I copped the tag line from this xkcd comic. By the way, the whole website and everything Randall Munroe does comes wholly recommended. The last few days, when I’ve not been working or riding my motorbike, I’ve not been heeding his advice:
There has been a ring-a-ring-of-laptops lately. At my doctor’s office, the software provider saw fit to disable one computer by planned obsolescence, aka software update. I’m not buying a new, overpriced computer from them. To replace the one they bricked, I’m shifting my Linux laptop to the office and replacing it with a new one. I got a good value at Amazon Warehouse Deals for a Lenovo ThinkPad X250. Don’t see any signs of prior use, it’s only that the box has been opened. It has an Intel i-7 going up to 3.2 MHz, 8 gigs of RAM, 512 gigs of SSD, a full-HD, non-touch, IPS screen and a cellphone modem. Any computer should be able to pull down the net out of thin air…
Anyway, the hardware front being secured, I didn’t even let it boot into Windows once. Installed Debian Linux (“Jessie”) on it. After the base install, I used an install log from my old, soon-not-to-be Linux laptop and the package manager synaptic to reinstall all applications I had. Then I sftp-ed into the old one and got all the photos I had there. Then I installed Dropbox on the new one and pulled down all the files I had there. Took a while!
And this took a bit of finagling:
So, I’m keeping busy with these kinds of things this weekend. Busy, busy, busy. Bring me some food and water!