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    Why does it say copyright of Microsoft 1988 in the video, we’re they connected?

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      My guess is that they have licensed some of the x86 code from Microsoft’s Xenix.

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      I might double major in math just to use this.

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        Okay but what a fun website

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          agreed! his youtube channel is worth checking out as well, i really enjoy his musical escapades like the MIDI Music Box and slide whistle.

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            Well I’ll have you know that I lost my entire afternoon and evening to watching this fellow, completely entranced; Thank you!

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              Same! What a treasure trove. Fab :-)

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          MacBook Pro M1 Max for work, Reg M1 for personal. I kid you not I can go for a weekend with these laptops and use them extensively and I will have battery left come Monday. I have been missing my OpenBSD machine but alas. The hardware is super solid and the battery life and performance have been amazing.

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            Mostly the same here, 16” with M1 Pro for work and 14” with M1 Pro for personal use. The hardware is incredible honestly, they don’t get hot, they done make noise, just this Monday I noticed that there was a faint sound of wind coming from my laptop and then remembered I’d had a Chromium compile using 100% of all cores for the past couple of hours. Any previous laptop I’ve owned (mostly Dells) or any of the Intel macs in the office would’ve been painfully hot and loud as a jet for the whole duration – while compiling Chromium less than half as quickly.

            The Intel monopoly in the laptop space desperately needs to come to an end, and PC manufacturers need to drastically step up their game. I’m not a huge fan of macOS, but I can’t defend getting vastly inferior PC hardware (in terms of performance, battery life, build quality and the screen/speakers/webcam/etc) at the same price just to be able to run an OS I prefer.

            I hope Asahi gets really good, because dual booting macOS and Linux on these things would be amazing.

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              vastly inferior PC hardware (in terms of performance, battery life, build quality and the screen/speakers/webcam/etc) at the same price

              Are you buying new hardware, or used?

              I paid AUD325 for my refurbished ThinkPad W520 w/ 16GiB RAM back in 2018, and transplanted the (fast) SSD from my old X220 into it.

              Yeah, the M1 that my employer issued me is superior in most respects to the W520. But it’s literally an order of magnitude more expensive new.

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                I’m buying hardware new for the most part.

                I don’t tend to go for cheap hardware, I know PC manufacturers are way more competitive in the lower market segments than where the MacBook Pro operates. Apple also has insane pricing on things like storage space, so if you need a couple terabytes it very quickly becomes a much worse value proposition, and the lack of upgradability absolutely sucks. But if you’re looking for something around the MacBook Pro price range, and don’t need more than around 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, it’s really, really hard to find a better laptop than the MacBook Pro in my experience; at least when factoring in qualities like the screen and speakers and trackpad.

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                  Agreed. That M1 that I’ve started using is indisputably the next generation of laptop; nothing I’ve used that is Intel based comes close. It also has better sound than the Bluetooth speaker currently adorning my desk.

                  But a while ago I switched to refurb and I haven’t looked back.

                  Leaving aside my wife who runs new XPSs (also on Ubuntu) I bought the rest of our family fleet - 1 x W520 for me and 3 x X250s for the kids (so we can share docking stations, etc.) - for around AUD1,200 in total.

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                    Indisputably? According to who?

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                      Have you read the articles around the M1 vs Intel cpus in laptops (here’s just one)? These M1 cpus are incredibly powerful, about as powerful as the intel cpus if not more so. But they use half the energy in all comparisons. On top of Apple moving over to arm, there’s also Windows 11 built for arm and chromebooks too. I’m happy that arm is rising in popularity, so maybe we won’t just have to go with only Intel or AMD in the future.

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                        That’s from a year ago, and a disingenuous time frame as well being pre-Tiger Lake. Here’s one from last month, PCMag, that shows Apple wininng at effecincy but losing out to AMD and Intel in several benchmarks. The differences aren’t great, but “indisputable” is the wrong word, as here it is, being disputed.

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                          I think my use of that word literally made your head explode.

                          ;)

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                            I only see power being disputed there, and not by a huge margin either. Efficiency is still going to be a huge part of “the next generation of laptops.” That’s why you don’t have phones running x86 processors. Also with microsoft developing windows for arm, Apple with its m1, and google’s chromebooks, I still firmly believe that arm is indisputably the future for laptops, and hopefully desktops while we’re at it.

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                              If not RISC coming around the corner before then. It will be a while for the industry adjusts to a non-x86 architecture. Microsoft has had ARM support for ages and was garbage. I used Ubuntu on ARM Chromebook in 2012 and still to this day, a lot of binaries aren’t available. Steam Deck had to be x86 or there’d be no games.

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                          Okay, fair cop - that was rhetorical flourish, but only slightly, and I didn’t mean to preclude the idea that other laptops are similarly good.

                          To explain a bit further: the M1 represents a step change from previous laptops I’ve used in terms of battery life, convenience, and general usability in some ways. For example: no fan, no touchbar, usable keyboard, magsafe power adaptor, actual ports in addition to USB-C, etc.

