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by shawross
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: My dream machine build!
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: My dream machine build!

LOL I can't remember the details now and it might have been an XT machine. I didn't take much interest at the time. I remember that the guys I worked with thought I was kind of weird because I developed an interest in old Thinkpads. If they thought I was interested in that old programming laptop the...
by shawross
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: My dream machine build!
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: My dream machine build!

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:IBM 5499 by any chance?
Definitely not it looked more like your MZ 100

I suspect Japanese hardware at the time was cheaper than IBM, especially in Australia.
by shawross
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: My dream machine build!
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: My dream machine build!

I remember doing PLC programming on something similar but with the green screen I think. I can't remember the make but I think it was Japanese and a 286.

Yes that blue screen is a little nasty but the laptop it is in good condition. For the time they were quite small and compact.
by shawross
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment
Replies: 41
Views: 2161

Re: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment

I did qualify my comment by saying "reasonably balanced forum members".

This forum is about making Thinkpads great again and they were until 2012. IMHO
by shawross
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment
Replies: 41
Views: 2161

Re: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment

All this talk by reasonably balanced forum members makes one think what deranged Americans must think about with their cache of weapons. LOL
by shawross
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment
Replies: 41
Views: 2161

Re: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment

ajkula66 wrote:By the time the cops show up to respond to an emergency call here in my wilderness, one is likely to be dead.
OK, I don't think that worked out so well in Minnesota for Justine Damond. It seems like many law enforcement personnel are too incompetent to own weapons also.
by shawross
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment
Replies: 41
Views: 2161

Re: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment

I remember when they championed the US President as the "Leader of the free World". Your best and brightest is suggesting giving out more weapons and especially in schools to keep everyone safe. I wonder how academia is taking to that philosophy? Maybe all Priests and religious practitioners should ...
by shawross
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: My new X280 just arrived!
Replies: 17
Views: 1866

Re: My new X280 just arrived!

I am interested to know how you compare the keyboards, minus the coffee though...
by shawross
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment
Replies: 41
Views: 2161

Re: ONE reason for the 2nd Amendment

Owning Guns requires people to be responsible, sane and balanced. Especially with society in today's world 100% of the community are not suited to owning weapons. America have created a culture where most think it is their God given right to own a weapon. The consequences follow and it will probably...
by shawross
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: Solved: TrackPoint excruciatingly slow
Replies: 4
Views: 2085

Re: TrackPoint excruciatingly slow

You could try Linux from a USB drive to see if it an OS or hardware problem.

Goodluck
by shawross
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: EU seems to be in danger...
Replies: 332
Views: 186977

Re: EU seems to be in danger...

Perfectly said "GomJabbar"

Amen (Pun intended)
by shawross
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X200 AFFS Buzzing issue
Replies: 13
Views: 999

Re: X200 AFFS Buzzing issue

AFFS screens can be yellowish and your buzzing noise may be the inverter.
by shawross
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Regarding Chinese Chip Hack
Replies: 11
Views: 625

Re: Regarding Chinese Chip Hack

If you want to buy a P50 then just buy it and I think the risk is overblown, TBH Unless you are doing IT work for heads of government or military suppliers.

I think network hacking or surveillance is more of a threat and by all governments not just the Chinese.
by shawross
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?
Replies: 45
Views: 2180

Re: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?

For me it would be my T42 , but as pointed out by "pianowizard" this doesn't include your workhorse laptops. It just happens my workhorse laptops are X220, X201, X301 and X61 so I would still have basically the same thinkpads. :D The A31 is OK but it is a bit bulky for my liking compared to the T42 ...
by shawross
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Beware Update KB4457139
Replies: 15
Views: 1020

Re: Beware Update KB4457139

Installing Windows 7 updates is problematic and installing anything other than "security only" updates for Windows 7 is lunacy. YMMV
by shawross
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Replies: 31
Views: 1288

Re: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

Fear and counter ideologies at war creates income for Oligarchs who back both sides and nurture kaos and security paranoia.

