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x86 Raspberry Pi Desktop is a great way to revive an old PC

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Why don't they made new netbooks in the same form factor? Much more pocketable than the GPDs, which I keep looking at but they're just too darn wide.

Good to know re: BIOS, if I encounter issues, I'll try and find the BIOS update elsewhere.

Every time I have intended to buy from AliExpress, I found the same item on eb*y dispatched from the UK, and quite often for the same price (or a little more), therefore I have never ordered anything from AliExpress. It's seller beware on eb*y, in all my years they have never refused me a refund. I really don't know what the AliExpress refund policy is, but I doubt it's as good. I someone I know had an ebike battery fail within the warranty period, no replacement or refund from AliExpress, and he's been trying for months.

I think it's best to buy original Sony batteries, so that when it fails the board is less likely to shut itself down into protection mode, which it may not wake up from. This recently happened with my Acer laptop and it was impossible to revive. I took out the CR2032 (supposesly clears CMOS), I couldn't find a "Clear CMOS" jumper, the board is a dodo... and as usual it makes financial sense to throw it away, rather than buy a replacement board. Mind you, this can also happen with original manufacturer laptop batteries. My Vaio P motherboard going the way of the dodo would be a nightmare. The first Sony branded battery I bought turned out to have been incorrectly listed, wasn't actually compatible, so I got a refund. The second was the high capacity version and "New old stock". I search periodically on eb*y, because they're usually clearer about where items are posted from, or at least, they make that clearer these days.

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Wow, that's very useful information, thank you! I'll certainly install Pi Desktop (and also try Devuan if Pi Desktop can't run all the software I need) when the mSATA SSD and 1.8" adapter arrives. I'll clone and resize partitions before installing for a dual boot - that "sudo update-grub" tip of yours is deffo very useful!

Rather helpfully, Sony has removed all of the drivers for Vaio Ps from their website - can I ask where you found the BIOS update?

I use mine quite a lot, running Windows 7 Home (2GB RAM). The form factor of the device makes it very useful on the hop. I haven't used the SIM for data for awhile, compatible networks may go dark soon, if they haven't already. I do wish there were new devices as small and (sort-of) pocketable, and with bluetooth bult in like the Vaio P.

The only big issue I have ever had with it, is that the tiny ribbon display cable slightly dislodged from the screen driver board - after opening it up to investigate why the screen was streaky with lines, I discovered it was caused by a tiny blob of glue which had stuck to the ribbon, which pulled it slightly away. I couldn't determine where this glue blob could have come from, but I picked it off and it's been working great ever since.

The other issue is battery life - after much patient searching, I scored a high capacity battery on an auction site, because the original was on it's last legs. I still need to replace the cells in the original. The new high capacity battery pack powers the Vaio P for hours :) but it is a bit bulkier :(

I love that it's fanless, completely silent, uses it's casing as a heatsink, is small but has a decent keyboard (not PSION series 5 quality, but there is the Cosmo Communicator to try next). I believe there are ways of overclocking it, but I think I'll leave that alone lol - fanless solutions have their limits, and it'd be hard to find a replacement miniscule motherboard or replacement CPU (it might be soldered to the board, haven't looked). I should buy a second one, for spares.

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@Liam Proven in Prague >Sony Vaio P

Was it usable, faster than Windows 7? I've got a Vaio P and really would like to know. It's a very useful little computer, but with Windows 7 being killed off, I'd like a fast and lightweight Linux. I'm about to replace the HD with an SSD, so this would be a good time to try alternative OSs.

Logitech Zone Vibe 125: Weightless comfort on the ears that won't break the bank

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@Richard Speed - Nice photo! :)

Are it's lithium ion batteries user replaceable? That's what I hate about wireless headphones - unless they use mass produced and easy to buy lithium ion battery packs or cells of a generic form factor, you're out of luck in a handful of years (if you're lucky) after which it becomes landfill... adding to mountains of e-waste destroying us all. Does Logitech install sabotageware, to prevent repairs as Bosch (to) do in their ebike batteries? This class of product and it's ilk, is just fast-fashionable tech. My 20 year old mp3 player died last year, but because it used a bog standard lithium battery pack which was cheap to buy on AliExpress, and easy to solder in, it lives a little longer. It's a truly terrible mp3 player, but remains useful in my shed's background music to enhance interest in gardening activity sound system (Vamp amped old speakers with cheap generic lithium batteries). Things don't get dug, unless I hear things I dig. I can't wait for sodium ion batteries to become available.

