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    • It's an excellent machine [so far].  No having to repeatedly having to go back on my scribbling to insert missing letters.

      It is also brilliant value for money! laugh

  1. The idea of being deliberately isolated on Windows sounds a delight. Spending my day on Microsoft Teams, when I am not meant to be isolated,  I suspect there are large number of students who are not following the lessons.

    • Watch their faces closely to see if they blink or move.  I bet half have stuck a photo of themselves in front of the webcam and then buggered off to their Playstation or Xbox or whatever.

  2. I put an SSD in my Dell and one in my Acer.   Fabulous, I couldn't believe the increase in speed, especially when booting.  Like from 90 seconds to 5.   Maybe 10 these days.  Nay bad.

    • I thought this machine was to have an SSD but apparently it doesn't [the one I ordered off Dell did].  It has a 1Tb HDD instead.  I'm not worried about load time [I'm in no hurry and wouldn't know what to do with those extra seconds anyway].  It must have a fairly good chip though as processing is very fast.

  3. In the same way that people used to ask why main memory was called "core", it won't be long before people start asking why these little rectangular PCbs with chips on are called "disks"

  4. I did a bit of research on this machine and Dell apparently stuck some bloatware Dell support software that makes backups when running its scheduled tasks. It's more important with an SSD but it can still fill things up even with a hard drive. Me? I'd yank it but it's up to you of course.

    No networking? On a Dell installed Windows 10? Something is wrong there but maybe it's for the best? The safest Windows installation is the one that's offline.

    • There are quite a few pre installed programmes all right, but I just ignore them.  I'm not worried [for now] about space as it has a 1Tb disk.

      When I say no networking I mean that Windows doesn't automatically connect to the Wifi, though of course it could if I told it to.  I just leave it switched off to avoid distractions.

      One interesting factoid about this machine is that it's the first laptop running Linux that has been able to connect to the 5Ghz band.  All previous machines could only see the 2.4.

      • I find it very odd that they still make laptops that only see 2.4 Ghz and not 5 Ghz. We have two ancient Lenovo Thinkpads (R61s circa 2008) and one dead T43 (circa 2015?) and all 3 were capable of both 2.4 and 5 Ghz WiFi connections. If Lenovo could do that why couldn't other brands? Cheap bastards?

        On a personal note, since our 8 wireless security cameras use the 2.4 Ghz band only (and only 4 channels at that) I had to disable the 2.4 Ghz WiFi at the router/modem so the laptops only hooked up to the 5 Ghz band. If 2.4 Ghz was enabled the laptops would hook up to that first with little to no throughput because of the cameras interfering with the signal.

        If I do get myself a new laptop it's going to have to have both WiFi bands, not just 2.4.

        • Er…. *cough* …. it was Linux at fault in the past.  My previous machines saw the 5Ghz in Windows, but as far as Linux was concerned there was only 2.4.  It was purely a case of the drivers not recognising the hardware and using a generic catch-all driver.  When I first fired up Mint on this machine the top choice for connecting was my 5Ghz router.  I was delighted.

          When I first set up Wifi here in the wilds mine was the only signal.  Now there's a dozen or so to choose from!

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