Re: Computer Specifications

Rajmund <brajmund2000@...>

that's exactly why I'm on the hunt for a 11 or smaller inch notebook. for traveling purposes, and since I hate the numpad, it won't bother me, either ways.

On 17/06/17 10:40 PM, Eleni Vamvakari wrote:
Ah okay. A 15-inch laptop is far too big for my portable needs,
though I may consider such a size if I needed to choose a desktop
replacement. but then, I would expect it to come with most of the
things under my list of desktop specifications. I don't mind noisy
keyboards. I own an IBM Model M, which is also known as a clicky
keyboard, precisely due to its loud sound cause by the springs in it.
Yes. Usually, when I see "program not responding", it eventually
starts working again.
On 17/06/2017, Gene <> wrote:
At times, Windows 7 says that a program is not responding when it is
actually doing something but can't be controled by the user. If you wait,
the not responding message will disappear and the program can be used. If
you have some sort of problem such as a driver incompatibility or something
else, you may see various problems with Windows 7. But there is nothing
inherent in Windows 7 that makes it not work well or that causes crashes or
that would cause a lot of program not responding messages in a lot of

----- Original Message -----

From: Eleni Vamvakari
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

I experience the "program not responding" error so frequently in 7
that I've come to associate it with this version of windows. Very
rarely has it happened in XP, and Iuse the same programs there. But
returning to the topic of this thread, what are the names of the form
factors of the desktops that I am seeking? I imagine that such
machines exist with the specifications listed. I'm not sure, though,
about the smaller computers. Must I get something in te 12.1-inch
size, or can I go to 10.1 and below and find something that is
powerful enough for daily computing tasks and that has decent battery
life? I haven't really had any issues with netbooks, so if I must use
one of those, that's fine, though I would at least like the lates Atom
processor that works with XP. As I said, regarding my UH900, the size
is absolutely perfect, but the battery life is terrible.

On 14/06/2017, Carlos <> wrote:
I'm not sure that it's fair to judge 7 based on programs not responding.
No software is completely bug free so applications will occasionally
up. This is simply the nature of software and has little to do with the
version of Windows. You will experience such problems with any operating
system. I personally don't experience this problem in 7 often unless the
application itself is buggy or unstable which is not the fault of
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:52 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

I'm 33, and I've been using computers for at least 21 years and
regularly for about 14, on several operating systems, my favourite
being MSDOS and Windows XP. By the time ribbons were invented, it was
well after my initial learning stage with a teacher. One of my mottos
in life is if it's not broken, don't fix it. Don't complicate simple
things is a new one that just came to mind. I never saw a need for
them and they only made things more confusing. So I avoid using them.

I can find almost anything on Ebay, including technology. I like
older dot matrix printers anyway. As for scanners, I have a flatbed
that works well, though I actually don't mind if those are modern.

Even though I have service Pack 4 installed, I agree with you about
banking, etc. I always use 7 for that. Even in 7, though, webpages
are becoming more needlessly complicated and ridiculous. I have my
own issues with Firefox, but those are unrelated to the opperating
system. But I still use it because i haven't found anything better.
I wish that Cometbird would be continued, as it is fast, light, and
simple. I often use it when I need to do things without frustration,
though again, not with anything financial. I stopped seriously using
Internet Explorer after version 6. Thank you for your explanation of
ribbons and for your offer of the tutorial. The good thing is that I
don't need to deal with them in 7 either.

If worse comes to worst, I will switch over to Linux. My issue there
is learning a new operating system (though I'm sure that I can do
that, as I did with Leopard and Snow Leopard before giving up on Macs)
and the fact that the version of Eespeak used in Orca has not been
updated to read polytonic Greek, which I use daily. But any computer
with the specifications that I chose should work well with most
versions of Linux. I would be very interested in hearing about that
system, though we should write about it in separate thread.

I have been using Windows 7 for many years now, so it's not exactly as
if I'm transitioning. I have always hated these annoyances. I also
forgot one. "Program not responding"! I have seen XP do it, but only
three or four times in my life. The good thing about 7, though, is
that it usually recovers the program instead of simply crashing it.


On 14/06/2017, Gene <> wrote:
You could have used Firefox. Vista is no longer supported and over
will become as archaic and insecure as XP but back then, you could have
another browser.

----- Original Message -----

From: Pamela Dominguez
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 12:03 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

You are definitely right about internet explorer eight working on less
less. In fact, about two years ago, I had to stop using my vista laptop
because internet explorer wouldn’t update, and wouldn’t work on even my
optimum homepage, never mind other sites I tried it on. It worked on a
but not many. Pam.

