Monday, August 09
Optimistically Underwhelmed Edition
- So, my new laptop arrived this morning - the Dell Inspiron 14 7000. It's not physically impressive; it's small, and light, and completely silent. The keyboard is perfectly fine, with decent travel and no noticeable flex. The screen is clear, sharp, and vibrant, without being aggressive about it. I plugged it in, and when I checked a while later, it was fully charged.
It has an 11th-generation Intel laptop chip, which are rather better than their desktop counterparts. And Nvidia MX350 graphics, which are not much faster than the latest Intel Xe integrated graphics but do offer an extra 2GB of dedicated VRAM.
Oh, and it has a tiny physical camera shutter, so you don't need electrical tape. Basically, there's nothing to complain about. Everything works just like it should.
They just discontinued that model.
- Screw you, Microsoft Edge. (Charles Petzold)
Almost as soon as Microsoft shipped Windows they started think up ways to ruin it. They keep trying to shove ads into it, and people always, always hate it, and they have to take them out again.
This time - as the title suggests - it's not Windows itself but the Edge browser. Same deal, though. To be useful, an operating system or a browser must be a neutral platform. Anything else is cancer. Or maybe anthrax.
- A Ukrainian TV station sent a takedown request to google to remove links to content hosted at 127.0.0.1. (TorrrentFreak)
The piracy is coming from inside the house!
At least it wasn't 0127.0.0.1. Who knows what would have happened then?
- A list of things that work in Windows 10 but are currently broken in Windows 11. (Bleeping Computer)
Guess I'll have to worry about this after all, since I now have a computer capable of running Windows 11.
In fact, with the amount of hardware I have that is experiencing problems - or has suddenly died outright - I might soon have no computers left that can't be upgraded.
- Testing a high-end NVMe SSD across three different CPUs. (Serve the Home)
And... It doesn't really make much difference. The WD Black SN 850 is fast on all three platforms, and on many benchmarks the numbers are almost identical.
And that suggests that CPUs are ready for PCIe 5.0 - which is expected to show up by the end of the year.
- It's 2021. Who the hell assigns 256MB to /boot?
Posted by: normal at Monday, August 09 2021 09:58 PM (obo9H)
Posted by: Rick C at Monday, August 09 2021 11:50 PM (eqaFC)
Posted by: Rick C at Monday, August 09 2021 11:52 PM (eqaFC)
Your browser is sending every page you visit to someone else, and then popping up ads based on those pages they can serve back to you. Changing the "privacy" settings will make the ads stop popping up. Maybe for a while.
Posted by: normal at Tuesday, August 10 2021 01:45 AM (LADmw)
(and it did at least propagate that setting to the other Windows box that's tied to the same MS account)
Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, August 10 2021 01:47 AM (ZlYZd)
Posted by: normal at Tuesday, August 10 2021 03:28 AM (LADmw)
Posted by: Mauser at Tuesday, August 10 2021 01:24 PM (Ix1l6)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 10 2021 02:21 PM (PiXy!)
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