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    1. What is a good "eternal" Linux distribution?

      I need to put Linux on a laptop, but I'm afraid I may not be around to upgrade to major versions (which usually means reinstalling everything) and maintaining the machine. Something like Arch or...

      I need to put Linux on a laptop, but I'm afraid I may not be around to upgrade to major versions (which usually means reinstalling everything) and maintaining the machine. Something like Arch or Manjaro (which I use) might be good because I wouldn't ever need to reinstall the OS, but stability leaves a lot to be desired for a non-technical user. So I was thinking of getting something with an enormous support lifecycle, like Rocky Linux (10 years). Is that a terrible idea?

      16 votes
    2. iPad recommendations

      After reserving a Steam Deck twice, and letting it drop, trying to get FTL running acceptably with touch controls on my old generic Windows Tablet, and doing the bulk of gaming and leisure time...

      After reserving a Steam Deck twice, and letting it drop, trying to get FTL running acceptably with touch controls on my old generic Windows Tablet, and doing the bulk of gaming and leisure time with my phone, I wonder if the best solution to my varied tech needs might be just to bite the bullet, turn in my Android cred and take a walk on the iPad side. I haven't used an Apple device regularly since my iPod touch from ten years ago and ever since that was stolen, I was all Android, all the time. But if I want a device to read comics (PDFs, Kindle/Comixology, Hoopla), watch streaming (Netflix, Prime Video, Youtube), try out games (Apple Arcade, Xcloud Web) but have the option to go back to my old reliables (FTL, Binding of Isaac), should I consider dropping $200 on an older iPad and see if it fits my needs? Should I do it now, or wait on rumors of new ones in October? I know they're supported for longer then the average Android, but at the same time, I don't want to pick one up just in time for it to be a security risk either.

      5 votes
    3. Looking for a specific map app on iOS

      Hello everyone, I recently moved to a new town and I'm looking forward to walking on all its streets and discover its secrets. However, it's relatively a big town and it will take me a while to do...

      Hello everyone,

      I recently moved to a new town and I'm looking forward to walking on all its streets and discover its secrets. However, it's relatively a big town and it will take me a while to do that.
      I also don't like walking all that much and I'm not an outgoing person at all, so I want to gamify this a little bit to trick my monkey brain.

      So, as an idea, I wondered if there was an iOS app that used the GPS on my phone (or some other trick that I can't think of) to map my route, save it, and place it on the map of the town so I can coordinate my future routes according to the places I've already visited. It's sort of like those running apps that shows you your route after you finished running, except I want it to be not about running and I want them to save the route data, preferably locally.

      Thank you everyone in advance for their time.

      8 votes
    4. What cool online services should I sign up for while I have a burner phone?

      I have a burner phone for the next month. (Lately a number of services refuse to accept my google voice number, and I refuse to share my actual number.) Are there any cool services I should try...

      I have a burner phone for the next month.

      (Lately a number of services refuse to accept my google voice number, and I refuse to share my actual number.)

      Are there any cool services I should try out that maybe require a phone number to sign up?

      5 votes
    5. How to edit a podcast on Linux?

      Looking at the available options, I see many programs such as Ardour and Audacity that seems to focus on recording, mixing, streaming, etc. But what should use it to actually edit the thing? By...

      Looking at the available options, I see many programs such as Ardour and Audacity that seems to focus on recording, mixing, streaming, etc. But what should use it to actually edit the thing?

      By that I mean changing the order of things, removing silences, involuntary sounds, and noises, adding music and sound effects, as well as making what I'm saying more concise and intelligible.

      I have a background in video editing, and I'm used to working in the "timeline paradigm" that is common to Adobe Premiere and older versions of Final Cut (I have no idea what Final Cut looks like now...). But I have no idea how to edit stuff using actual audio software, I've only used those to treat audio and then finish editing on other programs.

      I'd use a video editor for that, but I currently don't own any machine powerful enough to use a video editor software comfortably.

      7 votes
    6. Suggest me a GPU

      Building myself a computer for the first time, and I have most of the parts specced except for the GPU. I don't play a lot of video games, so my first priority is getting something that can...

      Building myself a computer for the first time, and I have most of the parts specced except for the GPU. I don't play a lot of video games, so my first priority is getting something that can display output at all; but I would like something a bit capable, as I do play some 3d games from time to time. Prefer an nvidia gpu, as I would like to play with some nv-specific features (nv_path_render, maybe cuda), but not a hard requirement.

      I've spotted the following gpus on craigslist:

      • gtx 1070 - C$260 (~$200 usd)

      • gtx 1660 super - C$320 (~$250 usd)

      • gtx 1070 ti - C$300 (~$230 usd)

      • gtx 1050 ti - C$120 (~$90 usd)

      Any suggestions? Something else I should look out for? Are these good prices?

      8 votes
    7. What are some good YouTube channels about rapid transit?

      I'm mostly interested in metro/subways, but also over the ground systems and rapid transit in general. Mostly the vehicles themselves, the rails, and the related technologies. I mean, I do enjoy...

      I'm mostly interested in metro/subways, but also over the ground systems and rapid transit in general.

      Mostly the vehicles themselves, the rails, and the related technologies. I mean, I do enjoy the city planning bits, but some channels focus too much on the design and evolution of the lines and I don't like that, looking at a map is not really enticing to me. A healthy mix would be nice, some engineering deep dives mixed with history, urban planning, and a lot of train porn! (Not rule 34 lol).

      Thanks!

      5 votes
    8. What are your favourite mailing lists?

      I love mailing lists! They are my preferred way of discussing interesting topics with people. Please share your favourite lists, and any directories or search engines you know of. 🙂 nettime - net...

      I love mailing lists! They are my preferred way of discussing interesting topics with people. Please share your favourite lists, and any directories or search engines you know of. 🙂


      6 votes
    9. Tech recommendations request: looking for a Linux-friendly 13" laptop

      Final update: See here. Update: Thank you ALL for your valuable feedback. I'm definitely looking into refurbished models now and I have a lot better grasp on what what I should be considering. I'm...

      Final update: See here.


      Update: Thank you ALL for your valuable feedback. I'm definitely looking into refurbished models now and I have a lot better grasp on what what I should be considering. I'm going to do some digging and a ridiculous amount of overshopping over the next couple of days, and then I'll let you all know what my final pick is!


      Hey techy Tildes! I'm back with another support request from you knowledgeable and helpful folks.

      I need a laptop that does exactly three things: gets me online, displays PDFs, and runs office software. I have a large number of online courses that I have to take in the coming years, and I need something that I can just grab while on my couch or in bed to work on papers and assignments, hence the 13" size preference. Long battery life would be highly preferable.

      I looked for options that come with Linux preinstalled, but there's really nothing available that hits what I'm looking for -- there isn't much of a market for 13". As such, my plan is to just buy a standard Windows laptop and then put Linux on it, but I have no idea which particular hardware will play nice with a Linux installation. Budget would be sub-$500 (if possible). I don't need the laptop to do anything other than stay on for a long time and let me type, so I have no need for a powerhouse.

