iPad Pro 9.7” long-term review

iPad Pro 9.7” long-term review

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The 9.7” iPad Pro is an odd device. It has been replaced by the 10.5” version, ensuring that it will always be a one-off. Physically, it is a dead ringer for the iPad Air 2. That said, it is arguably the pinnacle of the original iPad design that debuted in 2010.

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ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25: Affordable Accessories

ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25: Affordable Accessories

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I’ve had the ThinkPad 25 long enough to find a few choice accessories for it. Here are the best deals I’ve found so far:

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ThinkPad X62: An amazing hack!

ThinkPad X62: An amazing hack!

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This is just so cool. A group in China has developed a replacement for the internals of a ThinkPad X61. You can upgrade from a Core 2 Duo to a current i7 with a great 1400×1050 IPS display. If I wasn’t so thrilled with the ThinkPad 25, I’d want one of these!

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2016 MacBook Pro with Touch bar mini-review

2016 MacBook Pro with Touch bar mini-review

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I recently spent some time with a 13” MacBook Pro with touch bar. I wasn’t able to push performance but was able to assess the keyboard and use the Touch bar. Overall, I was pretty impressed. However the price is so high and ports are so limited that it is difficult to recommend.

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ThinkPad 25 Update: Real-world Battery

ThinkPad 25 Update: Real-world Battery

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I successfully used the ThinkPad 25 all-day today at work. Including but not limited to a very long marketing meeting in which I took minutes using Evernote constantly through the browser.

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Pop!_OS 17.10 Review

Pop!_OS 17.10 Review

Posted by bhall

Today I take a look at System76’s Pop!_OS. This is a new flavour of Ubuntu created by system builder System76 in response to Canonical discontinuing their Unity interface, which also signaled the end of Mir, Convergence, and Ubuntu Phone, and left many, including System76, wondering how they should proceed.

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ThinkPad 25 update

ThinkPad 25 update

Posted by bhall

I’ve had another week with the ThinkPad 25. I’ve been using it more or less exclusively at home and frequently at work. I still love it. I think it’s the best ThinkPad produced to date. It’s had it’s first good knock. It took a small chunk out of one of my walls with no mark […]

Middle click on ThinkPad E575

Middle click on ThinkPad E575

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Middle-click to paste didn’t work out-of-the-box on my ThinkPad E575 in Ubuntu 16.04. Here’s the fix:

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Install closed drivers

Install closed drivers

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While listening to the excellent Ubuntu Podcast I found out about the ubuntu-drivers command. It is essentially the command line version of the nice UI to install binary graphics and network drivers. Here are the details:

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Ubuntu 17.10: Edit menus

Ubuntu 17.10: Edit menus

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I wanted to hide a few menu items. The best way? sudo apt install menulibre

Steam controller and Ubuntu 17.10

Steam controller and Ubuntu 17.10

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Just a quick one: sudo apt install steam-devices to get your Steam controller to work in Ubuntu 17.10/Pop!_OS.

ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 Review

ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 Review

Posted by bhall

Over my professional career, I have recommended one brand of laptop more than any other: The ThinkPad. The line recently celebrated it’s 25th anniversary. This alone is a remarkable achievement. To celebrate this milestone, Lenovo released the ThinkPad 25. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to own one.

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Ubuntu 17.10 released!

Ubuntu 17.10 released!

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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

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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

Using Pop!_OS: gnome-sushi

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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

MacBooks and dust

Posted by bhall

I haven’t extensively used newer Mac keyboards yet. I’ve tried them in the store and I know they’re not for me just based on how they feel. Apparently, they’re also extremely fragile and very expensive to fix.

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ThinkPad 25 first look

ThinkPad 25 first look

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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!

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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

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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

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

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Elementary OS tweaks

Elementary OS tweaks

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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>}”  

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

Posted by bhall

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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How contemporary mobile platforms wither

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

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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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Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 on CentOS 7.3

Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 on CentOS 7.3

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Through an odd sequence of events, I own a real odd-ball of a laptop: The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1. Through an even stranger sequence of events, the only OS I can get to reliably run on it is CentOS 7.

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2015 Dell XPS 13 update: New keyboard! (Thanks Aaron!)

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I love my “new” Dell XPS 13. It’s a fabulous Linux box. However, the one I found had a UK keyboard layout. My new co-worker, Aaron, volunteered to replace it with a US keyboard. This was quite a job, as it meant also replacing the entire top assembly. This was further complicated by the first […]

A PlayBook Sequel…

A PlayBook Sequel…

Posted by bhall

(or BlackBerry and Android in peaceful coexistence) BlackBerry’s ill-fated PlayBook turns five this week. I bought it when it came out and have loved the device since day one. (Heck, I still use it!) It may have been a disaster in the market, but it was and remains my favorite tablet.

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