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Hardware / desktop wireless card for P10
« on: August 14, 2019, 02:54:28 pm »
I'm looking for advice with regards to a wireless card for my desktop computer. I was eyeing this card:

I'm running Peppermint 10. I'm only broadcasting across the room at the moment, nothing special. Thx.

Hardware / Printer for PM9
« on: July 04, 2019, 07:09:57 am »
Haven't been on this forum in a while, generally just extremely content with desktop and laptop systems running PM9.

I've chosen for quite a while, now, not to have a printer. I use it so rarely that it seemed best just to print over at the central library a few blocks from here. But now it seems like I'm printing things (typically it's some sort of return label) more frequently, and maybe it'd be easier to have a printer at home. I had a Samsung wireless laser printer that just stopped working. I had it printing via Google Cloud Print as opposed to computer operating system. That worked for a while and then. Yeah, not so well. I was printing things so rarely, like I said, that I simply tossed the printer and decided $0.10/copy at the library was a fine deal.

But... if I were to get another printer... I've heard that HP printers are generally Linux compatible. I'm not sure whether I'd get ink jet or laser. I guess what I was thinking was something cheap to print an occasional mailing label, that sort of thing. I'm not sure I care about wireless. It could have a cable. I don't care whether I can tap my phone or teach it to sit up or roll over, or whatever. The main idea would just be to not have to walk over to the library every time I want to print a  shipping label.  I was looking at this one, which I presume would even come with deluxe ink and power button. Would I be able to find the drivers to run this printer on PM9? (10, 11, etc)

I'm also certainly open to suggestions. Thanks.

APPENDED: quite frankly I don't even care about color printing. B/W works.

Hardware / Running primary and secondary drives on Dell laptop.
« on: April 25, 2019, 01:37:49 pm »
So I replaced the DVD-RW drive on this Dell e6430 laptop with a caddy and a second (toshiba/1TB) HDD. I have a 64GB SSD in the primary drive slot. I intend for this to be my boot drive and the large HDD as storage. I know I've  been through all this before on this forum, but I need a bit of hand-holding, as per usual. I can do this from "disks" right? What do I need to do to set up this sort of hybrid operation?
CPU~Dual core Intel Core i5-3340M (-MT-MCP-) speed/max~1409/3400 MHz Kernel~4.15.0-47-generic x86_64 Up~1:07 Mem~1036.0/7880.1MB HDD~1064.2GB(0.9% used) Procs~204 Client~Shell inxi~2.3.56 

Hardware / upgrade to wireless ac
« on: April 18, 2019, 07:41:19 am »
I'm thinking of upgrading my wireless network. Right now I've got this Motorola SBG6580 - combo modem/router. It's not that bad. Wired I generally get in excess of 200Mbps, downstream. Upstream, meh... 10? Today it was 11. My desktop's hard-wired into an ethernet cable. My Latitude laptop sits over there across the room with its older WiFi card, and it gets... well ok, today it's getting 24 (downstream) and 7 (up). That's the wireless I'm getting from a few feet away from the Motorola unit. I've gotten as high as 40 downstream. (yesterday I tested it, it was around 40)

I'm thinking of upgrading to a wireless ac router. I have this Cisco DPC3008 modem that the cable company gave me, that I'm not currently using. I looked at the specs, it'll handle speed of up to 340Mbps. So what I'm thinking is that I'd be using this modem with a new wireless ac router. Not that I want to throw a lot of money at this thing. First of all, these speeds aren't that bad, as is. I mean, it's functional, especially inside my apartment. There's no one else besides me in this household, maximum 2 or 3 devices going at once. And not even actively going, just connected. (Maybe/sometimes) My phone, the Dell laptop, the Chromebook. That's absolute maximum. I don't give my WiFi password out to anyone else. Just me. The desktop is (and will continue to be) wired.

Really more to the point might be range. Sometimes I pull up to the curb, I live downtown Madison, WI, and then I'm about 25 or 30ft from the modem/router. But the signal out there is actually pretty weak. So there's that - improving the range.

I think I can get the wireless ac card for the e-series laptop for... maybe what? $20 or $25, Amazon or eBay.

I'm thinking this Motorola modem/router sort the bottleneck in both range and speed. The other day I pulled up in the cab to the performing arts center, downtown. Just or the hell of it, I decided to test the WiFi that I was getting there, and was very surprised that it was like 100Mbps down and... I don't remember what it was upstream, but a lot faster than what I have at home. 40 or 60. Something. And I was getting this with my Chromebook. Wireless N, I think. I guess I'm just used to getting sort of sad, slow connections in public places, but maybe that's getting better as technology marches forward...

