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Old 06-11-2013, 10:20 AM   #241
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I am still using a more recent PC(2006 one).

Here is an interesting link on 10 popular older PCs. For me these are quite old, however recently someone using one such PC was even
online amazingly. These are interesting to know:
http://www.howstuffworks.com/10-most...ory.htm#page=1

Hoping this will get some discussions started here. The most vital thing I have learned from this thread is that sooner or later, all things have to be recycled, nothing is forever.
 
Old 06-11-2013, 03:26 PM   #242
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I always liked that formfactor from computers back in the 80's: One single unit with the keyboard built in that hooked to the TV. Obviously TV screen resolution was a major limiting factor, but these systems were so much more aesthetically pleasing than the beige boxes that followed. I wonder if there's a market for that sort of thing now that HDTV is common? I know a few companies have tried (e.g., the guys who bought the Commodore trademarks).
 
Old 06-12-2013, 12:38 PM   #243
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These days, I even saw net enabled TV advertised. Not sure how it works. So, don't think connecting older PC to TV will be easy. But then again, there is someone somewhere who always manages to do the impossible.
 
Old 06-12-2013, 04:15 PM   #244
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When I bought a new tv a couple years ago, I made sure it had a VGA input. I don't know how long it will be before anything I own has HDMI outputs.
 
Old 06-13-2013, 05:51 AM   #245
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So, don't think connecting older PC to TV will be easy. But then again, there is someone somewhere who always manages to do the impossible.
It is easy with the right hardware.

Lots of older nVidia and ATI/AMD video cards have composite video (1 channel), s-video, and/or component video (3 channels) as well as VGA/DVI.

Every TV I have ever seen has one or more of the inputs listed above.

*edit- I was forgetting the really old CRT TVs from the late 70s and earlier. Many of them have none of the inputs listed on them, just an antenna in. However, I believe that its still possible to get them going, you'll just need a VCR.

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When I bought a new tv a couple years ago, I made sure it had a VGA input. I don't know how long it will be before anything I own has HDMI outputs.
Soemtimes just having a VGA input can lead to disappointment. The TV here is a 1920x1080 resolution model, has a VGA input, but VGA is limited to 1024x768....

As an aside, I never liked the 'keyboard built in with the main system' setups. I never found them more appealing than the box + sperate keyboard myself, and I disliked the drawbacks (cant move the keyboard as easily, etc..).

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Old 06-13-2013, 08:47 AM   #246
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:46 AM   #247
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I am back to using my old PC again in peace. Listened to some
podcasts yesterday, listening to net radio now.

Eventually, would like to use the old PC to display photos and pictures. I can
sketch these.

One another thing I learned from this thread is that technology changes
every 3 to 5 years, there is no turning the clock back. This change is good
for the economy, job market etc.,
 
Old 06-23-2013, 07:48 AM   #248
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Every LQ member gets a free personal blog (My LQ -> My Blog). This type of post rather belongs there instead of the fora.
 
Old 07-06-2013, 03:59 AM   #249
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Request to Mods to change topic of this thread to: Anything about old PCs, their uses, related OSes and their users.
Since this thread is no longer in the technical forum and in the general forum, this topic change will benefit everyone involved.
Thanks in advance for your understanding and consideration.
 
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Request to Mods to change topic of this thread to: Anything about old PCs, their uses, related OSes and their users.
Done. Next time please use the report button to request such changes. Also please pay attention to what my fellow forum moderator wrote about your LQ web log. To clarify: rants and monologues (that which doesn't necessarily invite meaningful discussion) should be better off in your LQ web log.
 
Old 07-06-2013, 06:05 AM   #251
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Done. Next time please use the report button to request such changes. Also please pay attention to what my fellow forum moderator wrote about your LQ web log. To clarify: rants and monologues (that which doesn't necessarily invite meaningful discussion) should be better off in your LQ web log.
Thanks for the prompt action. Hope I don't have to request such changes in future. I listen to all mod comments and look at them as friendly suggestions.
 
Old 07-17-2013, 10:45 PM   #252
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what about using a terminal only?

Please tell me why you need x11, realluy
 
Old 07-18-2013, 05:34 PM   #253
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what about using a terminal only?

Please tell me why you need x11, realluy
It all depends on how old a PC/software the user really wants or not to use a PC at all. Most of the times, I don't even need terminal, I just
use pen, pencil, color pencils and paper.
 
Old 07-20-2013, 03:52 AM   #254
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You may also install tinyX on your Debian platform instead of using xorg or try ubuntu MIR (heavy) , Wayland,...



Or code it yourself something lightweight

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Old 07-21-2013, 03:22 PM   #255
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You may also install tinyX on your Debian platform instead of using xorg or try ubuntu MIR (heavy) , Wayland,...
Or code it yourself something lightweight
Thanks for these suggestions. The two older PCs I mainly use are one from 2001 and another from 1999, they don't support youtube or video. Don't think all above OSes will work on them. (I use a P4 server for linkedin and facebook but this has no sound). I am glad that puppy Linux works on them. I am not a coder, so can't do it myself.

On a different note, now I see the points some raised here before.
The older PCs are true dinosaurs and power guzzlers compared to the tiny PCs that we are seeing come out:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/25912..._than_100.html

These PCs offer several advantages including:
1. Cheaper Price
2. More Performance
3. Ease of portability, storage
4. Enormous Power savings
5. Transportation convenience
6. Space savings in office
7. Less of a fire/power hazard, so more safe.

Initially, I was very hesitant when folks suggested the Rasberry pi. But I have to agree, that in the future, it appears that these smaller
PCs will take over. Down the road, it will be wise to just recycle the older PCs. A few may remain in museums, with collectors, gather
dust in basement and less few with users who use them for specific applications that need them. Some are very fast to see the future trends
and adapt to them. Majority will adopt when the trend goes mainstream. Few will hang on and do it only if really needed. I belong to the last category. Also, if PCs become this cheap, then folks will be tempted to upgrade more often and there will be more used PCs.
 
  


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