      Can anyone point me in the right direction with some recommendations?

      13 votes
    10. PC cases without transparent side panels

      Hi folks! I am, unfortunately, probably going to have to build a new PC soon; my beloved Thelio-r1 is slowly failing, and while my original plan was to buy a Ryzen 7 5800X and keep riding this PC...

      Hi folks! I am, unfortunately, probably going to have to build a new PC soon; my beloved Thelio-r1 is slowly failing, and while my original plan was to buy a Ryzen 7 5800X and keep riding this PC for another three to five years, I don't know that I'll actually be able to make that work.

      I like the NXT H510 I used for my boyfriend's gaming build, but the thermal performance isn't amazing and, most importantly, I hate tempered glass!

      Yes, I understand that people want to show off their (ridiculously!) expensive components. I understand that lots of things have RGB. However, metal is cheaper, easier to work with, doesn't shatter, and I can modify it if I need to.

      So, does anyone know of a good mid-tower PC case with decent airflow, up-to-date features (no 5 inch bays, good cable management hardpoints, a cable hiding bay, etc.), and no tempered glass or, preferably, acrylic?

      Thank you!

      16 votes
    11. What noise canceling headphones can block?

      One of the greatest sources of stress in my life right now is noise. This is consistent with the (presently unconfirmed) hypothesis that I'm probably on the spectrum. I live in a very noisy...

      One of the greatest sources of stress in my life right now is noise. This is consistent with the (presently unconfirmed) hypothesis that I'm probably on the spectrum.

      I live in a very noisy neighborhood, with many sources of loud music several days a week. I use a regular headphone to try to isolate myself, but they're not always effective. I was thinking of purchasing a noise canceling headphone (NCH). I'd listen mostly to podcasts and white noise. Hence the title question: can these headphones cancel variable non-regular noises like loud music around me? And to what degree?

      Product recommendations are welcomed, with a focus on great noise canceling. I have a preference for over the ear headphones, but that's not a hard requirement. Other than that I don't have any requirements.

      Thanks!

      11 votes
    12. Good web dev communities?

      Hey folks. May someone recommend a good web dev community out there for quality discussions? Right now I'm using Vue for a project and I'm wrestling with architectural decisions. I'd love for a...

      Hey folks.

      May someone recommend a good web dev community out there for quality discussions?

      Right now I'm using Vue for a project and I'm wrestling with architectural decisions. I'd love for a place where I can discuss different approaches' trade-offs and merits.

      Many thanks. :)

      11 votes
    13. Product recommendation request: low latency wireless earbuds

      Alright, so I fell down a rabbit hole of trying to understand a whole bunch of techy things that I don't fully understand and could use some help: What I'm looking for: a pair of Bluetooth...

      Alright, so I fell down a rabbit hole of trying to understand a whole bunch of techy things that I don't fully understand and could use some help:


      What I'm looking for: a pair of Bluetooth wireless earbuds that I can pair with my computer, with low enough latency that it won't impair my enjoyment in casual gaming/video watching


      What I understand so far: Almost nothing. 😔 I get that Bluetooth will always have some level of latency, but, beyond that, I've got nothing. I'm so confused.

      There are lots of different versions of Bluetooth, and then there are different Bluetooth protocols within that, and then different audio codecs, and each piece of hardware seems to support completely different combinations of those, and I'm not sure if the devices have to match configurations or even how to figure out what my computer supports? It seems Bluetooth will gracefully fall back to worse codecs/protocols if better ones are incompatible, but I don't really want to buy something that's just going to fall back to its worst usecase.

      I also don't know what's an "acceptable" level of latency. What's reasonable versus what's intolerable?

      It also seems like the information I read online is subject to rapid decay. I read a bunch of stuff only a few years old saying I should look for aptX Low Latency capability, but then I read very recent posts saying that's dead and to go with aptX Adaptive instead. Meanwhile there are a handful of gaming-focused headsets that say they're low latency but don't really say how (e.g. Razer's Hammerhead). And some, like Samsung's buds, having a "gaming mode" but it only works on special hardware.

      Also, how do I know what my computer itself will support? Is there anything I can do from the computer side to reduce latency, or is that strictly a function of what my hardware supports and which earbuds I buy?


      My usecase:

      My computer is a System 76 Oryx Pro (5) running Pop!_OS 21.10. I think its Bluetooth adapter is version 5.1 (though I'm not confident on that). I do not know which protocols/codecs it supports, nor how to find that out.

      Audio quality isn't too important. These will be for everyday video-watching and gaming, which is what's prompting the latency requirement. I'd rather them be responsive than rich.

      Active noise cancelling would be nice to have (especially if it has a toggleable transparency mode), but I don't know if ANC adds latency and is therefore incompatible with what I'm wanting.

      I don't have a specific budget for it, and that's honestly the least important requirement. If the solution exists I'm fine paying for it (within reason, of course). These will end up getting used for thousands of hours, so even a big price difference upfront will even out over time.

      I'd appreciate any help anyone can offer in pointing me in the right direction on this!

      12 votes
    14. Need a new laptop with GPU

      So my ten year old HP workhorse has finally decided to call it quits and I'm in the market for a replacement. As I'm doing my own research I've found I've become so hopelessly behind on the new...

      So my ten year old HP workhorse has finally decided to call it quits and I'm in the market for a replacement. As I'm doing my own research I've found I've become so hopelessly behind on the new range of GPU's that I thought I'd get some opinions from the experts.

      I'm looking for a lower end laptop with a GPU relatively in the "budget" range of $1000-1200 USD (<1500$ CAD). Nothing I run is particularly power hungry graphically but I would like to be able to operate at maximum settings. For reference one of the games I partake in has a minimum requirement of a GeForce GT 740, so it isn't hard to find a rig that surpasses that easily, however I would like to attempt running the game with hi-res texture packs and at ~60 fps for the first time which will require a little extra juice. Anything over 4gb of ram (preferably 8) is fine.

      In addition to that I place priority on semi solid construction. I'm not looking for MacBook pro quality but I also travel a lot and work in demanding environments so a flimsy laptop isn't going to fly. Screen quality would also be a nice bonus but I don't care about 2k/4k quality, 1920x1080 is more than enough for me. I care very little about battery life as plugins are almost always available to me, the aesthetic of the laptop is also unimportant, a boring Lenovo is perfectly fine. Finally, while I don't want to carry around a brick, a thicker/heavier laptop is fine.

      Any personal opinions on the topic would be greatly appreciated.

      9 votes
    15. Wireless bridge or Powerline?

      I have an HTPC (a shitty asRock beebox) away from my main router and all. For the most part the wireless signal is fine, but it can act up at times or completely cut out. The design of the beebox...

      I have an HTPC (a shitty asRock beebox) away from my main router and all. For the most part the wireless signal is fine, but it can act up at times or completely cut out.

