Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2017 22:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

A couple years ago, Lenovo announced its plans to build a "retro" ThinkPad that would resurrect design elements of ThinkPads past as an homage to the brand's long history.

That ThinkPad is now real. Check out the ThinkPad 25, sold to commemorate 25 years of ThinkPads.

I'm just going to leave this here for you lovely ThinkPad people. This isn't for me, but I'm not here to ruin your party.

Do clean up after yourselves.

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RE: Time to contemplate
by BlueofRainbow on Fri 6th Oct 2017 11:05 UTC in reply to "Time to contemplate"
BlueofRainbow
Member since:
2009-01-06

Yep, something went terribly wrong. And it is not just in the Windows world.

Despite huge leaps in processing power and communication speeds, the overall web browser experience does not feel that much faster than it was with a dial-up modem. Media streaming sites appear to be notable exception. Maybe there are too many video adds going around?

Same for simple text editing and spreadsheet data entry and manipulation. There are still many "wait" times for response to keyboard keys or mouse clicks.

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RE[2]: Time to contemplate
by avgalen on Fri 6th Oct 2017 12:57 in reply to "RE: Time to contemplate"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Despite huge leaps in processing power and communication speeds, the overall web browser experience does not feel that much faster than it was with a dial-up modem

We now have 20 tabs of Full-HD content open that contain lots of images, fonts and video and we keep that open 24/7.
We used to have 1 or 2 browser windows open and waited for the text on the page to load before we slowly saw tables/frames and later images progressively load.

We now watch 4K youtube content without any buffering for an hour on average per day while we used to watch no video or at the very most a 30 seconds postage-stamp

We now download the latest Linux distribution in a Full-DVD-ISO in minutes while we used to not even try at home but instead went to the university and let a machine run all day long, hoping that no admin would notice that you were hogging all the bandwidth (sorry RedHat 5.2)

We used to run all our software locally and cache networked data for performance, now we run most software in the cloud and sync our entire image and video-collection to Cloud-Services

We used to preannounce to others that we would go online between 7:15 and 7:30 and then use some BBS to chat, now we send group-video instantly over WhatsApp and others

We used to buy cassettes and cd's, now we stream music on our phones

We used to have physical maps, now we have online phones with navigation and traphic info

I don't know what kind of dial-up you remember, but the world is a vastly different place now

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RE[3]: Time to contemplate
by tylerdurden on Fri 6th Oct 2017 14:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to contemplate"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

It's always the same; some of old farts who don't really understand/grasp how exponential computing power growth works, bitching how "something went wrong."

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RE[3]: Time to contemplate
by Morgan on Fri 6th Oct 2017 15:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to contemplate"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

We used to preannounce to others that we would go online between 7:15 and 7:30 and then use some BBS to chat


Man, those were the days! I spent way too much time on dial-up BBS and CompuServe chat rooms back in the mid 90s. My favorite places to go were a BBS for custom DOOM maps (barely playable on my first "real" computer), and the Star Trek Voyager RPG in the CompuServe chat rooms (I played as the holographic doctor, the only character I liked from that show).

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ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

And if I do not have all that open, the browser experience is still sluggish.

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RE[3]: Time to contemplate
by zima on Sat 7th Oct 2017 17:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to contemplate"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't know what kind of dial-up you remember, but the world is a vastly different place now

"Old times were better" is one of more popular cognitive biases...

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RE[3]: Time to contemplate
by Darak on Sun 8th Oct 2017 09:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to contemplate"
Darak Member since:
2009-10-16

We used to run all our software locally and cache networked data for performance, now we run most software in the cloud and sync our entire image and video-collection to Cloud-Services


Well, if you really do that, you probably have small image and video collections and are fine with pretty low quality software. We're not there yet, and I'm not convinced I'd want to go there in any case, for a lot of reasons.

Not every complain is about old people yelling to clouds. There are a lot of valid points about good things we are losing in the name of convenience.

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RE[2]: Time to contemplate
by IndigoJo on Sun 8th Oct 2017 09:22 in reply to "RE: Time to contemplate"
IndigoJo Member since:
2005-07-06

I remember Netscape Navigator in the mid-90s; most websites then were simple text files with a bit of HTML mark-up; these days, the opening HTML at the beginning that you don't even see is bigger than some web pages were back in the 90s. The old websites had small images (if any) because the owners probably only had a few megabytes to host their sites with; these days, sites are designed for browser windows that are bigger than screens were then. Even then, they were often slow to load, pictures doubly so, and those Java applets took interminably long.

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