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by pianowizard
Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: If you've ≥5 computers, do you use them all or feel guilty?
Replies: 301
Views: 135583

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

I have just three personal computers left: HP Pavilion x2 12-b096ms (12.0" 1920x1280, Core M3-6Y30, 3.14lb) Microsoft Surface 3 (10.8" 1920x1280, Atom x7-Z8700, 2.00lb) Dell OptiPlex 5040 SFF (Core i5-6600) Okay, I cheated a little bit, because I have many additional computers that I inherited from...
by pianowizard
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: NEC introduced 4:3 Color Accurate Desktop Monitor
Replies: 3
Views: 2617

Re: NEC introduced 4:3 Color Accurate Desktop Monitor

If you want a tall desktop monitor, why not just rotate a 16:10 or 16:9 monitor into portrait mode? I used to do that to several QHD monitors, making them 1440x2560, e.g. see https://www.thinkpads.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=70175&p=772649#p772649 . At some point I may rotate my 30" Monoprice mon...
by pianowizard
Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo has *FINALLY* returned to 16:10
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: Lenovo has *FINALLY* returned to 16:10

The point is that while you are adjusting to an uncomfortably high DPI, your productivity is lower than normal. Actually that wasn't the case at all: I simply sat closer to the screen. My eyes probably got tired faster (though I don't recall), but I always take frequent breaks anyway, so whether my...
by pianowizard
Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo has *FINALLY* returned to 16:10
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: Lenovo has *FINALLY* returned to 16:10

So the popular opinion is basically 1024x768 is more usable than ANY 16:9, so I am so much more productive on my 12 year old X60 with its GLORIOUS 8) square 8) no bezel 8) 150 nit XGA, and even my 20 year old Hitachi Visiondesk with its GLORIOUS 8) square 8) VGA 800x600 Great post! Yep that's exact...
by pianowizard
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo has *FINALLY* returned to 16:10
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: Lenovo has *FINALLY* returned to 16:10

For people with 20/20 vision, going beyond about 140 dpi with the laptop at normal distance doesn't help. You're thinking of visual acuity, which is the ability to resolve two closely spaced points or to visualize individual pixels; Apple explained this at great length when introducing "Retina" dis...
by pianowizard
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo has *FINALLY* returned to 16:10
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: Lenovo has *FINALLY* returned to 16:10

16:10 is MUCH better for productivity. We are still daily using our T410 with 14" 16:10 LCD screen, and it makes a BIG difference for working with MS Excel/Word/PowerPoint. I assume your T410 is 1440x900. How could that be better than 1920x1080 for MS Office applications? Is this because you have p...
by pianowizard
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What's the lightest laptop that you travel with? [WARNING: 2 tiny pix]
Replies: 56
Views: 16291

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

This does look interesting. According to https://www.geekbuying.com/item/One-Netbook-One-Mix-3S-Yoga-Pocket-Laptop-i7-8500Y-16GB-512GB-Platinum-417215.html , it weighs 650 g, or 1.43 lb. The screen is possibly the exact same panel as the 1st gen Samsung Galaxy Tab S. I have trousers whose pockets mi...
by pianowizard
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?
Replies: 31
Views: 10856

Re: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?

I am gonna stick with Samsung. Before getting the Google Pixel I had been sticking with Samsung as well, mainly because I like its user interface. I bought the Google Pixel a month ago as I found a very good deal on eBay, and really like two things about it: 1) I have T-Mobile (GSM), AT&T (GSM) and...
by pianowizard
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X1 / X1-Carbon / X1-Extreme and later Series
Topic: ThinkPad X1 Tablet 1. Gen - 128GB Micro-SDXC possible?
Replies: 2
Views: 1865

Re: ThinkPad X1 Tablet 1. Gen - 128GB Micro-SDXC possible?

I vaguely recall reading that if a device supports microSDXC, then it can use all microSDXC cards, of any capacity. Today I received the 1TB microSDXC card that I ordered on Black Friday, and it works flawlessly on my Microsoft Surface 3 which is a year older than your Thinkpad X1 tablet 1st gen. Th...
by pianowizard
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?
Replies: 31
Views: 10856

Re: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?

