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"Tulip E-Go Diamond

Tulip E-Go notebook inlaid with solid palladium white gold plates in
which thousands of brilliant cut diamonds have been set. The quality is
V.V.S. top-Wesselton and the total weight is 80.00 Crt.

The brilliant cut diamonds are microscopic and pave set with surgical
precision. This magnificent end result is possible thanks to the use of
brilliant cut diamonds with a large variety of diameters.

A unique square cut ruby has been set in both Tulip logos.

For the Tulip E-Go diamond project, Marcel van Galen Design worked
closely together with Design Department product engineering and Laurent
de Beer Master Jewelry Designer.

Consumer price € 283,000"
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On 16 May 2005 13:57:27 -0700, "YKhan" <yjkhan@gmail.com> wrote:

>"Tulip E-Go Diamond
>
>Tulip E-Go notebook inlaid with solid palladium white gold plates in
>which thousands of brilliant cut diamonds have been set. The quality is
>V.V.S. top-Wesselton and the total weight is 80.00 Crt.
>
>The brilliant cut diamonds are microscopic and pave set with surgical
>precision. This magnificent end result is possible thanks to the use of
>brilliant cut diamonds with a large variety of diameters.
>
>A unique square cut ruby has been set in both Tulip logos.
>
>For the Tulip E-Go diamond project, Marcel van Galen Design worked
>closely together with Design Department product engineering and Laurent
>de Beer Master Jewelry Designer.
>
>Consumer price € 283,000"
>http://www.amdboard.com/tulip_e-go.html

Wow... that's one of the dumbest ideas I've come across in a while! A
$350,000 laptop that will be obsolete in 3 years time? Not to mention
the fact that diamond and gold will tend to add useless weight to the
laptop. And for what? Fashion? I doubt most people would be any
more impressed with the diamond than with any of their other laptops.

That being said, they are some kind of neat looking laptops (the
non-diamond varieties). Ok, a few of them seem a touch to, umm,
feminine for my tastes, but the concept isn't bad. They've got some
decent hardware to back it up to. Too bad the round shape of the case
limits the (rectangular) screen to only 12.1".

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Tony Hill wrote:
> Wow... that's one of the dumbest ideas I've come across in a while! A
> $350,000 laptop that will be obsolete in 3 years time? Not to mention
> the fact that diamond and gold will tend to add useless weight to the
> laptop. And for what? Fashion? I doubt most people would be any
> more impressed with the diamond than with any of their other laptops.

I bet they'd fly off the shelves at $175,000, why that's 50% off! :)

> That being said, they are some kind of neat looking laptops (the
> non-diamond varieties). Ok, a few of them seem a touch to, umm,
> feminine for my tastes, but the concept isn't bad. They've got some
> decent hardware to back it up to. Too bad the round shape of the case
> limits the (rectangular) screen to only 12.1".

So you think a laptop named "Tulip" is kinda feminine do you?

The lineup is absolutely geared at women consumers. The round lines with
the integrated handle are supposed to match a purse. The color schemes
are also meant to evoke purses. The diamond and gold version is probably
just the Dolce & Gabanna version of these laptops, meant to be shown and
worn only once on a runway, with the actual consumer lines being much
less gaudy.

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On Mon, 16 May 2005 22:58:31 -0400, Yousuf Khan wrote:

> Tony Hill wrote:
>> Wow... that's one of the dumbest ideas I've come across in a while! A
>> $350,000 laptop that will be obsolete in 3 years time? Not to mention
>> the fact that diamond and gold will tend to add useless weight to the
>> laptop. And for what? Fashion? I doubt most people would be any
>> more impressed with the diamond than with any of their other laptops.
>
> I bet they'd fly off the shelves at $175,000, why that's 50% off! :)
>
>> That being said, they are some kind of neat looking laptops (the
>> non-diamond varieties). Ok, a few of them seem a touch to, umm,
>> feminine for my tastes, but the concept isn't bad. They've got some
>> decent hardware to back it up to. Too bad the round shape of the case
>> limits the (rectangular) screen to only 12.1".
>
> So you think a laptop named "Tulip" is kinda feminine do you?

....or was that two-lips? Hmm, perhaps I should go to the dark side
(marketing).

