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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Jasper1 » 21 November 2020, 23:12

Marmaduke wrote:It only just dawned on me today that I’m wasting time with using products to smell nice in a society where everyone is wearing a mask. So much wasted perfume.


That’s true. It dawned on me that there’s zero point smiling at people when you, or they have a mask on. It’s habitual to smile when meeting people (for me anyway) especially when they’re hot. Sometimes I forget I’ve got the damn mask on whilst wondering why my friendly gestures are not being reciprocated.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby René » 21 November 2020, 23:35

Jasper1 wrote:
Marmaduke wrote:It only just dawned on me today that I’m wasting time with using products to smell nice in a society where everyone is wearing a mask. So much wasted perfume.

That’s true. It dawned on me that there’s zero point smiling at people when you, or they have a mask on. It’s habitual to smile when meeting people (for me anyway) especially when they’re hot. Sometimes I forget I’ve got the damn mask on whilst wondering why my friendly gestures are not being reciprocated.

A good genuine smile can usually be seen in the eyes also.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 22 November 2020, 04:47

Just flipped the channel and saw mini Tom Holland back when he played Billy Elliot. I bet that’s how Jack looked back then. :keke: So adorable.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 22 November 2020, 23:16

The latest chapter in the "get a newer computer" saga... I saw a video last night talking about a Lenovo laptop that is very cheap on sale. It got a good review.

Pros:
-It's something I can afford at $150
-I could have a laptop!
-That one review was very positive
-I can actually afford it, and it could be my first new computer since George H. W. Bush was in office.

Cons:
-It's a Windows laptop :noes:
-My fast search turned up no indication that Linux will run on this laptop
-I'd have to go to Walmart :pukey: to get this deal.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby René » 22 November 2020, 23:20

John27 wrote:The latest chapter in the "get a newer computer" saga... I saw a video last night talking about a Lenovo laptop that is very cheap on sale. It got a good review.

Pros:
-It's something I can afford at $150
-I could have a laptop!
-That one review was very positive
-I can actually afford it, and it could be my first new computer since George H. W. Bush was in office.

Cons:
-It's a Windows laptop :noes:
-My fast search turned up no indication that Linux will run on this laptop
-I'd have to go to Walmart :pukey: to get this deal.

Con: Isn't Lenovo, like, the king of spyware? I seem to remember at one point they got caught selling laptops with spyware actually built into the BIOS...
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 22 November 2020, 23:44

René wrote:Con: Isn't Lenovo, like, the king of spyware? I seem to remember at one point they got caught selling laptops with spyware actually built into the BIOS...


I hadn't either known or remembered.

I just did a fast search ("Lenovo spyware"). And it turned up several articles. Including one article festooned with pictures of what I assume are symbolic black widow spiders.

I guess I'd sort of thought they were OK because I think they did work for IBM, and they currently own the "ThinkPad" (once IBM ThinkPad) name. (ThinkPad, incidentally,gets mentioned in one piece I just read as having had issues.)

Well, I guess I can forget this Lenovo, regardless of price...

Probably can also forget the idea of a new computer. :cry:

I'm wondering, though, what companies might actually be safe... I'm assuming any company could have issues, given that manufacturing is outsourced. And the company doing the assembly in Asia or whatever might decide to make a little extra through a deal with someone making spyware. But I have to assume some companies are more likely to be "safe" than others.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Brenden » 23 November 2020, 00:21

Lenovo is specifically a Chinese owned company, not just one that manufactures in China. That’s why they insert malware right into their BIOS. IBM sold their physical device division to Lenovo.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 23 November 2020, 00:39

Brenden wrote:Lenovo is specifically a Chinese owned company, not just one that manufactures in China. That’s why they insert malware right into their BIOS. IBM sold their physical device division to Lenovo.


My thinking is that with outsourcing there are no guarantees that a BIOS image might not be substituted by the people actually making the hardware.

But, of course, it's even easier for the company whose brand name is on the product to do something nefarious...
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 23 November 2020, 00:41

I guess one plus to buying old hardware, as I've tended to do, is that when it's 5 years old BIOS spyware issues will be more likely to be known!
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 23 November 2020, 21:19

After mentioning Tofurky on the Facepalm thread...

I remember spending some holiday--most likely Thanksgiving--with my father and his family many years ago. Apparently, he'd been joking about them serving Tofurky. And he may have cracked a joke at dinner.

And another thought... I wonder when I first heard of Tofurky. It seems like a product that has been around forever--but I just checked, and it only dates to the 1990s. I think I must known about it before my fathers jokes. Perhaps a news story. Perhaps seeing it at the grocery store in the "natural foods" section (where I shopped for other things).
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Brenden » 23 November 2020, 21:23

John27 wrote:After mentioning Tofurky on the Facepalm thread...