Governments and Media are controlled by these interests .

Slowly and seamlessly like boiling a frog in a fry-pan. Freedom, choice and privacy are only illusions.
by shawross
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Replies: 31
Views: 1288

Re: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

Western Governments have stoked terrorism fears and security paranoia which has allowed them to bring in these draconian laws.

Media control has allowed this the happen seamlessly.
by shawross
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Replies: 31
Views: 1288

Re: New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

It won't stop me going back to New Zealand especially the south island.

In reality unfortunately this is what we have to put up with now when we travel. But saying that it would only occur in serious rare cases like terrorism or drug trafficking.
by shawross
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A31p desirability?
Replies: 53
Views: 2164

Re: A31p desirability?

Choice of operating systems for older hardware probably highlights the diversity of the age of forum members. Some of the younger members don't want anything other than Windows 7 which is still a great OS despite it being not optimum on older hardware. They always want internet access despite the us...
by shawross
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X201 and a virus warning message
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: X201 and a virus warning message

Billaboard wrote:Thanks, yes I think it is a false positive.

Interesting because there was something there and regardless I don't trust Windows 10 to protect my privacy.
by shawross
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Microsoft Extends Its Paid Windows 7 Support Till 2023
Replies: 11
Views: 1114

Re: Microsoft Extends Its Paid Windows 7 Support Till 2023

Cigarguy wrote:I think the biggest issue with Win 7 will not be lack of updates but, like XP, software will no longer run on Win 7.
+1
Precisely my concern for a secure browser
RealBlackStuff wrote:It's never too late to switch over to Linux...
Currently experimenting dual booting Windows 7 and Mint XFCE.
by shawross
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: T42 won't boot from hard disk
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: T42 won't boot from hard disk

So i guess i need to reformat the drive right? And a standard win xp installation disk will do. I used the same xp disk on the compaq and the toshiba. Perhaps i should install win 7 instead. It depends on what you want out of the T42. To run Windows 7 you should have 2GB of ram and a GPU better tha...
by shawross
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Comparison: X200 and X201; displays, heat, battery life
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Re: Comparison: X200 and X201; displays, heat, battery life

Good job and I found this interesting.

Yes the X201 should run hotter and the battery tests are a surprise but it maybe attributed to the screens.
by shawross
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: What to replace an X201s with?
Replies: 19
Views: 1147

Re: What to replace an X201s with?

Bios issues in early I core Thinkpads are more than likely Intel ME related.
by shawross
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: What to replace an X201s with?
Replies: 19
Views: 1147

Re: What to replace an X201s with?

atanasoff wrote:What's wrong with the X230 and up?
16:9 ratio screens although 12.5 inch, chiclet keyboards, no screen latches, not quite as robust.

Otherwise they're fine. LOL
by shawross
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: ThinkPad T410 + i7 quad = possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 1207

Re: ThinkPad T410 + i7 quad = possible?

With all that being said I would look for a T420 mainly because the Arandale runs hotter. Especially if it is to be used for more than just web browsing etc..

Yes agreed the 16:9 ratio is painful but using an external display can solve this issue to a degree.
by shawross
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: OS's on T42
Replies: 19
Views: 3844

Re: OS's on T42

Welcome to the Forum The T42 is a nice machine and with 2GB of ram it is capable of running Windows 7. If you want to free up some more space then you can stop System Restore and you can switch off Hibernation if you haven't already. Hibernation space on your root directory will be a file of at leas...
by shawross
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Latest catch: T23
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: Latest catch: T23

A very nice series Thinkpad in great condition. Nice change of luck. :thumbs-UP:
by shawross
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Yoga
Topic: Thinkpad Yoga X380 or L380 ?
Replies: 1
Views: 557

Re: Thinkpad Yoga X380 or L380 ?

Welcome to the Forum.

I believe the X370 without WWAN had one ram slot. I have had a quick look at one which seemed to have a good build despite being thin and light.

There should be reviews online and especially on youtube.

Goodluck

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