Attending: Michael, Mike H, Richard, Kathleen, Elizabeth, Kieran, Mark
Mike H installed Mint 17 Cinnamon onto his Dell laptop. A discussion took place about the best desktop to use on older hardware, Cinnamon or Mate. Michael was happy with the end result, Mint 17 was much faster than the original Windows Vista.
Kieran and Richard made an island on Minecraft – Kieran making cobblestone with lava and water. Richard was collecting “hard core” getting ready to build.
Kathleen was “house building” on Minecraft – creating walls and fencing etc.
Various discussions took place comparing processors; virtual machines; old versus modern technology, and various hardware suppliers…..
Brioche, Biscuits and Jelly Babies were available for all (thanks to those who brought the treats) and Mike was the perfect coffee/tea Host and space provider as always.
Thank you to Elizabeth for writing this post.
This week I finally found a use for my Raspberry Pi, a RISCOS laptop. I use the term ‘laptop’ loosely, because it needs mains power (no battery) and an ethernet cable (no wireless) but it can be used on your lap, and can be folded up to fit in a laptop case.
With interest in the Circular economy growing, and initiatives like Restart Hosts hosting repair ‘parties’ all around the world, the https://www.ifixit.com/ slogan sums up the beginning of a major change. Goods manufactured with reuse, refurbishing and repair in mind.
“iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. Let’s fix the world, one device at a time.”
I have repaired numerous laptops over the years, and it is a constant frustration, when compared to the ease with which most desktop/tower units can be repaired because of their modular build and fairly standardised components.
It is time someone made a laptop with off the shelf components. It is not difficult, and here is an example to prove the point.