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Lenovo Thinkpad T60

I got a new Lenovo Thinkpad T60 from my office. I am amazed to see the difference between this one and my previous laptop, Toshiba Satellite A80. Thinkpad is built so professionaly that I love the look and feel of the laptop. I got an ATI graphics card, fingerprint reader ...


Since yesterday, I am encountering some strange issues with my laptop. My desktop would go unresponsive all of a sudden. Nothing works after that and I have to force reboot using the power switch. I am seeing this problem with both Windows and Linux. I was almost sure that there ...


I have installed Ubuntu 6.10 beta today. After installing emacs21 and emacs-snapshot-gtk, I saw that the font faces are totally messed up. After some search on the Internet, I have found that they have changed the font path in edgy from /usr/share/X11/fonts to /usr/share/fonts ...


I am really not able to make a clear decision (still) in terms of the distribution to use on my desktop at home (Debian or Ubuntu). I was running Debian SID previously. Once Ubuntu 5.04 was released, I have switched to Ubuntu and came back to Debian again after ...


Yesterday midnight, one of my 80GB HDDs died suddenly. It was the one where I have installed Linux. By God's grace, I didn't have any crucial data on that. So, loss of data in that HDD was not a great loss but still a minor loss. Oh Gosh ...


I am planning to buy a new PC. Here are the key components that I have in my mind.

  • Intel P4 3.2 GHz with HT
  • MSI P4N Diamond Motherboard
  • Hynix 1GB 400MHz RAM
  • Seagate 160GB SATA HDD
  • LG 16x DVD ROM Drive
  • Samsung 17'' Flat Black monitor
  • Creative Gigaworks ...

There is an online price list of the computer components at Ritchie street available here. This page is maintained by Delta Peripherals. All the shops almost have the more or less the same price. This would be useful for estimating the rough cost of the PC that you want to ...


Intel cuts prices on laptop computer chips as much as 34%. Read more about this here. Now I can think about buying a Intel Pentium M laptop!


I upgraded most of the components of my PC. So, I think about mentioning the configuration here...

  • AMD Athlon 2000+ XP (256MB L2 Cache) (Gotta move for 2400+ 512MB L2 Cache)
  • nVidia nForce 2 chipset (MSI)
  • 512MB DDR RAM (266MHz)
  • nVidia GeForce MX IGP (32MB Shared memory)
  • nVidia MCP sound ...

Yesterday I bought a new Pinnacle PCTV Pro card for my computer from Ritchie street. I came around Rs.2700 with one year warranty. Pinnacle PCTV Pro has BT878 chipset with FM tuner which is Rs.500 more than the PCTV Stereo model which has no FM tuner (that is ...