Taser maker offers electric-shock drones to stop school shootings

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The only way to stop violence, is for violent people to accept that living in abject misery is normal. Depression is your only true friend, always there.

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Taser should embed auto-targeting tasers into the walls of all US schools - preventing running in corridoors, chewing gum would be a bonus: Guns+gum stopped = everyone kept safe and clean

IBM-powered Mayflower robo-ship once again tries to cross Atlantic

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https://www.maritime-executive.com/media/images/article/Photos/Miscellaneous/Mayflower-sea-trials-April-2021-IBM.0f79bf.jpg

Experts: AI inventors' designs should be protected in law

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I got framed by cops deepfaking my likeness running naked across town

Dell's rugged Latitude 5430 laptop is quick and pretty – but also bulky and heavy

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I would like to have seen photos of this Dell being abused as detailed.

Engineer gets Windows 11 working on a Surface Duo

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Re: The reason for the hardware requirements

>XP Service Pack 3 was peak Windows (in my opinion).

Mine daily driver still is, fsck Wins 8, 10 and 11! Shirley they'll ditch that mess and proceed directly to 12?

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Re: Meanwhile...

SATNAD looks too weak to lift pencils

Google releases beta version of Android 13 'Tiramisu'

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I do wish Google would make my phones and tablet hardware useless at a much slower pace!

British motorists will be allowed to watch TV in self-driving vehicles

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When all cars and lorries are zero emission electric, all roads should be submerged out of sight underground... leaving pedestrians and cylists safe to enjoy the surface, and homes to enjoy silence.

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As a cyclist this alarms me greatly, because we're very often invisible to self-driving vehicle systems

Elon Musk says he can get $46.5bn to buy Twitter

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Musk wants The Orange One in office because he fears the gathering storm of peasants bearing torches and pitchforks, demanding his wealth and head.

Windows 11 usage stats within touching distance of... XP

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Almost seven and a half decades of idealism and counting... I don't think I'll be changing anytime soon.

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A new all encompassing "Right To Repair" law should extend to operating systems, to cut down on unrecyclable ewaste disintegrating in landfills and poisoning soil and water supplies for generations! MAKE ALL OLD OPERATING SYSTEMS THAT ARE NO LONGER SUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT AND OTHERS OPEN SOURCE!!!!! (Ahem) Making old OSs open source will stop them rebadging old OS tech to sell as "New" - they'd be forced to innovate and sell something genuinely new, every time they tout a "New" operating system, instead of dressing mutton as lamb.

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fscking hell im sticking with xp

Logitech Lift: Vertical mouse for those with small hands

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It's great that the battery is replaceable and lasts two years, but are the switches and springs any more robust, than in any of their recent offerings? I'm sick and tired of spending good money after bad on Logitech mice! Their keybpard and mouse hardware and software work wonderfullu, while the hardware lasts... and that of late, hasn't been for very long IMHO. I now use one of their ancient trackballs and it has lasted so far, about four times as long, as the M570 that I normally completely waste my money on.

AI hardware, PC gaming rig maker partner on powerful AI/ML laptop

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Four times faster? Well, that's embarrassing, isn't it? ;-)

Zuckerberg gets $26m in 'other' Meta compensation

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16 bobyguards in 2016... I wonder how many he has now?

https://pagesix.com/2016/02/14/mark-zuckerberg-has-16-bodyguards-at-his-home/

EDIT: It's a 70 plus security team

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9469495/Facebook-spent-24MILLION-security-Mark-Zuckerberg-family-year-to.html

AMD to Intel: Take our GPU talent? Two can play that game

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When ARE Intel going to start selling decent discrete graphics cards anyway? They've been teasing for years and it's really p*ssing me off

Another data-leaking Spectre bug found, smashes Intel, Arm defenses

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They wouldn't even need to be true AIs, just what is being passed off as "AIs" currently - at least three are needed: design, penetration and consolidationstages, with many iterations. The result would be better than any group of humans is capable of... If you want details, I accept bitcoin.

