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About captain_aggravated

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    North Carolina


  • CPU
    4th generation Intel Core i7 i7-4510U 2.0 GHz
  • Motherboard
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    16 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • GPU
    AMD Radeon R7 M265, allegedly
  • Case
    Dell Inspiron 7547 Chassis
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    Samsung 860 EVO SSD, 1TB
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    Inconveniently shaped power brick
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    2x Dell Ultrasharps, one working, one broken
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    Cooler Master Quickfire Ultimate, Brown Switches
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    Logitech MX Ergo trackball
  • Sound
    Just this constant screeching any time I'm awake
  • Operating System
    Linux Mint Cinnamon

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  1. captain_aggravated

    Getting Started in Linux

    No, use AppImage. It's even worse.
  2. captain_aggravated

    What laptop do YOU run Linux on?

    So in short, when my laptop breaks, just use Raspberry Pis. Got it. The exact sub-models I'm interested in--high dollar premium machines, mind--all seem to have chronic problems that have gone unaddressed for years. Coil whine on XPS, Lenovos that fall apart, Apples that are bent in the box, the people with that shell shocked thousand yard stare muttering "HP...Never again..." Buying locally isn't really an option. The few existing stores in my area that carry computers like Wal-Mart and Best Buy carry four or five examples from the low end of 2016's catalog. So forget it, I'm just not going to buy a computer for the foreseeable future. There's simply not a manufacturer that deserves my purchase.
  3. captain_aggravated

    What laptop do YOU run Linux on?

    Actually, forget that question. I have a more basic one: Can anyone name a computer company that demonstrates basic quality control?
  4. I'm asking about hardware, so I think this is where it belongs. Looking for a laptop to run Linux. Looking for some impressions from everyday users. Is your machine super annoying, does it work great, etc. And what do you think of the hardware in general? I'll go first, I've got a Dell Inspiron 7547 from 2014 and it sort of works. The AMD graphics are basically non-functional in Linux, and there's no way to right click via the touch screen, but that's more Linux's fault than the hardware. Hardware wise I've gotten used to it; the full size SD card slot is nice when working with 3D printers, the USB ports are poorly labelled and not color coded, but I've just ended up permanently keeping my Logitech dongle in the 2.0 port and everything is fine. Keyboard could be a lot better, it's started to rattle. Overall for what it cost I'm pretty "meh."
  5. captain_aggravated

    In need of a laptop

    Source, please?
  6. captain_aggravated

    My Solution to the Phone notch debate

    I still use my Galaxy S4 Mini because no one has made a better phone since. Replaceable battery, headphone jack, fits in my pocket, there's room for your fingers while you're holding it, screen is a normal rectangle, I've dropped it a lot over the last four and a half years and it still hasn't broken...no physical keyboard though, so I give it a -4 out of 100.
  7. captain_aggravated

    Windows laptops don't last

    Yes it is. I've had Dell ship me a laptop that they spent 6 months trying and failing to fix. And you'll hear the exact same story for every manufacturer, they all ship lemons. Quality control is non-existent in the PC industry. Or it's performed by a temp that gets paid $2 a day to work in a building surrounded by anti-suicide netting. If you were in that kind of environment, you'd do a bad job too. I struggle with statements like this, and I've seen them a lot on this forum. It should be glaringly obvious to anyone who has lived in Western culture for more than a few hours that laptops are designed to be carried in backpacks. There's an entire industry that manufactures backpacks specifically to house laptops, and every retailer I can think of that sells laptops also sells those backpacks, including the laptop manufacturers themselves. It should also be glaringly obvious that the millions of students who carry laptops to school aren't going to shut their computers down completely and boot them from scratch between every class, they're going to shut the lids and stuff them into their backpacks. A laptop that cannot survive being carried in a backpack doesn't deserve to be sold for real money. The reason I struggle with statements like this is, you're right. Computer manufacturers can't be relied upon to paint USB3 ports blue, let alone build a computer that won't overheat and break. Most everyone who is in computer development--designing hardware, writing software, implementing systems, a high school student who just needs to type up his senior project--spends most of their time just fixing what everyone else has broken in the last few hours. There are no standards nor any body to enforce them, and no one can take the time to develop hardware and software designed for each other that can connect and function with the rest of the world as-is, which is nothing but a series of desperate kludges to get decades old protocols and techniques to survive tasks they were never designed for. They can't do this because it's a monumental task. Then a teenager turns up exasperated at the whole thing because he just needs a reliable tool, particularly for how much they cost, and he's flat out told he's wrong for even having that need. That about got it?
  8. captain_aggravated

