ThinkPad Time Machine

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ThinkPad Time Machine
« on: June 30, 2015, 06:54:34 AM »

Fasten your seatbelts! A retro ThinkPad could be on the way! Read about it here. Comments are encouraged.
http://blog.lenovo.com/en/blog/retro-thinkpad-time-machine/

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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2015, 02:30:02 PM »
A few months back I had both my Windows 8 and Win 7 laptops up and quit for different reasons. The 8 needs a new heatsink and the 7 a new battery, at a time when I can least afford it. I recently retired from my work for health reasons. Money is tight.

I had an old IBM Thinkpad in the closet so I hauled it out. It still runs great. Not a thing wrong with it after all these years. A 30 gig hard drive and 504 MB of RAM. It's all metal and weighs a ton. It cannot run the old IE nor the new one but an older version of Firefox works just fine. I've even been able to play some older games on it such as Icewind Dale 2 (like Baldur's Gate). It's particularly good for playing movies on its DVD-ROM. I have hundreds of movies on DVD that I've collected over the years. It came with several USB ports. Back then that was state of the art. I am glad I never threw this out. I usually do not throw out stuff that still works good. I once did do that and later discovered what I threw out was worth a lot of money as an antique. I'm more careful now. I love my Thinkpad.
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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2015, 06:39:14 PM »
That's great! What model ThinkPad do you have?

My first laptop was a ThinkPad, but I don't remember the model. It had sliders on the side of the screen that I think were to adjust screen brightness.
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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2015, 06:34:26 AM »
Lenovo's David Hill delivers his next installment on ‪RetroThinkPad‬ - keep the comments flowing, and be sure to take the survey!
http://blog.lenovo.com/blog/entry/1710

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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2015, 02:19:25 PM »
I was given a T61 with Linux (Ugh) so I put Win7 on it & found it was not to my liking
after a desktop, so I just use it as a monitor for diagnosing parasites infecting my Koi.
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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2015, 03:01:54 PM »
PLATYPUSS, it seems a shame to waste a ThinkPad like that. Maybe there are some collectors who would want to buy that.
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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2015, 05:07:52 AM »
No, I could not sell it. Perhaps as I gain more experience  I could manage without
use of a mouse & master its eccentricities  :)1

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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2015, 06:12:26 AM »
I'm sure you'll have it for a long time in order to gain more experience.
I happened to see this post this morning:
"Was cleaning my garage (not quite but) and yeah, this thing still works, impressive!"
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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2015, 08:16:56 PM »
I said I had a Thinkpad. Actually, it's an IBM ThinkCenter. But it still runs like a top. It has XP SP3. I envy the one with Win98se. There's some videogames which will only play on that OS. Really good ones such as MechWarrior 3 and Tachyon: the Fringe, way ahead of their time in Hi Rez graphics. Bruce Campbell does the voice of the hero in Tachyon. It took me years to find a hardcopy of that game.
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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2015, 04:02:35 PM »
Remembering how versatile this ThinkCenter is, I tried loading up Tachyon today and it works just great. You do need the general update from Novalogic to use the mouse to steer. I've missed playing these old games. XP is Microsoft's most used OS. Just because something's old, doesn't mean you throw it away.
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Re: ThinkPad Time Machine
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2015, 06:14:18 AM »
Part 1 of the survey is finished. Part 2 has been posted for anyone who would like to weigh in on keyboard, display, and more. Your opinion is needed.
http://blog.lenovo.com/en/blog/retro-thinkpad-survey-2-displays-keyboard/

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