I remember spending some holiday--most likely Thanksgiving--with my father and his family many years ago. Apparently, he'd been joking about them serving Tofurky. And he may have cracked a joke at dinner.

And another thought... I wonder when I first heard of Tofurky. It seems like a product that has been around forever--but I just checked, and it only dates to the 1990s. I think I must known about it before my fathers jokes. Perhaps a news story. Perhaps seeing it at the grocery store in the "natural foods" section (where I shopped for other things).

The first time I heard of it was on a Thanksgiving episode of Everybody Loves Raymond in which his wife wants to cook Thanksgiving dinner and wants to make it "healthier" so decides to try it, to everyone else's discontent.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Derek » 24 November 2020, 01:02

Slow week at work. My boss is out until next Monday and there's not much else going on. I played Diablo II all day. I haven't played it since I was 12, but I still remember what all the unique items are. I wonder how much storage space that's been taking up.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby rogonandi » 24 November 2020, 03:47

“Just glaze me and get it over with.” :lol:
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 24 November 2020, 11:03

Good news: Found yet another laptop I might be able to afford. Bad news: it's a Black Friday deal, and I imagine it's probably one of those "you are here at 6 AM when we open, or you lose the deal!" deals. Risk crowds in this pandemic era? Or make do with existing hardware? Hmmm...such a tough decision. I guess, though, if one caught COVID, one at least would have a laptop to use while in the hospital...

I'm ruling this one out, though, on other grounds. Among other issues: it has a mechanical hard drive, and I'd like to move away from that technology
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 24 November 2020, 11:06

John27 wrote:Good news: Found yet another laptop I might be able to afford. Bad news: it's a Black Friday deal, and I imagine it's probably one of those "you are here at 6 AM when we open, or you lose the deal!" deals. Risk crowds in this pandemic era? Or make do with existing hardware? Hmmm...such a tough decision. I guess, though, if one caught COVID, one at least would have a laptop to use while in the hospital...

I'm ruling this one out, though, on other grounds. Among other issues: it has a mechanical hard drive, and I'd like to move away from that technology

Do you actually need the portability of a laptop? Why not just build something yourself, run it through the TV and get a wireless keyboard and trackpad?
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 24 November 2020, 11:42

Marmaduke wrote:Do you actually need the portability of a laptop? Why not just build something yourself, run it through the TV and get a wireless keyboard and trackpad?


I don't know that I "need" portability--at least at this point. And that thought is on my mind, since I've known people who've bought laptops that ended up being used almost exclusively as desktop computers. But there are moments portability would be a nice luxury.

I'm not sure about building. It might be an interesting experience to do, once, but I'm not sure it matches my needs to keep the price as low as possible this round.

Most likely scenario is that I'd buy a used desktop computer. I bought almost every computer I've ever had used. Although, unfortunately, the sources of supply I used in the past have dried up. I got more than one computer from a local Goodwill (thrift store), which no longer sells computers.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 24 November 2020, 11:58

And, of course, it can be argued that when one wants portability one has options other laptops--like smart phones and tablets. I've even waffled on the portable device argument for years, and there have been times I've thought a tablet might be a better choice.

Then, too, when Goodwill still had used computers, I thought, sometimes, a used laptop would be fine. As a secondary computer, it wouldn't have to be the greatest performer.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby PopTart » 24 November 2020, 13:19

You could check out sites that specialise in refurbished units?

I vaguely recall René mentioning a site he and Brenden got good deals on awhile back.
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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 24 November 2020, 14:52

I read a story about Hasan Minaj participating in a Q & A while he was hooked up to a lie detector test and he was asked how he would rate some white dude I’ve never heard of and he gave him a 6 out of 10 for looks. Then he went on to explain why he gave him that rating and went on this tangent about how white guys get a free pass being “schlubby” while minorities have to have a certain aesthetic and level of fitness to be famous. Not only is that somewhat selective memory on his part but I’ve noticed this trend of singling out particular whites in order to make some cheap and banal point about race and it’s incredibly trashy but passes off as woke and enlightened commentary. Like, if you want to make a point about race, then make it generally. You don’t have to point out that, say, Derek has a muffin top or that Michael has a prolapsed rectum, even if true.

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Re: What are you thinking at the moment?

Unread postby John27 » 24 November 2020, 22:22

Finished the appointment with the nice therapist who, week by week, keeps me from offing myself. (Small loss, I know.) These appointments are by Zoom. I historically used web browsers, since I didn't want to install the Zoom client. But after a long run of Zoom problems, I decided I'd try the Zoom client on the other operating system I have installed on this computer. It seems to work a lot better than web browsers. It would be nice if this continues to work well--although it would also kill the one practical argument I have for upgrading the computer. (Everything else was "workable" if a bit slow at times.) Part of me is thinking it's nice for the budget if the current computer can soldier on...but I'd also been thinking how nice it would be getting something newer...
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