So I’m posting this from my Samsung Galaxy Note. I bought a bluetooth keyboard for it. Still needs a mouse. I can ‘sort of type’ on the keyboard. It is a bit slow and bouncy, and the key spacing is a bit off, so more ‘fixes’ needed. But a world better than the faux keyboard on the screen with hunt and peck.
Still sucky at ‘mark text cut and paste’. Hoping a mouse fixes that. For now it is what it is.
And it is what I have.
The HP Laptop is dying.
First the battery said it would not charge. That was about 2 years ago. So it has lived on life support to the wall.
Then the keyboard lost it’s key markings. No big. I touch type. That was about a year ago.
Now it is saying, at boot, that it has detected a fan not working and it will shutdown in 15 seconds. (Or I can choose to continue and it might end horribly….) So that’s where I’m at.
Need to suck off about 1/2 TB of data (mostly on backups already… in California…) and move onto a new laptop. Until then, this poor excuse for a typing station is what I’ve got. Barely workable for straight text posting.
OK, I took a look at Chromebooks. Found one that woud let me instal Linux and with a 350 GB hard disk. No longer made… Sigh. The others are all SSD Solid State Disk now. OK. Except FLASH has limited read/write cycles (about 10,000 to 100,000 ) and forgets things in a few years ( so those archived SD cards of photos ‘forget’ in 5 to 10 years…) Put Linux swap on one of those, you have a brick in months… or weeks…
All the “Windows Afflicted” are Win8, with EUFI, so buggered and not secure no màtter what you do. Can”t even slide TrueCrypt under the OS.
Dell has a Linux Laptop sold by Amazon so I can wait a long time and hope the bios is not EUFI buggered. Sigh.
So postings will be thin until I work this out. It woud be easier if I was happy with Mico$oft crap and lack of security, but I’m not. I’ll likely get an old Win-7 laptop used and just scrub it.
I did try using my Raspberry Pi. Got it to work with the HDMI TV and external keyboard. The TV has flicker and with X windows running it is way slow in FireFox. Midori (sp?) was fast, but both didn’t have any video player. Sigh. Again. So I’m thinking if I want a ‘mix your own’ workstation I need a different card / computer for it.
So I’m “seeking computes” and largely limited to small comment sized blocks of typing until I sort this out. Oh, and I second Anthony’s distaste at the “beep beep boop’ editor at WordPress. Stupid and sucky and slow.