      The design of the beebox is bad for wireless. I get a more consistent connection running from USB C > USB hub > USB Wireless stick -- but it still isn't great.

      I'm thinking I should just bit the bullet and use ethernet. Would it be better to go with powerline or a wireless bridge for this? The reviews for powerline stuff are all over the board.

      The HTPC pulls everything off the LAN, so outside speeds are about 99% irrelevant. The most it'll ever pull is metadata for Kodi's library, and even then it doesn't pull a lot.

      Which is best? I'm running an RT AC68U running Merlin if that matters. I also saw a lot of gripes re: the AI Mesh stuff.

      6 votes
    16. Facebook alternatives

      We have 2 boys, one of which is 4 months old and my wife is looking for new ways to share updates with friends and family. She doesn't want pictures publicly available anymore but still wants to...

      We have 2 boys, one of which is 4 months old and my wife is looking for new ways to share updates with friends and family. She doesn't want pictures publicly available anymore but still wants to cast a wide net to many different people. I think she's open to a newsletter of some sort that would allow people to opt in or unsubscribe.

      What's the best way to manage a newsletter like this? I want her effort to be the same as Facebook. She can add photos and text to a "post" all from her iPhone and then it gets emailed to everyone that we've added to a list.

      Any ideas or suggestions?

      15 votes
    17. Recommended reading for new tech leads?

      Hey all, I'm transitioning from a plain old software engineer at my company to tech lead (first in responsibility, then eventually in title)! I'm very excited about the opportunity, but the role...

      Hey all, I'm transitioning from a plain old software engineer at my company to tech lead (first in responsibility, then eventually in title)!

      I'm very excited about the opportunity, but the role is new, both for my company and personally. Would anyone have recommended reading I could peruse? I'd love to get a solid footing for what I should be doing as a tech lead, and how I can do it well!

      17 votes
    18. Email forwarding services

      Hello everyone. The other day, Firefox Monitor warned me that my personal e-mail was found on a data leak from Gravatar (belongs to Automattic; WordPress's parent company). Funnily, I don't have...

      Hello everyone.

      The other day, Firefox Monitor warned me that my personal e-mail was found on a data leak from Gravatar (belongs to Automattic; WordPress's parent company). Funnily, I don't have any account (and never had) with them, but nevertheless, I tried to log in, and it failed. I tried to recover my password, and it said "no e-mail found". Maybe a false positive from Firefox's side?

      Anyway, that situation got me thinking that I should never use my personal email except on super important websites. For example, with Christmas gift buying, I've used my personal e-mail on multiple online websites (I usually try to avoid Amazon) and I shouldn't have done that.

      Of course, Firefox recommended their own service Firefox Relay, which it does look interesting. Afterwards, I've searched on HackerNews to see what other people recommended.

      These were the recommendations (apart from FF Relay):


      A few questions:

      1. Do you use any of these three services?
      2. How happy are you with the service that you use?
      3. Is there something better?

      I actually like Firefox's implementation because it is actually quite cheap (€12 per year), it is an easier way to support Firefox's development (instead of donation to the Mozilla Corporation) and I trust Firefox more on the security side of things. Nevertheless, the other two services seem more feature complete and I actually do not like that FF Relay "forces" you to use a domain like "alias@mozmail.com" or a custom domain like "alias@mydomain.mozmail.com". My goal would actually be "alias@mydomain.com" for my own contact with other people. On website registrations, @mozmail.com is okay, I guess.

      I already have my own domain that I've bought from Namecheap and I think instead of associating an e-mail to my domain, I actually would prefer to use one of these services. The reason is that my website/e-mail domain could be reused if I stop paying. Some websites and/or people could have this e-mail and someone could impersonate me. With an e-mail forwarding service, I can easily and quickly delete/disable/change the alias. I'm not sure if I'm putting too much expectation on a forwarding service, but, I would like to know what do you think. 🙂

      14 votes
    19. What Arduino-like kit do you recommend to get started with children?

      Hi Tildes, I'm looking to introduce my children (aged 10 or so) to simple electronics (blinking lights, simple sensors, ...). I've played with Arduino in the past, but I see that there are now...

      Hi Tildes,

      I'm looking to introduce my children (aged 10 or so) to simple electronics (blinking lights, simple sensors, ...). I've played with Arduino in the past, but I see that there are now many competing options: Arduino, cheap rip-offs, RPi zero, adafruit, ESP32, ... It's easy to get lost!

      Which do you recommend? Ideally, I'd like something cross-platform and open-source, easy to set up (ideally a kit with everything included), and of course not insanely expensive.

      Edit: thanks everyone for the good advice! There are so many good options...

      12 votes
    20. Is there an open-source version of the Garmin Connect app for Android?

      I am considering the purchase of a Garmin GPS watch, but I don't want to run the bloated Garmin Connect app on my phone. Really all I want, is the ability to pull coordinates from my watch (.gpx...

      I am considering the purchase of a Garmin GPS watch, but I don't want to run the bloated Garmin Connect app on my phone. Really all I want, is the ability to pull coordinates from my watch (.gpx files) and put them on my phone or computer. Does a privacy-respecting app like this exist?

      6 votes
    21. Looking for a GitHub cli tool

      And no, I'm not talking about git. I'm looking for a tool that I can use in scripts to automate non-git tasks on GitHub such as creating new repositories, drafting releases, uploading assets to a...

      And no, I'm not talking about git. I'm looking for a tool that I can use in scripts to automate non-git tasks on GitHub such as creating new repositories, drafting releases, uploading assets to a release, etc.

      I started dipping my toes into gh, GitHub's official cli tool, but when I created a repository it immediately cloned it, which is not what I want. I know I can just rm -rf the repo but ideally the tool I use would do only what I tell it and nothing more.

      Reading the docs for hub, it might do what I want, although I have some reservations about the project after reading this post written by the developer: https://mislav.net/2020/01/github-cli/

      I've also come across git-hub, which doesn't support creating repos AFAICT, and git-spindle, which doesn't support uploading assets.

      Are there any other command line GitHub clients I should consider?

      Which one do you use? What's your experience with it been like?

      5 votes
    22. Ask Tildes: What alternative apps/webapps do you use to browse Reddit?

      For all its flaws, Reddit is still a great news source, especially for niche areas. Unfortunately, more and more dark patterns are being added to Reddit's official site and apps. I'm reaching a...

      For all its flaws, Reddit is still a great news source, especially for niche areas. Unfortunately, more and more dark patterns are being added to Reddit's official site and apps. I'm reaching a saturation point and thinking I should probably switch to an alternative way of browsing it. I see a lot of apps aimed at browsing images/GIFs. I'd like something more similar to old/compact Reddit, optimized for text without distractions, but ideally less buggy. Any recommendations?

      Edit: thanks all for your answers!

      16 votes
    23. Open source alternatives to Slack, Google Drive and Google Docs

      So I recently started working at a company that uses Slack (free tier), Google Drive and Google Docs. Being a privacy conscious person I decided to do some research to see if we could transition...

