Douglas Alpenstock wrote:While I don't generally disagree, I would note that I have three Win10 systems running just fine with 4GB RAM and cheap solid state (SSD) hard drives. One is an ancient (but incredibly well-built) 32-bit T61 Thinkpad. The SSD really does make things snappy.
The hard-core recycler in me wants to see Judith's machine given a new lease on life. I'll bet extra RAM can be scrounged for free, or swapped for a jar of jam.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote: Win 7 should never touch the Internet. Upgrade or run Linux.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:If it does what you need, with decent speed, leave it alone! Don't fix what ain't broke.
Edit: But make sure you install security updates and install software that stops malware. Assume there are bad actors trolling for you -- that's the unfortunate reality of the Internet.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:......To access the files, it's much better to buy an external hard drive case and use your Windows drive as an external, very fast USB drive.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:.... Don't fix what ain't broke.
I hope all of this is congruent with the OP's original post and that others are finding the information as useful as I am.....certainly seems to fit the Permie notion of recycling,---and maybe even 'decentralizing'..?
Judith Browning wrote:
I'm following along, feeling more and more lost but might be picking up a little knowledge so that I at least feel like I know more of the language now.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:John, just curious, which make and model of laptop do you have? I regularly see well-built 32-bit business laptops that can teach a thing or two to the disposable consumer stuff out there. They just need a little TLC.
BTW, I generally settle on Mint "MATE" edition. For very old laptops, Lubuntu 32-bit or ZorinOS Lite runs very nicely.
Don't destroy the earth! That's where I keep all my stuff! Including this tiny ad:
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