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Comment: Lenovo T or Thinkpad Yoga (Score 1) 477

by ianbnet (#45533263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

There are a bunch of great options out there, but nothing has ever replaced the Thinkpad line for me. I have spent time with the new Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga, and if you're in the market for a 12.5" device, it's awesome. First thing I did was replace its built in SSD and wifi chip -- took less than 5 minutes -- and it has all the functionality of an amazing Win8.1 convertible as well.

Then as others have said, there's the tried-and-true T series. The T440s is beautiful in its own way, rugged, and super serviceable.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 491

by ianbnet (#43727327) Attached to: Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users

That's one way to look at it. The other way to look at it is: if your UI is so discoverable that all you have to do is hit one key and then type whatever you're looking for and *boom* there it is, you know you have a great UI.

This is the first thing I tell anyone about Windows (7 or 8). So simple...

Comment: Build or buy a cheapo desktop (Score 1) 503

by ianbnet (#41716247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?

This reiterates a few previous posts, but here are some comments in a nutshell:

- The T400 won't come close to running WoW, even if it has the premium discrete graphics that were offered at the time it came out. Integrated graphics? WoW won't even load. Build or buy a cheap desktop from a couple of years ago with a decent $50 graphics card and you'll be much better off.
- Windows 7 + microsoft security essentials will keep you secure. Then you need to teach your son the same basic internet security you need on any net-connected device -- don't fall for phishing or fake download schemes. There's no reason to buy third party AV.
- If you're buying a new OS license, you probably should just get Windows 8. It's less resource intensive than Windows 7 in every way, so if your son is trying to game on legacy hardware, that will help. Additionally it has full antimalware built in, along with a raft of improved security features. And finally, with the special offers these days, it's probably cheaper (if it's not, you're probably not getting a legal Win7 license).
- I'm of the opinion you give your son full admin to the computer, and if he breaks it, well, he learns how to fix it. Restricting him to a limited user account just means it's harder for him to learn. You should take other steps to protect your network in case he busts his PC, but that's awfully hard to do with Win7/8 and basic AV software.

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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