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Thinkpad X1 Carbon 6

I got a new Thinkpad, the 6th gen (2018) X1 Carbon, herein referred to as the t6x1c because why not. I’m not the first to get this laptop, and I’m sure some complete reviews are out there, but a few more personal notes I found interesting.


Posted 13 Mar 2019 21:51 by tedu Updated: 13 Mar 2019 21:51
Tagged: computers

razer blade stealth

I tried out a new laptop.


Posted 22 Dec 2018 22:16 by tedu Updated: 24 Dec 2018 04:04
Tagged: computers review

protectli router

My ERL melted itself. Again. Time for a replacement. I went with a Protectli FW4A. It’s a small industrial enclosure, fanless, with four ethernet ports.


Posted 29 Nov 2018 18:39 by tedu Updated: 12 Dec 2018 18:39
Tagged: computers openbsd

light screens vs dark screens

How best to use a computer at night?


Posted 27 Jul 2017 18:54 by tedu Updated: 10 Aug 2017 15:12
Tagged: computers software

surface pro

Decided to go full dark side. A few notes about the new Surface Pro and my setup. Until yesterday Amazon was telling me that my order would ship on the 15th to arrive perhaps next week, but then miraculously it shipped and arrived all in the same day. So about a day of playing with it.


Posted 16 Jun 2017 06:45 by tedu Updated: 30 Jun 2017 04:49
Tagged: computers review windows

samsung chromebook plus

Apple announced a new iPad today, so I bought a chromebook. Actually, I bought it a few days ago; it just happened to arrive today. It’s a 2 in 1 flip around touchscreen tablet laptop all in wonder. I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently on my other chromebook, but sometimes I wish the keyboard would just go away. And when I’m reading on an iPad, I wish I had a keyboard. Technology is all about convergence, right? Bring on the singularity.


Posted 21 Mar 2017 20:46 by tedu Updated: 16 Jun 2017 01:41
Tagged: computers review

using yubikeys everywhere

Everybody is getting real excited about yubikeys recently, so I figured I should get excited, too. I have so far resisted two factor authorizing everything, but this seemed like another fun experiment. There’s a lot written about yubikeys and how you should use one, but nothing I’ve read answered a few of the specific questions I had.


Posted 20 Feb 2017 07:14 by tedu Updated: 21 Feb 2017 17:07
Tagged: computers gadget security software

Samsung 960 EVO

Thought I was happy with my gaming PC, but there was a Steam sale, and suddenly 256GB just doesn’t stretch as far as it used to. Even purchasing only a few games per year, at 20GB or so each, that’s not much. Looking for a bit of future longevity, decided to make the switch from SATA to NVMe. Best drive on the market is probably the Samsung 960 PRO. Saved some money by going with the EVO line, which might be the best value.

It’s an older motherboard, so I needed one of these gadgets to plug it in. Seems a bit silly to spend $20 for a bit of plastic and copper. No boot support, but that’s just fine. It’s only for storage.

It’s as fast as promised. For reference, the existing drive is a Samsung 840. Copying all the game data across, the destination drive was almost entirely idle. (For funsies, I made a second copy, both from and to the 960, and it screamed.)

Posted 07 Jan 2017 21:51 by tedu Updated: 07 Jan 2017 21:52
Tagged: computers gadget

2016 computer review

Where are they now followup review for some computers, some from before 2016 even. Three sets of three computers.


Posted 30 Dec 2016 17:03 by tedu Updated: 30 Dec 2016 17:03
Tagged: computers

watt time is left

So Apple no longer knows how to make a battery meter. The good news is OpenBSD is still here for all your desktop needs. How does its battery meter work?


Posted 16 Dec 2016 13:49 by tedu Updated: 16 Dec 2016 13:49
Tagged: computers openbsd software