On my quest for a well-working computer that is affordable, runs Linux smoothly, and works with two external monitors, I am sharing my experiences in researching about, and testing AMD laptops here. I hope to save the readers some time, and also want to link to the individual online debates for the nerdier topics. Also, see my previous write-up titled Lenovo ThinkPad L14 (L15) AMD Ryzen — maxing out hardware and other options.
My personal quest was to find a solid notebook that I could use as a daily driver, but which essentially should not replace my desktop PC. My job requires me to travel frequently (yes, also in lock-down times), but only between 3 places where I don’t want to have the same desktop setups installed. Since Lenovo has been announcing that they “are bringing Linux certification to ThinkPads and ThinkStations” and further that they will be “launching Linux-ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs” — for me that meant that I want a Lenovo system. The recent benchmarks of AMD 4000 and 5000 series CPUs have been fantastic — and more so the Linux Kernel, which has a substantial amount of AMD Radeon code (more than 10% of the Linux Kernel is from AMD) made me look for an AMD Ryzen Lenovo notebook. …
If you don’t know how printing technology works, you might be getting ripped off by manufacturers, as repairability, durability and price per page are interconnected when chosing a printer for your office.
There are times we still have to print, and some people (like me) love printing so much, they own multiple printers. A good and solid graphics, design and architecture lab usually hosts multiple printers with different printing techniques and sizes, and all connected via local network. If you are printing photos you want to do this on an inkjet or a color laser printer. If you are printing large posters you want to print on an inkjet plotter. If you want to print an architectural drawing, you might want to utilize an A3 laser printer. …
I am helping a lot of colleagues and small businesses around me through the pandemic, and that means making sure their workflows can continue even in times of lock-down. One thing that comes up very often is the need for a scanning solution that actually works and and is reasonably cheap. In this article i will demonstrate the problem there is with current (modern) hardware, how it became more expensive during the pandemic, and what we can do about it.
There are a few issues you will be facing should you want to make your office ready for digitization, and initially this will be mainly: cost. During the pandemic the prices for decent scanners such as the Fujitsu ScanSnap are skyrocketing, as everything related to remote work seems to see either shortages or an increase in price. …
The EFF has already reported on this in October, 2020, the European Union has a timeline on “dismantling end-to-end encryption”. What has been a “draft for undermining encryption tools and installing backdoors" has resulted recently into a resolution on encryption, highlighting the need for security through encryption and security despite encryption from the European Commission, and there are a few recommendations on encryption from the EU Council.
As a reminder: e2ee is used in messengers, such as Signal, Whatsapp and similar.
What do you think will happen in 2021? Will messengers such as Signal be taken off the European market, or will they implement backdoors? Will this affect crypto (and the blockchain landscape generally)? What are your opinions in this regards?
The global pandemic brought with i that remote “teleconferencing” became the norm. But which gear to chose for a long lasting setup?
Zooming, Skype-ing, Google Meet(ing) and a lot of other “teleconferencing” options became the new norm in 2020. Choosing the proper setup now becomes relevant not only for professional broadcasters, but also for “regular people”. Most of the hardware (microphones, audio equipment) is absolute crap, and you are much better off in doing research before you get the gear you want to own for years to come. The question: “is newer really better?” …
This is an overview of the options you have as an AMD Ryzen Laptop owner — on the example of Lenovo laptops and their extensibility in regards to RAM, storage and other hardware options.
Hardware options of the Lenovo ThinkPad L14 20U5: maxing out or skinning down?
The maxed-out version of the notebook is called Lenovo ThinkPad L14, Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Fingerprint-Reader, Smart-card, IR-Camera, LTE, Windows 10 Pro — although maxing out might not be exactly what we are looking for. We rather want to get the maximum bang for the buck, which is :