossible because the OS would have to be Japanese

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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No Mar 28

I don't use laptops for professional translation, period.
IMO this is like a professional carpenter using a hobby-duty 1/4" power drill all day long just because it's "portable".

I build my own desktop computers, and do partial upgrades on them every time I think it's necessary.

However I don't envision computer group buys effectively covering as many countries as Proz does. Logistics would be quite complex. Then, while one brand may offer superb after sales/warranty service in the USA, it could be not-so-good in Country A, and simply none in country B, plus all other imaginable shades.


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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
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No Mar 28

Aside from a wide variety in personal preferences and international logistics issues, I have yet to see a group buy deal on computer hardware that could not be matched or trumped on an individual basis by researching the market carefully.

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Paulinho Fonseca  Identity Verified
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I voted 'Yes', but Mar 28

that of course would depend a lot on the logistics and features. Laptops are a most in my work since 50% is done in the field, in mining companies in remote areas.
As many said here, everyone has his or her priorities.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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Maybe Mar 30

Maybe, but quite a hard task considering we have people from all over the world.
It could be a smart move for motherboards or other boards, though, which can be sent by e-mails to countries that allow it. But still a pretty hard task.
How about doing the same with software. That would be a good idea. We pay a lot more for the CATs than they are actually worth. Their profit margins are pretty abusive.


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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You answered your own question, IMO correctly Mar 30

Mario Freitas wrote:
How about doing the same with software. That would be a good idea. We pay a lot more for the CATs than they are actually worth. Their profit margins are pretty abusive.


CAT tools developers' profit margins are 'abusively abusive'.

Considering the never-ending abundance of bugs and flaws, their groveling efficiency, always demanding much more powerful hardware, hopefully to be developed within the next five or more years.

I don't see any other specialized area where such low-quality software manages to survive like ANY CAT tool does.

It seems that all developers of these got in cahoots to keep the bar very, very low, so they can make a bundle by selling new versions all the time, forever.

Compare that with DTP. I still use Page Maker v6.52 - according to Adobe, launched on Aug. 08th, 1997. Over 10 years later, though it doesn't have all the bells & whistles included in InDesign, it still performs flawlessly, stable like a rock.

Just imagine what would happen if a company like Adobe suddenly decided to develop a CAT tool...


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