      So I recently started working at a company that uses Slack (free tier), Google Drive and Google Docs. Being a privacy conscious person I decided to do some research to see if we could transition out of at least 1 of these tools.

      For Slack I thought about Element. However I have a question: is it possible to create a closed channel (meaning no unauthorized person has access to or can discover the company chat) on Element with only the free tier (it's easier to convince my boss to transition if it doesn't add to the cost structure)?

      For Google Drive I don't think there are other free options that offer the 15GB of storage we have. 10GB would probably be enough. But I am also open to paid solutions.
      I found out about CryptPad. They offer cloud storage but one has to pay to be at the same level of Google (which is totally understandable). They also have productivity tools integrated with the storage solution which is great.
      Maybe there is some cloud storage solution that doesn't have integrated productivity tools and offers more storage. I would like to know.

      I'm open to suggestions and thoughts. My functions at the company have little to do with all this, I am just interested in open source and privacy. EDIT: I am not interested in self-hosting.

      26 votes
    24. Advice on colorful programmable LED lights

      Any recommendations for those? I'd like to replace all my house lights with colour-programmable GU-10s. I've had poor experience with Philips Hue... They do the job but I'm not a big fan of them,...

      Any recommendations for those? I'd like to replace all my house lights with colour-programmable GU-10s. I've had poor experience with Philips Hue... They do the job but I'm not a big fan of them, the app sucks etc.

      I'm sure someone here has smart home / iot as a hobby :) thoughts?

      10 votes
    25. Recommend me a podcast app for android

      I'm rather bored of the constant pop up ads on my current one that I paid for ads to be removed for years ago before more recently they changed to a subscription requirement for advert removal....

      I'm rather bored of the constant pop up ads on my current one that I paid for ads to be removed for years ago before more recently they changed to a subscription requirement for advert removal.

      I'm looking for something easy to use that has no ads by default or has a one time payment to remove them. Extra features such as tags/folders would be great but not 100% required. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

      12 votes
    26. Tab viewer/organizer?

      Weird question, but does anyone know of a simple tab viewer or organizer for Firefox (bonus points if it works on iOS)? I have... way too many tabs open, and I want to see what I can bookmark...

      Weird question, but does anyone know of a simple tab viewer or organizer for Firefox (bonus points if it works on iOS)? I have... way too many tabs open, and I want to see what I can bookmark before closing rather than having to either close everything or manually check each tab.

      11 votes
    27. Listen to old podcasts on a modern release schedule

      I once heard about a website that does this, but I cannot find it. You would give the website an RSS feed, and it would give you a new feed to subscribe to. It would then release “new” episodes on...

      I once heard about a website that does this, but I cannot find it. You would give the website an RSS feed, and it would give you a new feed to subscribe to. It would then release “new” episodes on a set schedule. This way you could listen to, for example, a weekly podcast starting at the very beginning, released on a weekly schedule as if you were listening to it when it first released.

      I hope one of you awesome tilderinos know a website that does this. Thanks in advance!

      16 votes
    28. Best way to consume YouTube without the algorithmic results?

      I'd love to get a passable alternative interface to YouTube that just shows me what I'm subscribed to, a search bar, and nothing else. Does this exist as a userscript or alternate site? Edit: My...

      I'd love to get a passable alternative interface to YouTube that just shows me what I'm subscribed to, a search bar, and nothing else. Does this exist as a userscript or alternate site?

      Edit:

      My current solution is to have my YouTube bookmark go directly to my subscriptions listing. I also have my ad blocker cut out the recommendations feed on the side. It works okay but maybe there's a better solution out there.

      This is the ad block rule:

      www.youtube.com##.ytd-watch-next-secondary-results-renderer
      www.youtube.com##.ytd-guide-entry-renderer[title=Explore]
      www.youtube.com##.ytd-guide-entry-renderer[title=Home]
      
      18 votes
    29. Can anyone recommend a printer? (...ahem...) a Linux printer?

      Last time I owned an inkjet was well over a decade ago. I had a nice HP color laserjet that Just Worked™for almost a decade (and PS, I bought it used), and then I just lived w/o a printer for the...

      Last time I owned an inkjet was well over a decade ago. I had a nice HP color laserjet that Just Worked™for almost a decade (and PS, I bought it used), and then I just lived w/o a printer for the past 3-4 years. Now, I'm window-shopping for inkjets, it sounds like the whole "use-our-ink-or-die" business model has only gotten worse.

      Are there any good inkjet printers where I can just use it like a normal printer, just buy ink (cheaper than the printer was) when I need it, yada? Or should I just write off the entire industry (again), and go straight to the laser printers?

      And does anyone actually have a decent (color, all-in-one) printer that works reasonably well with their (YourDistroHere) Linux machine?

      Danke


      ETA: Thanks for all the feedback. I'm now prioritizing a Brother laser (maybe just mono), or possibly an Epson Ecotank.

      Side-note ... how cool is it that we have so many Linux-folk in our midst!?

      Thanks again.

      13 votes
    30. Canadian charity recommendations

      Hi Everyone! I'm looking to donate some money to a charity that is focused on helping children learn how to code. I've always heard that lots of charities are scams, and I was hoping to get the...

      Hi Everyone!

      I'm looking to donate some money to a charity that is focused on helping children learn how to code.
      I've always heard that lots of charities are scams, and I was hoping to get the opinions of you fine folks about a good charity to donate to!

      7 votes
    31. Looking for recommendations for a high-end / "prosumer" network router (that is not Ubiquiti)

      I recently moved apartments. I have a Ubiquiti Edgerouter POE that's served me well over the past few years. I unplugged the router at my old place, drove over to my new place, plugged it in,...

      I recently moved apartments. I have a Ubiquiti Edgerouter POE that's served me well over the past few years.

      I unplugged the router at my old place, drove over to my new place, plugged it in, and...it failed to boot. I can log in to the web UI, but I immediately get an error that I can't get past. SSH, which normally works, comes back "connection refused" indicating the SSH daemon isn't even running.

      There are forum posts about this problem from five fucking years ago. The only solution offered is to do a factory reset. I could do this, and I have a config backup somewhere, but I'm not going to put up with a device so unreliable that a power cycle bricks it.

      I was a big fan of Ubiquiti up to now. I have two of their routers, one at my home and one at a vacation home my family owns that I'm the IT guy for, as well as several of their access points. After this, as well as the recent data breach (which didn't affect me personally but gives me a bad taste nonetheless) I think I'm done with them.

      So, Tilderinos, any recommendations?

      Some specifics:

      • I have gigabit internet so I definitely want something that can handle those speeds and not be a bottleneck

      • I'm knowledgeable about networking and have no problem with "user-unfriendly" setup & configuration.

