Re: 5g and me

Carolyn Arnold

I generally get a $15 keyboard, could use indefinitely, but replace periodically, because I wear the print off them. That makes it difficult if my husband needs to enter a password.

I've finally worn this one to the point that it has a wonderful touch, so am not likely to replace indefinitely.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2020 6:53 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] 5g and me

Few ports won't matter with hubs available and many people may well not need more than the ports offered. Keyboards, I don't know how serious a problem that is. My lapptop, I don't know if it is in the minority, as a very nice keyboard with large keys and a nice feel. While a keyboard that is more difficult or unpleasant to use than it should be would be an annoyance, at least when used at home, and laptops these days often replace desktops, its easy enough to use a USB keyboard. If this is a problem with many laptops, it is hardly a major flaw and hardly rises to the level justifying spending hundreds of dollars more to solve unless you use the laptop portably some or much of the time and you can't find a portable keyboard that satisfies your needs. Cooling? If you are talking about laptops, the person can use a cooling pad. Not a serious problem at all.

I don't know what problems you are referring to by material design. I'll look at the page, but the objections you have discussed don't justify spending more on a machine unless you want to use the laptop while away from home and a solution to a flaw makes its use unreasonably inconvenient, something I think won't happen with most of the flaws you have discussed.
Then, too, people who live anywhere near a computer store or Walmart or Best Buy or other such stores can inspect computers in person. And there are always user reviews and reviews in computer magazines such as the best laptops for 2020 and other reviews such as the best laptops for 2020 costing under this or that amount of money. And there are lists like this, good places to ask what machines people are using and for evaluations or to ask about a specific machine or machines you are interested in.

In short, you can pick the flaw that either won't matter to you or will be easy to work around, given how you use the computer or you can try to find one without such flaws and I would think some computers without them perhaps many, if you look, can be found.

While your objection is interesting because it leads to a discussion of the ways to find a good computer, it doesn't justify spending more money for the majority of users.

-----Original Message-----
From: enes sarıbaş
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2020 3:10 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] 5g and me

Hi Gene,

Systems in that price range today have major flaws, iether few ports, cooling, keyboard, mouse, material design. You can view notebookcheck and similar technology sites, and read reviews for systems in different price brackets, and all of those systems will have their flaws mentioned. Whether these flaws matter though depends on the flaw or person.

On 10/15/2020 9:04 PM, Gene wrote:
And so are laptops. Your information is wrong. I bought a laptop
about nine years ago, and certainly you would get more power for the
same price now, for about 480 dollars. It has worked very well. It
is not compromised. It doesn't have defects.

And no one said a 500 dollar computer is good for everyone. I'm not
talking about gamers or power users. I'm talking about the majority
of Internet users who stream, surf, use a word processor, record
audio, and do other tasks that are not particularly demanding.

-----Original Message----- From: enes sarıbaş
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:44 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] 5g and me

Just because you may consider a system adequate for your own needs
doesn't mean it is for is for everyone. A system like that would have
major compremises. For clerification, I am talking about laptop
prices, desktops in that price range may in fact be midrange. What I
am saying is a minimum system for anyone should have a 6 core or so
CPU, 8 gb or
16 gb of dual channel ram, an I5processor etc.

On 10/15/2020 7:08 PM, Monte Single wrote:
Hi list,
: enes sarıbaş thinks a 500 dollar computer/laptop is less than
adequate for the average user.
He is not the first person on the list to express such thoughts.
The one time I spent more than that for a computer was for the first
one I purchased; that was in the last millennium.
If I spent 500 u s dollars on a computer today, it would be built
with quality parts and be more than adequate for the average computer
user's needs.
: enes sarıbaş go forth and conquer, spend the big bucks.
Hopefully it will stimulate the economy.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of
Sent: October 15, 2020 5:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] 5g and me

That simply is not true. A lot of people have machines in the five
hundred dollar range and they work fine.

And five hundred dollar machines aren't just barely competent machines.

-----Original Message-----
From: enes sarıbaş
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2020 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] 5g and me

No, I would not buy a 500 dollar machine. In fact, I would exclude
machines below a certain build quality as a matter of principle. Is
saving every little penny really worth it for a device people use 12
hours a day or more? possibly? Those machines usually have more than
one major flaw, and have barebone specs. I think a power user should
get a pc above the 1000 dollar range, and a regular user, if they can
aford it should go around 700-800. The difference between an entry
level, and even midrange computer is very apparent in build quality,
as well as components. A midrange system will probably have one or
two important flaws, but a budget system will have three or more,
iether bad keyboard, cheap material, poor cooling, etc.

