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Too sensible for an IT company to do.

Firearms and shoe manufacturers introduce "vintage" design products all the time, and make good money doing it, but the IT industry is stuck in a loop:

(1) make a design that copies Apple as closely as possible (2) shovel someone else's software onto it at the lowest possible cost (3) add crapware (4) wonder why your margins are so low (5) repeat.
 
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The recent Lenovo notebooks with their crappy keyboards and questionable cookie-cutter design have tainted the good reputation of ThinkPads.

This is the reason why I am still holding on to my X220 that was one of the last generation that had the good keyboard; and the reason why I recently bought ten old ThinkPad 600 keyboards and a used ThinkPad 600 from eBay to retrofit to current computing times.

Having a new ThinkPad with the good design elements and proper keyboard but with modern technology would be awesome.

So while this is currently only a thought experiment, I would really like this to actually happen.
Step with me now into the ThinkPad design time machine. Fasten your seat belt, settle in and share your thinking.
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The best quality you will find in a laptop computer today is Toughbook. My old CF-30 has 16590 hours on it and all I have replaced is keyboards and batteries. It still runs around 12 hours on a charge. If you liked ThinkPad products you may wish to checkout a Toughbook 53 although the display is tiny as most Toughbooks. The QA that they have is unquestionably the best.
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Attention C++ programmers -- a new approach to extreme performance in server applications.  +Nadav Har'El will show how the new Seastar framework gives you both (1) uncompromising performance and (2) a futures/promises/continuations model for developing testable, debuggable programs.
Back to the Future with C++ and Seastar. Nadav Har'El nyh at math.technion.ac.il. Wed Apr 1 12:34:12 IDT 2015. Previous message: Is Beersheva really becoming a high-tech powerhouse? Next message: Back to the Future with C++ and Seastar; Messages sorted by: [ date ] [ thread ] [ subject ] ...
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One small correction - the presenter will be Avi Kivity, not me.
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A good reminder to > check the Creative Commons license < on any photos you use on the web!

http://www.myrmecos.net/2015/03/28/faq-so-your-company-has-been-found-using-alexs-photographs-without-permission-what-next/

(A little bit of copyright nerdery probably saves you time in dealing with copyright in the long run.)
In August I hired ImageRights International, a reputable copyright enforcement agency, to assume the routine handling of commercial infringements of my professional work. There are a lot. Starting ...
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A good reminder to check the –> Google+ Markup Foulups <– on any text you post to this site.
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"Today, most direct interconnection is typically set up manually, with a physical fiber cable connecting one organization’s network to another. Agreements to interconnect and peer are also reached manually, typically via email or face-to-face at peering conferences."

Does "The Cloud" mean that fewer network admins get to attend conferences?
By David Jorm and Don Marti Most users are aware of cloud computing as a general term behind such trends as “Software as a Service,” …
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Hard to argue with that.
Two years ago, comic book writer Brian Vaughan and comic book artist Marcos Martin teamed up for a 10-volume series called <a href="http://panelsyndicate.com"><em>The Private Eye</em></a>, about a future in which society has abandoned the Internet due to "the Cloud" bursting.
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Mentioned on a local mailing list: fanless Linux boxes with HDMI, sound, multiple Ethernet connections, wireless...
 
Temporarily we cannot accept orders for fitlet and MintBox Mini. The first production batch is sold out. This also means we will not be able to ship inventory to Amazon during April.

We are working on a large production batch that is expected to ensure continuous availability. Once we have visibility of component availability for that production batch we will resume orders and will announce that.

Significant portion of the first batch was ordered by Compulab resellers. Some resellers may be accepting orders in the coming weeks.
For a list of Compulab resellers see http://www.fit-pc.com/web/purchasing/resellers/

You may email sales@fit-pc.com and request to be notified once ordering is resumed.

Thank you for your patience,
Compulab fit-PC team
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Or, if you want to put the verb in the right place, how to stop  your copy of Firefox from creepily sharing your information with third parties.

(As soon as you stop saying "those companies far away are doing what?" and start saying "my browser is doing what?" then things seem more fixable.)
Firefox is my favourite browser. (You can read more about why here.) One of my favourite features of Firefox is that it lets you (relatively) easily block companies from tracking your every movemen...
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Well said.
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That button is teh 💩!
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Do want!
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The difference between "ad injectors" and regular web #adtech is left as an exercise for the reader.
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Trying to explain the business benefits of tracking protection while talking about "privacy"...is it like trying to explain the business benefits of open source while talking about "freedom"?

Maybe tracking protection advocates need to think about branding, the way +Eric Raymond and crew did.  I'm starting to find that it's easier to talk about tracking protection without a big heavy loaded word in the way.

(This is just for messaging work, of course -- privacy and freedom are still important concepts even if they don't work well in an elevator pitch.)
Don Marti. Sat 29 Nov 2014 09:59:05 PM PST. Unpacking privacy. Maybe the word "privacy" has something in common with the "freedom" in "free software". Privacy is a big heavy word, with too many meanings to be be a good part of a business message. Some free software people handled their version ...
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Expensive is based on how much the site's content costs to produce. Do you run original reviews, or user-uploaded cat pictures?
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Mentioned on a local mailing list: fanless Linux boxes with HDMI, sound, multiple Ethernet connections, wireless...
 
Temporarily we cannot accept orders for fitlet and MintBox Mini. The first production batch is sold out. This also means we will not be able to ship inventory to Amazon during April.

We are working on a large production batch that is expected to ensure continuous availability. Once we have visibility of component availability for that production batch we will resume orders and will announce that.

Significant portion of the first batch was ordered by Compulab resellers. Some resellers may be accepting orders in the coming weeks.
For a list of Compulab resellers see http://www.fit-pc.com/web/purchasing/resellers/

You may email sales@fit-pc.com and request to be notified once ordering is resumed.

Thank you for your patience,
Compulab fit-PC team
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+Don Marti
 LOL, well, there's one idea for a startup.  Maybe Larry Augustin will fund it.  ;-)
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One reason I admire Richard Stallman is this quote, at the end of this excellent article:

"Nothing good can come of giving up. That just means you lose completely, right away."
Richard Stallman, who published his manifesto in March of 1985, has been known to say that, “with software, either the users control the program, or the program controls the users.” Credit Photograph by Denis Allard / REA / Redux
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