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I took the day off to test my new laptop and restore Windows on my soon to be sold one. I'm also transferring files, cleaning... I'm so ready for a normal Linux experience.

No more "will the HDMI port work this time?" or "I'm calling you from my phone because Linux is too buggy on my laptop".

All tests done, I bought a really new machine for a good price. Hoping to keep it for years and years to come. :blobcatcoffee:

@anna gods that was me and tabby

i never thought i could be so actually enamored by a 2007 dual-core laptop

@mavica With my Dell laptop I had a period of happiness but it wasn't as honeymoon-y as with my ThinkPad.

@anna i feel like tabby being a thinkpad is just a sort of ... like, "and also,"

a lot of people when i talk about how much i enjoy using tabby they go "yeah thinkpads are great" and like, i can agree, but that's not the reason why i like her so much

it's the form factor, it's the vintage, it's the fact i can draw on the screen... just overall one of the most fun computing experiences i've had in a while outside of collectible computers that aren't useful for daily work

@mavica Is she one of those old style convertibles? Those are beautiful!

@anna i got SUPER LUCKY with the ebay listing i got her from, she was in pretty much pristine condition other than missing ] keycap (but the switch is there so it's still easy to press) and the trackpoint nub (which i bought a replacement for)

i bought her used in 2017 and had a friend help me import her from US, i expected her to work as strictly a drawing tablet but it handles modern tasks well enough that it replaced my then i5 laptop as a daily work laptop, the i5 is now a home server

@mavica Oh, I see the missing key now! When was she manufactured?

@anna she's a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo that came standard with 2GB RAM but i upgraded to 4, and also bought a new battery for her so i can actually use her untethered for a reasonable amount of time

the seller was kind enough to also send the dock (which contains the optical drive) with her, though locked and without a key...

... well, i have my ways around that 😅

@mavica She looks so pretty! I really really want to start my own hardware collection one day. I admire yours! I've seen so little of it but it looks pretty awesome.

@mavica @anna That's so cool how well it manages modern stuff! It looks like a wonderful laptop, I'm glad you've had such a good experience with her :)

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