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by shawross
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad
Replies: 16
Views: 1167

Re: Poor Man's Retro Thinkpad

Most of the lefthand drive countries are British colonies except Thailand. If countries are strong in Cricket then they probably drive on the left.

Britain previously had a strong car industry especially after World War 2 when their engineers focused on cars rather than planes.
by shawross
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X201 running hot, eating LOTS of power
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: X201 running hot, eating LOTS of power

They can run hot but yours seems very hot for some reason. I would make sure the bios is set to adaptive for the CPU.

I have this on mine and it still has enough power when I need it. Maybe a clean and a thermal repaste might be in order.
by shawross
Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Flexing-issue on T60p 15 inch: possible?
Replies: 16
Views: 698

Re: Flexing-issue on T60p 15 inch: possible?

I thought the T60 has a rollcage. So in theory they shouldn't be susceptible to flexing
by shawross
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...
Replies: 104
Views: 36826

Re: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...

LOL tap away at your touch screen and search for out of order execution and report back what you find. This is the heart of the issue here. edit: I am not a CPU engineer and I concur there are no smoking guns here so to speak but if Intel weren't so obsessed with speed they might have done more risk...
by shawross
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...
Replies: 104
Views: 36826

Re: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...

"Our project is to optimize instruction scheduling in gcc, by detecting structural hazards. The algorithm employed requires no out-of-order executions by the processor." I am not sure what you think structural hazards are? But this question wasn't designed as a headline grabber and I apologize for ...
by shawross
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Spectre/Meltdown BIOS and CPU
Replies: 12
Views: 664

Re: Spectre/Meltdown BIOS and CPU

Thanks for that , shawross. Unfortunately I'm running Win 7 32 bit, the fix for which you said was ineffective Actually it is the tech websites that say that the update is ineffective for Windows 7 32 bit. Microsoft say if you apply the automatic updates for January then you should be right. I atm ...
by shawross
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

All the tool basically does is read your registry settings as these should report back the correct status. There is no real magic there and it doesn't install on your system and is only very light at 123 kb. This tool probably doesn't differentiate between the I core and the dual cores and can't sen...
by shawross
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

T530 (ivy bridge) is now: not vulnrable to meltdown still vulnrable to spectre My take is that you have installed the OS updates but you haven't installed the microcode update from lenovo - obviously it probably hasn't arrived yet. After you get and install the microcode update then it should show ...
by shawross
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Spectre/Meltdown BIOS and CPU
Replies: 12
Views: 664

Re: Spectre/Meltdown BIOS and CPU

Is the program freeware? Of course otherwise I wouldn't have downloaded it and only download from his respected website. edit: Putting aside CPU fixes, do either the T60P or T61P have BIOS updates that help protect against Meltdown? To protect against Meltdown you only need the OS updates. For Wind...
by shawross
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...
Replies: 104
Views: 36826

Re: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...

based on nothing but your own guesses From the Intel forum you can see in 2009 that it was known that OOOE was a security hole in Intel processors dating back to the Pentium Pro. That is not a guess and to suggest a cavalier attitude was taken to security back then wouldn't be such a long stretch. ...
by shawross
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...
Replies: 104
Views: 36826

Re: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...

I am speculating how long Intel and others have known about this exploit. The Intel forum dates are for 2009 so they were posted about 8 years before it came to be an official security exploit. I tend to believe it has been a somewhat ignored/hidden Intel exploit but I don't have any tangible eviden...
by shawross
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: Spectre/Meltdown BIOS and CPU
Replies: 12
Views: 664

Re: Spectre/Meltdown BIOS and CPU

At this stage Intel are saying that dual core cpus are not affected by spectre which is speculative execution and indirect branch prediction. They will still be affected by Meltdown so you need the OS updates. That should be good news really. Interestingly the MS Windows 7 security updates don't see...
by shawross
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...
Replies: 104
Views: 36826

Re: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...

It is the IT media that makes the Google one more visible than it deserves. I think Microsoft and Intel have a bit of work to do regarding their Media standing. If Google was updating "all" smart phones with the Android OS then there would be many smart phones which wouldn't boot. LOL My smart phon...
by shawross
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...
Replies: 104
Views: 36826

Re: Don't want W10? Concerned about privacy? Make sure to kill/uninstall these updates...

