Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

Search found 41 matches

by KentT
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: I wonder which is toughest... TP, Let's Note, or Sony VAIO
Replies: 4
Views: 1333

Re: I wonder which is toughest... TP, Let's Note, or Sony VAIO

Panasonic Let's Note are business grade ToughBooks as far as the USA goes. Panasonic and TP are toughest. Sony VAIO is consumer grade and lesser build quality. Spastic me has good success with Panasonic and TP notebooks, and less success with modern VAIO machines past the early ones.
by KentT
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: My Tesla Model 3 story (very long)
Replies: 27
Views: 3434

Re: My Tesla Model 3 story (very long)

With all this new technology, why can't there be joysticks for an electric car, then disabled drivers can get by with one less set of adaptive equipment? And for all the nice features of Tesla, why can't they get some quality interior design which is comparable to the technology, and the awesome dri...
by KentT
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 174
Views: 43701

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

Spinning side two of Mel Torme's "Torme" on Verve LP. The 1980's French reissue on Verve/Disques PolyGram. On my 1980's McMartin/QRK TT 12-C broadcast turntable and Shure M 232 tonearm. Using the Shure M 44-7 cartridge. I am using this with my 1969 Sansui 4000 receiver, my 1971 Dynaco A 25 loudspeak...
by KentT
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Thinkpad / Device for College
Replies: 22
Views: 3444

Re: Thinkpad / Device for College

The question, then, is Yoga 260, X1 Yoga, or X220 / X1 Carbon, it seems. X220 make sense if you strongly prefer the 7-row keyboard layout only. Note that Windows 10 are not supported by Intel on X220 CPU/GPU generation (X230 is the oldest supported generation), you'll get Microsoft generic drivers ...
by KentT
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: T series Vs L series
Replies: 9
Views: 6593

Re: T series Vs L series

I run a T series as my main box for a very good reason over a cheaper model. The T series are better built, more durable than the cheaper lines. My old box is a T 410, and hope to get a T420 or possibly a X 201 (another good sturdy laptop). I have spasticity and muscles with a mind of their own. I a...
by KentT
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: ThinkPad W530/W540/W550 Series
Topic: Would you recommend a W530 in this day and age?
Replies: 12
Views: 2662

Re: Would you recommend a W530 in this day and age?

If a W520 came into my life cheap enough I could afford it, It would be a major upgrade to what I own now (a ThinkPad T410, and a X131e and an old Panasonic ToughBook CF 30). 6 pounds in my world is not bad. I am used sometimes to carrying a full rugged ToughBook, and some days need that level of ru...
by KentT
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: GRID Laptops?
Replies: 4
Views: 1424

Re: GRID Laptops?

I'd go as far as saying, that the GRID laptops are the forefather of the Panasonic ToughBooks. More rugged than the typical business class PC.
by KentT
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Oldest Thinkpad you'd run Windows 7 on?
Replies: 32
Views: 4944

Re: Oldest Thinkpad you'd run Windows 7 on?

For 32 bit variants, Core 2 Duo OK, I'd go Core i3 or better for 64 bit, and 4 GB RAM or more as a better way to fly, meaning T410/T510 being good Windows 7 candidates (I run my Core i5 T410 with 4GB RAM on Zorin Core Linux 12 on it, it flies)
by KentT
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Best ThinkPad for all times?
Replies: 61
Views: 57562

Re: Best ThinkPad for all times?

X 61 my favorite (4:3 classic era) ThinkPad as we knew them. In the Core i processor widescreen era, I'd put the T410/T510/W510 or T420/T520/W520 or the X210/X220 as favorite last of the line Real ThinkPads (though the newer keyboards are still better than most on the market)
by KentT
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Which version of Linux to install?
Replies: 61
Views: 18452

Re: Which version of Linux to install?

