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by schen
Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: YOUR FIRST COMPUTER?
Replies: 48
Views: 9677

Re: YOUR FIRST COMPUTER?

1979, I was a freshman at Texas A&M University, I got a job working for a BA prof who had me type his "punch-cards" for him and then run his "stack" after he had checked my cards. This was of course on a mainframe at the Teague building where the computers were located! In my spare time, I got the m...
by schen
Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Edge / E-series
Topic: What I found out about the Edge 15
Replies: 8
Views: 11495

Re: What I found out about the Edge 15

On the subject of "consumer Thinkpads" are there any Thinkpad features maintained in the Edge 15's Chiclet keyboard? I know the SL series keyboard while pointlessly a 6 row still looked like it had the integrated numberpad and browser keys activated with the Fn key. No. Unfortunately, it's pretty m...
by schen
Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: ThinkPad Edge / E-series
Topic: What I found out about the Edge 15
Replies: 8
Views: 11495

Re: What I found out about the Edge 15

To be fair the Edge 15 it was a $500 laptop when it was new and I remember the spec was decent ie. 4gb ram 2.5ghz i5 and a 500gb hdd... The T420 was over 3x the price. Oh, I absolutely agree with you on the "as new" price differential. I guess, I just struggle with them slapping a ThinkPad sticker ...
by schen
Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review
Replies: 8
Views: 2844

Re: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review

Hello, This is my first post! I found these forums through this thread: http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=118070 I've had a T430s for a year or two now. I'd like to upgrade the screen, which is its main limitation now. Does anyone have any pointers on acquiring the parts required for ...
by schen
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....
Replies: 46
Views: 97823

Re: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....

So, I did a little digging and it looks like the second screen on the "DS" is listed as 10.6" with a resolution of 768 x 1280. The IPS screen on the ThinkPad Tablet (original Android version) is listed as 10.1" with a resolution of 800 x 1280..... interesting..... :wink: I happen to have one of thos...
by schen
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....
Replies: 46
Views: 97823

Re: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....

This is something that totally skipped my mind. I would absolutely LOVE to know if there's any possibility to modify a different panel in as the second screen... i'm pretty sure Lenovo just took whatever netbook screens were left at the bottom of the bin and put those in their W700ds/W701ds laptops...
by schen
Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: ThinkPad Edge / E-series
Topic: What I found out about the Edge 15
Replies: 8
Views: 11495

Re: What I found out about the Edge 15

thinkpadgeek91 wrote:I have a E550. I agree it's a consumer machine. The screen and everything else just feels cheap compared to my T420.
I must say though, that I like the look of the E550 quite a bit more than my Edge 15!
by schen
Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What's the lightest laptop that you travel with? [WARNING: 2 tiny pix]
Replies: 56
Views: 16363

Re: What's the lightest laptop that you travel with? [WARNING: 2 tiny pix]

I used to travel with "X" Series machines (traditional, non-X1), till my eyes got bad. Then, I went from an X300, to X301, to X1 and now a T430s. I don't travel as much as I used to, plus the combination of: hate low resolution screens, and not being able to handle high res, small one has led me to ...
by schen
Tue Oct 04, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....
Replies: 46
Views: 97823

Re: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....

I'd beg to differ on this one. A few years ago we went on a cruise with friends of ours and they brought their then-new Air while I had the X301 with me. The difference when compared side-by-side was very noticeable. .....and I felt that the screen on my X301 was marginally better than the one on t...
by schen
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Back to my past!
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Re: Back to my past!

Makes me think Thinkpads have a large userbase in Academia. Just anecdotal evidence of course, but apart from the tradition Apple only users, I'd say that yes, there's a pretty significant group of ThinkPad users that I've run across. Of course, some institutions are traditionally ThinkPad universi...
by schen
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Edge / E-series
Topic: What I found out about the Edge 15
Replies: 8
Views: 11495

What I found out about the Edge 15

Many of you probably already know this, but I got the opportunity to find out what an Edge was "made of" this last weekend! :D Up till last week, I had never even seen a "ThinkPad Edge" in person, much less touched one. Well.... I bought one a couple of weeks ago and it showed up at the house last w...
by schen
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review
Replies: 8
Views: 2844

Re: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review

I'm one of those people who doesnt have a huge problem with the various T400-430 high res screens. They clearly are not suitable for any graphics work and compared to any better screen from a more GFX oriented laptop they dont look good but they are good enough for what I do. I do like the idea of ...
by schen
Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: WTB: T430 WXGA Screen- Found
Replies: 0
Views: 659

WTB: T430 WXGA Screen- Found

I just need the screen itself. The most basic low res 1366 x 768 version. It seems that most of the ones I see on eBay are HD+ (1600 x 900). I think that the panels from the T420, T430s, T420s might all work in it, but not certain. I do believe the cables are universal as well. Let me know what you ...
by schen
Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: w530 - ideal mSATA SSD size in relation to the main hard drive
Replies: 3
Views: 2840

Re: w530 - ideal mSATA SSD size in relation to the main hard drive

Hey guys! I have a w530 with a standard 2.5" SSD (500 GB) in the main hard drive bay, but am thinking of adding an mSATA drive as well. I looked through the manual and it states that reliability is not guaranteed if I try to make the mSATA SSD as my boot drive, since this drive was meant to be used...
by schen
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: New Project for Old ThinkPads
Replies: 7
Views: 3835

Re: New Project for Old ThinkPads

Debian is a default choice for servers, though any flavor of Linux can serve files. Debian needs at least 60mb of ram for to run with 64bits (amd64), on production servers 512mb RAM is typical for entry-level boxes. From the basic install you add 'packages' to make it FreeNAS-like. Debian system re...
by schen
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: If you've ≥5 computers, do you use them all or feel guilty?
Replies: 301
Views: 135725

Re: If you've ≥5 computers, do you use them all or feel guilty?

