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by Kilkenny
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?
Replies: 13
Views: 1291

Re: Replacement for X220: X260 or E470? Or something else?

I wouldn't bother with a 1366x768 X260, especially for over $1,000. I have an X250 (close enough to the X260) and the FHD display is really the only reason I'm keeping it. The rest of the laptop just isn't very impressive. If a 1366x768 is acceptable for you, a much better option is just to get anot...
by Kilkenny
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Windows 8
Topic: Telemetry (spying) now introduced in W7 and W8.x through WU
Replies: 43
Views: 5641

Re: Telemetry (spying) now introduced in W7 and W8.x through WU

Doesn't matter what OS you use but your ISP keeps Data of what sites you visit and what you download. In Australia they can keep it up to 2 years. Your Browser and Antivirus company also tracks where you go. If you really want to stop Telemetry spying don't go on the internet. They can not track HT...
by Kilkenny
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: OS's on T42
Replies: 11
Views: 2186

Re: OS's on T42

OpenBSD on everything for me. I will never run anything else.
by Kilkenny
Sun Oct 23, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: The worst has happened: MS removing GroupPolicy options for Win10pro
Replies: 30
Views: 3028

Re: The worst has happened: MS removing GroupPolicy options for Win10pro

I recently installed the Windows 7 Convenience update on a old dual core Dell desktop I have. Install seemed to go well but after the update I couldn't connect to the internet with Chrome but I could with Internet Explorer. A system Image was restored and back to normal. Hmm, this desktop had all t...
by Kilkenny
Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

Re: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan

It's funny you've mentioned it, for our X250 we also used a concave TrackPoint sourced from another (older) ThinkPad model... I've actually been running it like that for a few days now and it's okay, but the scrolling is still a bit choppy. It's better with a concave TrackPoint cap though so I migh...
by Kilkenny
Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

Re: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan

For some reason, disabling it in the BIOS doesn't actually disable it. I'm not sure why. I do still sometimes use it for scrolling because OpenBSD's middle button scrolling is occasionally very choppy. I haven't had time to investigate this either. Then disable it in the OS. In Terminal: synclient ...
by Kilkenny
Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

Re: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan

My hatred for the TrackPad burns as hot as ever. It's just too big, and eliminating the physical buttons makes it more frustrating to use unless you have tap-to-click enabled, which itself is irritating. I wish you could buy this without the TrackPad like you could with the old models. Why not just...
by Kilkenny
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

Re: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan

After living with the X250 now for several months, I have a few more thoughts on it Things I thought would annoy me, but don't : Only having 2 USB ports. This is totally dependent on your particular uses, but I have not needed more than 2. Also, the aspect ratio is okay. It's not as good as 4:3, but...
by Kilkenny
Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Would you buy a T43 today?
Replies: 248
Views: 23819

Re: Would you buy a T43 today?

Firefox and Chromium are near useless, so I run Xombrero and am happy with it How does Xombrero do with a modern JS heavy site like facebook? I have never used the desktop site with it. The mobile site https://m.facebook.com works great though. Xombrero is generally significantly faster than Chromi...
by Kilkenny
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: ThinkPad Yoga
Topic: Thinkpad for computer science major
Replies: 7
Views: 2667

Re: Thinkpad for computer science major

I'd go with an X220 or T420. Plenty of performance, great Linux/BSD support, and they have a great keyboard. If you use vi, the oversize ESC key will be awesome. Personally, the keyboard matters to me more than anything. I do everything on a T42 and T23 because the keyboard is so good. You're going ...
by Kilkenny
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad T4x Series
Topic: Would you buy a T43 today?
Replies: 248
Views: 23819

Re: Would you buy a T43 today?

Not surprising as the top freq desktop Netburst P4s with their deep 31-deep pipelines and high clock speeds were very efficient when running code suited to pipelining, but useless as a mobile CPU due to its crippling heat issues. My only real-life with Prescotts on daily basis comes from several hi...
by Kilkenny
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: The worst has happened: MS removing GroupPolicy options for Win10pro
Replies: 30
Views: 3028

Re: The worst has happened: MS removing GroupPolicy options for Win10pro

Microsoft's sliminess with W10 has surprised even me, and I have enjoyed a healthy hatred of that company for years and years. Between the privacy catastrophe and all the underhanded ways in which they try to trick you into installing it, this has been Microsoft at its worst, and that's saying a lot...
by Kilkenny
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Not seeing a huge benefit in performance in x260's vs x230's, etc
Replies: 9
Views: 2715

Re: Not seeing a huge benefit in performance in x260's vs x230's, etc

Not worth it in terms of performance. Battery life will be better and you can get a nicer display on the newer models, but they aren't really faster. Graphics performance would be the biggest jump, but will not be noticeable in most people's day to day tasks.
by Kilkenny
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: how best to transition from dead T61p to W520
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Re: how best to transition from dead T61p to W520

Swapping the SSD into the W520 should work fine.
by Kilkenny
Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: a BIOS BUG discovered..?!
Replies: 13
Views: 1643

Re: a BIOS BUG discovered..?!