I am presently running ZorinOS 12.1 on my T 410. Hope to be adding a T 420 to the fleet within the next year (the prices are getting to my level for used beaters)
by KentT
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Fujitsu: Lenovo to take over the PC business?
Replies: 12
Views: 2748

Re: Fujitsu: Lenovo to take over the PC business?

Owned a Fujitsu LifeBook at one time, it was very well built and reliable. Japanese quality.
by KentT
Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Are new cheap laptops really that bad?
Replies: 37
Views: 7695

Re: Are new cheap laptops really that bad?

Agreed. Many an HP ProBook is very good. Especially as used models. And the Dual Core Intel Celerons from 1.6 Ghz up are for most users, very capable for average computing needs. One of my favorite Celeron equipped such is the ProBook 4440s, a well built 14" machine. And Asus Zenbook Pro for me is t...
by KentT
Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Toshiba's PC business strategy for the future and what it means for us
Replies: 27
Views: 5040

Re: Toshiba's PC business strategy for the future and what it means for us

Toshiba for me, is not true business class yet. Not rugged enough (I kill newer Porteges and Tecras too easily), and no next business day service on location. Be forewarned, I get better service and support out of HP ProBooks and Lenovo E series, small business line machines and the Dell Latitude E ...
by KentT
Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: Looking for Video Editing Screencasting Machine
Replies: 5
Views: 1496

Re: Looking for Video Editing Screencasting Machine

Agreed, W530 is suited ideally for your needs. And is a video editing powerhouse. Sensible choice.
by KentT
Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Nov. 2015: Consumer Reports survey finds Apple most reliable laptop brand
Replies: 14
Views: 3560

Re: Nov. 2015: Consumer Reports survey finds Apple most reliable laptop brand

By consumer machine standards, Apple is really the best overall. And they are well built in that class, nicely styled, perform well for most needs. If I had to live with consumer grade machines, a MacBook Pro would likely be what I would run. Keep it very protected in a tough case, and all the Apple...
by KentT
Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Nov. 2015: Consumer Reports survey finds Apple most reliable laptop brand
Replies: 14
Views: 3560

Re: Nov. 2015: Consumer Reports survey finds Apple most reliable laptop brand

Apple's idea of Pro is exact opposite of business class in the PC world. In the Apple World, there is no user easily serviceable, no accidental damage coverage, no next business day service which comes to you. And they're delicate creatures. My ThinkPad T 510's survived spastic cerebral palsied me m...
by KentT
Thu Feb 18, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Are new cheap laptops really that bad?
Replies: 37
Views: 7695

Re: Are new cheap laptops really that bad?

Asus also features for Americans, horrible bad tech support, depot service which is slow, often as not never repairs a machine correctly. And hard to get parts outside of warranty. The worst support and service for me in the PC industry. HP Envy and Pavilion suffers from weak screen hinges, which go...
by KentT
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Nov. 2015: Consumer Reports survey finds Apple most reliable laptop brand
Replies: 14
Views: 3560

Re: Nov. 2015: Consumer Reports survey finds Apple most reliable laptop brand

Apple is also consumer grade. Which is a synonym for unreliable. And their obsession with thinness and styling, is degrading laptops. What part of frail do you not understand? Apple is delicate and frail. Want rugged and reliable, don't buy consumer, or gaming anything. If I can't kill it, you more ...
by KentT
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: thoughts on this 2016 thinkpad?
Replies: 24
Views: 3242

Re: thoughts on this 2016 thinkpad?

I like an Intel iGP equipped T 510 a lot. Classic keyboard layout, runs cool. Is reliable, durable, and stable. Easy to upgrade (8GB RAM limit). And available for reasonable money used. Screen hinges durable. Rugged enough to put up with gimpy me and live. Easily available for under $200 used. And t...
by KentT
Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Which version of Linux to install?
Replies: 61
Views: 18452

Re: Which version of Linux to install?

