8th gen, relearning to buy stuff i like, not stuff i just want to have


Strange month laying behind me, changing many thing without changing anything at all and yet leaving everything different. Better? Maybe, partly at least. Problems solved? More developed a new level of denying. AI seems to be the next big thing, this time it might actually lead somewhere.

Main

2017.07-2021.01 (also mobile)


I scored this one on "eBay Kleinanzeigen" (think of it as the German Craigslist) for a quite decent price. It was in good shape but had a Swedish keyboard layout and only the mediocre HD TN panel. Luckily, this model is not only offered with better screens, those are actually available and quite cheap (80 euros on eBay)! Naturally, i bought one. As well as a docking station, LTE module, travel PSU and some batteries. Took me a while, i waited for good offers. Finding a decent Keyboard with UK-Layout was the hardest part.
Oh, and yes, now i have a f*ing chicklet keyboard. Its actually quite ok. I kinda like it, i have to admit. I liked the old ones better, but its ok. And another prejudice down.
In this days i sold off shitloads of unused shit (mostly to free up space and mind), and used some of the money i gained to buy an awesome monitor and a big SSD.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X250
    • i5-5300U
    • 1x16384MB DDR3L-1600
    • HD Graphics 5500
    • Samsung 850 Series MZ-75E500B
    • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
    • Ericsson N5321
    • ThinkPad Pro Dock
      • Dell UltraSharp U2711
      • Toshiba DTB320
      • Nameless USB Switch
        • Nameless USB Hub
          • Logitech RX 1000
          • Cherry G80-3000 MX blue
      • HP LaserJet 1020
      • USB-powered PAM8610 (yes, that actually works quite nice if the Supply can take it)
        • Nordmende Philharmonic LB240
  • Manjaro Linux

2020.10-2021.01 (also gaming)


Legion Y530 (See 9th gen). This device should actually start the 9th gen, but failed miserably and ultimately led to the Precision 7550 as the real 9th gen. Its listed in both gens because of that.

Mobile

2017.07-2017.11


Thinkpad x250 (see above). After i got the X1 and later the Z930 i used the x250 less mobile. The other two where good enough and way cheaper. I still used the x250 mobile, usually when i knew it would not face rough situations.

2017.11-2018.11 (in posession until about 2022.02, mostly just to cherish my precious)


Oh my insert celestial being of your least distrust! I really should not like this thing, for its something of an abomination unto Nuggan: it has its RAM soldered unto the board, no docking port and to top it an internal battery. Not to mention that no IPS Panel is available.
But hell, its sooo adorable! One cant hate it even if it just has pissed onto ones carpet (figuratively speaking, that is). And, aside from the fact that all this is abominable, it actually has "enough" ram (8gb), the battery is neither soldered nor glued and the display is quite decent for it being a TN type (and its HD+). So meh. So fluffy!
It never had a realy task, though. It was a less expensive mobile device until the Protege came along. Then it was mostly my precious until january of 2021 when i got my 7250 and it became my actual mobile device. Then it again became just my precious until another friend was in need of something like this and that was that.

2018.11-2020.03


I got this from where the X1 came from. As well as the Samsung, the Sony and many others. A really slim and light machine. Despite the chicklets i really like this thing. Used it a lot as a (not-so-expensive) mobile device, until a friend was in need of decent notebook.
  • Toshiba Portégé Z930
    • Intel Core i5-3427U
    • 2*2048MB DDR3
    • Toshiba THNSNS128GMCP
  • Manjaro Linux (to be replaced by Artix)

2020.03-2021.11


Thinkpad X1 (see above). It again shared this position with the x250 and later the x230 (see 9th gen). As well as some not listed here more funny devices.