This is the modem I'm looking at: from the manufacturer's website. It's about $50 on Amazon.

Any thoughts?

Hardware / Latitude e6430
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:23:58 am »
I got a Latitude e6430 for $90. Works fine, I have it up and running PM9. It didn't come with a HDD or OS, just sort of bare drive bay or slot or whatever you call it. So I plugged my SSD in there and all seems well, so far. The SSD is, thus, unsecured in that drive bay, but I did order a HDD caddy cover. I should get that later today via USPS. Seems like there might be rubber rails or something that fit onto the sides of a HDD that would have originally fit into that drive slot? Do you need those for an SSD? I'm guessing I probably need some additional screws. I do have some computer screws, but mostly just for desktop cases, I don't know whether any of of them will be usable for this.

I think think this is one of those 9 cell batteries, sort of sticks out at the back of the computer? 97Wh?

I bought a dock, which looked great on paper. Not so much in practice. Just takes up quite a bit of space. I don't have much space.

I seem to be brushing my hand up against the touchpad when I'm typing and sometimes highlight/deleting what I just typed, or else some other funky business where I inadvertently close the browser or something. I guess I just have clumsy hands and I'm not used to this whole touchpad/keypad configuration. I'm trying to keep my hands away from the touchpad when I'm typing.

This machine came with 4GB RAM so I think I'll add some memory. Probably 8GB will do me. I have 16GB RAM in my desktop sort of "just because and why-not" but it's overkill - for me, I mean. I was going to look at what's already in there so that I know just what to order. Keep in mind I still haven't had this machine for 24hrs...

Maybe some other upgrades... backlit keypad, 2nd drive there where there's currently a disk drive. I know someone in this forum told me there's also improved WiFi to be had since this machine was built and originally sold.  :-\ :-\

CPU~Dual core Intel Core i5-3340M (-MT-MCP-) speed/max~1312/3400 MHz Kernel~4.15.0-47-generic x86_64 Up~12:54 Mem~1269.3/3848.3MB HDD~64.0GB(13.2% used) Procs~203 Client~Shell inxi~2.3.56 

Hardware / NVMe
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:39:00 am »
I'm looking at NVMe SSD's to fill that gaping void in my motherboard's M.2 slot. If I just want an SSD to fill that M.2 slot and don't want my brain to hurt from reading-and-thinking, should I just go with the Samsung 970 EVO? One wouldn't want to die from overexposure to specs and benchmarks, right?? There's apparently a 970 EVO Plus but I only saw it on I'm not sure the thing has really hit the shelves in North America. I'm afraid might charge a few bob or tuppence for shipping. You know how the Brits are.

I was looking at these drives. Company called addlink. Never heard of them: The warranty isn't great, but the endurance rating (TBW) for some reason rather dramatically exceeds the Samsung drives, but maybe that's hype or bs. I wonder if it's accurate? I've also heard that most manufacturers greatly underestimate the endurance of their drives in the specs. So maybe Samsung did, and the other manufacturer didn't?

Let me clarify that I use my drive primarily, almost exlusively, as a boot drive. Not much else. I don't have much, or any, data that is like. You know. Ark Of The Covenant-type stuff. I think what I have on this drive, right now, is... oh, let's see. Ah yes! The operating system. How much space does PM9 take? 7 or 8GB? Many times have I simply wiped my drive clean and installed a new OS, maybe store a few things in the cloud beforehand, but I'm really not much of a packrat. Probably a few times I've wiped something I meant to keep and thought oh well, I can find and replace it later... I'm a minimalist, I'm a low-power user, etc. I probably can't stress this enough. I'm always wondering how many of these numbers really only existsin the head of a prospective buyer, and maybe you benchmark it once and say yep, that's what they said it would do (or hopefully not "nope, that's really bad.") and then never again, and forget about it. I mean, I do get the sense that some of these lunatics really do spend a lot of time benchmarking. And that's fine, I'm not saying it's not normal.

So what I mean to say is that I think this drive would be reading a lot more than it would be writing. Not that it doesn't appeal to me to have faster write speeds, you know, but I'm not sure at what price. I've heard some folks suggest that a 500GB drive might be the sweet spot for a lot of people - price/performance/capacity. Maybe. I think with most of these drives, the write speed nearly doubles when you move from the 250GB to the 500GB unit. That might actually compel me to spend a little more for the larger drive. Or maybe I'll just go with the slower write speed and buy a new sweater. I've always wanted a powder-blue lambswool sweater.