On 10/15/2020 7:15 AM, Gene wrote:
And I suspect you spent over a thousand dollars to do what a five
hundred dollar computer can do, less if on sale ormanufacturer
refurbished. I don't know enough technically to discuss some of
your technical points, but I'll say the following:
The advice I see from computer advisors is that for the majority of
people, purchasing a machine somewhere in the five hundred dollar
range will meet their needs. And even if memory requirements have
gone up for some programs, they haven't gone up nearly enough that
more than 8GB of ram is recommended for the majority of users. That
is the recommendation and it has been for years.

A little money here, a little money there, a more powerful
processor, and pretty soon, you are spending five hundred dollars or
more than you need to and gambling that your machine will last far
longer than the generally agreed on length for reliable service,
five years. I think it is a very bad gamble, not because the
machine won't last longer, it may well do so, but you are spending a
lot more money now for performance parameters that will be much less
expensive when you replace the computer. And the typical user,
buying a machine around the five hundred dollar range today, unless
their uses change radically, won't have problems that will require a
new machine probably for the life of the current one.

And what about technological changes itself? If you bought a
machine in the Windows 7 days that was future proofed, in your
opinion at that time, it might not run Windows 10 now. My
understanding is, and if I'm wrong, I'm sure I will be corrected,
that a lot of Windows 7 machines won't run Windows 10 because
Microsoft now requires that different processors be used.

While I don't think that sort of thing will happen if one buys a
machine now for use seven or ten years into the future and are
attempting to future proof it, you are again gambling that newer
technologies wohn't come along that will render your computer less
useable, no matter how you future proof it now.

-----Original Message----- From: enes sarıbaş
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:27 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] 5g and me

This isn't correct. Browsers, and other day to day applications
even, dramatically have increased ram usage, as well as CPU power.
For example, Zoom will only let you blur the background of video if
you have a quad core processor. If you buy a dual core as opposed to
a quad core processor for example, it will struggle at even the most
basic of tasks, and in 5 years, or even in a few years, programas
even screen readers will begin to lag. This happened with my core I5 4200M.
I thought a dual core was ok, though this was a system gifted to me.
Had I been choosing my own system then, I would've gone for an I7,
and now, this dual core is not even good enough for browsing. Large
websites will freeze it and even when I had it, intensive apps like
finereader will lag significantly independant of ram. This is
exactly I future proofed my next laptop, with a 1tb SSD, 32 gb of
ram, and an
r7 4800H processor from AMD, with a 4.2 GHZ boost across all cores.
This should be powerful enough to run anything conceivable in the
5 or so years, except maybe AI workloads.
On 10/15/2020 6:07 AM, Gene wrote:
I've seen others, and I believe you, too, make the future proof
argument for buying a more powerful computer than the person's
anticipated needs because it will be useful longer because you
never know when your needs will change. I've always thought such
arguments were not good ones. For one thing, a lot of people will
continue to use computers in about the same ways as now and if they
do use them in more demanding ways, those will not likely tax the
computer if they buy a computer that isn't just barely powerful
enough to do what they want.

Also, technology continues to become more powerful and cost less.
So, in five years, the projected reliable life of a computer, you
will be able to buy one to meet your needs then for less money than
you are paying now. In addition, though it’s a gamble, many
computers last more than five years, many significantly more. Every
dollar you overspend to be future proofed that you didn't need
because your needs didn't change and all the extra power of your
computer remains unused is increasingly wasted, the longer your computer lasts.

It makes much more sense to buy a computer that is powerful enough
to meet your current needs well if you don't anticipate major
changes in how you will use your computer and are reasonably
confident that you won't do things in future that will exceed the ability of the computer.

Spending one-thousand dollars to future proof a machine, just in
case, maybe you use your machine much differently in the future,
when you could spend five hundred dollars today and three hundred
dollars in fived or seven or eight years for another machine that
you would probably use in similar ways as you do now or not much, is a bad idea.

-----Original Message----- From: enes sarıbaş
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 9:27 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] 5g and me

Hi Brian,

Just for clerification, I have confirmed 5g signals do exist in my
area for my network. Even without the massive bandwidth, the lower
latency itself will probably result in better quality improvements.
Also, all versions of the IPhone by default include 5g.

On 10/14/2020 9:18 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Wed, Oct 14, 2020 at 10:11 PM, enes sarıbaş wrote:
One reason, future proofing, I want to get the highest end version
of the IPhone 12, though 5g isn't very wiedespread now, it will be
in three years or so.- I am at a loss as to how doing this, now,
squares with your own earlier assertion, "I think 5g is more
significant for fixed wireless than smartphones."

Going to a 5G device now, when it is obscenely expensive, and where
the ability to exploit 5G is limited to a very few locations, seems
to me to be a supreme waste.

And 3 years is an eternity in the world of technology, and
smartphones in particular, and what's Apple's flagship now, will be
mid-range in 3 years, and much cheaper.

Going to a 5G smartphone now, unless you live in a major
metropolitan area, is locking your money up in a frozen asset you
cannot even use for its intended purpose.

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