Category Archives: hardware

Ubuntu on Lenovo Thinkpad T450s

Lenovo’s T450s is another piece of high-production-volume hardware from a vendor with a fairly good reputation for Linux support … but a host of serious problems under Ubuntu’s flagship “Long-term-support” operating system.  I’d love to be in touch with others … Continue reading

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Review: System76 and their “Sable Touch” desktop computer

It’s still hard to buy a turn-key or supported GNU/Linux computer. I keep trying, and I especially prefer to avoid paying what’s called the Microsoft Tax, i.e. the hardware-bundled cost of Microsoft software, which is how they have built and … Continue reading

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My feather crock pot (how we will cook in the future)

This is an interlude from my normal blog themes.  Just a little bit of physics tells you, I think, how we will cook in a future in which energy is electric and a bit more precious. It seems in North … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10 (updated for 14.04 and 14.10) on Lenovo X230/X230-Tablet convertible tablet

If you consider yourself a user, not a tinkerer, the number one rule of running GNU/Linux is not even to try it except on hardware that others have already tried with complete success. (Do not buy a laptop, desktop, or server thinking … Continue reading

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Asus Eee PC X101CH review: Very Poor

No matter what positive characteristics this netbook may have, the biggest negatives are sufficient for me to conclude: do not buy this machine. My point of comparison is just one machine, an HP Mini 1116NR from nearly three years ago. … Continue reading

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Lenovo Thinkpad T410s and Ubuntu 10.10

This is a review, of sorts, though it will grow as I need/test features. I received my T410s and recorded a video of myself rejecting the Microsoft EULA, and erasing the harddrive. Good riddance, Windows 7. The keyboard feels really … Continue reading

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Loose screws rattling in hinge/speaker of HP mini

After flinging my HP mini netbook onto the bed with the hinge open, a little too hard, a few too many times, I got a disconcerting rattling sound from the hinge, which also began to flex in a way it … Continue reading

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