Last Call- Bugs Buddies Edition

Constructed for an anonymous collector (I’m guessing Wiz Khalifa) under consignment, this specially-kitted Bugatti Veyron sports a black and yellow paint scheme evocative of the elegant Bugattis past. Thats just like the Type 44 in the background, here at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours.
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  1. Alff Avatar

    Is it wrong to want the one on the right?

    1. geistkoenig Avatar

      Au contraire.

  2. geistkoenig Avatar

    Question for the assembled multitudes, more about how we see this than what we're seeing: Has anyone had any experience buying/owning a refurbished computer?
    My vintage-'06 Dell Inspiron 1505, upon which I depend for everything from work (school e-mail and so on) to other necessities like being here, is tangibly nearing the end of its service life; arguably, given that WinXP is no longer supported, it's on borrowed time as it is. In looking for a new laptop, I'm struck by two truths: Apple products are nice but unjustifiably expensive given my (meager) budget, and I utterly loathe Windows 8.
    Thought about getting one of the last Windows 7 laptops that Dell had on offer last year, but based on what I've heard about tactile quality and likely lifespan (think, like, Saturn Ion on both counts) I'm glad I didn't.
    Based on a good experience at a previous job I started poking around for a used IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad, and started getting surprisingly nice results – a number of near-$300 options for something running Windows 7 Pro with an Intel i5 chip. NewEgg seems to keep popping to the top of the list, starting to watch our for Microsoft-certified refurbishers.
    Still slightly skeptical about the refurb issue (and Wonderful One is very skeptical) even though it seems reasonable and the prices are very hard to dismiss. I'd like to think it's the computer equivalent of buying CPO, but would appreciate any experience anyone here has had. Recommendations on good sources also appreciated. Thanks much.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      Have you tried running a variation of Linux? On my last computer (an '07 Acer), Ubuntu made a noticeable improvement in performance (although it started dropping off in its last six months), and I'd likely still be running it if the charge port didn't finally give up the ghost. But, if your computer's mechanically fine, it might be worth trying, just to get a few more years out of it (and, also, give you an alternative to Windows 8 or Apple if you do replace it).
      Not to say anything against refurbished products, I just have nothing valuable to add there.

    2. joshuman Avatar

      I recently asked my company for a new computer to replace my ailing x201 Thinkpad. They sent me a slightly newer x220. The rest of the office prefers the W series for the bigger screen and memory. I do a lot of work on remote machines and bike to work frequently enough that portability is more important to me. Both the x machines are solid performers and are robust enough to run serious PhotoShop as long as you aren't also rendering video and have twenty tabs open in your browser. The x220 is running Win 8.1 and I don't mind it at all compared to Win 7. I do have an old tower running Ubuntu and it works well but I hardly ever use it. Our home computer is an old MacBook Pro that is nearing the end of life. We probably won't replace it with another Mac. Yoga or Carbon are contenders. My daughter just got a HP Stream 13 for Christmas. It was less than $250 and seems to work really well but the touchpad is difficult for me to understand. The Thinkpad button mouse is just so much faster.

    3. Sjalabais Avatar

      I'm not sure if the saving is worth it. My home office laptop is an '08 Dell XPS M1530. You might call it refurbished because Dell had to change the harddisk twice, the motherboard, battery, display and some other internals during the mandatory five year warranty. In addition, I have upgraded the harddisk to 1TB and the memory to 4GB, and I bought Windows 8 when it was 39.95$. The laptop itself was cutting edge when I bought it, and cost to the cent the same amount as my '71 Volvo 145, currently on cover of the venerable Hooniverse calendar – with a 33% discount.
      Windows 8 is great when you mod and tweak it to work like Windows 7! Very quick, stable, even pretty. Out of the box, it is just as usable as explode-o-poop in a silent house full of people. I've also been a Linux-user (Suse) for six years starting in 2003 or -04, and I will never go back. Ubuntu is best, I am told, but Suse really wasn't user friendly. Apple is a budget-burning, user-limiting, warranty-craving alternative. People seem happy, but I crave more control.
      Our multimedia PCs are cheap discount models with an expected lifespan of ~4-6 years. Had a Samsung R3000 before, and we have a Toshiba Satellite C55-something now. It performs good in benchmarks, is very quick, and we bought it heavily discounted after waiting for discounts for three months. Cheap machines like this cost little and are build to last – to the tens of thousands. Simple, cheap stuff. It has one of the more solid i5 processors and I am happy with it. The only issue I have is the super weird keyboard – it's without feel.

    4. craigsu Avatar

      I used to work for Dell back in the early 2000s. Whenever someone would ask me for advice on buying a computer I would point them to the Dell Factory Outlet website. The products there include refurbs as well as products that were simply returned unopened for whatever reason. Since they can't be sold as new they are discounted. Everything is retested to make sure it is ready for resale and it is sold with a new factory warranty. The only caveat is that the systems are sold as configured so you can't necessarily get exactly what you're looking for.
      Dell does a great job with the website though. You can choose exactly which options you want and the site will narrow down the available choices as you go. It's also real-time inventory so your selection will only remain in the cart for 15-20 minutes at most, however, it's not unusual for there to be several similarly configured systems to choose from.
      When I left Dell I called my inside sales rep and had him configure a system for me at my employee discount. I had already spec'd the same system at the DFO. The DFO price beat my employee discount hands-down. I highly recommend checking it out.
      We switched from Dell laptops to Lenovo Thinkpads where I now work and, for Windows systems, I'd rather have the Dells. The Lenovos feel flimsy compared to the Dells and aren't as easy to configure IMO. I've personally never liked the "eraser mouse" button and, apart from joshuman, I've never heard of anyone who does. That being said, we're moving to becoming an Apple shop as much as possible. A couple of departments are holdouts as they have some Windows-only software that precludes this. We much prefer supporting the Apple products. Despite not being as intuitive as Apple would have everyone believe we've found users who switch from Windows to Mac OS X adjust very quickly and our support calls drop noticeably.

  3. AndyL Avatar

    I'm seein' double! Four Krusties!

  4. Rover_1 Avatar

    Out of the 400 Veyrons made, how many were special editions?

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      VW wants you to say 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+….you get the picture.
      Wonder why they deviated from the original paint scheme above when it first was a homage after all.

  5. Preludacris Avatar

    I think I'd like it better if it was closer to the original. Yellow doors, silver wheels and grille trim. At least then the head on view is still classy.

    1. jeepjeff Avatar

      You are clearly not part of the target market for the Bugatti Veyron. This one is relatively subdued.

      1. Preludacris Avatar

        I guess if I knew what it was like to be obscenely wealthy, I'd know whether or not I'd flaunt it. I like to think not, but this is very easy to claim from the comfort of the lower middle class.
        I have to admit I kind of like L'or Blanc
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        1. jeepjeff Avatar

          That is kind of a cool paint job. The ostentatious paint jobs aren't what bother me about the Veyron. (I drive a very YELLOW Jeep 🙂 They're a big hammer, and an incredible engineering exercise. They are not a stupid enough hammer for me. I am simply too redneck to really see the appeal.

        2. nigelmgb Avatar

          Wow. It reminds me how many times I've thought how great engineered cars could use more art and how great artistic cars could use more engineering.

  6. Sjalabais Avatar

    I just returned from a drive during which I was stuck two cars behind a golden C70. Now how did Confucius say?
    "Stay behind the golden C70,
    and luck will rain on you heavily."
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    Just standing here waiting.

    1. Marto Avatar

      I still say the C70 is to a GTO as a husky is to a wolf.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        …and who would want to feed a wolf?
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