                          There may certainly be Intel laptops at a similar level, but in which case, they also would be the “next generation” of laptops compared with the XPSs and X and W series I’m used to running.

                          Also, I’m still going to DIY my next laptop, because I’m quite sick of almost everything about “consumer” (how I hate that term) laptops and operating systems. But the M1 will make that a harder trade-off.

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                          520

                          W540 :/

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                        I mean, I looked at the the prices of new X-series ThinkPads and all except IIRC the X13 were more expensive than a base MacBook Air, and usually worse specced, not to mention things hard to put on a specsheet like mouthfeel/build quality.

                        You might not be buying used, but someone else has to buy new in the first place for used to actually happen.

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                          Yup, and just as with cars, I will continue to benefit from the second hand market while not really understanding why people buy new in the first place.

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                          I had strongly considered getting a used W520 years back. The ability to just buy replacement and extended capacity batteries, the DVD drive bay which can be repurposed, no numeric keypad, sufficient RAM… that was all great. I think the prices back in 2015 / 2016 were still a bit high for a used system, so I didn’t get one back then. The other thing giving me pause would have been the weight.

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                            Actually I’d recommend the 521, as the 520 has an awful trackpad. I still have a 521 trackpad in my workshop to fit to the 520 at some point.

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                              Argh, I meant 540/541 here.

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                            520

                            Argh! Following this up like some of my other posts … I meant a W540, not a W520.

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                          I kid you not I can go for a weekend with these laptops and use them extensively and I will have battery left come Monday.

                          Yeah, this part is impressive. I can get with the Air 8 hours continuous with max brightness, and light usage at like half brightness for a week, maybe two. It’s a fully fledged laptop you can treat like an iPad battery life wise.

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                            My boss, a long-time Apple hater, ended up getting an M1 MBP which he took on a two-week vacation. He told me that he realized a week in that he forgot to pack its charger, then realized “woah, it’s been a week… and I only now thought about charging it?!” Turns out it had just over 50% charge. He turned the screen brightness down and brought it home with over 10% to go.

                            He now begrudgingly respects Apple.

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                            I was really wanting an arm laptop for the battery life after hearing about how well the M1 cpus performed. But I couldn’t justify spending so much money on an Apple product, I just don’t like them that much personally. I bought a Galaxy Book Go instead for under $300. Pretty dang cheap for a laptop, and obviously the specs show for it. But I like it so far. I’m gonna wait until Ubuntu 22.04 is officially released and install it probably.

                            For work I use a regular Galaxy Book with Ubuntu on it. It works very well for what I do, no problem running my dev environment.

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                              I can compile things on it without fans making noise, at a speed competitive with a big Ryzen box. M1 is so good that I can forgive Apple the dark days of TouchBar and janky keyboards.

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                                I had just built a Ryzen 3600 hackintosh when the M1 Air came out. I had spent a lot on cooling to try and get it to run silently. It was still annoyingly audible.

                                I bought the M1 Air and it was the same speed for everything I tried it on - and was a laptop. With no fan.

                                I sold the Ryzen tower straight away.

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                              Starting a new sprint at $WORK. Planning on building a new work desk and will hopefully get the top cut out this week. Learning a little CNC to carve out a drill bit organizer at $HOME. Other than that I hope to possible write a couple programs that I will enjoy.

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                                Into my third week at $WORK, looking forward to pushing a new version with the team. Taking a test at $SCHOOL, shouldn’t be too bad. Continuing on building a new work desk.

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                                  Starting a new $WORK today. Bringing flowers and chocolates to my Valentine. Working on my senior project for school.

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                                    !computing: Reading War and Peace Studying Linear Algebra Making a Valentines Day Gift

                                    computing: Continuing to get better at qcad Getting my setup ready for a new job Getting OpenBSD to be my daily driver

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                                      I read War and Peace last year. It definitely gave me a different look at history (as a history noob).

                                      But Linear Algebra is definitely computing ;)

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                                        That’s awesome, your review on the website give me the confidence to keep trucking through it.

                                        I consider the class more school than computing. Does it count if he doesn’t allow calculators?

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                                          Oh cool, I didn’t know anyone actually reads those :) Yeah, it changes drastically after the middle, and then starts getting more and more philosophical towards the end. The first half gives very little indications on where it’s going to go.

                                          lol.. that’s about as ridiculous as doing a software job interview on a whiteboard.

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                                      I run MacOS, with no window manager as the primary driver but I have a OpenBSD Server by my bed that I ssh into when I am not making apps or doing school work. Love having my desk mounted on the wall, able to turn it into a standing desk for less than $20 bucks. Small keyboard that comes with the iMac. Mouse that comes with iMac. Remarkable tablet under the mouse to jot down notes. Keyboard for fun when I do not want to program. https://quindarius.com/images/battlestation.jpg

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                                        Finishing up on an iOS Application contract. Was sick last week so I am going to have to really put in the hours this week. The contract was for a month, between my college semesters, and Gotten really far with it but its no where near production ready.

                                        Other than that gearing back up for school to start :)