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by pianowizard
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Microsoft with real Windows Classic for 10
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: Microsoft with real Windows Classic for 10

Windows 10 UI isn't actually that bad if you customize it . What surprises me is that many people on this *computer* forum don't know that: 1) the preinstalled apps can be uninstalled; 2) the Start Menu can be resized; 3) the Start Menu icons can be resized or moved around; 4) >95% of the telemetry...
by pianowizard
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W520 displayport output into an old tube tv via RCA A/V input?
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: W520 displayport output into an old tube tv via RCA A/V input?

What's the width of the opening? Let me look around for HDTVs with super slim bezels, to maximize the screen size that fits.
by pianowizard
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W500/510/520 and W7x0 Series
Topic: W520 displayport output into an old tube tv via RCA A/V input?
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: W520 displayport output into an old tube tv via RCA A/V input?

they have a giant '90s wood entertainment center (with the stereo cabinet, dvd player, cabinets, drawers, etc etc) that they don't want to get rid of, and that only has a square opening for a max 27" tube tv. Putting in a 16:9 flatscreen to fit the max width available would be such a tiny view area...
by pianowizard
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?
Replies: 37
Views: 1067

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

If it wasn't for my country being ridiculous in terms of paying shipping from the US, it would be the Pavilion ZD8000. I am surprised this is the one you would have picked, as it seems to be the least special on your list. I hope so, it would be quite interesting to have a 20" laptop to lug around....
by pianowizard
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is $hafting W10 users again! Beware of Update 1809
Replies: 22
Views: 665

Re: Micro$haft is $hafting W10 users again! Beware of Update 1809

First, you can opt into the Semi-Annual Channel, instead of the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted). Devices assigned to that channel don't begin receiving feature updates until Microsoft has declared them ready for widespread business adoption, a designation that should give you at least two months of ...
by pianowizard
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?
Replies: 37
Views: 1067

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

Seems to be mostly IBM or Lenovo here, I thought there were more in variety for collectibles? Either way, here is my list (one choice, not all of them): That's an impressive list of mostly very unique laptops, but if you can pick only one which one would it be? Acer Aspire 9920G , a 20.1" 16:10 lap...
by pianowizard
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Laptop collectors: if you're allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be?
Replies: 37
Views: 1067

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

This thread is for laptop collectors. My question is, if you were allowed to collect just one laptop, which one would it be? It can be a laptop you already have in your collection, or one that you used to have, or one that you wish you had. It can also be any brand, not just Thinkpad. And it's a lap...
by pianowizard
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio

IMO this is the most appealing 3:2 laptop yet. 2.76 lb is fairly light for a 13.5-incher. I failed to mention that, due to the 3:2 aspect, the screen area of this 13.5" Surface Laptop 2 (84.12 sq. inches) is actually a little bit greater than that of a 14.0" laptop with 16:9 aspect ratio (83.75 sq....
by pianowizard
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is $hafting W10 users again! Beware of Update 1809
Replies: 22
Views: 665

Re: Micro$haft is $hafting W10 users again! Beware of Update 1809

Thanks for the warning. I just updated three of my four personal computers to 1809 and didn't lose any files, probably because since over 10 years ago I have always kept documents in a separate partition or even physical drive. I never use the "Documents" folder that comes with Windows, after experi...
by pianowizard
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Thinkpad 770X?
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: Thinkpad 770X?

This looks like the 13.7" version, with a unique 1280x1024 resolution and hence 5:4 aspect ratio. The 14.1" version would have less wasted bezel space on the left and right sides. The 13.7" 770Z is one of the handful of Thinkpads I once wanted to own but never got. Congratulations!
by pianowizard
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 now in black color is another option IMO this is the most appealing 3:2 laptop yet. 2.76 lb is fairly light for a 13.5-incher. For comparison, the 13.5" Surface Book 2 weighs 3.38 lb. 2256x1504 gives plenty of real estate, 7.9% more than QXGA (2048x1536). The pixel densit...
by pianowizard
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio

I don't do much computing heavy stuff but I will definitely not go for Core M. I rather take throttling i5/i7 than Core M. :eek: I'm currently using my Samsung Chronos 7 series (2012, i7 Quad core/AMD Graphics), which is slower than the Huawei Matebook X Pro, which I was quite surprised about. The ...
by pianowizard
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio

I forgot to say, that I am not looking into detachables. I don't trust them and they have typically poor performance because of passive cooling. What makes you think that the Huawei Matebooks don't have thermal throttling issues? Take a look at this: https://www.notebookcheck.net/Huawei-MateBook-X-...
by pianowizard
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio
Replies: 28
Views: 985

Re: A decent laptop with 3:2 aspect ratio

If you don't mind detachables, there are quite a few 3:2 detachables by Microsoft, HP, Dell, Lenovo, and probably a few others. Both the HP Pavilion x2 and Microsoft Surface 3 in my signature are 3:2 detachables, with 12.0" 1920x1280 and 10.8" 1920x1280 respectively. This mid-range resolution is jus...
by pianowizard
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Pictures of your ThinkPad & desk setup
Topic: Surprise addition to collection: A21m *PICS*
Replies: 18
Views: 666

Re: Surprise addition to collection: A21m *PICS*

Your A21m looks much nicer than the A20m that I once had, VERY briefly (because it was so fugly). It was the 2628-12U with 500MHz Celeron, 64MB PC100 RAM, 6GB hard drive, 12.1" SVGA display, and floppy drive. I still have a photo of it: http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa131/piano_wizard/all%20com...
by pianowizard
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Affordable 32" (and 40") 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!
Replies: 9
Views: 1281

Re: Affordable 32" (and 40") 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!