      • I have a site-to-site-to-site Wireguard VPN between my home, my family's cabin, and a server I run in the cloud. I'd strongly prefer to keep using Wireguard, which effectively limits me to Linux-based options, because FreeBSD support for Wireguard is still WIP. If it weren't for this requirement, something BSD-based like pfSense / OPNsense would be at the top of my list.

      • I'd prefer to keep the router and access point separate rather than go with a typical "all in one" type device. The wifi spectrum at my new place is much less congested than my old apartment building, but I'd still like to keep the option of having multiple APs. I got spoiled by my old apartment being wired for Ethernet so running multiple APs was easy. That's not an option at my new place so I may look into either powerline internet (yes I know it sucks) or mesh wireless.

      15 votes
    32. A "reverse spell checker" in Firefox

      I was reading the topic about ableist language: Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language I realized that, regardless of my opinion on the use of certain words like "crazy" or...

      I was reading the topic about ableist language:

      Replacing ableist and mental health exclusive language

      I realized that, regardless of my opinion on the use of certain words like "crazy" or "insane", there are almost always better words that can be used to make my writing better, even if it's just a random comment on Tildes.

      What I would really like would be an extension that supports adding words to a custom dictionary, and will then highlight those words with a reminder not to use them. It would be even better if I could, per word, provide a custom reason not to use that word.

      I searched around a bit, but could not find an extension that does this. Unfortunately, LanguageTool does not support such a feature.

      6 votes
    33. Need a laptop for school, budget $2000, details inside

      Hi everyone, I'm looking into getting a new laptop for university work. Thanks to a scholarship, I can get up to $2000 covered off a laptop purchase (and I'd be willing to pay a few hundred more...

      Hi everyone, I'm looking into getting a new laptop for university work. Thanks to a scholarship, I can get up to $2000 covered off a laptop purchase (and I'd be willing to pay a few hundred more out-of-pocket too).

      I plan on using this laptop primarily for basic web browsing, word processing, and Zoom calls. I may be playing some video games on it like Slay the Spire or Hollow Knight, but these aren't too demanding and most of my time will be spent working anyway. My use case shouldn't require a lot of processing power or a high-end dedicated GPU. After graduating, I'll have more consistent access to my desktop anyway, which already has a dedicated card for gaming and can easily be upgraded to suit my needs if I get into video editing or programming, which further reduces the need for a laptop that can do these things. In light of this, I'm looking primarily at a laptop that is lightweight, has a long battery life, good build quality, and a 14-inch screen, to upgrade from my current 13-inch. I haven't decided whether I'll be dual-booting Windows/Linux or running Linux only, but I do plan on running Linux so compatibility is important. Ports aren't a huge deal since there isn't much need for anything more than HDMI/USB on a college campus and I can get a docking station for post-graduation needs.

      After lurking around on this forum and others, I've settled on a few potential options:

      • Thinkpad X1 Carbon
      • Thinkpad T14s
      • System76 Lemur Pro
      • MacBook M1 Air (added after suggestions, link to specs)

      ThinkPads seem to offer the best build quality and potential to last years after purchase, so I'm leaning towards those, but System76 appears to have upgraded their build quality recently, and I just love their designs as well. Lenovo will be releasing the next-generation X1 Carbon soon, but it may be priced out of my range, and I'd like to purchase soon. Even the Carbon Gen 8 is above my price range, though as I understand it Lenovo usually offers discounts so I'm waiting for the sale on customizable builds (they already have discounts on pre-designed builds). I'm totally open to suggestions not on this list, and I've also read that purchasing refurbished ThinkPads can be the way to go, though I'd like to take full advantage of my budget if possible. If anyone has any experience with the above laptops, reason to recommend one over the other, or knows why I might want to wait on purchasing (e.g. for a release of next-gen hardware), please let me know!

      basic hardware comparison
      blank T14s X1 Carbon (Gen 8) Lemur Pro
      starting weight (lbs) 2.8 2.4 2.4
      advertised battery life (hrs) 13.6 13.5 14
      Linux compatibility compatible Fedora pre-installed Pop_OS! pre-installed

      edit: Table working now!

      edit2: Thanks for all the suggestions and discussion everyone. I've yet to make a final decision but will update again later.

      15 votes
    34. What should I look for in a headset?

      I am looking to buy a headset. It's for my child to use on PS4, and when stock comes back in on PS5. Which models have you used and liked? Are there any you'd avoid? I think I'd prefer either USB,...

      I am looking to buy a headset. It's for my child to use on PS4, and when stock comes back in on PS5.

      Which models have you used and liked? Are there any you'd avoid?

      I think I'd prefer either USB, or something easy to repair, or cheap so I can just buy a new set of this one breaks.

      7 votes
    35. I have $15 burning a hole in my Google Play balance. Help me figure out what to spend it on.

      Here's a list of Paid Games & Apps that I already have bought. Utils Tasker KLWP Sleep as Android Nova Prime One or two Icon packs for Nova Games Desert Golfing Death Road To Canada 2 Meteorfall...

      Here's a list of Paid Games & Apps that I already have bought.

      Utils

      • Tasker
      • KLWP
      • Sleep as Android
      • Nova Prime
      • One or two Icon packs for Nova

      Games

      • Desert Golfing
      • Death Road To Canada 2
      • Meteorfall
      • Mindustry
      • Mini Metro
      • Ordia
      • Prune
      • Reigns
      • Reigns: Her Majesty
      • RowRow
      • Teslagrad
      • UnCiv
      • .projekt
      • Sword and Sworcery

      I'm looking for something worthwhile to spend it on. Is there a lesser known utility app that you use all the time? What about an indie game not getting the praise it deserves? Tell me about it!

      17 votes
    36. Need suggestions for server email tutorial

      I usually setup debian or ubuntu servers. One of the pain areas I have avoided is email and usually just off-load the email to a 3rd party service. I currently need to setup a server with an email...

      I usually setup debian or ubuntu servers. One of the pain areas I have avoided is email and usually just off-load the email to a 3rd party service. I currently need to setup a server with an email server and need a really simple straightforward tutorial. I thought I would see if the community has any suggestions.

      10 votes
    37. Suggestions for no-display laptop

      This is more specific than ~talk would normally have , but tildes doesn't have anything for shopping yet, so... I'm using my laptop right now, but I've found that for a lot of the stuff on my...

      This is more specific than ~talk would normally have
      , but tildes doesn't have anything for shopping yet, so...

      I'm using my laptop right now, but I've found that for a lot of the stuff on my computer,
      I don't really need a screen. I like using the terminal, and can get a lot done just typing:
      no mouse or display. I think this would be great, as I already do a lot of my casual writing
      and note taking my eyes closed, leaning back in a chair.

      What's the best machine that meets these qualifications? Basically, I just need a way to read memory
      out to another drive. Battery would be a must as well.

      Thanks

      12 votes
    38. Credit-based communication platforms?

      Does anyone know of any communication platforms [1] which use a credit system or have a 'cost' attached to actions such as making a post or commenting? I am imagining something like Reddit or a...