This is my desktop system:

System:    Host: mike-B360M-DS3H Kernel: 4.15.0-43-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: desktop System: Gigabyte product: B360M-DS3H serial: N/A
           Mobo: Gigabyte model: B360M DS3H v: x.x serial: N/A
           UEFI [Legacy]: American Megatrends v: F6 date: 07/13/2018
Battery    hidpp__0: charge: N/A condition: NA/NA Wh
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i3-8100 (-MCP-) cache: 6144 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3600 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 800 MHz 3: 800 MHz 4: 800 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Device 3e91
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Coffeelake 3x8 GT2)
           version: 4.5 Mesa 18.0.5
Audio:     Card-1 Intel Device a348 driver: snd_hda_intel
           Card-2 C-Media CM108 Audio Controller driver: USB Audio
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-43-generic
Network:   Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169
           IF: enp1s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: e0:d5:5e:ae:0e:64
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 64.0GB (13.6% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Drevo_X1_pro_64G size: 64.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 59G used: 8.2G (15%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: 27.8C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 219 Uptime: 1 day Memory: 3795.3/15903.0MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

I have some christmas$$ on Amazon from various sources. I've been thinking about upgrading my desktop system. I guess the real question I have is whether I would notice a difference, given my usage. I've got a 7th generation Celeron in there, right now, and I was thinking about upgrading to an i3-8100. But... I don't game. No video editing, or whatever.  I don't have a particular complaint with the G3930 Celeron. Is there really any point in upgrading?? I stream video, I web surf... stream music. Do you really need a quad-core cpu to do this sort of thing? Or, more to the point, am I likely to notice any improvement, whatsoever?? I thought I'd pose this question to people that actually seem to know what they're talking about on this forum, instead of reading user reviews on amazon or newegg, I feel like most of the folks on there. Well, you said keep it clean, so I digress...

General Discussion / Dell e6430
« on: August 25, 2018, 05:41:32 pm »
So I am thinking I might get one of these much-renowned Latitude 6430's, recommended by PCNetSpec, and others, some time ago. I'm presuming they still maintain ample utility in today's world, even if they were introduced many years back. There are a number of options on Ebay and Newegg; I'm trying to purchase from a vendor that looks legit, like Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, a money-back guarantee, a one-year warranty. (I realize that electronics can fail at any time, but it seems likely that if you get a lemon, it's probably (often) going to rear its head sooner, rather than later.)

So I'm looking at this: but of course there are a number of other options on Newegg and Ebay. I know there are i5's and i7's available, out there. I'm less interested in a really high-power machine than I am just something really solid, swappable, interchangeable, maybe you know what I mean. I'm just saying that for what I'm doing with this machine, it probably doesn't make a whole lot of difference whether it's an i5 or an i7, I'm pretty unlikely to notice the dif, personally.

I built a desktop with a fairly recent low-end CPU (Kaby Lake Celeron) and I have been running Peppermint 7 on it with few or no problems. (Had some screen tearing in P8 and P9, so I stuck with P7) I have been reasonably happy with it - except that I have really limited space, and the rat's nest of wires you get with the desktop system. I'm sort of neurotic in my minimalism, and this bugs me. So my idea is a reasonably small, neat footprint and few or no external accessories. Maybe a wireless mouse, or maybe not. But not really something I'm probably gonna port around with me, probably a sort of self-contained stationary at-home unit, that doesn't resemble whatever crawled out of the Husky's belly in The Thing.

I have a Chromebook that I'll probably tuck in my backpack for out-of-town excursion, or maybe even just my iPhone in some cases. I think these older laptops are considerably heavier/bulkier than modern units. Which in some sense is probably good, esp. for the purpose that I just described, I think. Anyway, probably swap out whatever hdd that comes with the Latitude with the SSD that I had in my desktop system, and presumably upgrade to Peppermint 9. Store the Windows HDD somewhere for safekeeping, or just reformat it and use it for a secondary drive. Something. I haven't used Windows for 7 or 8yrs. I don't know why I would start now.

How long is the support for P7/8/9?? I think I was told the support for Peppermint 7 was thru... 2020 or something like that? That's why I never bothered to upgrade to 8 or 9, being completely happy with P7. It seemed pretty close to perfect to me.