From: Gene
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 2:02 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

Problems such as you describe with ribbons are very likely because you
weren't taught them correctly. It's up to you what you want to do but
archaic and as soon as your printer or scanner breaks, you're in for
trouble finding something compatible. I would never do anything such as
banking with XP. It's alright to use for just browsing but not for
anything where you provide personal information. And as time goes on,
browsers will do less and less in XP. Internet Explorer8 works on fewer
fewer sites. Firefox is no longer being updated except for security
for XP users. Chrome hasn't been updated for months for XP users and it
won't be in future. Support has completely ended for XP users.
the Internet continues to evolve. You can't live in the technological
forever. Most people who have problems with ribbons have such problems
because they weren't properly taught. The main difference between a
and a menu is that you tab and shift tab to move forward and backward in
ribbon instead of up and down arrowing. There are other things to know
in essence, ribbons are menus but organized differently. They are
systematic and logical just as menus are. I'll send you the tutorial I
on ribbons if you like. It's short and you may find ribbons much easier
use than you think now when they are properly presented.

Meantime, I want to make clear that I'm not pressuring you to do
but you are on a rapidly decaying dead end road. You will be spending
on a system that will be increasingly unuseable.

From: Eleni Vamvakari
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

If a program is not 100% accessible, I refuse to use it. I don't
touch the registry unless I absolutely have to do so, as I don't
understand that sort of thing enough to feel comfortable with it. I
don't save Windows itself, except my virtual copy. But I do save all
of my files and folders by copying and pasting them on my various

On 13/06/2017, Carlos <> wrote:
Classic Shell's settings are not very accessible, but after configuring

I just export the registry key where they are saved so for future
installations importing my preferences becomes much easier. I have to

several similar tweaks as well on a fresh installation such as taking
ownership of system files and disabling UAC, but I don't perform clean
installations very often. That's what images are for. As for the save

copy dialogs, I have no comment since they don't particularly bother
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:54 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

Classic Shell was almost impossible to configure, and I couldn't get
back into the settings once I exited them. To answer your main
question, every time I get a Windows 7 machine, I have to replace
Wordpad with the one found in Vista (I don't have that system but
found the file online) because I hate ribbons. I then must take
ownership of the entire drive so that I can access certain folders
without getting a "permission denied" error. I then need to turn off
the UAC, because I don't need to be asked every time I do something if
I'm sure that I want to do it. But the thing that I absolutely
despise is the save dialogues in every program! In XP they are save
in, tool bar up one level button, toolbar recent documents button,
folder view list, file name, save as type, save button, and cancel
button. In 7, however, they are address, search box, command module
toolbar, name space control tree view, items view, name split button,
file name, save as type, toolbar hide folders button, save button, and
cancel button. What is all of that nonsense and why is it necessary?
Not to mention the fact that if I hit the wrong thing, it sends me to
af, qz, etc, and 99% of the time, NVDA gets stuck and I have to
restart it when saving files! The same holds if I'm in a folder and
start tabbing. And there, the differences are even more pronounced.
In XP, there are two options, address, and folder list view. In 7,
there are address, search box, command module toolbar, name space
control tree view, items view list, and name split button. Again,
why! And why are libraries necessary? Why must I have two folders
that say "my documents" and two programs folders (one for X86 and one
for other programs)? Oh, and I almost forgot! I don't like the copy
system either, particularly when it comes to replacing files!

The only good things about 7 that I can think of are security, the
listen to microphone option, and some extra power settings. But I
tried 8.0 and 8.1 and I no longer even have that computer, so you can
guess what I thought of it!

On 13/06/2017, Carlos <> wrote:
What exactly is it about Windows 7 that drives you quote unquote
Support for newer hardware found in later versions aside, Windows 7
Microsoft's best release in my humble opinion. You can even install

if you miss the old XP style
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:07 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

Today, I decided to look for computers on amazon, since Ebay has
become much too confusing and annoying in their refinements. I
thought that I found the perfect desktop. It had everything that I
wanted, except the ps/2 ports, and the 3.5 floppy/Superdisk drive
(though it has the slot for it), both of which I can live without.
also had a 2tb hard drive, which is entirely too large for my needs,
but I was willing to accept that. But then, I checked the size!

For those interested, here is the Amazon listing itself, which
list the dimentions.

This is the same size as my current desktop, and is not what I meant
when I said mini tower! I want something that can fit on my desk,
that either is flat or stands upright. But Amazon only offered
all-in-ones, towers, or minis as their options. What are the names
the form factors that I am seeking? Is there a better site that I
use for this? If nothing else, I may use a laptop as a full desktop
replacement. That is, it would stay on the desk. But I can't find
one to match the above specifications, particularly with regard to
processor speed and ports.

I also need to decide what to do about a small, light laptop with
battery life. The reason why I think XP can't be installed on my
Aspire One D270 is that it uses an Atom N2600 processor. I heard
something about it not working with XP due to the GMA graphics. But
at lest one person found the required drivers (never listed at Acer,
and none of their netbook drivers are there now), so it must be
possible. But for now, I want a cheap and quick fix, because
7 drives me crazy!