I would call Mint in the MATE edition a sensible choice. Ubuntu is another good friendly distro. That said, Mint in the MATE edition is what I keep coming back to every time. Works great for me, reliable, stable, and fast on my old ThinkPad T 510 with 3GB of RAM. I find it delightful in use.
by KentT
Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: ThinkPad T430/T530 and later Series
Topic: T450s why is it so difficult to open?
Replies: 14
Views: 2691

Re: T450s why is it so difficult to open?

Also, a major reason why I wait and see how laptops are to maintain in the field before buying. I saw how the T 450s was to get into, and wound up for work fleet recommending T440s refurbs. I tend towards conservative on laptops. And would rather have a bit thicker and heavier as I need something mo...
by KentT
Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Is Windows 7 the Last True Windows?
Replies: 77
Views: 11658

Re: Is Windows 7 the Last True Windows?

Since the Windows 10 debacle has gotten even worse, the sneaking it in as a Recommended update for Windows 7 users, I am now 100% Linux! The on air automation machines at work running Windows 7 don't go online.
by KentT
Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Non-business GPU, (aka normal mobile GPU notebooks) to aquire some day.
Replies: 4
Views: 1555

Re: Non-business GPU, (aka normal mobile GPU notebooks) to aquire some day.

I recommend not getting a Dell Studio. Too flimsy build quality. A Latitude E 5510 is a solid Dell Choice or better yet, hunt down a nice ThinkPad X220, T410/420, or T510/520.
by KentT
Wed Feb 03, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Linux Questions
Topic: Which version of Linux to install?
Replies: 61
Views: 18452

Re: Which version of Linux to install?

I presently run Xubuntu 14.04 on my ThinkPad T 510. I like this distro so far and have experience with Linux Mint 17.2 in MATE.
by KentT
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: What music are you listening to right now?
Replies: 174
Views: 43701

Re: What music are you listening to right now?

Spinning some Tanya Tucker and "San Antonio Stroll" in my bedroom studio on 45 RPM on my Technics SP-25/Audio-Technica ATP 16-T/Ortofon Omega combo with a McIntosh MX 114 tuner/preamplifier and my McIntosh MC 2505-2 power amplifier driving my Dynaco A-25 loudspeakers. My office!
by KentT
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: ThinkPad T510 upgrade -- next steps after SSD and RAM?
Replies: 15
Views: 2600

Re: ThinkPad T510 upgrade -- next steps after SSD and RAM?

Also, if budget is a concern, a W 510 would be a great alternate choice. And still can handle a lot of RAM, 16 GB if I recall correctly.
by KentT
Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions
Topic: Are new cheap laptops really that bad?
Replies: 37
Views: 7695

Re: Are new cheap laptops really that bad?

The consumer grade laptops of today, to put it nicely, are horribly built junk. Delicate, flimsy hinges, made of of low quality material. I'll take an old T 410/510 or T420/520 over any HP Envy or Pavilion, any Toshiba, any Dell Inspiron, Acer anything, or anything from Asus. My 5 year old T 510 and...
by KentT
Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: ThinkPad T400/410/420 and T500/510/520 Series
Topic: T510/T520 in 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 3572

Re: T510/T520 in 2016

A T 510 presently is my main laptop. And I am very happy with mine doing similar computing needs as you envision. A W 510 would be icing on the cake, offer you a better GPU and offer you more RAM limit. Why not for the price? In nice condition, a bargain.
by KentT
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Who else also hasn't acquired a single computer in over a year?
Replies: 11
Views: 2357

Re: Who else also hasn't acquired a single computer in over a year?

Indeed. Have not had a new PC in a long time. I did acquire a lovely used PC, my now beloved Lenovo ThinkPad T510, swapped a used Acer UltraBook and $70 cash for this superb laptop.
by KentT
Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Stuff
Topic: Is Windows 7 the Last True Windows?
Replies: 77
Views: 11658

Re: Is Windows 7 the Last True Windows?

The telemetry and forced automatic upgrades are reasons why I will never run Windows 10 until those are completely eliminated for all versions of Windows 10.

Go to advanced search