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Posted 09-27-2017 at 02:01 PM by brianL

Just bought a new toy: refurbished Dell Precision T3600, for 350. Very good condition.
Intel Xeon E5-1650
NVidia Quadro 2000 graphics card
Very nice!
Only problem so far: can't install Slackware. Hopefully soon resolved. See thread in Slackware Installation forum.
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(Not) Microsoft calling...

Posted 02-24-2015 at 06:37 AM by brianL
Updated 02-24-2015 at 06:39 AM by brianL

It's been a while since I got one of these calls. Somebody with a strong Indian accent, using an English name (Andrew, this time), and claiming to work for Microsoft.
After introductions, this is the conversation:
Andrew: we have reports that your computer has been downloading malicious software.
Me: Oh? That sounds bad.
Andrew: Don't worry, we can fix it.
Me: I hope so.
Then asks if I'm at my computer & is it on. And which browser I use.
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Posted 02-04-2015 at 10:03 AM by brianL
Updated 02-04-2015 at 11:01 AM by brianL

Am I crazy? A lot of people say so, and they can't all be wrong.
I was so impressed by my recently acquired Thinkpad (T 410), that I've bought another one. A refurbished X 200: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, 9 cell battery. All for 83. The only thing wrong with it was that it had Vista Business edition installed, but that was easily cured. It's now feeling a lot healthier running Slackware 14.1.
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Another New Toy to Play With

Posted 01-08-2015 at 04:36 AM by brianL

Well, a refurbished one. Although it looks good enough to be new.
A Lenovo Thinkpad T410. With an i5-520 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and a 320 GB HDD, all for 219. Seems like good value for money to me, considering I paid about 199 for a new eee pc 1001ha a few years ago. The T410 has Windows 7 Professional installed, and the C:\ drive (/dev/sda2) is sandwiched between a system partition and a recovery partition. I resized C:\, tried to install Slackware, but had a problem with lilo. So I tried again...
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Posted 08-16-2014 at 07:46 AM by brianL

Due to a 'phone line fault, I (and others in this area) have been without internet and landline 'phone for about a week. Shut off from civilisation. Thrown back into the Dark Ages. Anyway, it's fixed now, just before the withdrawal symptoms were getting unbearable.
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