Anyway. I'm rambling. I'm open to any ideas about this thing - the Dell laptop. I've toyed with this before but I think I'm gonna move on it sometime next week. Thanks for listening.

General Discussion / Google's Steely Tentacles.
« on: January 24, 2018, 01:09:13 am »
I didn't find it terribly hard to distance myself from the world of Microsoft, especially once I'd deployed Linux in its place. I had a brief fling with Skype, but that was years ago, probably before it was owned by Microsoft. I can't really think of any Microsoft product I'm using at the moment.

Google's a different matter. I've been pretty wrapped up and entangled in the Google universe for the last few years. I've had Chromebooks, and right now I'm in a temporary situation where I am using just the Chromebook until I can get a Linux laptop up and running, probably with tax refunds a little later this winter - so in a few weeks. I was reading an 8-part series of articles by Brian Lunduke at Network World. I think the first one I read was "Part 4" where he talks about ditching GMail and using another mail system.

I feel this same urge to disentangle myself from Google. Call it instinct. All the tracking and using my information, it's starting to bug me. So, I've made similar adjustments...

Strangely enough, even during this interim in which I'm using an actual Chromebook, there are still some non-Google products to begin with. I established an account with Fastmail, I'm using Duck Duck Go as my default search engine. There's this pCloud storage to replace Google Drive, which I think will work fine. I don't really think I'm going to really miss these particular Google products, but like Lunduke summarizes in part 8, there, there are a couple sticking points - well, at least one. I haven't found any perfect replacement for Hangouts. Namely, for me, free texting and calling from my laptop. I'm not hugely infatuated with my smartphone.

I think Lastpass (password manager) can be installed on Firefox, adblock, no problem. Most of these things probably aren't too difficult to switch over and avoid Google.  I think Hangouts is the sticking point. I have that Google phone number that I've used for years, and I'm not eager to lose it. I've actually used it as my primary contact. If I'm going to retain Hangouts and that phone number, obviously I can't just delete my Google account.

As I've indicated in other posts, I plan to get one of these Dell Latitude laptops, run Peppermint 7 or 8, and probably Firefox as the default browser. I'm not far enough into this thing to say for sure whether I will go completely sans-Google. But maybe that shouldn't be the ultimate goal... or should it? Google didn't get to be Google by not having any good ideas... Maybe best not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Hardware / laptops.
« on: January 14, 2018, 06:11:30 pm »
I was looking at this:

Although I know I should "aspire" to something more powerful... (ba-dum-bum  :D) This cpu (N3450) scores almost twice as high on passmark as the cpu in my chromebook (N3060) which works just fine. I know y'all think I've got to be positively miserable with such a low-power device. But I'm not. Actually for 6W and $200 it's sort of impressive. There's an Amazon review there that even shows this Acer performs admirably with 4K video, and  no problem with 1080. I guess if there's a hitch here it's that it's only got 4GB of RAM. Although I wonder if there's a slot for another 4?

I also looked at the used/refurbed Dell E-Series, per PCNetSpec, and there's more processing power there.

Although, I will say that when it comes to HDD vs SSD, I generally would prefer a small SSD over a large HDD. And then there's the DVD Burner.  ::)

A lot of the more high-end laptops, even the new ones in 2017 and 2018, they swap out the small SSD you see in a lot of lower-end units with, say, a 5400rpm drive, 1TB or 2TB, but I don't really see this as an upgrade. I'd choose speed over large capacity, for which I have little use. Cloud storage works fine for me. It just seems like they're selling me some stuff I don't want or need.

I dunno. I'm just looking. I've hit a mental roadblock with regard to building and upgrading this desktop computer. My computing needs max-out at about Pentium level, I think, and beyond that I have other priorities for my $$. Additionally, I have very little physical space here for a desktop computer. I'm probably going to dismantle the desktop, and sell it off on eBay. I have a real nice 550W Seasonic PSU. I'm not sure what I thought I needed to power: a hair dryer? Toaster oven or microwave?

So about tax refund time I think I'll get a 14 or 15" laptop. Something like that. Meanwhile, I'll continue browsing.

[EDIT] I see that the SSD and memory are NOT upgradeable. So maybe not this Acer laptop... also maybe I could just swap the HDD out for an SSD. It seems like most laptops at a reasonable price just aren't going to come standard with an SSD.

