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icon10.gif  Libretto laptops [message #7788] Sat, 13 April 2013 10:26 Go to next message
WendyK  is currently offline WendyK
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I know that in the Tuck season stories, Tuck agrees to go to the "boot camp" if he gets a libretto 50.

Today, I went to a local flea market and found the following stuff:


  • 4 Libretto 110CT portables (Not a 50, but close enough Razz )
  • 4 floppy drives
  • 3 CDROM stations
  • 3 power supplies
  • 2 docking stations
  • Several recovery discs, tools discs...
  • original manuals
  • A few batteries (but I know for sure those will be dead) and 3 chargers


When I asked the price, I almost fainted: 5 euro's! My inner geekette started screaming like crazy, so I bought it.

At home I found out that 1 Libretto works fine, but is infected with Windows NT 4.0 *shudders*. The other 3 have issues, but maybe my friend can repair them.

I know in these days, they don't hold up against the smart-phones, tablets and so on, but still, in some (bizarre?) way, it felt like I had to do it.


If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
Bruce Lee
Re: Libretto laptops [message #7793] Mon, 15 April 2013 10:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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OTOH, they don't have 'hidden features' like the tracking cellphones/smartphones do. Nor do they cost money for everything you do. Nor do they 'helpfully' assist you in costly ways like using bandwidth every excuse they get. Nor do they require jailbreaking.

Picturing Tuck hanging by a International-Jewel-Thief harness and spliced into an Ethernet cable, tapping away on the keyboard...

*whines in envy* Four?!?!?


Ellen
Re: Libretto laptops [message #7804] Wed, 17 April 2013 15:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
WendyK  is currently offline WendyK
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Almost all of them had hardware issues, but me and my friend (mostly him, but I helped Wink ) finally combined all parts into 2 fully working units, with the 2 others relegated as parts suppliers. (At least the parts that still work)

Next step: installing Linux. Don't know which distro, but possibly something light like Damn Small Linux, or maybe an old Red Hat. (Tuck mentioned he was using Red Hat in one of the chapters)

Of course, the names for the 2 working Libretto's will be Tucker and Valerie. Very Happy


If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
Bruce Lee
Re: Libretto laptops [message #7805] Wed, 17 April 2013 21:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sir Lee  is currently offline Sir Lee
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WendyK wrote on Wed, 17 April 2013 16:55

Almost all of them had hardware issues, but me and my friend (mostly him, but I helped Wink ) finally combined all parts into 2 fully working units, with the 2 others relegated as parts suppliers. (At least the parts that still work)

Next step: installing Linux. Don't know which distro, but possibly something light like Damn Small Linux, or maybe an old Red Hat. (Tuck mentioned he was using Red Hat in one of the chapters)

Of course, the names for the 2 working Libretto's will be Tucker and Valerie. Very Happy


Did you have enough working RAM to bring both to the full 64 Mb?

I think Tuck spent most of the time in text mode, only rarely bothering to load X...


Don't call me Shirley. You will surely make me surly.
Re: Libretto laptops [message #7809] Sat, 20 April 2013 08:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
WendyK  is currently offline WendyK
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All 4 Libretto's had a working memory expansion, so 64MB is no problem.
It took me a little while, but I succeeded in installing DSL on one of them. Setting up X wasn't that easy, but I managed to do it successfully. I still need to get used to the keyboard and (especially)the mouse, Firefox runs a bit slow but ok, but for the rest, I like this little system. Smile

Oh, and btw, I'm posting this message on it. Very Happy


If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
Bruce Lee
Re: Libretto laptops [message #7810] Sat, 20 April 2013 09:06 Go to previous message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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That is
so
fucking
awesome!


Ellen
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