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Posted on 09/30/2012 3:50:06 PM PDT by Allen In Texas Hill Country
My elcheapo Compaq has started acting up. The screen goes blank/blur sometimes when I move it up or down for viewing. Had it 3 or 4 years and don't mind spending another 3 hunert for a new one,,,,,,,,,,, except........
This, since retired computer geek/jerk just doesn't see the need to relearn where everything is in W7 and/or W8. And don't anybody say its all the same. This computer I'm typing on is Vista and I would never try to do any work on it. Only use it for Mozilla. Of the 6 computers I have its the only Vista. Four are XP Pro and one is W7 Home which I haven't turned on in a year or more. I'll put XP on it when the need arises.
So I started looking at new laptops and hhhmmmmmmmm, XP drivers for new chipsets seem nonexistent :<(((((.
Anybody know of a new XP compatible laptop????
Hey, I just went to XP Pro from Win 98 3 years ago.
No, Linux was "invented" by Linus Torvalds, and is now developed by people with every political-sexual-religious affiliation under the sun.
For what it's worth, from the Torvalds Wikipedia page,
In 2010, Torvalds became a United States citizen and registered to vote in the United States; he is unaffiliated with any U.S. political party, saying, "I have way too much personal pride to want to be associated with any of them, quite frankly."
Just toured the hill country with thoughts of moving there. How is dsl service in kerrville, fredericksburg, Bourne?
I’m retired but wife needs fast dsl for job as researcher/writer.
Get a cheap tablet or a netbook......remember it always costs twice as much to go first class.
IBC! (In Before Correction:
upgrading downgrading to the Galaxy.
Should mention I tried to love Apple. I bought a $1700 IMac 27” with the latest “Mountain Lion”. Downloaded XCode for iphone Dev and started tinkering.
After spending 30 or 40 hours I’ve come to the conclusion that I had originally. Apple is a bunch of elitist snobs and don’t give a darn about developers or anyone else.
Kinda of like Cisco.
Both companies have good hardware but they both have way to draconian EUA’s and licensing.
Not saying that all Apple or Cisco users are that way of course!
Both companies make beautiful hardware.
But their software either does what you want it to or too bad!!!
Are you referring to youtube.com or utube.com? They are two different websites.
Well to be specific, Linus Torvalds invented the Linux kernel. It was Stallman who had the original idea of a free operating system (based on UNIX) and already had the other tools in place that Torvalds made use of (compiler, text editor, debugger, etc.)
“Are you referring to youtube.com or utube.com? They are two different websites.”
I never noticed the spelling, as I do not use it myself.
It is “You Tube”. They have many short videos that are great for toddlers.
I just looked up “Utube” on start page. I wondered if it might be a porn video site, hahaha.
It seems to be celebrity oriented, but on the up and up.
Let me fire up that netbook I haven’t used in a year and see if I can change the security. I could not figure out how to remove security on Vista Home. So can it be removed in W7 Home?????
Hmmmm now I’m not sure. This virtual mode along with Black Friday sounds better and better. When I posted I wasn’t sure of the responses but there have been several reasonable paths/solutions suggested. Mac Air and Mac Pro just don’t fit unless I can get one for $400 or less. Oh and a brand new OS to learn.
That and the 75” Samsung Smart TV maybe for Christmas. 75” won’t fit. :<(((
OOps, make that compatible mode???? And turn off security, right? All on W7 Home?????
We live just outside cable so had to go DSL. Been here, Kerrville, 6 years the first 2 of which where touch and go. The last few years have been very reliable. Can’t speak about speed.
I use Windows XP Mode all the time to demo networking stuff to students. Works like a charm.
And while XP might be outdated, if you like to tinker around with your settings and whatnot, XP is much more straightforward.
All of my iOS programs are ports of stuff I've already written for the Android or Windows PPC/CE (I haven't developed anything for Windows Phone, and probably won't.) Why? Because Apple hates developers, and rips off developers. Because I work for myself, and Apple forces anyone who wants to develop for their platform to buy into the company store and work as their cubicle slave.
So it's probably no surprise that the Apple developer "community" is the nastiest little bunch of dweebs you've ever seen; they're grouchy and paranoid, and developing under Apple's iron fist, they should be.
I had my first Android app to scan RFID tags for retail warehousing done in a morning. In the same amount of time, I was reading the legal agreements, getting "provisioning" and paying $100 for the "privlege" of sending an App to MY OWN PHONE. For 'Droid, I can develop on a Mac, Linux, or Windows Box. For Apple: shell out $2000 for a Mac, because even though it's an illegal restraint of trade to force you to buy a specific computer for development on another platform, no one has had pockets deep enough to challenge iEvil.
So, if/when a particular app pays off in the 'droid market, then, and only then have I considered an iOS port. Apple gets sloppy seconds as far as I'm concerned.
Great feedback here. I wish I had known this several months ago. I wanted to make a couple of apps to use on my phone. Forrgetboutttit! With the versioning and incompatibility issues, the technical notes were out of date in a few days.
Now I am marking the days on my iPhone contract with almost as dark a pen as I am using for the days left with 0bummer.
No, the iPhone is not THAT bad.
Check out this link for the Samsung Galaxy Note II:
Rather than get an iMAC get a piece of art. You ain’t gonna touch it, and it looks pretty. But the art will appreciate, the IMAC won’t.
Great comments. Maybe I should be glad that I only wasted a few months before making the switcheroo.
In the meantime I can hold myself over with a Google Nexxus 7 tablet.
Yep ...took an old laptop that was used very little so physical condition was perfect almost. Upgraded it with more memory, a SSD and Ubuntu and its a perfect surfer of the net....
Free Linux is all the old laptop needed yet.... Upgraded it as best I could for a friends daughter to use for school. Open office, GIMP etc was free as well as a plethora of other software that was compatible with most Microsoft products.
Linux is good stuff ...
Allen, give Windows7 a try. I met my first computers (huge machines) in about 1976, in a very cold room at Carnegie Mellon University. I knew I wasn’t geeky enough. I dated a guy that got one of the first lap tops. It was the size of a suit case and very heavy. I was sobbing on the phone to my husband the first time I got the blue screen of death, thinking I’d broken our brand new, $1500 Intel (so cutting edge) computer. It was distressing when Win 3.0 was upgraded to 95. I’m not sure I’ve ever really gotten over that. But I did love XP...for as long as I possibly could, but finally, I had to get Win7 machine. I love it! Love it! And for the uber geeky people that yell “Linux,” I’ve tried an untold number of distros for over a decade and have never had one that was fully functional with my hardware. (I got a little geeky over the years. Biggest mistake of my life not changing my major to computer science.) The last 3 laptops I’ve bought (family) have been Toshibas with Windows7. It’ll take you all of 5 minutes to turn off user controls, and then smooth sailing. I’d never go back to XP. I’ve got a desktop that’s XP and boy is it a dog in comparison. Hope you find a good fit.
My oldest managed to get Ubuntu Linux installed on a Net-Book. ALL he had to ask me for was the passphrase for WPA on our wireless access point. If he can do it, ANYBODY can do it. :-)
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