      Does anyone know of any communication platforms [1] which use a credit system or have a 'cost' attached to actions such as making a post or commenting? I am imagining something like Reddit or a forum where users have a balance, and actions have a cost which is charged against that balance. So if I have 100 credits and posting in r/whatever costs 2 credits/post and 1 credit/comment then that limits the amount of interaction in that sub.

      I am wondering if a cost system like this would be useful for moderation or to promote high-value content, since it effectively turns the platform into a market. One effect of this system is that it would discourage low-value posts/replies/comments, because there is a cost associated with making a post, namely opportunity cost of posting something else later. Perhaps the credits are purchased with real-world currency, which I assume would amplify this effect?

      I imagine a sustainable system would have some way to reward users of high-value content with more credit so they are incentivised and able to produce more content: maybe upvotes count as credit, or users can donate credit to each other?

      [1] I hope this term is vague enough to encompass all forms of modern digital communication. I am curious about direct communication (email, WhatsApp, ...) as well as social media in its various forms (Reddit, Tildes, Twitter, ...), niche platforms (Letter), wikis, fora, and anything else under the sun.

      12 votes
    39. Seeking good programs for digitizing all our addresses

      What's your preferred program for typing up lots and lots of addresses? My mum's got multiple address books and they'll have to be typed up eventually, a block at a time. I don't really want to go...

      What's your preferred program for typing up lots and lots of addresses? My mum's got multiple address books and they'll have to be typed up eventually, a block at a time. I don't really want to go with the contacts function of Outlook/Hotmail/Live, because it requires signing in and the password could be misplaced. I also would like to use something that could ideally export the addresses to another Outlook/Hotmail/Live or Gmail account.

      7 votes
    40. Smart watch recommendations?

      My husband's birthday is coming up and I want to get him a smartwatch that syncs with his Pixel. I was gifted an Apple 3 watch which I like a lot and would like to find something with the same...

      My husband's birthday is coming up and I want to get him a smartwatch that syncs with his Pixel. I was gifted an Apple 3 watch which I like a lot and would like to find something with the same sort of functionality for android. I tried going through watch reviews but ended up with buyers paralysis because there's so many to choose from. What would you recommend and why?

      Edit: Fitness is not the key use I'm looking for.

      21 votes
    41. How to get a "Reddit Experience" for Twitter?

      Hey folks, I hate Twitter with a passion and find it very hard to follow discussions because they are so terribly displayed in the official App/Website. Unfortunately I have to use it for job...

      Hey folks,

      I hate Twitter with a passion and find it very hard to follow discussions because they are so terribly displayed in the official App/Website. Unfortunately I have to use it for job reasons and therefore I am looking for less headaches.

      Is there an app which can show me Twitter content and discussion tree views like Reddit does?

      I am totally willing to pay.

      Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

      8 votes
    42. What are your favourite online publications?

      Somewhat inspired by this post, I wondered what (non-personal) blogs/online jounrals you read? Here are some of mine in no particular order. opensource.com for open source devlopment Glimmer for...

      Somewhat inspired by this post, I wondered what (non-personal) blogs/online jounrals you read? Here are some of mine in no particular order.

      *I'm a team member at PrivacyTools.io

      21 votes
    43. Which is arguably the best phone for ROMs?

      This post is born from another discussion we have currently on tildes about the benefits of LineageOS. Please, check it out if you wanna discuss about the benefits of the custom ROM scene. Here,...

      This post is born from another discussion we have currently on tildes about the benefits of LineageOS. Please, check it out if you wanna discuss about the benefits of the custom ROM scene.
      Here, instead, I ask primarily about hardware, not about software. Although, as always, they later intersect.

      My question comes from my search for a new phone, I have been rocking a Moto G5 Plus since 2018 (it was released in 2017 and I bought it second-hand) and my experience has been great overall. I knew that I could root this phone so that I did in September 2018 and from there I haven't gone back to stock ever since. Mistakes aside, the experience has been great overall and has nourish my interest in computing. But, this phone is 3 and a half years old and I definitely notice it. One, due to the wear and second the 2GB of RAM my model had (XT1680). I'm in no hurry in a change though, I think I could use it for some more years and I can say that thanks to an amazing community that still supports this phone. (Seriously, I am using Android 10 with the latest patch, unthinkable!).

      Nevertheless, as a thought experiment, or as a backup plan, or useful for anyone interested in being part of custom ROMs, I would like to ask you guys which do you think are the most dev-friendly phone in the market right now?

      The criteria would be:

      • It has a unlockable bootloader.
      • The kernel has been released and is available.
      • Has a community that constantly supports it.
      • It doesn't have 2GB of RAM

      Please, write any phone you have the idea that has a modding scene. I'm afraid that some will not be available in my country, but I want to make it as international possible so I insist, write any phone that has that criteria. And feedback for the english will also be appreciated.

      10 votes
    44. 4K screen on 15" laptop - worth it?

      Pricing up my next Thinkpad (I'm a lifer for Thinkpads I think now) and I keep hovering over the 4K screen option. I'm looking at a 15.6" screen. The FHD 14" screen I currently have is lovely and...

      Pricing up my next Thinkpad (I'm a lifer for Thinkpads I think now) and I keep hovering over the 4K screen option. I'm looking at a 15.6" screen. The FHD 14" screen I currently have is lovely and sharp with a decent colour gamut, and I don't think I can see pixels, even now when the machine is literally on my lap. I'd guess the screen is maybe 35cm from my eyes at the moment.

      I don't really game, I do edit photos, video (HD, not 4K) and do a little 3D work with Blender/FreeCAD/etc. I usually run Debian/Gnome, occasionally dropping into Windows because my 3D printer's preferred slicing software is Windows only (grrrr).

      The other bonus to 4K is HDR400 and twice as many nits of brightness but again, I'm not sure that's worth an extra £250. I'd probably turn the brightness down anyway. The HDR is potentially interesting but as I don't watch TV/movies on this machine and my camera doesn't output HDR, that's likely not very useful despite sounding good. I could buy quite a lot more compute power and ram with that money instead..

      I would go and look at one in person but I have no idea where the nearest 4K Thinkpad is, in person, and even if I did, I don't really want to go into shops right now.

      Any thoughts, experiences, advice, etc would be much appreciated.

      9 votes
    45. Cloud storage recommendations?

      I'm thinking of paying for some cloud storage and I'd like to hear your recommendations and experiences with cloud storage providers. I'd like the best bang/buck and preferably something that...

      I'm thinking of paying for some cloud storage and I'd like to hear your recommendations and experiences with cloud storage providers. I'd like the best bang/buck and preferably something that works well with Linux (Void is my current distro). I had been using Keybase as they offer 250GB of space for free(?), though I recently learned they've been acquired by Zoom which...concerns me. Plus, I can't seem to get the filesystem mounted on Void for some reason =/.

      Here are a few I'm considering:

      Major Players

      • Google One: $20 a year for 100GB

      • Microsoft 365: $70 for 1TB of storage + Microsoft productivity suite (that I probably won't use all that much)

      Out of these options, I think I'd prefer Microsoft at this point.