> The lineup is absolutely geared at women consumers. The round lines with
> the integrated handle are supposed to match a purse. The color schemes
> are also meant to evoke purses.

Macs are fo girls? ;-)

> The diamond and gold version is probably
> just the Dolce & Gabanna version of these laptops, meant to be shown and
> worn only once on a runway, with the actual consumer lines being much
> less gaudy.

....and the LED lit up PeeCees with windows (the clear kind) aren't pimpy?
Ok, my fansink has an LED on it because the version without cost $6 more
(shipping). It's not at all effeminite, it's just cheap! ;-)

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keith wrote:
>>The lineup is absolutely geared at women consumers. The round lines with
>>the integrated handle are supposed to match a purse. The color schemes
>>are also meant to evoke purses.
>
>
> Macs are fo girls? ;-)

It's true, Apple markets heavily to women. It wouldn't surprise me if
the iPod isn't majority bought by women.

>>The diamond and gold version is probably
>>just the Dolce & Gabanna version of these laptops, meant to be shown and
>>worn only once on a runway, with the actual consumer lines being much
>>less gaudy.
>
>
> ...and the LED lit up PeeCees with windows (the clear kind) aren't pimpy?
> Ok, my fansink has an LED on it because the version without cost $6 more
> (shipping). It's not at all effeminite, it's just cheap! ;-)

The pimped out glowing look definitely would not appeal to girls, that's
to appeal to hip-hop wannabe boys. Different markets. In general, girls
like cute, while boys like flashy. Even the gold & diamond laptop
despite being gaudy, is designed in such a way as to appeal to girls,
because it's not flashy. Gaudy and flashy aren't necessarily the same;
gaudy comes in all kinds of forms. The diamond and gold laptop would be
gaudy in a Milan fashion week kind of way, not a Jay-Z or 50 Cent kind
of way.

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Lee Waun wrote:
> What a total waste of money that is. It is just so ugly why would
anyone
> want that.

I doubt many would consider it ugly. Definitely unusual. Very feminine,
in an industry geared towards male tastes so far.

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"Tulip E-Go Diamond

Tulip E-Go notebook inlaid with solid palladium white gold plates in
which thousands of brilliant cut diamonds have been set. The quality is
V.V.S. top-Wesselton and the total weight is 80.00 Crt.

The brilliant cut diamonds are microscopic and pave set with surgical
precision. This magnificent end result is possible thanks to the use of
brilliant cut diamonds with a large variety of diameters.

A unique square cut ruby has been set in both Tulip logos.

For the Tulip E-Go diamond project, Marcel van Galen Design worked
closely together with Design Department product engineering and Laurent
de Beer Master Jewelry Designer.

What a total waste of money that is. It is just so ugly why would anyone
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Tony Hill <hilla_nospam_20@yahoo.ca> writes:

> On 16 May 2005 13:57:27 -0700, "YKhan" <yjkhan@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>"Tulip E-Go Diamond
>>
>>Tulip E-Go notebook inlaid with solid palladium white gold plates in
>>which thousands of brilliant cut diamonds have been set. The quality is
>>V.V.S. top-Wesselton and the total weight is 80.00 Crt.
>>
>>The brilliant cut diamonds are microscopic and pave set with surgical
>>precision. This magnificent end result is possible thanks to the use of
>>brilliant cut diamonds with a large variety of diameters.
>>
>>A unique square cut ruby has been set in both Tulip logos.
>>
>>For the Tulip E-Go diamond project, Marcel van Galen Design worked
>>closely together with Design Department product engineering and Laurent
>>de Beer Master Jewelry Designer.
>>
>>Consumer price € 283,000"
>>http://www.amdboard.com/tulip_e-go.html
>
> Wow... that's one of the dumbest ideas I've come across in a while! A
> $350,000 laptop that will be obsolete in 3 years time? Not to mention
> the fact that diamond and gold will tend to add useless weight to the
> laptop. And for what? Fashion? I doubt most people would be any
> more impressed with the diamond than with any of their other laptops.
>
> That being said, they are some kind of neat looking laptops (the
> non-diamond varieties). Ok, a few of them seem a touch to, umm,
> feminine for my tastes, but the concept isn't bad.