    Getting Started in Linux

    My usual advice: Don't marry your first distro, play the field. Go get a copy of VirtualBox, go get half a dozen distros each with different desktop environments, and play around in each for awhile. Try Ubuntu/Gnome. Try Mint/Cinnamon. Try Manjaro/KDE. Try ElementaryOS. They've all got their own cool stuff going on. If you want to get into Linux, go get a Raspberry Pi. Even if you want to dual boot. Having that other little Linux box will give you even more opportunities to learn useful things like SSH. It's also handy because you then have a little box that you don't really care about. Using your main computer, you're sort of afraid to break stuff. Using a Pi or other SBC, with your main computer safely on the other side of the room, you feel the freedom to do silly things and break the OS. You can learn a lot just by watching things break.
  9. captain_aggravated

    Intel's product line nomenclature: Gibberish?

    Who said anything about motherboards? Is there a "desktop motherboard" in a Surface Studio?
  10. captain_aggravated

    Intel's product line nomenclature: Gibberish?

    I'd better be able to compare desktop and mobile chips while so many "desktop" devices are being built with mobile hardware. How, for example, would a Surface Studio compare to a Dell XPS with a Wacom display? Or a NUC compare to an Optiplex? Does Apple use desktop or laptop processors/components in their desktop machines, anyway? Intel's CPUs are broadly speaking interchangeable in that you can reasonably ask them to perform the same tasks. How is using the same nomenclature to mean different things across product lines and time anything but intentionally consumer hostile?
  11. captain_aggravated

    Intel's product line nomenclature: Gibberish?