General Discussion / Games.
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:51:25 pm »
It's really striking to me how much of the consumer market for modern desktop computing seems to hinge on gaming. I feel like if I were to issue a general public challenge, to explain to me the need for this-or-that CPU or graphics card using neither the words "games" or "gaming," nor a thesaurus to come up with a word that essentially means "games," I really don't think most people could do it, and I'd be left with a lot of blank stares. I'm not complaining, it just really seems to be how it is when you look into buying a new cpu or video card, you can separate it into two crowds, perhaps with a flow chart. Do you game? Yes ----> you need a $400 discrete graphics card and a hex-core hyperthreaded processor. No----> A cheap Celeron CPU should suit you just fine, and you'll be happy with integrated graphics.

Of course, this is insanely oversimplified, but just my general feel for the thing, having built a few desktop computers and purchased a lot of different computer components, mostly low-end or entry level. Maybe a few mid-level things. I'm not immune to that urge for power and speed, just as most people would like to drive a Maserati or Corvette. It's just that I'd use my i7 cpu for opening and composing emails and stutter-free Netflix, I guess. You could argue that flight simulation is a big computer game. Fair enough, but I'm talking mainly about the consumer market, not like industry, or commerce or military or whatever. I'm talking about the average Joe.

Just something I've been thinking about lately. I have this urge to upgrade my stuff, and this sinking realization that it would probably all be mostly lost on the likes of me...

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mike@mike-desktop ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: mike-desktop Kernel: 4.4.0-109-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Seven
Machine:   Mobo: ASRock model: B250M Pro4
           Bios: American Megatrends v: P2.10 date: 05/05/2017
CPU:       Dual core Intel Celeron G3930 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2900 MHz 1: 1302 MHz 2: 2784 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Device 5902
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 610 (Kaby Lake GT1)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.2.4
Audio:     Card Intel Device a2f0 driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-109-generic
Network:   Card: Intel Ethernet Connection (2) I219-V driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s31f6 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 64.0GB (23.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: Drevo_X1_pro_64G size: 64.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 51G used: 6.6G (14%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.27GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 27.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 168 Uptime: 5:54 Memory: 2000.1/7687.8MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35

I'm not exactly ready to discard my Intel system just yet and throw money at an AMD system. But I'm very close, really. I'm thinking of the recent news coming to light about the susceptibility of Intel systems to Meltdown. Of course the case, psu, ddr4 ram and SSD would all transfer, if I were to make the switch.

The sort of distressing thing is that if I get a Ryzen cpu and mobo, I'm going to have to have some sort of discrete graphics card. My understanding is that there's not integrated graphics on the Ryzen chips, is that right? Which is just disappointing because I was entirely happy with the integrated graphics on this Kaby Lake Celeron. Plays HD streaming netflix just fine, etc. But, that's probably the extent of my power-usage.

I want to see how all this Meltdown/Spectre stuff plays out. I mean the susceptibility of the Intel chips, I take it, isn't brand-new, but these threats seem to be new-ish. I read through the responses from both Intel, and AMD, and I have to say if I were to read between the lines, the Intel response sounded almost frantic, and the AMD response sounded, well - rather confident. So I'll see what happens. I was probably going to upgrade my system, anyway, and so now that this has all come to light, I think I know what direction my upgrade might take... cpu/mobo/graphics card.

I don't want to throw tons of $$ at a graphics card, but if I do purchase one, I'd certainly want it to be superior to the integrated (Intel) graphics I just mentioned, not inferior. Cursory glance, I know nothing about these things, but I was looking at this AMD Radeon RX560. Maybe I could get it for... meh. $100? Something like that. That's about as much as I want to spend. Again, I'm not gaming or any other power-usage. I compared the RX560 to the HD 630 integrated graphics that comes with the higher-end Intel chips, on UserBenchmark:

So it sort of looks like it would eat the HD 630 graphics for lunch. Any other ideas about this? Anyone? Also, were I to actually get that GPU, should I expect it to play nice with peppermint 7? Or PM8? (I'm currently running PM7) I mean could I expect it to be more-or-less plug and play?

Just curious. Like I said, I'm not ready to abandon ship just yet until it seems everyone has a clearer grasp on this issue. I actually just canceled an order for a large HDD that I was going to use for storage on this system, which I never really found very compelling, anyway. Anyway, Amazon was sort of dawdling, as Amazon will often do... and so I had the opportunity to change my mind, and maybe I'll just save this credit back for a while until I figure out what the hell is going on with Intel and Meltdown. This I find a lot more compelling than a little more storage. Or, frankly, even more so than the most-powerful processor, or the snappiest SSD.