I don't know how exactly to answer this question. I have more than 5, but several belong to "us", not "me" specifically since I actually have an HTPC attached to all three of our TVs and our "home server" which backs up and serves media to all our machines. So I'm going to go with not counting them....
by schen
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: New Project for Old ThinkPads
Replies: 7
Views: 3835

Re: New Project for Old ThinkPads

If low memory would be a problem then I recommend you use the R500 for FreeNAS. I guess, it really comes down to whether I end up using FreeNAS mostly as a test-bed/practice system, so I don't do something stupid on my main server! Or the other direction and use my MS Home Server license. R500= Fre...
by schen
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....
Replies: 46
Views: 97823

Re: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....

I agree with all the above comments but personally I don't believe it cripples the X301. Obviously the screen is not perfect but in my eyes it is ok. I like the 1400 x 900 resolution, brightness and matt display which aren't all available in the AFFS screen. Running Calibrate Display and clear type...
by schen
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....
Replies: 46
Views: 97823

Best ThinkPad Crippled by A Flaw....

Here's a different one for you guys. What's the best, or at least the favorite ThinkPad that could have been the best, but for the one fatal flaw!

My vote: The X300/301 and it's display. If only Lenovo could have scrounged up a 13" IPS display...... I still miss that machine.
by schen
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: My setups
Replies: 39
Views: 28029

Re: My setups

You have actual real reasons for using lots of monitors. I just struggle with MAS(s) Monitor Acquisition Syndrome.... there doesn't appear to be a cure!
by schen
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: New Project for Old ThinkPads
Replies: 7
Views: 3835

New Project for Old ThinkPads

Much like many on this forum, I have been at this ThinkPad thing for some time and have accumulated lots of hardware that's "in-betwixed and in-between". Not old enough to permanently put out-to-pasture but too old to be front-line daily drivers. Right now; in that category sits my beloved, Titanium...
by schen
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Experimentation with A31
Replies: 28
Views: 6016

Re: Experimentation with A31

Is your Z61m equipped with an Intel Core Solo? You can upgrade it to an early Core 2 Duo, I think. No; my Z61m is "loaded up". T7200, 4Gb of RAM (although it can only see 3), 80Gb mSATA SSD in an adapter, 1650 x 1050 res screen. So you can see, there's not much left to do on this machine if any. I'...
by schen
Wed Sep 21, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: Experimentation with A31
Replies: 28
Views: 6016

Re: Experimentation with A31

I've got an A31 down in our Computer Club room running CentOS. I haven't run it for awhile now, but it was originally set up as a file server using CentOS, an additional drive in one of the drive-bays and another in the Dock. That was my last experiment with the several A31s left from my wife's clas...
by schen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: Good $100 TP to buy on eBay ?
Replies: 35
Views: 8559

Re: Good $100 TP to buy on eBay ?

Sorry to be late to the party, but I just started back on to the Forum yesterday. However, this is a very interesting post to me as I've spent a lot of time around this generation of machine. Right now I have a mostly finished R500 (can't find the HDD cover) a dead nVidia T61 and a Z61m (Titanium) a...
by schen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review
Replies: 8
Views: 2844

Re: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review

These will turn your 14.1" laptop into a 15.6" one: http://www.carson.com/magnifiers/outdoor/1420-od-12 Those look awesome! :thumbs-UP: I could definitely use that while working on machines. My vision in general is pretty good (corrected). It's the near-sighted trying to read stuff through the litt...
by schen
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: TrackPoint on the T440p compared to "old" models?
Replies: 16
Views: 5054

Re: TrackPoint on the T440p compared to "old" models?

Snagged a "new" T430s in the Outlet last week w/ the i7 3520m and HD+ screen. Using it now, the screen is actually pretty decent, maybe I got lucky w/ the panel lottery. Did some research apparently I have the Samsung display- LTN140KT03401 is what PC Wizard shows as the manufacturer. It didn't com...
by schen
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review
Replies: 8
Views: 2844

Re: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review

Thanks George!

I'm not going to take it apart just to see, but the screen doesn't seem too bad, so maybe it's a Samsung unit vs. the AUO or Philips. I'd love to have an IPS but my eyes can no longer handle that kind of resolution on the smaller panels!
by schen
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review
Replies: 8
Views: 2844

The T430s: More Rationale, Less Review

In my previous post, I talked about the appropriateness of my returning to the "T Series" ThinkPad as I return to the Forum as well. And although, it's a 3-4 year-old machine these days, I'm going to spend a little time on what this is such an appropriate and important machine to me. I'll start with...
by schen
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430-T490 / T530-T590 Series
Topic: Back to my past!
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Back to my past!

Hello everyone! I'm back. It's kind of appropriate since I also recently have returned to the use of a "T Series" machine after a number of years of wandering through the maze of the X "halo" products running from the X300, to X301 and then the X1. In the meantime, I was tied up teaching Advanced Pl...
by schen
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Marketplace - Forum Members only
Topic: Sold: ThinkPad Tablet (Android) 64Gb Version
Replies: 1
Views: 829

Sold: ThinkPad Tablet (Android) 64Gb Version

Up for sale is my personal TP Android tablet. This one is the rare 64Gb (1838-CTO, Pen Included) version in pretty much "mint" condition. This machine has an odd back-story in that I bought one of these tablets used, but it wouldn't boot. I sent it back to Memphis for repairs. They told me that they...

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