Allow me to be the devil advocate for a second: why do all laptops
have to look like bricks? Even Sony has gone to "bricktops" in their
Vaio series, which is otherwise known for very sleek (visual) design.


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In article <uk6lxn2rf.fsf@harrekilde.dk>, khp@harrekilde.dk says...
> Tony Hill <hilla_nospam_20@yahoo.ca> writes:
>
> > On 16 May 2005 13:57:27 -0700, "YKhan" <yjkhan@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >>"Tulip E-Go Diamond
> >>
> >>Tulip E-Go notebook inlaid with solid palladium white gold plates in
> >>which thousands of brilliant cut diamonds have been set. The quality is
> >>V.V.S. top-Wesselton and the total weight is 80.00 Crt.
> >>
> >>The brilliant cut diamonds are microscopic and pave set with surgical
> >>precision. This magnificent end result is possible thanks to the use of
> >>brilliant cut diamonds with a large variety of diameters.
> >>
> >>A unique square cut ruby has been set in both Tulip logos.
> >>
> >>For the Tulip E-Go diamond project, Marcel van Galen Design worked
> >>closely together with Design Department product engineering and Laurent
> >>de Beer Master Jewelry Designer.
> >>
> >>Consumer price € 283,000"
> >>http://www.amdboard.com/tulip_e-go.html
> >
> > Wow... that's one of the dumbest ideas I've come across in a while! A
> > $350,000 laptop that will be obsolete in 3 years time? Not to mention
> > the fact that diamond and gold will tend to add useless weight to the
> > laptop. And for what? Fashion? I doubt most people would be any
> > more impressed with the diamond than with any of their other laptops.
> >
> > That being said, they are some kind of neat looking laptops (the
> > non-diamond varieties). Ok, a few of them seem a touch to, umm,
> > feminine for my tastes, but the concept isn't bad.
>
> Allow me to be the devil advocate for a second: why do all laptops
> have to look like bricks? Even Sony has gone to "bricktops" in their
> Vaio series, which is otherwise known for very sleek (visual) design.

Why do businessmen wear dark suits?

Why sell to businessmen who wear dark suits?

Because businessmen wearing dark suits have green.

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On Mon, 16 May 2005 23:29:00 -0400, keith <krw@att.bizzzz> wrote:

>On Mon, 16 May 2005 22:58:31 -0400, Yousuf Khan wrote:
>> The diamond and gold version is probably
>> just the Dolce & Gabanna version of these laptops, meant to be shown and
>> worn only once on a runway, with the actual consumer lines being much
>> less gaudy.
>
>...and the LED lit up PeeCees with windows (the clear kind) aren't pimpy?
>Ok, my fansink has an LED on it because the version without cost $6 more
>(shipping). It's not at all effeminite, it's just cheap! ;-)

I want ground-effects lighting for my computer! :>

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On Tue, 17 May 2005 20:09:08 +0200, Kai Harrekilde-Petersen
<khp@harrekilde.dk> wrote:
>> That being said, they are some kind of neat looking laptops (the
>> non-diamond varieties). Ok, a few of them seem a touch to, umm,
>> feminine for my tastes, but the concept isn't bad.
>
>Allow me to be the devil advocate for a second: why do all laptops
>have to look like bricks? Even Sony has gone to "bricktops" in their
>Vaio series, which is otherwise known for very sleek (visual) design.

Well, part of the problem with non-brick laptops is one thing I
mentioned in the above post; you simply end up wasting a LOT of
precious laptop real-estate by putting a rectangular screen in a
non-rectangular case. These E-Go laptops are about as big as a
standard laptop with a 15" screen but they only have 12.1" screens.

Beyond that there are probably some cost incentives to making things
simple and square. Remember that basically all laptops are outsourced
to the lowest bidder these days, be it Arima, Quanta or Compal. Most
laptop vendors (ie HP, Dell, Sony, etc.) just choose a standard model
from one of these three manufacturers and slap their sticker on the
front. Designing a different laptop would probably require a unique
product line be built and it would probably raise the cost by a rather
larger amount then would normally be expected.