So far, nothing has Melted Down. But it still bugs me. Seems like Intel knew about this thing for a rather long time, and just sat on it and didn't do anything. There's this, today, from CNBC: "AMD shares are up 10.4 percent in the two days through Thursday following the report, while Intel's stock declined 5.2 percent in the period, wiping out $11.3 billion of shareholder value."

This thing about the "fundamental design flaw" in the Intel chips leaked (I read this on the Intel site) about a week earlier than they were hoping, they had some "patches" scheduled to come out next week, and were hoping to keep it quiet until then. And the thing apparently really blew up in their face. But I'm surprised they've been able to keep it quiet for whatever it is - 10 or 20yrs??? Anyway, the shit really hit the fan in the media, and now they're freaking out and saying wait, wait, the media is really exaggerating this thing, and it's really not that much of a problem...

But a lot of smart folks are saying they're not (exaggerating) and that it really is (a problem). It's exactly the way you'd expect a massive corporation/bureaucracy to react when they get caught in a lie, and lose $11BIL in share value in two days. And then out of the other side of their forked PR-tongue: we care about security!

Apparently not.

ANYHOO. There, I've said it, I've vented. But what would you make of, say, a new AM4 motherboard, Ryzen 3 1200 with this Radeon RX560, running Peppermint 7? (Or 8?)

General Discussion / Meltdown and Spectre.
« on: January 05, 2018, 11:18:24 am »
So what do I need to know about Meltdown and Spectre? Is the earth crashing towards the sun? Or a meteor plummeting towards Earth? What might we do to mitigate our vulnerability? I'm guessing don't store your vital information online, or leave it saved in your settings, etc? (Stored passwords, stored cc info, etc, etc?) These sorts of thing are rampant, though, wouldn't you say, in most folks' daily online routines? I mean the saved-this, and saved-that? I'm sure I'd need to make some considerable changes in the habits I've formed for the sake of convenience. Is it bad enough that one might consider an AMD processor? It's more than just Intel, though, isn't it? Wouldn't the truth of the matter be that we all became susceptible to hacks and malware and such, long-ago, when we made that pact with the Devil to go online and play on the internet?? Still, this threat is currently all the rage, viral or trending or whatever you want to say. So I'm curious what the smart people think... thanks!

Hardware / purchased an HDD for storage.
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:46:45 pm »
I just ordered a Seagate BarraCuda 2TB HDD for $54.99. I already have a 60GB SSD for booting the OS. I debated between the WD Blue 5400rpm 1TB and the BarraCuda 7200 2TB. The WD 1TB was $45.99. So I went with the Seagate. I seriously doubt I'll ever use 2TB, and I wondered if there might be some difference in reliability between a 1TB and 2TB HDD. But ultimately, I mean, $9 for an additional TB, right? Similarly, there were some Seagate 4TB units for just under $100... but I just don't see the point - for me, I mean. I bought a couple sweatshirts and a couple 4pin 120mm fans for my case. Since my mobo and bios will accommodate two "smart fans"... and, so now I've depleted my Amazon gift credit from Christmas 2017.

Hardware / upgrading my desktop
« on: December 25, 2017, 07:31:47 pm »
I got some Amazon gift cards for Christmas... Perhaps I'll upgrade the desktop computer, I'm running peppermint 7. I thought I might get an NVMe drive, and/or a new cpu.

I've currently got a G3930 Celeron, I was thinking maybe upgrade to either a pentium G4600, or maybe if I'm feeling really scrappy, maybe an i5 7500.

But... there's a pretty big price dif between those two chips. The Pentium chip is about $80, whereas the i5 is at least $180. Right now it's $195. Is it worth it? I mean, I'm not too unhappy with the Celeron chip, to be completely honest. I think I'm a  pretty low-power user. I must be, because most people on these forums positively gasp in horror when you say "Celeron." I recently read an Amazon review of the i5 in which the reviewer said "plays 1080p video flawlessly" and I was thinking: dude, my Celeron plays 1080p video flawlessly, and it cost $40!

Seems like the best value would be the Pentium, for my usage, which is pretty minimal. Hyperthreaded, and the Intel Graphics 630, as opposed to 610 for the Celeron (which is fine, as far as I can tell...)

I suspect that a lot of people think they need a lot more processing power than they really ever need, or use. Then again if I had unlimited funds, I probably wouldn't think much about $300 for an i7 or whatever. Like driving your Maserati or Porsche to the supermarket to get a dozen eggs and a gallon of milk. Performs the task flawlessly.

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