    So "no" then? The only thing I've seen to be consistent across the generations from mobile to desktop is the first digit of the part number being the generation, and K meaning unlocked for overclocking. Otherwise, I've seen U mean low power rather than T. In 8th gen mobile processors, i5's can be hyperthreaded, in 8th gen desktop CPUs, hyperthreading seems to be the difference (see the 8500 and 8700 CPUs). For crying out loud, I've got a dual-core i7. Something I learned recently is that "generation" and "architecture" aren't the same thing. The 8th generation contains Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake and...Cannon Lake, did I get that right? Since they redefine their marketing terms with every generation and the part numbers only vaguely describe the chip, I guess there's no sense in trying to learn their nomenclature other than in general, bigger numbers mean higher up the range for one reason or another, and that to actually compare two processors, you'll just have to pull the datasheets.
  12. Shopping for computers recently, I've struggled to find a pattern in Intel's processor nomenclature, particularly the i3/i5./i7 stuff. For instance, the current Dell XPS 13 is available with a Core i5 8250U or a Core i7 8550U. Both are quad core hyperthreaded chips, the difference is the i7 has a little more cache and clock speed. Meanwhile, pricing out desktop systems I've found that i5 processors typically are not hyperthreaded while i7s are, and i9's have more cores than i7's. Is there an actual system here as to which chip gets which label, or is Intel just making fart noises with its hands?
  13. Never have liked GNOME very much anyway.
  14. It's a pretty normal modern PC, so my standard advice applies: Download a bunch of different distros and go with the one you like. My sort of short list includes Ubuntu/Gnome, Mint/Cinnamon, ElementaryOS/"I dare you to sue us, Tim Cook", and Manjaro/KDE just to give the non-Debian side a chance. That's the fun part about having spare hardware. Boot some liveUSBs and have fun. Please elaborate. What issue does GNOME have with Nvidia? That's a more complicated question than it should be and frankly it's getting worse. There are several ways to install software on Linux, ranked here by the frequency I use them: Via the package manager. The package manager is another thing that separates the distros; most Debian descended distros use dpkg/APT with .deb packages, the Red Hat/Fedora crowd use rpm/yum, Arch uses pacman, etc. You know how Amazon Fire tablets have the Amazon app store rather than the Google Play store despite being Android under the hood? It's like that. Actually, it IS that. An app store is nothing but a package manager wearing a frilly dress. You pick from a catalog ("repository") and it downloads and installs automatically, including any modular libraries or other programs the chosen software depends on. You can reasonably expect a lot of software to be common among the repos, I would expect to be able to install libreoffice via the command line in all major distros, for example. Via the package manager, kind of sideways. Some software isn't in the repositories, often because the dev isn't very *nix-minded. Simplify3D is this way. You go to their website and click a download link. You'll get a .deb or .rpm package (sometimes other formats). You then install the downloaded package via your package manager, often by double-clicking on it and it figures out what to do automatically. Via some store front or other. To this crowd, 99/100 times that's going to be Steam. Using Steam on Linux is functionally identical to the Windows experience. Via a different package manager/alien. I bought a brand spanking new printer once, so new it didn't yet have a Debian driver. I had to install the .rpm driver via software called alien, which would let me install Red Hat style packages on an Ubuntu-based system. If you find yourself using this a lot, it's a sign that you're on the wrong distro. I've used it for precisely one thing in four years. Using one of the dumb wrong stupid doo doo faced bad new packaging systems that the devs seem to like so much like Snap and Appimage. *roar* I hate those so much. Instead of taking the typical Unix "Build small programs that do one thing well, then chain them together modularly" approach to software, these are monolithic. All software in one big blob. Snap at least pretends to be a package manager with a repository, and to be fair it wasn't really intended for everyday desktop use, it was made for IoT, embedded devices etc. Appimage wants to be .exe. You download a .appimage and it runs as an executable. There's no automatic update process or whatever, so you have to manually update and maintain your appimage software separately from the rest of your system. Devs like it because it makes releases neat and orderly on their end and they don't have to worry about what distro the end user has, but it's just one more thing the user has to deal with. If you don't like the Unix way of doing things, maybe stick to Windows. This is why I said "frankly it's getting worse" earlier. Via PIP or Easy. The Python programming language has not one, but two package managers of it's very own (because of fucking course it does*). They're intended to install programming libraries, but I have encountered some software written in Python that the devs found fit to install via the Python package manager. Autokey (a Python-based Linux equivalent of AutoHotKey) is that way for older Ubuntu systems. To their credit, they're in the APT repos for 18.04 and later. Running or compiling from source. The advantage of open source software is that you can get hold of the source code, so if your package manager doesn't have a version for your distro, just compile it yourself and now there IS. Normal use of a mainstream desktop OS like Ubuntu, you won't do this much. Get into development, use strange esoteric software (some of my CNC software I compiled from source), use a funky unusual distro or use rare/old/new/unusual hardware (RISC5, PowerPC, ARM sometimes, etc.) and you'll do this a lot. "No raspberry pi version? We'll see about that!" Note that compiling from source is business as usual for Gentoo; the package manager there downloads and compiles source rather than pulling down pre-compiled binaries. Write it yourself. Go with a mainstream distro or a close, popular fork of a main distro and you'll be fine. And as a great man once said "Don't get married to your first distro; in fact, go all pickup artist and try a bunch of them." I think I'll make that my signature. *The "Zen of Python" states that there should be only one obvious way to accomplish a task. There are two library managers. Libraries are in one or the other, so you must have both. My head. I smacked it.
  15. captain_aggravated

    Looking for an old tablet type PC..

    You mean like a Microsoft Surface?