[Madlug] anyone looking to upgrade and want to sell old hardware?

Brad Stone brad at bizwerks.com
Mon Jun 27 06:50:16 CDT 2011

If you can swing it, I would consider going with a new laptop. You can
find several that are under $400 if you watch for sales.

You can find dual core notebooks that will have the specs and hardware
to keep you happy for years to come. You will appreciate that speed
every day you use it. Plus the extra memory will let you run the
occasional virtual machine. I think they all come with DVD drives and
most come with webcams. Look for one with good battery life.

At this point, I don't recommend netbooks, since they are significantly
slower, have smaller screens, and the cost gap with laptops is
negligible. They are great for portability though.


On Sun, 2011-06-26 at 21:23 -0500, Douglas Whitfield wrote:

> EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: If you are selling an old laptop, I might be
> interested.  I would also be interested in suggestions for cheap new
> laptops.  Also, there's a technical question at the end.
> Both my girlfriend and I are looking to upgrade our laptops...which
> are quite old.  She's just finished school and has student loans to
> pay off and doesn't want to pay much.  I'm going back to school in
> August, so I also don't want to pay much.
> What this means is that it's likely that one of your old laptops will
> serve one of us well.  It would be preferable if her machine ran well
> on Linux as she knows she's not getting much tech support on Windows.
> Mine will be required to run Linux well (shouldn't be hard on this
> list, should it?).
> There aren't really required specs.  She doesn't have a CD drive now
> which is irritating, but the reason I keep mentioning CDs is because
> she needs to reinstall, so if I got something and shipped it to her I
> could do the install first.  She's got a Lenovo X Series now.  I don't
> know how she'd feel about a smaller monitor, but she might be willing
> to give the netbook a shot.
> The budget is also negotiable.  She'll buy anything I tell her is a
> good deal, but I'm not going to get her something gigantic.  Like her,
> I pretty much need something that will handle Skype (I spent hours
> today testing out other stuff and nothing else worked*) and browse the
> web.  I'd prefer something that won't take days to compile a kernel
> module but I'm not going to be able to get anything too beefy on my
> budget.  Also, I don't want something too heavy because I'll be biking
> to class.
> As to a new laptop, I know these "what's the best laptop" questions
> come up occasionally, but new stuff comes out, so good to get a new
> sample of things.
> *GTalk worked for a while, but then GNOME3 decided to lock up.  I
> don't know whose fault it was in the system and I don't have time to
> investigate.  I haven't had great stability with GNOME3 on Ubuntu
> though.   Anyway, I was able to continue the audio call by hit CTRL +
> ALT + F1 but I couldn't get an X session up.  X kept bombing out right
> at the beginning giving me an fglrx error.  If anyone wants to suggest
> a way to get an X session up (I tried X :1) then I might be willing to
> give GTalk another shot, but it's not like using a Google service is
> the paragon of freedom.  jabber > Skype on the freedom scale I think
> it's save to say though.  I'm not going to try to set up Linphone for
> musicians that I interview.  No manuals should be required for
> whatever we end up with and as much of a pain as it is, Skype still
> wins that....at least when it comes to video.  I was on a GVoice call
> for a while with no problem.   Just for clarification, GTalk is the
> name of the Google jabber service with video.  GVoice allows you to
> call actual phone #s from your computer.  It is ridiculously
> sweet...but no video.
> -- 
> Douglas A. Whitfield
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