      Smaller Players

      • Cloudamo: $25 a year for 100GB. Bonus that it's built on open-source tech and looks pretty flexible.

      • pCloud: I've been seeing this recommended in my current search for a provider. But... seeing as of this posting the website is down, I'm not filled with confidence.

      • Wasabi: More of a DIY option, it'd be ~$72 a year for 1TB.

      Cloudamo looks the most promising, here.

      Complete DIY

      • I have a 2TB drive that I guess I can expose to the Internet as a fileserver. Dunno what my ISPs policy on this is and I wouldn't be confident in its reliability.

      Well, those are a few options. Got any more?

      24 votes
    46. Web-based rich text editor

      Hi, I’m usually just overthinking my note-taking setup with plaintext markdown notes, but recently I had to create and share (as PDF) some rich text documents as well. What I’m looking for:...

      Hi,

      I’m usually just overthinking my note-taking setup with plaintext markdown notes, but recently I had to create and share (as PDF) some rich text documents as well. What I’m looking for:

      • Collaborative editing to some extent (ideally real-time like Google Docs..)

      • Rich text formatting

      • Export as PDF (or even Word if possible)

      • Web & mobile app (iOS)

      I’m aware of Microsoft 365 with Word online and Google Docs. I really can’t stand Word online, it feels so super slow one can barely use it. I also feel the same about the application for macOS. It’s just this gigantic thing I don’t need. I want some headings, basic formatting, lists etc.

      And then there’s Google Docs. It just feels wrong. It’s a weird editor, especially on mobile, it’s in this format I can’t grab, it feels like the files are not under my control.

      I’m also aware of some self-hosted solutions like ONLYOFFICE and probably some NextCloud addon/solution. But these are things I don’t want either since it’s usually a hassle to install them, keep them up to date and take care of the data.

      I’m just hoping that I’m missing out on something else available except the Microsoft and Google solutions.

      At some point I just thought I might stick to Markdown files and export them as PDFs or even Word documents, but I don’t know about any reliable online collaboration solution for markdown docs either.

      9 votes
    47. I need a new phone. Can anyone recommend me a replacement?

      I've had a Nexus 6P for the past 3 years. It's been a good run, and I've swapped the battery out once before (1 year ago) but it's time for a replacement. At this point, it's not charging...

      I've had a Nexus 6P for the past 3 years. It's been a good run, and I've swapped the battery out once before (1 year ago) but it's time for a replacement. At this point, it's not charging properly, and turning off randomly.

      What phones are you all using? Any you'd feel good about recommending? I'd be interested to hear thoughts on current smartphones, as it's not something I've looked into for a while.

      Some things I liked about the Nexus 6P:

      • Camera (12.3MP) was really good back when I first got it and still holds up (just shuts down when I take photos now)
      • Larger form factor (not a dealbreaker though)
      • Android
      • Convenience of having photos uploaded to Google Photos automatically
      • Battery life (in its prime) was actually decent

      I'm in EU, and ideally I don't really want to spend more than 300 euros.
      Thanks all, keen to hear people's thoughts...

      Appreciate any kind of response/advice.

      21 votes
    48. Should I buy? ThinkPad T14s, Ryzen 7 4750U, 32GB 3200MHz DDR4, $1,300

      Thanks to everyone who commented with their thoughts. In the end I decided to wait (even longer) before I buy a laptop. Text Before we dive into the nuances of if I should buy a new laptop or when...

      Thanks to everyone who commented with their thoughts. In the end I decided to wait (even longer) before I buy a laptop.

      Text

      Before we dive into the nuances of if I should buy a new laptop or when I should make that purchase, here are some links for those of you who were caught by the title:


      Onto my spiel:

      I have been talking about getting a new laptop on Tildes for literally two years. Now I am at the point when I think I have found the right device, but am still unsure if I should spend the money to get it.


      Why do I want a new laptop?

      The main reason that I want a new laptop is that next August (2021) I will be transferring to a university and living on campus for two years. My laptop is going to take up a much more important role in my day-to-day activities and replace my desktop as my workstation.


      Why not just use my current laptop?

      My current laptop is a Dell Chromebook 13 that I bought refurbished in early 2016 for $216. (Specifications can be found in the table below.) I've talked about it several times on Tildes before. The mileage I have gotten out of this device is insane. It has traveled thousands of miles with me across the United States, comes with me just about every time I leave the house, and is still in good condition in every measurable way. It is by far the best thing I have ever purchased in terms of a cost-to-value ratio.

      However, it was already a low-end device when it released in late 2015 and now, in 2020, its age is becoming apparent. The two biggest issues I have with continuing to use this device are:

      • Performance. General tasks like web browsing are done with a noticeable sluggishness. Programming in languages like Java and using an editor like Visual Studio Code, with the relevant language extensions, is difficult and resource-expensive. The device's performance constraints are a big reason I started using Vim. The device's thermals are fine, even under full load when compiling software, but it's an old computer and there is a very real speed penalty associated with that. I don't know what kind of stuff I'll be doing in university (either as part of my education or just on the side), but I would prefer if performance constraints weren't this giant dark cloud hanging over my head.

      • Connectivity. This laptop only has two USB Type-A ports and a single HDMI port. Sure, that's more ports than some ultrabooks these days, but the advantages provided by USB Type-C mean that this laptop falls behind modern offerings when it comes to connectivity potential. At university, my laptop is going to replace my desktop as my main device, and that means it will have to be able to connect to a variety of peripherals, including dual ultrawide monitors, external drives, a drawing display, and more. My current laptop just does not have the connectivity to use all of these things at once.


      Originally, before I put a lot of thought into transferring to another university and what that would entail, I had decided that I simply wanted a device that I could draw and take notes on. Despite dunking on it a bit, I liked the idea of getting a Surface Go because even as under powered as it was when it released, it was still faster than my laptop, much more portable, and I could draw and take notes on it. I decided I would wait "for the mythical Surface Go 2 to release" and probably buy that.

      Well, by the time the Surface Go 2 did release, my requirements changed, and I realized that I wanted good performance and connectivity in addition to some sort of two-in-one, touchscreen capability. That, and it was disappointingly similar to its predecessor. The Surface Go 2 wasn't going to cut it.

      Eventually I discovered the HP Spectre x360, which seemed to have just about everything I needed and wanted, but concerns over the lifespan of its 4K OLED display, and the generally poor performance of Intel Ice Lake chips compared to AMD's Renoir offerings, soured me a bit on the device. At the very least, I would wait until the Tiger Lake refresh of the device releases later this year before buying.

      Then I looked at the HP ENVY x360, which has the latest Ryzen Renoir chips, but no Thunderbolt 3. Technically, the fifteen-inch Envy with its regular USB Type-C port and HDMI port (something missing on the thirteen-inch) would provide enough connectivity to meet all of my demands, but just barely. It also only comes with a 1080p display. No 4K option.