Gaming

2017.06-2019.03 (2019.03-08.2020 less gaming, more video and web)


This poor thing had a broken mainboard when i got it from a friend. It took me a while to find a replacement board on eBay, but now its really nice. It has rather poor gaming performance, but meh, i don't play much anyway nowadays. Otherwise its an really awesome machine. It even has a decent display. Display quality gets more and more important for me these days. Don't know why.
I carry on with the peripherals. The Headset was a really good buy. Not that its an awesome headset, but its a decent headset that survived years of abuse. And that simple board one of the most useful things i ever build. It just so comfy, sitting on the couch, the laptop on the lap with the cushioned board, mouse and pad and room for a cup.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad t520
    • i7-2620M
    • 2x4096MB DDR3-1333
    • HD Graphics 3000
    • NVIDIA NVS 4200M
    • Toshiba HG6 THNSFJ25, SAMSUNG HM641JI, LITEONIT LMT-256
    • Samsung HM641JI
    • Logitech RX 1000
    • Logitech Z515
  • Artix Linux, Microsoft Gameloader™ 10

2019.03-2019.07


I found this thing in the bin. It worked perfectly well though. Got a somewhat decent half-height GPU from somewhere and decided i wanted a desktop again. Monitor from a flea market, some spare 2.5" disk (probably from the M90). Thus, a real low spec gaming machine it became.
  • HP Elite 8300 SFF
    • Intel Core i3-3440
    • 2 * 4096MB DDR3
    • Some 2.5" spinning metal (not sure)
    • Some GeForce GT 610, 630, 710 or 730 (not sure)
      • LG Flatron IPS224
    • Nameless USB Switch
      • Nameless USB Hub
        • Logitech RX 1000
        • Cherry G80-3000 MX blue
    • Creative Fatal1ty
  • Microsoft Gameloader™ 10

2019.07-2019.11


I got the core System from a friend when they moved. I found another 2GB of RAM, salvaged the SSD from my broken X200 and freed an old Backup HDD. Later i found the Seagate in a pile of junk at my work place. The CPU may be slower than the one in the HP, but the much better GPU makes up for it. Needs some improvements, though. Its a bit too noisy. And i can probably get rather cheap 8-core CPUs for this thing. Maybe a better GPU, too.
  • Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
    • AMD Phenom II X4 955
    • 2*2048MB, 2*1024MB DDR2
    • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce 2X
      • LG Flatron IPS224
    • Crucial CT128M4SSD2, Seagate ST500DM002, WD WD5002ABYS
    • Nameless USB Switch
      • Nameless USB Hub
        • Logitech RX 1000
        • Cherry G80-3000 MX blue
    • Creative Fatal1ty
  • Microsoft Gameloader™ 10

2019.11-2020.08


But then, once again a system thrown away at my workplace. I bought an i5 from Ebay to replace the i3 it came with. Ram and SSD where also spares from my workplace, as well as a new PSU wich could support the GPU. Which, in turn, came from my former gaming machine. Where the HDD came from, i have no idea.
The Fans in this thing where ridiculously noisy, so i replaced them. Still too noisy, but with some third party software i could slow them down to a bearable noise level. Still not nice.
  • Dell OptiPlex 790 MT / Intel Q65 Express
    • Intel Core i5-2400
    • 4 * 4096MB DDR3
    • Crucial CT128M4SSD2, Seagate ST1000LM024
    • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce 2X
      • LG Flatron IPS224
    • Nameless USB Switch
      • Nameless USB Hub
        • Logitech RX 1000
        • Cherry G80-3000 MX blue
    • Creative Fatal1ty
  • Microsoft Gameloader™ 10

2020.08-2021.01


Legion Y530 (See above). Worked fine for gaming, though!

Server

2018.01-2021.09


This one was thrown together basically during two evenings. My old server was running Cubian, based on Debian wheezy and unmaintained for three years. I tried a distupgrade to Jessie, but it simply broke. And it would not provide video acceleration anyway. My originally planned replacement based on an nano ITX Atom Board housed in a Xbox 360 case run either to hot or to noisy. And it turned out that this i3 based system was actually more power efficient.
So here we go. The Arduino provides an RF transceiver (for old remote controlled sockets), ambient temperature sensor and relays for powering additional hardware (like the display). Everything else is off the shelf stuff i had around or salvaged from the old system.
  • noname ATX / Gigabyte H81M-D2W
    • i3-4330
    • 2*2048MB DDR3
    • Realtek RTL8111F
      • Qualcom Atheros AR9271
      • Arduino Nano
        • DS18B20, 433MHz Transceiver, 7 Relays
    • VIA Technologies VL805
    • Qualcomm Atheros QCA9882
    • Realtek ALC887
    • Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB, WDC WD5000BEVT, Toshiba DT01ABA300, Seagate ST8000AS0002
  • Devuan Linux

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