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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: 29
Views: 622

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: 29
Views: 622

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 Workstation Laptop
Replies: 28
Views: 612

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: 29
Views: 622

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 Workstation Laptop
Replies: 28
Views: 612

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: 1455

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: 1455

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: 1455

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: 1019

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: 1455

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: 1019

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: 1019

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: 531

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: 7687

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: 1704

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: 1695

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: 1695

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: 1695

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: 4050

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: 3832

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: 3832

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: 1326

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: 1326

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: 1326

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: 1326

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: 3832

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: 3832

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: 3832

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: 3832

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...

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