Arena check

I forgot to  mention that, during one of these massively multitasking sessions, Flat Ari is also using her USB/ESATA port to control what is a rather sophisticated little radio. That means pretty much emulating the front of the radio on-screen.

In short, you get a gold star for picking the M15x.

From: Scott Royall []
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 16:20
Subject: RE: Arena check

Uh, well, the furry one is progressing at her own chosen speed. She’s very sweet, certainly, but she’s still not in love with the concept of me or the wheelchair. GSDs are stubborn so this one is observing breed standards, I guess. :/

The electronic Ari has a much better report. No, the keyboard cover can’t fit under the plastic casing because the keyboard itself is a tab-in-slot arrangement leaving no room. We just have to be judicious with double-sided tape. Not pretty, but it works. In fact, Ari’s case suggests she’s run the Baja 1000 a few times. Lots of mileage well logged. The tech who replaced the last screen didn’t fully secure the center bottom panel (where all the Velcro is), it’s loose on one side. Then again, it isn’tbecoming any more loose, and it’s just a little annoying. Otherwise, the M15x version of Ari is doing well and performing feats no laptop has done before. Not many could handle talking on the radio, playing the return audio, and still have the spare horsepower for anything else I want (like streaming Netflix). I sometimes liken specific laptops to military vehicles, but we finally landed on Dell’s equivalent of a M1A2 main battle tank. There are heavier, but none more powerful and resilient at the same time.

From: []
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2011 10:43
Subject: Arena check

Hi Scott,

Haven’t heard from you lately. How are the Arena’s?



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