Of course, it could simply be that the majority of laptop buyers are
boring :>

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Keith R. Williams <krw@att.bizzzz> writes:

> In article <uk6lxn2rf.fsf@harrekilde.dk>, khp@harrekilde.dk says...
>> Allow me to be the devil advocate for a second: why do all laptops
>> have to look like bricks? Even Sony has gone to "bricktops" in their
>> Vaio series, which is otherwise known for very sleek (visual) design.
>
> Why do businessmen wear dark suits?
>
> Why sell to businessmen who wear dark suits?
>
> Because businessmen wearing dark suits have green.

Obviously, you haven't even taken the time to stop and look at the
Sony vaios.

Sony (and other companies for that matter) have produced laptops that
didn't look like bricks and were NOT "feminine" or whatever you want
to call it.

If your point is conformity and narrowmindedness of the buyers, I can
only lament the human race.


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>The lineup is absolutely geared at women consumers.

Yeah, wealthy affluent consumers, probably the same people who can
afford to buy an expensive BMW or gas-gussling hummer in cash.

And I doubt that the average middle class woman is going to purchase
one of these since it costs about as much as a house.
 
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Tony Hill <hilla_nospam_20@yahoo.ca> writes:

> On Tue, 17 May 2005 20:09:08 +0200, Kai Harrekilde-Petersen
> <khp@harrekilde.dk> wrote:
>>> That being said, they are some kind of neat looking laptops (the
>>> non-diamond varieties). Ok, a few of them seem a touch to, umm,
>>> feminine for my tastes, but the concept isn't bad.
>>
>>Allow me to be the devil advocate for a second: why do all laptops
>>have to look like bricks? Even Sony has gone to "bricktops" in their
>>Vaio series, which is otherwise known for very sleek (visual) design.
>
> Well, part of the problem with non-brick laptops is one thing I
> mentioned in the above post; you simply end up wasting a LOT of
> precious laptop real-estate by putting a rectangular screen in a
> non-rectangular case. These E-Go laptops are about as big as a
> standard laptop with a 15" screen but they only have 12.1" screens.

Sounds like we have different mental pictures of what I call a
bricktop. To me, a bricktop is completely rectangular, in all three
dimensions.

My Vaio laptop is thicker in the rear than in the front, so the
keyboard is slightly slanted. They also made a "gull-wing" design on
the sides, where the connectors and the fan-exhaust sits. Very neat
and stylish, and without loosing points for jeopardizing that 15"
screen. OK, so it's only ~14", but its 1400x1050 :)

> Beyond that there are probably some cost incentives to making things
> simple and square. Remember that basically all laptops are outsourced
> to the lowest bidder these days, be it Arima, Quanta or Compal. Most
> laptop vendors (ie HP, Dell, Sony, etc.) just choose a standard model
> from one of these three manufacturers and slap their sticker on the
> front. Designing a different laptop would probably require a unique
> product line be built and it would probably raise the cost by a rather
> larger amount then would normally be expected.

I doubt it would be by a lot. Sure, the Vaio I bought was more
expensive than your joe-average laptop, but not by a lot.

> Of course, it could simply be that the majority of laptop buyers are
> boring :>

I hope you're wrong :>


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On Tue, 17 May 2005 21:09:37 -0400, Tony Hill wrote:

> On Mon, 16 May 2005 23:29:00 -0400, keith <krw@att.bizzzz> wrote:
>
>>On Mon, 16 May 2005 22:58:31 -0400, Yousuf Khan wrote:
>>> The diamond and gold version is probably
>>> just the Dolce & Gabanna version of these laptops, meant to be shown and
>>> worn only once on a runway, with the actual consumer lines being much
>>> less gaudy.
>>
>>...and the LED lit up PeeCees with windows (the clear kind) aren't pimpy?
>>Ok, my fansink has an LED on it because the version without cost $6 more
>>(shipping). It's not at all effeminite, it's just cheap! ;-)
>
> I want ground-effects lighting for my computer! :>

Hey, it adds 200MHz! ...just like spoilers add 10HP.

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On Wed, 18 May 2005 15:13:18 -0500, lyon_wonder wrote:

>>The lineup is absolutely geared at women consumers.
>
> Yeah, wealthy affluent consumers, probably the same people who can
> afford to buy an expensive BMW or gas-gussling hummer in cash.

What, don't they notice you?