I hate the fact that 42" TVs are cheaper than 32" monitors with the same resolution. I don't want a freaking 42" TV on my desk I have good news for you: it's 40", not 42"! Joking aside, 40" is really not that big. At one point didn't you have two Dell 2007FP's side by side? A single 40" monitor (or...
by pianowizard
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Affordable 32" (and 40") 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!
Replies: 9
Views: 1281

Re: Affordable 32" (and 40") 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!

Are you guys using it for Win10 etc? Yes absolutely. Having lots of real estate (in terms of pixel count, not monitor size) is crucial for office work, data analysis, and multitasking. On all three 40” UHD monitors I run Windows 10 at its native 100% scaling, so they actually display four times as ...
by pianowizard
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Affordable 32" (and 40") 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!
Replies: 9
Views: 1281

Re: Affordable 32" 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!

Forget about 32" UHD (3840x2160) monitors, because it's now possible to get a 40" UHD monitor for even less! I can't speak for all 40" UHD TVs but last week I got the Bolva 40BL00H7 TV for $183.99 on eBay while there was a 20% off coupon. Currently the lowest price for this model is $219.35, which i...
by pianowizard
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Using Windows 7 key on Windows 10 and still using Windows 7?
Replies: 11
Views: 581

Re: Using Windows 7 key on Windows 10 and still using Windows 7?

Just all the dumb adwear that 10 keeps installing that I went into to turn it off. After these consistent updates it keeps reseting my settings and renabling cortana. I have been running Win 10 (both Pro and Home) since the day it came out, on a fair number of computers, and never had these problem...
by pianowizard
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 68
Views: 2339

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

without a start menu. Like I said, there is Classic Shell for bringing that back in Win 8.1. The bigger point here is that I don't see anything that even a tweaked 8.1 would offer me that W7 doesn't. During the ~2 years that I used 8.1, I found it faster and more stable than 7, and it occupied less...
by pianowizard
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 68
Views: 2339

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

Have you considered Windows 8.1? The full-screen Metro Start Menu is annoying, but you can use Classic Shell to bring back the Classic Start Menu. Other than the Metro Start Menu, Windows 8.1 resembles Win 7 more than Win 10 both functionally and visually, and its right-click Start Menu is awesome. ...
by pianowizard
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: ThinkPad P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: P1 Introduction--a (much) thinner version 15" Workstation Laptop
Replies: 33
Views: 1412

Re: P1 Introduction--a (much) thinner version Workstation Laptop

NEC is a Lenovo subsidiary since 2011 2011 was the year when the NEC convertible laptop came out, meaning the 360° design was probably conceived in 2010, possibly even earlier. Kudos to Lenovo for recognizing that this was a good design before it caught on, but no, it wasn't Lenovo's idea. BTW, I s...
by pianowizard
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?
Replies: 68
Views: 2339

Re: Looking for a devil's advocate: why SHOULDN'T I move to Linux completely ?

ajkula66 wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:10 pm
I have a tendency of wiping the SSD and performing a fresh install every six months or so.
With Windows 10, you don't need to do that.
by pianowizard
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: ThinkPad P50/P70 and later Series
Topic: P1 Introduction--a (much) thinner version 15" Workstation Laptop
Replies: 33
Views: 1412

Re: P1 Introduction--a (much) thinner version Workstation Laptop

Ibthink wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Certainly every major manufacturer occasionally puts out some new, innovative stuff, be it a retracting keyboard for 360° convertibles (a good idea)
This was actually NEC's idea, introduced at least a year before the Lenovo Yoga.
by pianowizard
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???
Replies: 25
Views: 2056

Re: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???

same applies, people change user agents etc. their stats only come from sites having their tracking configured. As long as this caveat affects Win 7 and Win 10 more or less equally, it's not a major problem. I agree that, on average, Linux users are savvier than users of other operating systems, th...
by pianowizard
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???
Replies: 25
Views: 2056

Re: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???

Not accurate at all. Nice to look at but total meaningless figures. It's just impossible to accurately measure the market shares of each operating system. Knowing that the Linux userbase is more technically skilled as the others, you safely assume that their tracking was blocked on the majority of ...
by pianowizard
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???
Replies: 25
Views: 2056

Re: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???

I don't think MikalE was suggesting that Microsoft should support Windows 7 until the end of time, but rather introduce another version of Windows that resembles Win 7 and that coexists with Win 10. It could be named "Windows Classic". I proposed something like this a couple years ago, after seeing ...
by pianowizard
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!
Replies: 31
Views: 1374

Re: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!

Nor to me, because both you and I are "power users". Folks not in this group who were a little to careless about configuring the Windows Update options have this happen to them on a regular basis. But for Windows 10 Home or Pro, there is nothing to configure in Windows Update, is there? I have neve...
by pianowizard
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???
Replies: 25
Views: 2056

Re: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???

What is funny is that W7 actually has a growing market share:) There even have been months when W10 dropped and W7 grew, haha. Just like for climate change, you need to look at the long-term trend, not local noise in the graph: https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?optio...

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