At 2/15/13 07:42 AM, KevinHR wrote:
I hope you will enjoy it and find it worth the price you paid, but may I ask what you need all that power for? I usually buy used Thinkpads and I can't fathom spending more than Ã'Â£150 for a laptop. Is there something I'm missing out on?
Currently I have an old Dell Inspiron 530 as my primary desktop computer. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.5GHz, 2GB RAM and Intel G31 Express Chipset. This thing is fine for internet Browsing and stuff, but at one point I was wanting to try working with OpenGL and the graphics chipset isn't really up to scratch. Wasn't particularly keen on upgrading this PC either since it is rather old.
I also have a 13 inch MacBook Pro. It would have been one of the 2009 models, I think. Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.26GHz, 2GB DDR3 RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor. It still does me fine I guess but... it's a Mac. I don't particularly like using Mac OS so I used to dual book XP on there. It has a really nice build quality to it but using a Mac keyboard when running Windows is a little awkward.
So basically I wanted something to replace my desktop but didn't really have the budget to go all out on a good desktop. At the same time, if I was getting a laptop, I also wanted something that'd better my MacBook Pro's specs and something with a slightly larger display. So yea, since this was going to be my new primary machine and I saw those specs for Â£400, I thought I might as well get it. I mean hopefully that laptop should last me a while. I was after a ThinkPad because I hear good things about them but to get a new one for the same price meant settling with much lower specs. At least now I'll have a decent CPU and more RAM than I'll be needing any time soon.
Since you mention anxiety for the condition of the laptop, I had a frightening experience when I received my T60.
That wouldn't have been a nice surprise for you. I've never bought a used laptop before, which is why I'm a little anxious about the condition of it, but I checked out this eBay sellers feedback before making my decision. They were selling a few of these laptops and some buyers had already left feedback on them, stating they were in good condition, so that put my mind at ease a little. Also, they're received 3154 positive feedback in the last 12 months and only 5 negative. They seem like they'll be reliable enough. From what I gather, the laptops are just ex-business laptops that they've refurbished (not sure what that involves) and are getting rid of. I'm assuming refurbished just means they'll have wiped the hard drive and done a clean install of Windows.
On the plus side, it had the 1400x1050 Flexview monitor and in great condition too, and everything with the laptop worked fine. There are about two hundred scratches on the surface of the lid, but I don't mind. It also smells better than the T61p I gave to my father.
Yea, that monitor does sound pretty nice. Cosmetic damage doesn't really bother me too much but obviously the less of it, the better. The T420 that I ordered does state that it may come with "signs of use and the odd scratch". Hopefully it's nothing too noticeable but cosmetic damage really isn't a big deal.
At 2/15/13 07:46 AM, Zanthas wrote:
Honestly, any distro can teach you more about Linux and GNU.
I'm not too fussy about what distro I use, I just thought going for something minimal like Arch might make me appreciate what's going on more. I'd like to get to the point where I can actually contribute too or develop some of my own software for a distro. I'm in my last year of a computer science degree but I don't contribute to any open source projects and I'd like to get into it. I feel like I'm a reasonably competent programmer, although far from being the best, but contributing to projects like that still feels a little above my skill level. I feel like I could potentially learn a lot if I were to try and get involved with that.
This is my current Flux setup.
Pretty nice looking set up you have there. Can't say I usually go to the effort of having nice coloured output in terminals and I've never made use of pixel art, but that does look pretty sweet.
Yeah it does. Plus Thinkpads tend to be high quality laptops. You made a good choice.
It has been marked as dispatched using 24 hour express delivery, but since it's the weekend I doubt it will arrive until Monday. I've never actually used a ThinkPad before but I friend of mine had one and they did look like nice laptops.