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raymac46

My daughter and SIL are taking a cruise right now, so my wife is in Ottawa babysitting the grandkids. She wanted to take a laptop with her, and didn't like the ancient Toshiba netbook I suggested (too slow) so I let her have my Thinkpad 430. This one runs Debian with a sorta unfriendly GNOME GUI so I had my reservations.

GNOME makes it tough to turn the dam thing off if you don't know how, but I showed her. When she got there my wife and daughter tried unsuccessfully to log in to my SIL's network. Finally they figured out that they had the wrong password, and the caps lock was on. After that they were OK.

Things are looking up (or are they?) though. Last night my wife informed me she had been doing Facebook video chat with my SIL - on his ship, with Debian. Oh well.

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securitybreach

Very cool :thumbsup:

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raymac46

The Thinkpad is my go-to laptop for travel. It's built like a tank, I never worry about theft, it has plenty of¬†storage room to back up photos. I also love how the ship's IT staff choke on their coffee when I tell them I am connecting to the network with Debian Linux.ūü§ď

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zlim

I've taken my 7" eeepc netbook,which runs a hybrid of Debian and Xandros, on past cruises. I figured if it got lost or stolen I wouldn't be heartbroken. It was small and easy to travel with.

It's now too old and slow to go on a trip. I could run a newer distro from a USB stick but that would make it even slower and since satellite internet on a ship is slow to start, doing anything would be painfully slow.

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securitybreach

Well nowadays you can simply buy used business class laptops on ebay for under $200. Companies have to dump them after 3 years due to warranty reasons. They will have "No OS" as they were wiped but other than that, they will be higher end machines and most never left their docking station. For instance, I bought a HP 9470 with an i7 and 8gb ram for $160 bucks. I got another 8gb stick to max it out and dropped in an extra ssd that I had lying around. I had a fast and thin laptop for under $200 that looked new. I still use it daily at work as my personal laptop connected to the guest network and running PIA.

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saturnian
1 hour ago, securitybreach said:

Well nowadays you can simply buy used business class laptops on ebay for under $200. Companies have to dump them after 3 years due to warranty reasons. They will have "No OS" as they were wiped but other than that, they will be higher end machines and most never left their docking station. For instance, I bought a HP 9470 with an i7 and 8gb ram for $160 bucks. I got another 8gb stick to max it out and dropped in an extra ssd that I had lying around. I had a fast and thin laptop for under $200 that looked new. I still use it daily at work as my personal laptop connected to the guest network and running PIA.

 

I do stuff like this, too, and I've gotten some great deals. All of the computers I own now (all of them are laptops/notebooks) were either used or discontinued ones. Got one that was a display model, picked it up for $50 bucks, turned out to be perfectly fine, all I had to do was wipe Windows and install Linux. Got another one that was given to me for free, and that one's still working fine as well. I probably wouldn't even consider anything over $200 bucks at this point.

 

I generally try to avoid taking a laptop with me on trips. I kinda enjoy getting away from all that for a spell.

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securitybreach

Well I have a newer model as my main laptop (HP Elitebook 830 g5) but I have the one mentioned as my personal laptop at work and then I have a mobile workstation in the corner (too heavy to carry but very powerful with an i7 and 32gb ram).

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wa4chq

You say they have a hard time turning it off....   I just use an alias for halt and issue that command from xterm and it saves me from having to click on tons of BS just to turn things off...alias halt="sudo shutdown -h now"  I use zsh instead of bash, so in my alias I have something in there for "halt".  So, keeping an xterm open I just type "halt"....no clicking on tons of stuff just to shut things down.

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V.T. Eric Layton
shutdown -h now
telinit 0
halt

 Anyone of the above will shut any Linux machine down from the command line.

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securitybreach
16 minutes ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

shutdown -h now
telinit 0
halt

 Anyone of the above will shut any Linux machine down from the command line.

 

Well I do not think that telinit 0 will work on most linux distros now due to systemd.

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V.T. Eric Layton

It'll still work, evidently, but it's not recommended...

 

https://systemd.network/telinit.html

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securitybreach
6 hours ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

It'll still work, evidently, but it's not recommended...

 

https://systemd.network/telinit.html

 

Ah ok, I didn't realize that.

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raymac46

Oh I just use poweroff after I update the Thinkpad in the Terminal. But I'm not about to get my wife using sudo and all that. Once she figures out to click on a down arrow and then the power button she's fine.

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securitybreach

I always liked the sudo message when you first use it

 

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