      Finally, after spending a month or two bewildered at the current state of laptops, I stumbled upon the AMD version of the ThinkPad T14s. At first, it doesn't look like a very compelling option, with configurations starting at $1,529.

      However, as is always the case with Lenovo, there's a coupon (think45).

      After customizing the laptop, adding a coupon, and getting a student discount, it looks like I can order the device, taxes and all, for under $1,300.

      That price is for a configuration with the Ryzen 7 4750U, 32 GB of DDR4 3200MHz memory, the 400 nits low power display, and a 128 GB SSD. (Lenovo's storage upgrade prices are ridiculous. I'll spend $100 on a third party SSD and install it myself.)

      To me, this seems like a great deal, considering that this laptop's hardware is as good or better than my desktop's hardware (except for the lack of dedicated graphics, of course). The processor is ridiculously fast, it has twice the RAM as my desktop, it has a slot for cellular connectivity or a second SSD, the battery is a decent size (57Wh), it has an HDMI port and two USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C ports, which is plenty of connectivity, despite lacking Thunderbolt 3.

      As far as hardware goes, it's almost perfect.

      However, it only comes with a 1080p screen. Some people think any resolution higher than 1080p is too much for a laptop display. I disagree. I'd really prefer a 1440p display, but that's only available on the Intel version of the laptop.

      (If I may rant for a second, that's a really common "mistake" made by manufacturers this year. Almost universally, the AMD versions of laptops in 2020 have been given worse configurable options than their Intel counterparts, despite the fact that the AMD processors are absolutely dominating right now. It's very annoying and I don't understand how or why manufacturers allowed this.)

      There is a possibility that a person could replace the 1080p display in the AMD version with the 1440p display from the Intel version, since both motherboard types use a 40-pin connector, but there are still some unknown details and the AMD laptop is so new, no one has done it yet (it also wouldn't be an easy procedure).

      Aside from the display resolution, I also don't like how thick the bezels are. They're about as thick as the bezels on my current laptop and generally look kind of outdated.

      Finally, the touchscreen option for the laptop's display is apparently not very good, so I'm not going to get that option. The laptop also has no convertible or two-in-one functionality. In other words, that means I can't use it for digital drawing or taking notes.

      Overall, I'm actually not too worried about that. The harsh reality is that laptop displays kind of suck for digital drawing, and so I've always planned on getting a drawing display anyways. I can just get one of those and if I really want to, use it for notes as well.

      So to summarize the pros:

      • Fast processor
      • Tons of RAM
      • Optional WWAN slot
      • Enough connectivity for all my peripherals (and then some)
      • Great price compared to competition

      The cons:

      • 1080p display
      • 16:9 aspect ratio
      • No Thunderbolt 3
      • No touchscreen or two-in-one functionality

      Honestly, my biggest hang up with the device is the display. Sure, I mentioned earlier that I might be able to take the laptop apart and replace it myself, but there is no way to know if that will ever actually be possible and goddamn, I don't want to have to do that in 2020.


      If you've made it this far, thanks for reading. It might seem like I'm taking all of this a bit too seriously, but the reality is that this is a big, expensive purchase for me and I want my next laptop to last for several years. I feel like it's something worth stressing over and discussing if it means getting it right.

      If I decided not to get the ThinkPad T14s, then my only other real option is to wait.

      As for waiting, there are a few points I'd like to raise:

      • I have just over a year before I will transfer to a university and need a new laptop, meaning the next generation of devices from Intel and AMD (Tiger Lake and Cezanne) will release before I transfer, so I could wait for those.
      • The upcoming Tiger Lake chips won't be as fast in multi-core or graphics performance as some of AMD's current Renoir chips, but their single-core performance should be better.
      • Thunderbolt 4 is coming this fall with Tiger Lake and would be even better for connectivity, but more expensive.
      • AMD's next generation of processors, Cezanne, won't support USB4 (standardized Thunderbolt 3). That will only arrive in 2022 with Rembrandt.
      • There's no telling if the situation with AMD hardware and poor laptop configurations will improve in 2021, and thus no telling if better display options will be made available.
      • There's also apparently a global pandemic or something going on? So that might disrupt supply chains and affect prices in the long-term in ways I can't predict.
      • I have doubts whether I'll be able to find the same or better hardware in a laptop for a similar price in the near future.

      On one hand, I have a fear of missing out now because of what I perceive as a really good deal for a laptop that does everything I need it to do, but misses some of the things that I want.

      On the other hand, I have a fear of missing out later because of what better, faster devices might release between a few months to a year from now.

      I'd really appreciate some advice. This is (hopefully) a twice-a-decade kind of purchase for me, so it's something I tend to put a lot of thought in to.


      Just for reference, below I have included a table of my current laptop, as well as the laptops I have seriously considered so far, including the specifications at which I would buy them.

      Spec Dell Chromebook 13 HP Spectre x360 13t HP Spectre x360 15t HP ENVY x360 13t HP ENVY x360 15t ThinkPad T14s AMD
      Height (mm) 18.40 17.02 19.90 16.51 18.80 16.10
      Width (mm) 323.4 307.0 359.9 306.6 357.9 329.0
      Depth (mm) 225.8 194.6 226.4 194.6 230.2 225.8
      Height (in) 0.72 0.67 0.79 0.65 0.74 0.63
      Width (in) 12.73 12.08 14.17 12.07 14.09 12.95
      Depth (in) 8.89 7.66 8.91 7.66 9.06 8.89
      Weight (kg) 1.50 1.30 1.92 1.33 2.00 1.27
      Weight (oz) 52.91 46.10 67.73 46.72 70.72 44.80
      Weight (lb) 3.31 2.88 4.24 2.92 4.42 2.80
      Battery 61Wh 60Wh 73Wh 51Wh 51Wh 57Wh
      CPU i3-5005u i7-1065G7 i7-10750H R7-4700u R7-4700u R7-4750u
      Memory 4GB 16GB 32GB 16GB 16GB 32GB
      Display 1920x1080 3840x2160 3840x2160 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080
      Storage 128GB 2TB 2TB 2TB 2TB 2TB
      LTE No No No No No Yes
      Touchscreen No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
      Convertible No Yes Yes Yes Yes No

      What do?


      EDIT: Also, just some details that I forgot:

      • Whatever laptop I get, it's going to exclusively be running Linux.
      • I'm not particularly interested in dedicated graphics, because I won't be playing games with the laptop. Maybe a dedicated card would come in handy for some programming situations, but I'm generally not concerned about what card a laptop does/does not have.
      • Not only is the laptop going to be exclusively running Linux, but it's going to be running a minimized Linux configuration. So no desktop environment or fancy compositing. I'll also go out of my way to configure power management, just like I have with my current laptop. In other words, battery life isn't a huge concern. So long as it isn't something ridiculously low (like three hours) from the manufacturer, I'll be able to squeeze eight hours out of it.
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