For me, Google is and will be the no-trust company #1. All the companies who are linked to the internet are involved in the collection of "Big Data" and you shouldn't really trust any of them. But if you use their software or services you have to trust them to keep you secure to a certain degree. I...
by shawross
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: In defense of the Thinkpad 25
Replies: 14
Views: 795

Re: In defense of the Thinkpad 25

To be fair, Lenovo/ThinkPad did make a serious effort for Thinkpad 25. I am glad some people think so At least the traditional 7-row keyboard had key backlight, so they did some redesigning... They also made it a touch screen which just screams "Retro" . We are truly blessed by Lenovo. :bow:
by shawross
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: T25-Retro Discussion
Topic: In defense of the Thinkpad 25
Replies: 14
Views: 795

Re: In defense of the Thinkpad 25

It's pretty obvious this is their current position. It's our job to change it, approaching anyone inside Lenovo that can affect the position. Goodluck with that one although Lenovo people do follow these forums. You would probably have more impact voicing this on Reddit where the next generation of...
by shawross
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

This is good but I will be holding off on these patches for now and hopefully Arandale might follow. This is probably being driven by Intel who are scrambling to retrieve some respect from the industry.
by shawross
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(
Replies: 10
Views: 595

Re: My backup machine (X61 T7500) gave up the ghost. :(

Interesting - have you tried removing your WLAN card to see if you get the same beeps? The security chip is still a mystery unfortunately.
by shawross
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Without corresponding CPU microcode update (usually delivered via BIOS update) the patch is not fully activated. Call me naive but thank heavens - for now anyway. Target availability was postponed by 6 weeks now. Dear Intel, please get in shape :roll: Between MS and Intel we see one calamity after ...
by shawross
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

I have updated the browsers for my machines - I am using Chrome with the isolation feature and I don't have Javascript activated by default. Also I have updated my Windows 7 with only the latest Security only updates and the latest updates are for NetFramework. But I am feeling "dr_st" is probably c...
by shawross
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo CES 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2608

Re: Lenovo CES 2018

My X61 which has Windows 7 X86 installed has a 1 GB + 2 GB ram and CPU-Z reports that it is running in Dual Channel Symmetric mode.
by shawross
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo CES 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2608

Re: Lenovo CES 2018

Yes Lenovo are still producing the same crap we don't want especially in keyboards and display ratios. But with the latest kernel exploits the latest CPUs may still be vulnerable despite the Intel microcode updates. With this speculation buying a new PC today might not be the smartest move. I think ...
by shawross
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Intel will take a hit to its credibility and reputation over these latest exploits and it makes one wonder how long it has really known about these latest exploits. Leaving many current systems unpatched and exposed would only prolong and amplify the current sentiment. Intel should tidy up their own...
by shawross
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

No update for Sandy Bridge surprises me because they produced ME updates for Arandale about 6 months ago. Regardless I will patch my Windows 7 and still only run Javascript on trusted and necessary sites. Maybe some firewall rules for for add on utilities wouldn't go astray. For my Samsung Arandale ...
by shawross
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

It makes you wonder how many more "Exploits" did Edward Snowden forward on to Project Zero

Intel will need to design some new backdoors for the NSA
by shawross
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Finding an exploit that arguably affects all computer hardware which can only be fixed by slowing down that hardware is potentially a huge boost to the computer industry. Apple eat your heart out this is how it is done. I wonder if the update to Windows 7 will be as efficient as the Windows 10 update.
by shawross
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Reports are that Academia and Google discovered the exploit.

Could this have been the partnership between IBM (Watson) and Google? Academia is a bit too obscure and general IMO.
by shawross
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 58
Views: 2377

Re: 'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Seems like disabling Javascript for everything except trusted sites wasn't a bad idea.
by shawross
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X201 hangs in BIOS, slow POST
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: X201 hangs in BIOS, slow POST

The Arandale in the X201 is susceptible to ME problems and maybe this was because it was the first generation with the newer ME. If I enable mine in the BIOS I get the 4 or 5 beeps which repeats. I seem to get a slight battery drain when my laptop is shutdown and I don't know if this is attributable...
by shawross
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: How many ThinkPads is too many?!
Replies: 20
Views: 1486

Re: How many ThinkPads is too many?!

I believe it is not how many you own but how much it costs you to keep this hobby going. Also it should depend on what you can afford. Obviously this will vary because everyone is different. If you are spending around $200 per year you are OK but if you are spending $500 per year you might need to r...

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