> And I doubt that the average middle class woman is going to purchase
> one of these since it costs about as much as a house.

It's not about "middle class women" at all. What about the ones without
the diamonds?

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lyon_wonder wrote:
>>The lineup is absolutely geared at women consumers.
>
>
> Yeah, wealthy affluent consumers, probably the same people who can
> afford to buy an expensive BMW or gas-gussling hummer in cash.
>
> And I doubt that the average middle class woman is going to purchase
> one of these since it costs about as much as a house.

Only the gold and diamond-studded version of this laptop costs that
much, obviously. The lesser versions are probably much more reasonable,
though it's not stated how much they cost.

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In article <1116357581.549227.6710@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>, YKhan
<yjkhan@gmail.com> writes
>Lee Waun wrote:
>> What a total waste of money that is. It is just so ugly why would
>anyone
>> want that.
>
>I doubt many would consider it ugly. Definitely unusual. Very feminine,
>in an industry geared towards male tastes so far.
>
True, but I did not notice a mirror.
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On Thu, 19 May 2005 01:19:09 +0100, Roger Hunt wrote:

> In article <1116357581.549227.6710@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>, YKhan
> <yjkhan@gmail.com> writes
>>Lee Waun wrote:
>>> What a total waste of money that is. It is just so ugly why would
>>anyone
>>> want that.
>>
>>I doubt many would consider it ugly. Definitely unusual. Very feminine,
>>in an industry geared towards male tastes so far.

Actually, after my first rant (I couldn't get to the site) I looked
again. It's actaully well done. $350K for a lousey hunk of electronics
that will depreciate faster than an Edsel in a Canuckistan winter, is
rather over the top though.

> True, but I did not notice a mirror.

I agree! For $350K at least they'd have RAID-0 drives!

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Roger Hunt wrote:
> True, but I did not notice a mirror.

I thought maybe that's what all of the gold plating was for.

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>Roger Hunt wrote:
>> True, but I did not notice a mirror.
>
>I thought maybe that's what all of the gold plating was for.
>
<g>
Of course! It's the ultimate vanity mirror.
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On Thu, 19 May 2005 13:08:06 +0100, Roger Hunt wrote:

> In article <87Tie.6495$dS3.827819@news20.bellglobal.com>, Yousuf Khan
> <bbbl67@ezrs.com> writes
>>Roger Hunt wrote:
>>> True, but I did not notice a mirror.
>>
>>I thought maybe that's what all of the gold plating was for.
>>
> <g>
> Of course! It's the ultimate vanity mirror.

'twould make the skin look a litttle jaundiced, no?

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>On Thu, 19 May 2005 13:08:06 +0100, Roger Hunt wrote:
>
>> In article <87Tie.6495$dS3.827819@news20.bellglobal.com>, Yousuf Khan
>> <bbbl67@ezrs.com> writes
>>>Roger Hunt wrote:
>>>> True, but I did not notice a mirror.
>>>
>>>I thought maybe that's what all of the gold plating was for.
>>>
>> <g>
>> Of course! It's the ultimate vanity mirror.
>
>'twould make the skin look a litttle jaundiced, no?
>
I assume the owner is so inflated with Botox they can hardly see out of
their eyes, so it wouldn't matter.
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keith <krw@att.bizzzz> writes:

> On Wed, 18 May 2005 19:38:59 +0200, Kai Harrekilde-Petersen wrote:
> He isn't. Computers aren't peacock feathers. They're tools. They're not
> intended to define you. Sheesh! Buy pink iBook and become a lawyer in
> the movies.

We have different opinions. Get over it.


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On Fri, 20 May 2005 19:07:15 +0200, Kai Harrekilde-Petersen wrote:

> keith <krw@att.bizzzz> writes:
>
>> On Wed, 18 May 2005 19:38:59 +0200, Kai Harrekilde-Petersen wrote:
>> He isn't. Computers aren't peacock feathers. They're tools. They're not
>> intended to define you. Sheesh! Buy pink iBook and become a lawyer in
>> the movies.
>
> We have different opinions. Get over it.

The fact is that the target market for laptops don't want glitz.
They're getting what they want. You're the one who needs to get over it.
....or you could invest the money and build strawberry glitter notebooks to
meet the demand you see.

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