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A Good HP Laptop - January 23rd, 2024

Somebody gave me an HP EliteBook 840 G1 for free recently. I only accepted it because it's a business model and I have to say I'm extremely impressed. The bottom cover is opened without a single screw or snap. It's a pretty durable sliding lock, similar to the battery on my ThinkPad T430, and then the cover slides off.

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First Impressions of SpiralLinux - October 29th, 2023

Debian is a fantastic distribution of GNU/Linux. With excellent stability and vast package repositories, it looks on paper like a good option for newcomers or those without the urge to tinker who just want a working desktop. In practice, however, I don't find that to be the case. Stock Debian requires some assembly, but SpiralLinux offers a thoughtfully pre-configured Debian desktop with the batteries included.

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Digital License Plates Considered Harmful - October 2nd, 2023

I have now seen two digital license plates in my town. I thought it was just a stupid novelty, but today I decided to do a little more research. It's obvious there's no upside, but there's more downside than I thought. I shouldn't be surprised.

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