I am talking about the S9+, which had the biggest screen as a mainstream phone when I purchased it By "mainstream" I was really referring to any phone made by Samsung, LG, Apple, Lenovo, Asus, Huawei etc. that can be acquired in North America reasonably easily. When defined this way, the S9+ was fa...
by pianowizard
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone
Replies: 22
Views: 7799

Re: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone

I have a new recommendation for those of you seeking a cheap phone plan: Tello (https://tello.com/buy/custom_plans) The nicest thing about Tello is that after using up the 4G LTE data you've purchased for each 30-day period, you get unlimited 2G data for the rest of the 30 days. 2G is acceptable for...
by pianowizard
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?
Replies: 31
Views: 10856

Re: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?

I thought of this thread about 2 months ago when I was playing with a Samsung S9 in a Sprint store. As mentioned earlier, my primary phone has been the Samsung Tab S2 with 8.0" 2048x1536 screen, which is even larger than the iPad Mini. It's still my favorite phone of all time, but I was considering ...
by pianowizard
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: If you've ≥5 computers, do you use them all or feel guilty?
Replies: 301
Views: 135583

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

This morning I sold my HP 8300 Elite minitower, as it has recently been replaced by an HP Z440 Workstation that belongs to my university. As a result I have just three personal computers left: HP Pavilion x2 12-b096ms (12.0" 1920x1280, Core M3-6Y30, 3.14lb) Microsoft Surface 3 (10.8" 1920x1280, Atom...
by pianowizard
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: LG Gram 17 - 16:10 display
Replies: 19
Views: 10613

Re: LG Gram 17 - 16:10 display

Puppy wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:31 am
terribly low resolution 1920x1200 only.
I agree it's a pity. At 5.27 lbs it's also a little heavy by 2019 standards, although this still makes it the lightest 17" 1920x1200 laptop ever, beating the 6.6-lb late 2011 Apple MacBook Pro by a fairly wide margin.
by pianowizard
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A-Series V.S. G-Series
Replies: 19
Views: 3824

Re: A-Series V.S. G-Series

ajkula66 wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:50 am
Now all the images are blurred by Photobucket... :roll: ...one more reason for you to do your own comparison... :)
Wow, I hadn't known about the blurring until you mentioned it! I too have a thread full of G41 photos: viewtopic.php?t=64360
by pianowizard
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: ThinkPad R, A, G and Z Series
Topic: A-Series V.S. G-Series
Replies: 19
Views: 3824

Re: A-Series V.S. G-Series

Back in 2008 I had a G41, specifically the 2886-79U with 3.3GHz Pentium 4 and 15" SXGA+. It was a joy to use: the chassis was extremely sturdy, the non-IPS screen was surprisingly okay, and even with just 1GB of PC2700 RAM it ran Vista Home Premium quite smoothly. It might have been my first laptop ...
by pianowizard
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: 17.3" QHD (2560x1440) is finally available!
Replies: 0
Views: 6385

17.3" QHD (2560x1440) is finally available!

I recently learned that the latest Alienware 17 laptop has a 17.3" 2560x1440 option, corresponding to 169.8 DPI: https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/alienware-17-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-17-laptop I still prefer the LG Gram 17's 17.0" 2560x1600, whose 177.6 DPI is also low enough that I ...
by pianowizard
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Windows 10 Now Require a Minimum of 32GB Storage Space -- April 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 2701

Re: Windows 10 Now Require a Minimum of 32GB Storage Space -- April 2019

They have to use external HDDs to shuffle documents in and out because the free space is too small. Just add a microSDXC card. 512GB ones are now under $100, for example: https://www.amazon.com/Lexar-High-Performance-512GB-microSDXC-UHS-I/dp/B07KBQQ82D/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=512GB+microSDXC&qid=155973...
by pianowizard
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Windows 10 Now Require a Minimum of 32GB Storage Space -- April 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 2701

