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2017-10-05 07:54:44 PM  
4 votes:
I love my thinkpad. Thinkpad nipple 4 life.
2017-10-05 11:55:54 PM  
2 votes:
The thing that's stopping me from buying the 25th anniversary Thinkpad is that they didn't put the LED on the top, though I'll admit that I'm disappointed that they went with GTX940M for discrete graphics as well. I'll probably end up with a T470p if I buy a new model this year.

My personal laptop is a T420 that I've had fully kitted out for years. It remains and amazing tool above and beyond anything else I could. That thing can have a total of up to four internal hard disks (Ultrabay, mSATA and Expresscard) or an extra 2 cell battery (Ultrabay again) or USB3 (Expresscard; it's old far too old to have them natively) *or* an honest-to-god 4x PCIe slot (again, Expresscard), which I've used to rig up a big boy GPU. They can have 16GB RAM and they have swappable CPUs, so I was able to rescue an i7 from a dead unit and upgrade a lesser model I got off Ebay for $70. And, as noted, they're among the last models  to have the real Thinkpad keyboard. They're incredibly sturdy but they're also easy (I can strip one to individual components in about 5 minutes) and cheap to repair and there's zero subjective difference between a 2011-era mobile CPU and a contemporary one given the same amount of RAM and disk subsystem.

For field service work, I don't think there's a better general purpose tool. Even if I switch to something newer, I suspect I'll be keeping my T420. Even just having the ability to clone two drives off my still-operating notebook is a good enough excuse to keep it around; I wound up doing that while standing in a datacenter just a few weeks ago.

I have nothing but respect for Thinkpads, even if I do believe the newer models have more compromises than they're really worth. At least mobile i7s finally have support for 8 threads now, so I finally have some reason to at least consider a new one.
2017-10-05 10:19:10 PM  
2 votes:

bdub77: I love my thinkpad. Thinkpad nipple 4 life.

I've always thought of it as a clit mouse.
2017-10-05 09:32:57 PM  
2 votes:
Think Pads are my company's standard issue. They tried some Surface tablets, but the Think Pads hold up better and have more power. Just got a new one a couple of months ago. SSD and Windows 10 - it boots very quickly. The backlit keyboard is nice and even though I kinda didn't want a 15" machine, it does have a numeric keypad, which is nice.
2017-10-05 08:10:01 PM  
2 votes:
Best part of the Thinkpad was the awesome Thinklight.
2017-10-06 10:45:02 AM  
1 vote:
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Think Different.
/Yes, it works.
//USB Wi-Fi sucks.
///There's a patched BIOS that's supposed to remove the mPCI whitelist-- I just need to flash it.
2017-10-06 01:56:58 AM  
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2017-10-06 12:57:53 AM  
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Used to work on these all the time in the 80s when I was a systems engineer.
2017-10-06 12:54:18 AM  
1 vote:
As a repair Tech it was the ThinkPad's that I could never get out of people's hands.  Most of the sales folks had them and they'd bring them in just festooned with viruses and malware and hard drives making grinding noises.

"Can it be saved?" I got asked alot.

"If it can't be saved then don't tell anyone and I'll just keep using it."

I have never in my life seen people that will hang onto a machine that had more problems.  A dude with a Dell dropped the smoldering ruins on my bench and tell me that if I couldn't get it up and running perfectly in 20 minutes he'd make the boss buy him a new one.  Had another guy with a Toshiba ask me what would need to be spilled on it and where to destroy it but keep the data intact.

"Bring your ThinkPad into the office and I'll check it out."

"Oh no....if they see it they'll take it away and make me get a new one."
2017-10-05 11:52:22 PM  
1 vote:

Englebert Slaptyback: Zip drive


/ Only computer media I have ever used that could not be trusted
2017-10-05 11:09:01 PM  
1 vote:

Englebert Slaptyback: I used to write on an old Thinkpad. Excellent keyboard.

The 2011-era T420/T530 was the last with the nice keyboard. Except they put that keyboard in the 2017 limited-quantity Anniversary Edition.
2017-10-05 10:39:25 PM  
1 vote:
I used to write on an old Thinkpad. Excellent keyboard.
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