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How To Make Your Toshiba Laptop Run Like A TRS-80 Model I

I've been going completely crazy lately at the glacial speed of my Toshiba Satellite P50t laptop running Windows 10. My virus scanner kept reporting that the 10+ minutes that it took just to boot up was slower than 100% of computers like it, and hitting the “tune up” button wasn't helping. [caption id="attachment_2032" align="alignright" width="300"] They don't make 'em like this any more[/caption] For goodness sake, my TRS-80 Model I running NEWDOS/80 back in 1984 could boot faster. Not to mention all the waiting and spinning icons actually using the damn thing. It's 2017 for your-chosen-deity's sake, and a machine with a 2.8GHz processor should be just a bit speedier than that. So after ruminating for ages on the decline of modern technology and how things “should” be, rather than how they actually are, I decided to suck it up and upgrade the hard drive in the laptop to a Solid State Drive (SSD) to save my remaining mental health. (more…)

By Graham, ago
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Protesters Torch FSF Headquarters Over GIMP User Interface

[caption id="attachment_683" align="alignright" width="414"]Protesters burn an effigy of Richard Stallman in response to The GIMP user interface Protesters burn an effigy of Richard Stallman in response to The GIMP user interface[/caption] After burning an effigy of Free Software Foundation (FSF) president Richard Stallman, protesters in Massachusetts today burned down the building housing the headquarters of the FSF in response to rising frustration caused by the user interface of the GNU Image Manipulation Program. (more…)

By Graham, ago