Re: Computer Specifications

Carolyn Arnold

My sister is a solutions architect consultant with Dell Computers. She worked there 20 years, retired, but they contracted her back. So, she was here Thanksgiving, worked a lot on her Laptop computer. I asked her which Windows system she used, and without hesitation, she said, "Windows 7." I would think Dell Computers is up do tate, so that tells me that there is a lot of life left in Windows 7.

Best from,


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017 5:23 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Computer Specifications

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 programs.

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From: Eleni Vamvakari <>
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2017 2:36 PM
To: <>
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
freeze 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 Windows.
----- 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
time, it will become as archaic and insecure as XP but back then, you
could have used another browser.

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

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

You are definitely right about internet explorer eight working on
less and 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 few, but not many. Pam.

From: Gene
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 2:02 AM
To: <>
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 XP is archaic and as soon as your printer or scanner breaks,
you're in for real 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 doing anything where you provide personal
information. And as time goes on, browsers will do less and less in
XP. Internet Explorer8 works on fewer and fewer sites. Firefox is
no longer being updated except for security updates 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 past forever. Most people who have problems with
ribbons have such problems because they weren't properly taught. The
main difference between a ribbon and a menu is that you tab and shift
tab to move forward and backward in a ribbon instead of up and down
arrowing. There are other things to know but in essence, ribbons are
menus but organized differently. They are systematic and logical
just as menus are. I'll send you the tutorial I did on ribbons if
you like. It's short and you may find ribbons much easier to use
than you think now when they are properly presented.

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

From: Eleni Vamvakari
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:20 PM
To: <>
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 them

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

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 and

copy dialogs, I have no comment since they don't particularly bother me.
----- 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 is Microsoft's best release in my humble opinion. You can even
install Classic

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
doesn't 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 of the form factors that I am seeking? Is there a
better site that I can 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 the processor speed
and ports.

I also need to decide what to do about a small, light laptop with
good 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 Windows
7 drives me crazy!

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

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

-----Original Message-----
From: <>
[] On Behalf Of Eleni Vamvakari
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:00 PM
To: <>
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 laptop, because I wanted to know how much it would cost to
have each custom-made.
While I am still curious, I now wonder if similar machines
already exist.
If so, and if anyone here has one, I am willing to discuss a
price, provided that it's reasonable. This post will be long,
so please feel free to cut it in your response. I will include
some general notes at the end for clarity. In the meantime,
does anyone know if Windows XP or Linux can successfully be
installed on a Fujitsu Lifebook UH900 or an Acer Aspire One
D270? What would be the average cost to just switch the
Japanese keyboard in the Lifebook with a U.S. one that I
already own?

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, main
drive) DOS (possibly, separate drive) Windows 7 (possibly,
separate drive, 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
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

Battery Life:
5+ hours (minimum)

US. must have page up-down, home, end, and delete (either
separately or 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)
wireless b/g/n, and (on-off switch
1 microphone jack
1 headphone jack

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

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
free to ignore the sections about partitioning drives,
installing an operating system, and XP compatibility unrelated
to drivers. While I don't mind a hard drive with more than
160GB, I really don't need it, and 120GB should be sufficient
for my needs. Likewise, I don't need more than 4GB of ram.

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

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 light as possible, with good battery life. In the UMPC
size, the media section can 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 the main operating system, so please ensure that the
motherboard, processor, peripherals, and drivers are
compatible. If a main drive under 160GB cannot be found, I
would be interested in partitioning the drive and installing
Linux (Vinux, Sonar Mate, or Ubuntu Mate). I have had very
little experience with this operating system, but know that
Orca (the built-in screen reader) will not start automatically
in Ubuntu Mate 32-Bit. I have not tried it on 64-Bit. On at
least one computer, the volume of speech on Sonar was extremely
quiet. Vinux starts without difficulties in Gnome, Mate, and
Unity. ====== If using a swappable drive, I may install MSDOS
or Enhanced DR-DOS on a separate one to try them out, and while
I don't love Windows 7, I may install it as well, in case I
really need it. In all cases, regardless of the machine,
please set the boot sequence in the bios as
follows: usb, SD (wear applicable), cd (unless external cd rom
drives count as usb), , hard drive.

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