• New Toy

    From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to All on Tue Feb 16 21:30:00 2021
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    I went to my local thrift shop and found a Dell Inspiron for $150 - it's got
    a DVD-RW, 16 GB of RAM, a 3TB drive and an I7-4790 CPU. It'll make a nice upgrade from my old Core 2 Quad box.

    I'm surprised at how sparse it is on the inside - my Precision Workstation circa 2011 has fans everywhere and a ton of drive bays, the Inspiron has a case with covered ports and those 2000-era smooth covers over the DVD
    drives. Not as garish as my old Compaq Presario, by any means.


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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Feb 19 20:37:39 2021
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    Re: New Toy
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to All on Tue Feb 16 2021 09:30 pm

    I went to my local thrift shop and found a Dell Inspiron for $150 - it's got a DVD-RW, 16 GB of RAM, a 3TB drive and an I7-4790 CPU. It'll make a nice upgrade from my old Core 2 Quad box.

    I'm surprised at how sparse it is on the inside - my Precision Workstation circa 2011 has fans everywhere and a ton of drive bays, the Inspiron has a case with covered ports and those 2000-era smooth covers over the DVD drives. Not as garish as my old Compaq Presario, by any means.


    people dont need a lot of drive bays anymore, or even a dvd drive.
    also, fans don't really do a good job of cooling, nor are many fans needed anymore.

    i had a core 2 duo that was always hot as hell and had lots of fans i added. eventually i had to put a box fan on it.

    this i7 computer just needs little fans and stays cool, even when gaming at max settings.
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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to MRO on Sat Feb 20 07:35:00 2021
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    MRO wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    this i7 computer just needs little fans and stays cool, even when
    gaming at max settings. ---

    This new little i7 is plugged into the same UPS that the Core 2 Quad was plugged into. With the old system I had 11 minutes of run time. With the new system, 24 minutes.


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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to poindexter FORTRAN on Sat Feb 20 16:16:26 2021
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    Re: Re: New Toy
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to MRO on Sat Feb 20 2021 07:35 am

    MRO wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    this i7 computer just needs little fans and stays cool, even when gaming at max settings. ---

    This new little i7 is plugged into the same UPS that the Core 2 Quad was plugged into. With the old system I had 11 minutes of run time. With the new system, 24 minutes.


    ... Frightfully nice.

    yep new computers are optomized and energy efficient. more reason to get rid of the old stuff.
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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to All on Mon Apr 26 06:52:00 2021
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    I picked up a Lenovo Thinkpad X131e for $30 this weekend, in mint condition. The keyboard and screen are immaculate.

    It's a Chromebook, I wanted to have a spare for my daughter and have one to play with for a while. Unfortunately it's a bit older and EOL according to Google. It's stuck at Chrome 69.

    I opened up the inside and it's got 2 memory sockets and a space for a 2.5" SATA drive. I tossed a 32GB SSD I bought as a test drive and Chrome sees it
    as storage. Nice.

    I've got a couple of options. I played with Crouton and got a recent version of XFCE running on it. CloudReady is a third-party ChromiumOS that supports this model. And, with some BIOS tweaking you can install bare-metal linux.

    I migth stick with Crouton, and when my daughter's Chromebook finally dies, powerwash this one and give it to her.


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  • From fusion@VERT/CFBBS to poindexter FORTRAN on Mon Apr 26 21:35:00 2021
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    On 26 Apr 2021, poindexter FORTRAN said the following...

    I picked up a Lenovo Thinkpad X131e for $30 this weekend, in mint condition. The keyboard and screen are immaculate.

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    I opened up the inside and it's got 2 memory sockets and a space for a 2.5" SATA drive. I tossed a 32GB SSD I bought as a test drive and Chrome sees it as storage. Nice.

    i have a similarly anemic ThinkPad X140e. i believe most of these types of machines were originally targeted to the education sector. mine will use 85-90% of the cpu just looking at the task manager :)

    browsing and stuff is okay though. can't expect it to be fast, but if you throw the maximum ram in there (mine was 8gb). i've never had it freeze up / require me to kill processes. i wouldn't use it with 4gb though, at least on my setup with Win 10, because then you'll be swapping to the disk..

    it does have hardware acceleration for video decoding though.. looks like yours probably does too. luckily - because i really don't think the cpu could do it.