Re: Windows 10 Now Require a Minimum of 32GB Storage Space -- April 2019

I just installed Windows 10 Enterprise 64bit on a Dell Precision T3500 tower, including all updates, and then disabled hibernation and ran Cleanmgr /sageset. Excluding the paging file, this install takes up only 9,595,342,848 bytes, or 8.93 GB.
by pianowizard
Wed May 22, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Has anyone met other forum members? *photos inside*
Replies: 84
Views: 32306

Re: Has anyone met other forum members? *photos inside*

I met Puppy in Prague two weeks ago! I had invited him to chat over lunch for just an hour or so, but after lunch he ended up showing me around for a couple hours.

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by pianowizard
Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Just ordered Huawei MateBook 13
Replies: 20
Views: 4411

Re: Just ordered Huawei MateBook 13

Nothing can beat self assembled PC these days (price... Even price? I have to disagree, at least for Dell's and HP's sale prices in the US. The CPU alone, if purchased separately, would often cost more than half of the entire system. Screen The 3:2 aspect ratio is the strongest feature for me,..The...
by pianowizard
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: My wishes have been answered.
Replies: 7
Views: 2048

Re: My wishes have been answered.

Very interesting, though it probably weighs a lot. If you guys like phones with mechanical keyboards, have you looked into the BlackBerry Key 2? It has very positive reviews on Amazon. Do you guys really type faster on mechanical keyboards than on touchscreen ones? Or do you just find physical keys ...
by pianowizard
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo CES 2019
Replies: 75
Views: 29333

Re: Lenovo CES 2019

I've had phones from 480p to 1080p on a 4.7-5.0" display and I really haven't come into a situation where it really mattered too much for the lower res. 480p still clocks in at over 200dpi, so it's not like 480p a huge deal like it is on say a 10" for 15" display. You probably use only apps that di...
by pianowizard
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone
Replies: 22
Views: 7799

Re: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone

Congratulations! Now, to ensure that you will never accidentally use too much data, go to your phone's settings and specify a monthly data limit. I wasn't too optimistic when recommending FreedomPop to you because you seem to be in a fairly rural area. You may still want to try it for another week o...
by pianowizard
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone
Replies: 22
Views: 7799

Re: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone

Worth the $0.01 gamble! Certainly. FreedomPop makes money through: 1) selling refurbished old phones for more than what they're worth; 2) users who actually pay for those non-free phone plans; and 3) people who use the free plans but accidentally exceed their monthly quota, and get charged somethin...
by pianowizard
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone
Replies: 22
Views: 7799

Re: Why I don't bother with a Smartphone

And is there perhaps a cheaper solution? Yes, FreedomPop has a free plan that includes, per month, 200 minutes of phone calls, 500 SMS messages, and 500MB data. I have had two smartphones on FreedomPop for just over 3 years and never had problems with data usage, although I haven't done enough text...
by pianowizard
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Have you joined the 3:2 club yet?
Replies: 73
Views: 22614

Re: Have you joined the 3:2 club yet?

I understand. However, that fact alone makes them a complete non-starter for silly old me. I understand that "silly old me" is just an expression, but in this case I do think you are being silly, refusing to adapt to new technologies. Eventually your T61p will be too old to do anything useful, you ...
by pianowizard
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: POLL: What's your favorite resolution for desktop monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 10741

Re: POLL: What's your favorite resolution for desktop monitors?

The 43" screens I was looking at were in the 24-25" range with stand, though I suppose I could have pushed the screen to the rear of my desk. You don't push your desktop monitors all the way to the back? I always do that in order to maximize the amount of usable desk space. In fact, by doing so, an...
by pianowizard
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: POLL: What's your favorite resolution for desktop monitors?
Replies: 37
Views: 10741

Re: POLL: What's your favorite resolution for desktop monitors?

I still wasn't sure I'd keep them. The pixel density was a bit higher, but what really concerned me is the new monitors were about six inches taller than the old ones, 16” vs 22”. I still wanted run one in portrait mode and when I first started using them, I felt like a kid asking my mom if I could...

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