Happy 25, ThinkPad!

Happy 25, ThinkPad!

Posted by bhall

Over the span of my professional life to date, I have recommended one brand more than any other when it comes to laptops: The ThinkPad.

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Lenovo ThinkPad E575 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad E575 Review

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I have been using and recommending ThinkPads since Pentium IIIs were top of the line. However, in all of this time, I’ve never purchased one new for myself. That changed last week when, after reading what little I could about it, I ordered the Lenovo ThinkPad E575. In summary: It’s great.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Review

Posted by bhall

Today I review the best ThinkPad to date: The X220. Released in 2011, it represents the pinnacle of ThinkPad design. In my opinion, it’s been downhill ever since.

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Ubuntu 17.10 released!

Ubuntu 17.10 released!

Posted by bhall

Ubuntu 17.10 was released today. This is a significant release for several reasons. First, it’s the last release before their next LTS release. Second, it’s their first release defaulting to Wayland and Gnome3.

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ThinkPad 25 two days in

ThinkPad 25 two days in

Posted by bhall

I’ve had the ThinkPad 25 for a couple of days now and I’m working on a review but am trying to wait until the initial “Oh wow, this is fantastic!” phase wears off. So far, no sign of that.

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Using Pop!_OS: gnome-sushi

Posted by bhall

I’m using Pop!_OS (terrible name) on my new ThinkPad 25. I like it. More on that later. One thing I missed was the ability to preview in the file manager. Easy enough. apt-get install gnome-sushi Done.

MacBooks and dust

Posted by bhall

I haven’t newer Mac keyboards yet. I’ve tried them in the store and I know I’m going to hate them. For me, that’s just based on how they feel. Apparently, they’re also extremely fragile and very expensive to fix. Apple has generally made terrific keyboards. Not as good as the ThinkPad X220 or my new […]

ThinkPad 25 first look

ThinkPad 25 first look

Posted by bhall

My ThinkPad 25 arrived today. My first take: it’s perfect! It has all of the ports I will use today and will need tomorrow. It has a great trackpoint, the screen is fantastic, and the keyboard is perfect. It looks… like a ThinkPad! No one has noticed that it’s a new machine! Perfect! More soon.

ThinkPad 25 is set to arrive tomorrow!

ThinkPad 25 is set to arrive tomorrow!

Posted by bhall

Earlier this month, Lenovo celebrated the 25th anniversary of the venerable ThinkPad line. They did so by releasing the ThinkPad 25, a modified, top of the line ThinkPad T470. It was announced on October 5, I ordered one on the 6th. It’s set to arrive tomorrow. I can’t wait!

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Remap back and forward to page up/down

Posted by bhall

On my ThinkPad E575 the keys above left and right arrow are page up and page down. This is handier than the back and forward keys on my X220. Here’s how to remap the keys. This was tested to work on Pop!_OS (Ubuntu 17.10, Gnome3) vi ~/.xinitrc xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap vi ~/.xmodmap keycode 166=Prior keycode 167=Next […]

The present and future of computing

Posted by bhall

iPads are a luxury and, for me, working on them is still a compromise.

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Elementary OS tweaks

Elementary OS tweaks

Posted by bhall

I’m using Elementary OS on my ThinkPad E575. It’s great but needs a few tweaks. Here are mine thus far:

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Seagate FireCuda: Just don’t

Seagate FireCuda: Just don’t

Posted by bhall

At work I’ve been struggling with Seagate FireCuda 2TB SSHDs all week. These drives are terrible. They all fail.

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Quick fix: Missing Save and Cancel buttons on Firefox 56

Posted by bhall

I’m running Elementary OS on one of my machines. A recent Firefox update took out the Save and Cancel buttons on file dialogs. Very annoying. This is a bug that has been around before. I think with the GTK filechooser. The workaround is to run: gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides “{‘Gtk/DialogsUseHeader’:<0>}”  

How contemporary mobile platforms wither

Posted by bhall

As the end of 2017 approaches, it is clear that the mobile world is a two platform world. As the losers of the smartphone wars wither and die, this is how they go: with a whimper.

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2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pro

2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pro

Posted by bhall

Work supplied me with a 2015 Retina MacBook Pro as of late 2016. This is an interesting machine, and is unlike any of the Macs that I have purchased for myself “recently”. I’ve tended to avoid the 15″ models because of the additional girth and price.

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