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by pianowizard
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Windows 7
Topic: Windoze7: Life after End of Life ???
Replies: 25
Views: 1394

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: 1394

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: 1394

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: 902

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: 1394

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...
by pianowizard
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!
Replies: 31
Views: 902

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

dr_st wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:05 pm
The problem with the forced updates is not the updates, but the process itself (that it forcefully takes control of the PC from you, and restarts it, killing all your unsaved work without a prompt).
Win 10 has never done this to me.
by pianowizard
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Micro$haft is readying to $haft W10 users even more!
Replies: 31
Views: 902

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

But given the recent history of poor patches Poor patches for Windows 10? I was among the first to install Win 10 (the day it came out, 29 July 2015) and while I got used to its user interface within days and was never paranoid about "spying", I was a little skeptical of the forced updates, and was...
by pianowizard
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Thinkpad T25-Retro
Topic: Thinkpad 25: 6 months and a 6 cell battery later (PICS)
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: Thinkpad 25: 6 months and a 6 cell battery later (PICS)

The touchscreen is a more welcome addition that I would originally believe. I use it frequently to switch between applications by clicking on their windows, tabs or taskbar icons (which are large and easy to hit), sometimes to scroll, and occasionally to zoom...and when using the T430s I sometimes ...
by pianowizard
Sat May 26, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: A brand new 14" 1080p laptop for only $220! (2018 update: $170!!!!)
Replies: 32
Views: 7662

Re: A brand new 14" 1080p laptop for only $220!

And now there is this $170 Acer FHD laptop, which comes with a 32GB flash drive: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CM9QMLR?tag=d000001-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&ascsubtag=11000_1135093_0 It's funny that for years many of us longed for 14" FHD panels, and now they are everywhere including ultra-budget...
by pianowizard
Sat May 26, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo’s ThinkPad team would like to move to 3:2 right now but are having trouble finding suppliers
Replies: 19
Views: 1655

Re: Lenovo’s ThinkPad team would like to move to 3:2 right now but are having trouble finding suppliers

penartur wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 6:47 am
But of course Lenovo, being the world's largest PC manufacturer
Lenovo has been #2 for several quarters now, since HP reclaimed the #1 spot. But of course Lenovo is still a very large PC manufacturer.
by pianowizard
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?
Replies: 19
Views: 1648

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

Do you actually use any of them for things like phone calls, text messages, and the phone oriented stuff Yes of course. What's wrong with doing these on a supersized (though still pocketable) phablet as big as an iPad Mini? I for one skips all the tablets and have a phablet, laptop and a desktop an...
by pianowizard
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?
Replies: 19
Views: 1648

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

I feel like phones bigger than that are like more of dumb big to have less density therefore less cost, not like Galaxy Note big where manufacturers pack everything they can in such a package. I agree with you regarding the Mega 6.3 and the Galaxy W, which I had hoped to buy until I saw its lousy s...
by pianowizard
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: How many people on this forum own a Galaxy S9/S9+?
Replies: 19
Views: 1648

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

Then I had Galaxy Mega 6.3 (two, and all of them had mobo failure) which was some of the best biggest phones there existed. Now I have Galaxy S9+ with that 6.2" 18.5:9 display which is still huge, again. I much dislike the recent migration to 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy S9+'s 6.2" screen is onl...
by pianowizard
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Looking for info on the Thinkpad 240Z
Replies: 12
Views: 4009

Re: Looking for info on the Thinkpad 240Z

I got a 240Z several years ago. The keyboard was bad but I replaced it with a 240 keyboard and it works fine now. Mine comes with a 600MHz PIII, internal Ethernet, and an XGA screen. It uses the same sound card and graphic card as the 240X and operating system, drivers are basically directly compat...
by pianowizard
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 30
Views: 3819

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

I really liked my Xperia Z3 which was 4.6" but a body of 5". Yep I was right, you were indeed referring to screen and phone heights (lengths), not diagonal sizes. The Xperia Z3's screen is 5.2"diagonally, but you would rather take out a ruler to measure its screen height. This means that when you s...
by pianowizard
Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 30
Views: 3819

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

I have never used a phone longterm that has had a screen larger than 5" and a body larger than 5.5". I like to be able to touch the other side of the screen without being 6'8". You got me curious about how big the screen could be when the phone measures no more than 5.5" diagonally. So I did a Pyth...
by pianowizard
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?

In conclusion, just keep your existing X220 (i.e. retract your for-sale ad) and pass it on to your family. By limiting your budget to $150 you have very few options, even if you included tablets in your search. The X220's i5-2520M has a benchmark score of 3583, which will still be sufficient in 5 ye...
by pianowizard
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?