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CPU design should be done by AI; it's now beyond commercially viable human capability

Next-gen Moon buggy FLEX conquers California desert, seeks lunar speed record

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Suspension appears to be built into the wheels? I'd like similar functionality in my electric bicycle wheels.

UK Home Office dangles £20m for national gun licence database system

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At least 1 in every 411 people in the UK legally owns a gun - that's far too common for my liking... Is there really that much sports shooting? Or are they mostly used in the ever increasing number of Gary Larson's horse hospitals?

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Ford to sell unfinished Explorers as chip shortage bites

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I'm looking forward to Ford manufacturing Continas from the 80s again with zero horrible little chips, which need to talk to a multitude of other horrible little chips through a proprietary network that some licensed (for the soft/firmware update, initialisation or configuration, that he's paid some [predatory percentage] through the nose to keep current) mechanic can communicate with using even more horrible chips and yet more networking, just because I a new headlight unit (not just a bulb mind, but an entire light unit, sometimes an entire fascia) to function, or to stop some infernal beeping and flashing on the dashboard to cease.

ReactOS shows off SMP support in open-source take on Windows

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I like it! But for now I'll stick with fscking XP

Cryptocurrency ATMs illegal right now in UK

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It'll simply return underground: scary meets and person to dodgy person transactions again, as it was before bitcoin ATMs.

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...there goes your untraceable and tax-free pimping and drug money hole in the wall folks!

Just two die for: Apple reveals M1 Ultra chip in Mac Studio

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I wasn't expecting my post to get by the weird and strange nitpicky admin, who hated my ironic rhymes so muc, that he's still limiting my posts three years later, hence didn't think it was worth the extra effort. Here's some of what I might have posted: ...,.,.,..,.,.,.,.,..,..,,.,,.,.,.,.,.,..,.,..,.,.,.,.

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I also fscking hate Apple fanbois. No, Jobs wasn't the Second Coming, he wasn't even his dad's first coming and the best thing jobs did was GO! Steve Jobs ruined the internet with his "Smart" phones and "Pads" for dumb people. (Cue avalanche of downvotes)

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apple has fscked pros used to depending on macs with their move away from intel and discrete graphics cards - won't cope with twin 8k monitors - m1xxxxx is all a freaking disappointment so far unless they scale which surely (no, i'm not calling you shirley) must be their next move with 4, 8, 16 etc cpus interconnected else im never buying a mac again for professional video us that's for sure fsck you apple die a death illuminated by energy wasting and glowing red hot cpus from amd and intel paired with graphics cards up to the task of doing some actual professional grade work... fscking hell i hate apple, that cook dude has really screwed it's future in the professional video editing and effects space and that it doesn't look like it will change anytime soon cook smiles too much

Backblaze report finds SSDs as reliable as HDDs

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fscking hell im sticking with western digital blacks

China launches test satellites for orbiting broadband service

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fscking hell yet more extinction event asteroid obscuring space graffiti. at this rate humanity will never form offworld colonies, will destry itself on earth unable to launch for the thick myriad of swirling unpredictable sometimes secret and cloaked dead defunct space junk. what's wrong with cables

Alphabet still can't kill off Google+ insecurity lawsuit

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use a disposable sim to sign up and don't give your real name or dob - it's mental how many people give away real details when signing up to data slurping peddlers of one's privacy like google and facefsck

A Snapdragon in a ThinkPad: Lenovo unveils the X13s

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fscking hell i'll stick with my t440p with full hd screen and upgraded touchpad running xp

Microsoft releases first preview of .NET 7

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fscking hell im sticking with vb6

Internet connection now required for Windows 11 Pro Insider setup

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Re: @vincent himpe

MS will kill reactOS

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Very impressive! I'd love to hear all the details.

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fscking hell im sticking with xp

NASA taps Lockheed Martin to build Mars parcel pickup rocket

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$194m? It'll be twice that, as LM pump NASA to the final frontier of it's budget - they make more money when projects fail.

Into x86 servers? Apple seeks 'upbeat and hard-working' hardware engineer

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"upbeat" = young

Photon fantastic: James Webb Space Telescope spies its first starlight

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... And On The Eighth Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyGgZzBMJB8

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Re: What’s in a name?

,,,or a strain of NASA weed

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