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The passing of FiftyOneFifty

It is with deep sadness we announce that another of our hosts and friends Donald Grier, known to us as FiftyOneFifty, has passed away.

FiftyOneFifty's frat brother Randy Hall has written an lovely piece. The team at Linuxlugcast are preparing our own tribute if you want to contribute an audio file you can email Honkeymagoo or join the show.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.

hpr2777 :: The quest for the perfect laptop.

Knightwise is out looking for a new laptop and describes what he is looking for and why.

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Hosted by knightwise on 2019-03-26 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: computer, hardware, geek, buy.
Listen in ogg, spx, or mp3 format. | Comments (1)

Looking for a new laptop.


  • HP Envy x360
  • Lenovo X280
  • Lenovo X380
  • Lenovo X380 Yoga
  • Lenovo X1
  • Lenovo X1 Yoga


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Comment #1 posted on 2019-03-29T00:41:09Z by Beeza

Computer Requirements Specification

Hi Knightwise

Whenever we are in the market for a new computer I think we inevitably want to get as close to the latest technology as our budget will afford. However, I think that can lead to a subconscious over-specification of our requirements as a way of justifying the purchase.

A few years ago I had selected a very nice Sony laptop that I convinced myself was exactly what I needed to support my work. Unfortunately an unforeseen breakdown of my car meant I had to spend roughly half of my budget to get it fixed and back on the road.

I still needed a new laptop but the Sony was now out of the question. I revisited my requirements and realised that many of my "must haves" were really "would like to haves". If it took a minute or two longer to rip a DVD did it really matter? If it took an extra few seconds to open a very large image-laden document was that really the end of the world?

By adopting this approach I found I was able to purchase a Dell rather than a Sony with what was left of my budget and its few relative shortcomings were almost immediately forgotten.

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