On 12/06/2017, Josh Kennedy <> wrote:
for some reason although this 11 year old laptop has a 64bit
the 32bit windows 10 home runs best on it even faster and better
lighter than the windows 10 professional 64bit did when i had that

On 6/11/2017 9:07 PM, Joseph Lee wrote:
For those recommending parts: please do NOT include SSD's, as XP
support it properly. A 32-bit Windows will not generally recognize
that's beyond approximately 3.5 GB, so 3 GB should be the

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Of Eleni Vamvakari
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:00 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

In another mesage, I mentioned that I was considering buying a
A few months ago, I wrote specifications for both a desktop and a
because I wanted to know how much it would cost to have each
While I am still curious, I now wonder if similar machines already
If so, and if anyone here has one, I am willing to discuss a
provided that it's reasonable. This post will be long, so please
free to cut it in your response. I will include some general
end for clarity. In the meantime, does anyone know if Windows XP
can successfully be installed on a Fujitsu Lifebook UH900 or an
Aspire One D270? What would be the average cost to just switch
Japanese keyboard in the Lifebook with a U.S. one that I already

Thank you,


Desktop Specifications

Form Factor:
mini tower (preferred) or slim line

Case Material:

Hard Drive:
traditional or solid state (depending on cost )may be fixed or

Hard drive Capacity:
60GB to 160GB


dual core Duo (minimum)

Processor Speed:
2-ghz (minimum, higher preferred)

1 LS240 3.5 in. IBM Superdisk
1 5.25 in. high density floppy
1 cd/dvrw
slot (able to read compact flash cards)

1 RS-232 9-pin male serial port
1 bidirectional female parallel port (2 if possible)
1 ps/2 port (for keyboard)
1 ps/2 port for mouse
1 VGA port for monitor
1 modem jack with internal 56k modem
1 Ethernet jack
wireless a/b/g/n
1 line-in jack
1 3.5mm microphone jack
1 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack
2 usb 2.0 (or 3.0 if backwards-compatible) ports (preferably 4)

IBM Model M (already owned) or more modern Windows keyboard

regular (not flat or excessively large)

internal PC speaker
external speakers (already owned)

Operating System:
Windows XP 32-Bit SP3 with updates (main drive) Linux (possibly,
drive) DOS (possibly, separate drive) Windows 7 (possibly,
perhaps on same as 7)

on disks or as separate partition in drive


Laptop Specifications

Form Factor:

Screen Size:
5 in. to 8.9 in. (10.1 if necessary, but no larger, see Lifebook
UMPC form factor)

regular, not touchscreen

3.5 lbs. maximum (with battery, lighter preferred)

Hard Drive:
traditional or solid state (depending on cost)

Hard Drive Capacity:
60 to 160GB

2GB (minimum) 4GB (preferred)

dual core (minimum)

Processor Speed:
1.6ghz minimum (2ghz or higher if possible)

as cool as possible, without sacrificing important features

Battery type:
lithium ion, or anything that lacks memory issues and lasts long

Battery Life:
5+ hours (minimum)

US. must have page up-down, home, end, and delete (either
via function key), two alts, Windows, and Applications keys

1 pcmcia or compact flash card slot
1 SD card reader

2 usb 2.0 (or 3.0 if backwards-compatible) ports (minimum)
and (on-off switch
1 microphone jack
1 headphone jack

built-in speaker (can be mono or stereo) built-in microphone (high

if included, should either have easy-to-feel/cover lens (Aspire
D270 good example, UH900 bad) or sliding cover,)

Operating System:
Windows XP 32-Bit SP3 with updates
Linux (possibly)

on disks or as separate partition in drive


General Notes

If you are selling me your computer and not building one, feel
ignore the sections about partitioning drives, installing an
system, and XP compatibility unrelated to drivers. While I don't
hard drive with more than 160GB, I really don't need it, and 120GB
be sufficient for my needs. Likewise, I don't need more than 4GB

also don't technically require the 5.25 Superdisk drive, the 56K
the line-in jack, or Wireless A (B/G/N are all
required) in the desktop, but I included everything for the sake
completeness. When referring to a swappable hard drive, I mean
with a handle that can easily be removed and replaced by the user,
whose bay can be used for another drive or device. While I

keyboard and speakers, I will accept them if they come with the
far as the laptop/umpc, my goal is to get something as small and
possible, with good battery life. In the UMPC size, the media
be ignored, and I am aware that certain processors cannot be used.
including them for a slightly larger model.
Regardless of the computer I choose, I will be using Windows XP as
main operating system, so please ensure that the motherboard,
peripherals, and drivers are compatible. If a main drive under
cannot be found, I would be interested in partitioning the drive
installing Linux (Vinux, Sonar Mate, or Ubuntu Mate). I have had
little experience with this operating system, but know that Orca
built-in screen reader) will not start automatically in Ubuntu
32-Bit. I have not tried it on 64-Bit. On at least one computer,
volume of speech on Sonar was extremely quiet. Vinux starts
difficulties in Gnome, Mate, and Unity. ====== If using a
drive, I may install MSDOS or Enhanced DR-DOS on a separate one to
them out, and while I don't love Windows 7, I may install it as
case I really need it. In all cases, regardless of the machine,
set the boot sequence in the bios as
follows: usb, SD (wear applicable), cd (unless external cd rom
count as usb), , hard drive.

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