Whitieiii wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:48 pm
Ya they would need a place to offload their cameras as well
Photos can be transferred from a camera to an iPad or Android tablet too. Just do a Google search to find out how.
by pianowizard
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?

I say it needs a low res screen because most of my family in Philippines is over 65 years old and they really have a hard time seeing the tiny text on the screen.... What do you guys suggest? Are you sure they want a laptop? Many retired folks would rather have an Apple or Android tablet with a key...
by pianowizard
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?
Replies: 17
Views: 1309

Re: What is the bestest ThinkPad or business laptops for $150 or less?

the best in portability Do you need the laptop to be light AND small? Or do you just need it to be light? How many pounds would be too heavy for you, and how big would be too big? These days there are 15.6" laptops weighing less than 3 lbs. It would also need to have a low res screen (1366x768?)......
by pianowizard
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 30
Views: 3819

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

The good thing about being able to rely on an old cell phone is not having to worry about data plan costs. It's still possible to get a phone-and-SMS-only plan for a smartphone, and use WiFi for apps that require data (e.g. browsing the internet). I feel that a significant number of car accidents f...
by pianowizard
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 30
Views: 3819

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

That's how I use my old Microsoft Lumia 435 phone. It is cheap small 4" device I've owned many smartphones for which I never had cellular data, just WiFi and offline. These included a Nokia Lumia 521 (4" 480x800, new for $19) and a Microsoft Lumia 640 (5" 720x1280, new for $30). Both ran the Here W...
by pianowizard
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 30
Views: 3819

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

OK, the flashlight will definitely work so I partially retract my statement, but other than that... Most of the other functions I listed would still work, even GPS because the "Here WeGo" app allows you to download maps (via WiFi) and use the GPS offline. With powerful, large smartphones getting so...
by pianowizard
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Still not using Smart touch screen devices
Replies: 30
Views: 3819

Re: Still not using Smart touch screen devices

I still manage to press wrong numbers/letters when typing on it. Get a much bigger smartphone. If you like Lenovo, look into the Phab 2, Phab 2 Plus, and Phab 2 Pro, which are all 6.44" with 16:9 aspect ratio though they have different resolutions. I recently bought the Phab 2 Pro and find it decen...
by pianowizard
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Legacy Hardware
Topic: Looking for info on the Thinkpad 240Z
Replies: 12
Views: 4009

Re: Looking for info on the Thinkpad 240Z

Some had 500MHz Celeron, while others had 600MHz Pentium III. Some models had an internal Ethernet port. Thus, it was kind of similar to the S30 and S31, but is even harder to find. I once had a cheaper version of the 240Z, called the i Series 1124. I still regret selling that, because it's probably...
by pianowizard
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Thinkpad X6x Series incl. X6x Tablet
Topic: Dell D420 vs. X6x
Replies: 11
Views: 4007

Re: Dell D$20 vs. X6x

jdrou wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:09 pm
1.8" spinning drives are normally only 4200rpm.
There are 5400rpm 1.8" HDDs for the Dell D420. Search for "1.8 hard D420 5400" on eBay.
by pianowizard
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:13 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Affordable 32" 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: Affordable 32

There any deals on 1440p 32 inch monitors? From time to time, but not right now. I've seen good deals for the HP Pavilion 32, $255 new and $199 refurbished. You need to check deal sites frequently. Review of different monitor that use the same panel https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/aoc-u3277pwqu/ I ...
by pianowizard
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!
Replies: 35
Views: 2655

Re: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!

What makes the original Thinkpad keyboard layout intrinsically superior is two things: It's closer to a standard desktop keyboard layout (which you may argue is not superior in itself, but it is what it is, and what people using a mixture of laptops and desktops have been used to for ~30 years. It ...
by pianowizard
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Affordable 32" 4K/UHD/2160p monitors are finally available!
Replies: 3
Views: 872

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

If you have been wanting to get a 32" 4K monitor but couldn't afford one, cheaper models that use VA panels have started to emerge. During Newegg's Black Friday Week sale, I bought the Acer ET322QK in my signature for $287.99 shipped, and at the same time Newegg had the LG 32UP59-B on sale for $350 ...
by pianowizard
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!
Replies: 35
Views: 2655

Re: Anyone else ditching the Thinkpad?!

I no longer want to wait for a taller screen laptop. As for possible laptop, I am waiting for Intel 8th Gen refresh of Huawei MateBook X . I too prefer 3:2, which is why both my current mobile computers are 1920x1280, and I use Windows' default 100% scaling so that I can take full advantage of the ...

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