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Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

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Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#1 Post by 128MB » Thu May 17, 2018 8:55 am

Never looked at these thinkpads nor do i have a reason to own one of them because i already have a game pc, htpc, backup dual core and a hp probook for work, and still for the passed 3 weeks i look around all day for a cheap one for sale.

Its kind of driving me nuts, i fell in love with the look of these laptops and of course would want a 'frankenpad'.
So should i really ?

Same thing happened to me about 5 years ago when i wanted to collect vintage audio equipment, constantly on the look out for ads and now i have an entire 1976 AKAI setup in the living room and a 1979 Pioneer setup in the office.

Then short after i HAD to have a Commodore 64 "because i had one as a kid" and now i have an entire setup in the loft collecting dust.

What is this nostalgia bug that every now and then comes around the corner and bites me in the cheeks ?

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Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Thu May 17, 2018 10:08 am

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Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#3 Post by rjp » Thu May 17, 2018 12:15 pm

I think the two significant reasons people like the old thinkpads are:

1. The screen aspect ratio allows more vertical space without scrolling
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2. The old school keyboard is what many old school people are/were used to touch typing effectively on

Certainly, a 22" screen on any newer system resolves the first, especially if you have one that rotates to portrait mode. Or you use any Apple product which never totally embraced the widescreen movie format that plagues the smaller laptops. Same goes for item two if you have a nice mechanical keyboard for real document creation and processing.

Of course the frankenpads seem fast with their SSD drives but in reality they are just dual core processors that are the lowest processor that is capable of running Windows 7, the other piece of productivity software most power users need.

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Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#4 Post by fultontech » Thu May 17, 2018 12:24 pm

"Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?"

You don't. You want a 25 year old ThinkPad!
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Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#5 Post by Cigarguy » Thu May 17, 2018 12:49 pm

A lot of it is being able to afford the toys that you can't afford earlier in life. Speaking of audio, I finally got NHT 1.3 speakers that I always wanted but couldn't afford during my high school/university years. Already got and moved on from the Porsche. Vintage women? Still can't afford them.

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Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#6 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu May 17, 2018 5:31 pm

fultontech wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 12:24 pm
"Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?"

You don't. You want a 25 year old ThinkPad!
Quote of the week!

I agree fully FultonTech. If you are going to do programming, it better be in Borland Turbo c++ :D !
Probably should be Thinkpad16by10.

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Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#7 Post by axur-delmeria » Fri May 18, 2018 12:41 am

128MB wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:55 am
What is this nostalgia bug that every now and then comes around the corner and bites me in the cheeks ?
A yearning for things from a time when life was much simpler, maybe?

As much as I like Thinkpads, it's generally tempered by

1. practicality :thumbs-UP: it's the reason i let go of the 760XD -- it was getting too slow, no USB, damaged screen (still works though), and bad keyboard.

2. stinginess :lol: -- I got a 560E for free, but the screen was dead, it won't boot past the BIOS screen, and I don't think I can get it back to working order without spending a significant amount of money. So it's currently on my shelf, disassembled. :P
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60/s Frankenpad Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E, X61 T7500
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Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#8 Post by shawross » Fri May 18, 2018 5:49 pm

An X61 would probably be great for what he is looking for. Retro with 4x3 screen and no nasty trackpad and with enough performance that it is usable today with your OS of choice.

Also can be found with the IBM logo on the palmrest and has a great keyboard.
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Re: Why do i want a 10 year old thinkpad ?

#9 Post by 128MB » Sun May 20, 2018 4:52 am

Found an R60 with dock for sale for € 12 ...
tempted to drive and pick it up and slap my other free OCZ ssd in it. And the T7200 cpu can be found for pocket change.

Man, wish i had a thinkpad when i was in school, i did al my cad / solidworks with a celeron and 512 MB ram and integrated graphics.

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