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  • From HusTler@VERT/HAVENS to poindexter FORTRAN on Tue Apr 27 08:13:56 2021
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    Re: New Toy
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to All on Mon Apr 26 2021 06:52 am

    I picked up a Lenovo Thinkpad X131e for $30 this weekend, in mint condition. The keyboard and screen are immaculate.

    Nice find! I've won 2 netbooks on ebay for $25 and $30. If one is patient there are a lot laptops out there to be had. I remember when a laptop was so far out of reach at $2000. I could only afford building my own desktop. Using my kithen table as my work station. Tower under the table. Wires, modems, monitors. Now I can hold all of that in my hand. ;-)

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to HusTler on Tue Apr 27 11:16:43 2021
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    Re: New Toy
    By: HusTler to poindexter FORTRAN on Tue Apr 27 2021 08:13 am


    Nice find! I've won 2 netbooks on ebay for $25 and $30. If one is patient there are a lot laptops out there to be had. I remember when a laptop was so far out of reach at $2000. I could only afford building my own desktop. Using my kithen table as my work station. Tower under the table. Wires, modems, monitors. Now I can hold all of that in my hand. ;-)


    i remember when i wanted laptops and notebooks so bad and i couldnt afford them. now i have the money and i buy them but they sit around doing nothing.
    i'd rather use my phone while sitting in the chair watching tv.
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  • From Tortillaretreat@VERT to MRO on Tue Apr 27 18:34:39 2021
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    Re: New Toy
    By: MRO to HusTler on Tue Apr 27 2021 11:16 am

    i remember when i wanted laptops and notebooks so bad and i couldnt afford them. now i have the money and i buy them but they sit around doing nothing.
    i'd rather use my phone while sitting in the chair watching tv.

    I understand that hard. Sometimes you want a full-on experience with your tech, and other times you just want digital white noise to recharge after a particularly taxing rabbit hole. Just make sure you put your phone in a Faraday cage when you're not using it on the go, otherwise you're just giving another way to track yourself.

    This guy gives pretty steps on how to keep yourself secure on his site: digdeeper.neocities.org

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Tortillaretreat on Wed Apr 28 00:05:59 2021
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    Re: New Toy
    By: Tortillaretreat to MRO on Tue Apr 27 2021 06:34 pm

    I understand that hard. Sometimes you want a full-on experience with your tech, and other times you just want digital white noise to recharge after a particularly taxing rabbit hole. Just make sure you put your phone in a Faraday cage when you're not using it on the go, otherwise you're just giving another way to track yourself.

    This guy gives pretty steps on how to keep yourself secure on his site: digdeeper.neocities.org


    i'd have to root my phone and i dont want to break any phone functionality.

    i just want a phone that runs linux and can make calls. i wish we could have that.
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  • From Phigan@VERT/FLUXCAP to MRO on Wed Apr 28 12:00:37 2021
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    Re: New Toy
    By: MRO to Tortillaretreat on Wed Apr 28 2021 12:05 am

    i just want a phone that runs linux and can make calls. i wish we could have that.

    Wait, why does it have to make calls?

    :D

    Have you played with Termux at all?

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Phigan on Wed Apr 28 17:51:15 2021
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    Re: New Toy
    By: Phigan to MRO on Wed Apr 28 2021 12:00 pm

    Re: New Toy
    By: MRO to Tortillaretreat on Wed Apr 28 2021 12:05 am

    i just want a phone that runs linux and can make calls. i wish we could have that.

    Wait, why does it have to make calls?

    :D

    because once a month i make 1 phone call or someone tries to call me and i dont pick up.


    Have you played with Termux at all?

    i probably messed with it before.
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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to fusion on Tue Apr 27 06:37:00 2021
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    fusion wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    i have a similarly anemic ThinkPad X140e. i believe most of these types
    of machines were originally targeted to the education sector. mine will use 85-90% of the cpu just looking at the task manager :)

    It's definitely beefy, like it's been designed to be rugged. Nice keyboard
    and trackpoint reminiscent of other Thinkpads.

    As a Chromebook, it does just fine - I ran XFCE under crouton yesterday and
    it seems to get out of its own way. It performs admirably, for the price.
    :)


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