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IE7 and Offline favorites

I've been using IE 7 for a little while now and I am quite impressed with it. The bit I am disappointed with is offline support, a feature that has been dropped or rather superseded by its Rss support.

Now I wouldn't be upset with this if it wasn't for my new TabletPC...with IE 6 installed on it I can quite happily save pages offline for reading on the train home and this is great. I'd love to do this with IE 7 and use the cool tabs feature but you can't do it and it's a real shame as I do like what they have done with it - I just wish they hadn't dropped this feature as it's the main one I use!

I've just got a Fujitsu Lifebook P1510 and I'm really impressed with it. I particularly like the handwriting recognition. It's very accurate without any training but on my bumpy train ride home it takes twice as long to actually write anything but it looks pretty damn cool!

Already though I'm worried that as a niche (ultra portable) laptop I am going to have trouble with batteries in the future. Past experience has shown that a laptop battery can rapidly deteriorate and give a very short operational time. Conversations with colleagues have highlighted that it can be difficult or impossible to get a replacement battery after only a year or so as the models are superseded. Should I get another battery now while I can? A comment made was that batteries do not store well and deteriorate even when not in this so? :-S


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