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by old_noob
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Pinebook Pro update and discussion
Replies: 6
Views: 235

Re: Pinebook Pro update and discussion

You can buy a used or refurbished x86 machine with superior specs for less money, and be able to run more apps. However the better battery life on an ARM laptop is very attractive. I think the ARM option will get much better and more popular soon but we are not quite there.
by old_noob
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Mac Users
Replies: 19
Views: 516

Re: Mac Users

Can't you get Firefox for Mac?

The best self defense advice I've ever heard, courtesy of Robert Young Pelton (google him): Find a track coach and ask him to teach you to sprint".
by old_noob
Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Tablet options
Replies: 7
Views: 270

Re: Tablet options

I second the Calibre recommendation. It's a magnificant app. As for tablets, the most economical route is to buy an x86 tablet on ebay and install linux. Since Windows 8 sported a tablet type interface and was such a huge flop, there are lots of very cheap Windows 8 tablets out there.
by old_noob
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Who has managed to keep the oldest computer still alive and kicking?
Replies: 10
Views: 427

Re: Who has managed to keep the oldest computer still alive and kicking?

My wife has a Compaq 386 that dates from 1987. It still boots, though we obviously don't use it for anything. The oldest unit that I still fire up on a regular basis is a Dell desktop acquired in 2004. Currently dual booting Windows XP and Mint 17 XFCE. We gave it extra RAM so it handles Mint well. ...
by old_noob
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Things that suck...
Replies: 64
Views: 1848

Re: Things that suck...

Deer flies... though they don't suck so much as tear out hunks of flesh.

As a young boy in North Carolina I had chiggers on a rather sensitive pat of my anatomy. It was impressively swollen for someone so young :mrgreen:
by old_noob
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Is the warning against plugging in free USBs applicable only to Windows and Mac? [solved]
Replies: 10
Views: 467

Re: Is the warning against plugging in free USBs applicable only to Windows and Mac?

If it's a USB killer, it will be considerably larger than most thumb drives because it must contain the capacitors that do the dirty work. If it looks unusually bulky proceed with caution. Note that that the extra hardware could be concealed within a cute penguin or something similar. For run of the...
by old_noob
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Is this happening to anyone else?
Replies: 13
Views: 629

Re: Is this happening to anyone else???

and sorry for the double post, not able to delete it for some reason.
by old_noob
Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Is this happening to anyone else?
Replies: 13
Views: 629

Re: Is this happening to anyone else???

I had the same experience yesterday; blamed the wifi at first but went back to 4.18 and the problem went away.
by old_noob
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Microsoft"s New "Modern OS"
Replies: 15
Views: 820

Re: Microsoft"s New "Modern OS"

all41 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:17 am
Notice that I did not mispell windows
But you did misspell "misspell". That's OK, it is one of the most misspelled words in English.
by old_noob
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Microsoft"s New "Modern OS"
Replies: 15
Views: 820

Re: Microsoft"s New "Modern OS"

Portreve wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:40 pm
Well... here's one person's take on what Microsoft's next OS might be.
Sounds like some heavy s**t, man.
As more info becomes available, it sounds like the second coming of Windows 8. Might be fun to watch.
by old_noob
Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Microsoft"s New "Modern OS"
Replies: 15
Views: 820

Microsoft"s New "Modern OS"

Notice they're not calling it "Windows"... wonder if it will be based on the Linux kernel :mrgreen:
by old_noob
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?
Replies: 12
Views: 335

Re: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?

Check out this: https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/eeepc-mx-linux-fan-control-brightness.html and this: https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/eeepc-mx-linux.html Good articles. I ran MX for awhile on the notebook and may go back to it, or Peppermint. I like having Mint on everything but MX does seem...
by old_noob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?
Replies: 12
Views: 335

Re: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?

Lastly though please tell me where I can get an SSD for $20? Or was that just hyperbole? If you are in the US, ebay, Newegg, Amazon or plenty of other places... prices have plummeted in the last few months, especially for smaller capacity (<256G) drives. Can't comment on other locations but I suspe...
by old_noob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 61
Views: 1700

Re: Tea or Coffee?

Both, of course! I have coffee every morning (good stuff; we don't roast our own beans yet but it may happen soon). I drink a lot of tea during the cooler months of the year, we have about 8 of those here in VT. My daughter in law is from India and her family owns plantations in Darjeeling so we dri...
by old_noob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?
Replies: 12
Views: 335

Re: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?

Hi old_noob You can try out a new SSD in your netbook or use it in a newer device or externally - so no value loss (...$20...) The question is: how much RAM has the netbook installed - there are apparently versions with 1 or 2 GB RAM. With 2 GB RAM + new SSD, you should definitely be able to run Mi...
by old_noob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?
Replies: 12
Views: 335

Re: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?

MurphCID wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:30 pm
Pjotr wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:21 pm
In this case: won't help much, I expect....
I will disagree with Sensei here, I think it will help some.
Can you define "some"? 25%, 50%...
by old_noob
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?
Replies: 12
Views: 335

Is an SSD worth it for an old netbook?

I have an Acer Aspire AOD270 netbook with an Atom N2800 CPU (1.86ghz, dual core) and a 5400rpm HDD. Now that a 128GB SSD is available for about $20 US, I've been thinking about getting one for this machine and eking a couple more years of useful life out of it. However, the extremely low power of th...
by old_noob
Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: The pros of XFCE DE?
Replies: 21
Views: 1561

Re: The pros of XFCE DE?

Not much to add, except that I love XFCE. So fast & efficient. This morning I had a Windows 7 box and a Mint XFCE laptop open on the same desk. At rest (booted up for a few minutes but no apps open) W7 was consuming 1.75GB of RAM and Mint XFCE was at 400MB. Mint opens Firefox roughly twice as fast a...
by old_noob
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Unexpected Shutdowns [ SOLVED - Hardware Fault ]
Replies: 18
Views: 474

Re: Unexpected Shutdowns

Could be the power supply as well. We had a box showing similar behavior, progressed to spontaneous reboots, then periodic refusal to boot. A new PS fixed the problem. A cheap easy fix for a desktop box; it could be a pain with a laptop.
by old_noob
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Inline Skaters Here?
Replies: 10
Views: 350

Re: Inline Skaters Here?

also... My other equipment consists of a helmet... if I break some other body part, it can be fixed. The head, not so much. I have only crashed twice in 30+ years of inline skating, one of them when I jumped a low traffic barrier and landed on a seagull that was resting on the other side. I still ha...

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