Not surprising given the cavalier attitude towards adding feature bloat to the BIOS. The BIOS is way, way too complex these days.
by Kilkenny
Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:34 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: New Security Flaw Found in Lenovo Solution Center Software
Replies: 5
Views: 1340

Re: New Security Flaw Found in Lenovo Solution Center Software

It is also funny how many false reports it provides, especially in P series. There is still at least one big permanent security flaw in that software - Adobe Air (= local out of browser Flash) dependency. Figures. Everything from Adobe is a steaming turdpile of devastating vulnerabilities. All Adob...
by Kilkenny
Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Anyone running FreeBSD
Replies: 11
Views: 3898

Re: Anyone running FreeBSD

My main laptop for a while was an X201 running FreeBSD 11-current . I also have run DragonFly BSD on the X201 and X250, but my go-to OS is OpenBSD, which I run on everything in the house, including a few switches and the router. FreeBSD worked, but a lot of things required tinkering that was getting...
by Kilkenny
Tue May 17, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

Re: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan

Well in case anyone was wondering, yes, you can spill a huge glass of water on the X series' keyboard and it will be perfectly fine. :)

I'm glad that's still a feature
by Kilkenny
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

Re: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan

First of all thanks for your effort to describe your personal feelings after few days with new-to-you x250. I'm glad someone of use ThinkPad lovers decided to give it a go and test new platform. TBH I had an offer to buy similarly specced x250 for ~~ 500 bucks, but at the end of the day I did reali...
by Kilkenny
Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

X250 review by an old school ThinkPad fan

There are a lot of reviews of newer ThinkPads out there, but none focused on the kinds of things I am interested in. So, for the sake of Googlers, I will share my thoughts on my new (to me) X250. First, the specs of my X250 CPU: i7-5600u display: 1920x1080 IPS non-touch RAM: 8 GB disk: 250 GB Samsun...
by Kilkenny
Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Lenovo ThinkPad X250 Review *pictures*
Replies: 5
Views: 1130

Re: Lenovo ThinkPad X250 Review *pictures*

Thanks for the review. I actually just ordered an X250, somewhat grudgingly. I have come to accept the fact that nobody makes a laptop the way I want anymore and the X250 is probably a decent compromise. I do have some questions though before mine arrives. Is there any keyboard flex when typing? If ...
by Kilkenny
Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: ThinkPad X230 and later Series
Topic: Intermittent shutdowns...suspect old battery PLS HELP GUYS
Replies: 15
Views: 1780

Re: Intermittent shutdowns...suspect old battery PLS HELP GUYS

Try getting a really cheap battery off eBay or Amazon and see if your problems persist. If they are fixed, then spend the money on a proper Lenovo battery.
by Kilkenny
Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: Reliable SSD drives for the X220
Replies: 59
Views: 17736

Re: Reliable SSD drives for the X220

But, the drive has run for <100 hours. I am wondering what reliability is because there were issues with firmware (mostly Samsung drives) and power management / BIOS causing data corruption because of improper power handling. I can't speak for the Intel drives, but I have used Samsung 850 Pro and 8...
by Kilkenny
Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: ThinkPad X200/201/220 and X300/301 Series
Topic: X220 and website loading question
Replies: 11
Views: 1764

Re: X220 and website loading question

It's not your X220. That is a very capable laptop. I suspect something is running in the background and consuming your CPU. Have you checked for other processes running when this happens? FYI, there is no reason to defragment a SSD. Defragmenting is done so that data that comprises a file is physica...
by Kilkenny
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Why the ThinkPad P50/P70s have a failed design *pictures*
Replies: 43
Views: 5459

Re: Why the ThinkPad P50/P70s have a failed design *pictures*

Let me tell you the truth: if people wanted the design you proposed, they would make it like that to increase profit. #1: Very few people would buy a 4:3 laptop of today. Aside from some people here on this forum. The keyboard is something that doesn't bother many people. It bothers me, but thats j...
by Kilkenny
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: thoughts on this 2016 thinkpad?
Replies: 24
Views: 2264

Re: thoughts on this 2016 thinkpad?

If you're considering an X200, I'd go for an X201 instead. It shouldn't cost much more and I'd rather have an Arrandale i5 rather than a Core 2 Duo. I'm posting from one now and they are outstanding. You get a 16:10 aspect ratio, the correct keyboard layout, a full voltage CPU, and the full range of...
by Kilkenny
Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: What was the last ThinkPad to have a proper RS232 / serial port?
Replies: 10
Views: 4103

Re: What was the last ThinkPad to have a proper RS232 / serial port?

The T30 is the last ThinkPad to have one IIRC. I know you wanted something 10 years old or newer, but if you're just using it for data collection or communication with another device and nothing too intensive, a T30 should be fine. I use a T23 as a daily driver for whatever it's worth, though I'm pa...
by Kilkenny
Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Thinkpad - General HARDWARE/SOFTWARE questions
Topic: "Unlocking my Lenovo laptop" by Dr Matthew Chapman
Replies: 4
Views: 2004

Re: "Unlocking my Lenovo laptop" by Dr Matthew Chapman

Pretty impressive. What a royal PITA Lenovo has become.
by Kilkenny
Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: ThinkPad T6x Series
Topic: T601 or surrender?
Replies: 15
Views: 2189

Re: T601 or surrender?

You're definitely not alone in wanting to hang on to a 4:3 laptop. Besides the obvious benefit of vertical space, I was surprised at how much more compact a 4:3 laptop is. All the laptops in my sig are 14", but the T420 is too wide to fit on a university desk while having room for a notebook next to...
by Kilkenny
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Windows 10
Topic: Windows 10 about to start downloading automatically
Replies: 3
Views: 1144

Windows 10 about to start downloading automatically

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-continues-to-push-windows-10-2016-2 W10 will now be a recommended update and thus will download automatically. Note that it will not install itself, but will still take up 6 GB of space, not to mention an insanely long update process as it shoves that monstro...

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