8th gen, relearning to buy stuff i like, not stuff i just want to have

Strange month laying behind me, changing many thing without changing anything at all and yet leaving everything different. Better? Maybe, partly at least. Problems solved? More developed a new level of denying. AI seems to be the next big thing, this time it might actually lead somewhere.


I scored this one on "eBay Kleinanzeigen" (think of it as the German Craigslist) for a quite decent price. It was in good shape but had a Swedish keyboard layout and only the mediocre HD TN panel. Luckily, this model is not only offered with better screens, those are actually available and quite cheap (80 euros on eBay)! Naturally, i bought one. As well as a docking station, LTE module, travel PSU and some batteries. Took me a while, i waited for good offers. The only thing i did not get so far is a keyboard with UK Layout, so i stick to stickers until i find a decent offer.
Oh, and yes, now i have a f*ing chicklet keyboard. Its actually quite ok. I kinda like it, i have to admit. I liked the old ones better, but its ok. And another prejudice down.
In this days i sold off shitloads of unused shit (mostly to free up space and mind), and used some of the money i gained to buy an awesome monitor and a big SSD.
  • $file Lenovo ThinkPad X250
    • i5-5300U
    • 1x16384MB DDR3L-1600
    • HD Graphics 5500
    • Samsung 850 Series MZ-75E500B
    • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
    • Ericsson N5321
    • ThinkPad Pro Dock
      • Dell UltraSharp U2711
      • Toshiba DTB320
      • Nameless USB Switch
        • Nameless USB Hub
          • Logitech RX 1000
          • Cherry G80-3000 MX blue
      • HP LaserJet 1020
      • USB-powered PAM8610 (yes, that actually works quite nice if the Supply can take it)
        • Nordmende Philharmonic LB240
  • Artix Linux, Microsoft Windows 10

Intended Upgrades:
  • Maybe Touch Display
  • Maybe NFC enabled Bezel


This poor thing had a broken mainboard when i got it from a friend. It took me a while to find a replacement board on eBay, but now its really nice. It has rather poor gaming performance, but meh, i don't play much anyway nowadays. Otherwise its an really awesome machine. It even has a decent display. Display quality gets more and more important for me these days. Don't know why.
I carry on with the peripherals. The Headset was a really good buy. Not that its an awesome headset, but its a decent headset that survived years of abuse. And that simple board one of the most useful things i ever build. It just so comfy, sitting on the couch, the laptop on the lap with the cushioned board, mouse and pad and room for a cup.
  • $file Lenovo ThinkPad t520
    • i7-2620M
    • 2x4096MB DDR3-1333
    • HD Graphics 3000
    • NVIDIA NVS 4200M
    • Samsung HM641JI
    • Logitech RX 1000
    • Logitech Z515
  • Artix Linux, Microsoft Gameloader™ 10

Intended Upgrades:
  • Quad core CPU (i7-2630QM, i7-2670QM, i7-2720QM or i7-2820QM)
  • FHD Display
  • eGPU (already bought)
    • Zotac GTX 460 (for Testing, was cheap)
    • Dell D220 P-01 (12V 18A PSU)
    • ExpressCard to PEG Adapter
  • UK Keyboard, new Touchpad
  • Maybe more RAM


Oh my insert celestial being of your least distrust! I really should not like this thing, for its something of an abomination unto Nuggan: it has its RAM soldered unto the board, no docking port and to top it an internal battery. Not to mention that no IPS Panel is available.
But hell, its sooo adorable! One cant hate it even if it just has pissed onto ones carpet (figuratively speaking, that is). And, aside from the fact that all this is abominable, it actually has "enough" ram (8gb), the battery is neither soldered nor glued and the display is quite decent for it being a TN type (and its HD+). So meh. So fluffy!
  • $file Thinkpad X1 carbon 2012
    • i5-3317U
    • 8192MB DDR3 onboard
    • HD Graphics 4000
    • Intel SSDSCMMW180A3L
  • Artix Linux, Microsoft Windows 10


This one was thrown together basically during two evenings. My old server was running Cubian, based on Debian wheezy and unmaintained for three years. I tried a distupgrade to Jessie, but it simply broke. And it would not provice video acceleration anyway. My originally planned replacement based on an nano ITX Atom Board housed in a Xbox 360 case run either to hot or to noisy. And it turned out that this i3 based system was actually more power efficient.
So here we go. The Arduino provides and RF transceiver (for old remote controlled sockets), ambient temperature sensor and relays for powering additional hardware (like the display). Everything else is off the shelf stuff i had around or salvaged from the old system.
  • noname ATX / Gigabyte H81M-D2W ($file Albert II)
    • i3-4330
    • 2*2048MB DDR3
    • Samsung 850 Series EMT01B6Q, WD WD5000BEVT-0, Toshiba DT01ABA300, Western Digital WD2002FYPS-0
    • Atheros AR9271
    • MosChip MCS7830
    • Arduino Nano
      • DS18B20, 433MHz Transceiver, 7 Relays
  • Devuan Linux


  • XBox 360 / Intel D945GSEJT
    • Intel Atom N270
    • 2GB DDR2
    • Fujitsu MJA2500B
    • iPazzPort Apache TM
    • Display (panel from LG LE50, LVDS/VGA adaptor from Ebay)
    • Speakers (from an old Toshiba Laptop, Amp from broken cheap PC-Speakers)
  • Devuan Linux


  • Toshiba Portégé Z930
    • Intel Core i5-3427U
    • 2*2048MB DDR3
    • Toshiba THNSNS128GMCP
  • Manjaro Linux (to be replaced by Artix)


  • Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook p7230
    • Intel Core Solo U1400
    • 2*1024MB DDR2
    • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    • WD SiliconDrive II 16GB
  • Arch Linux 32


I got the core System from a friend when they moved. I found another 2GB of RAM, salvaged the SSD from my broken X200 and freed an old Backup HDD. Later i found the Seagate in a pile of junk at my work place. The Monitor comes from a flea market. Nice to have a Desktop again. Needs some improvements, though. Its a bit too loud. And i can probably get rather cheap 8-core CPUs for this thing. Maybe a better GPU, too.
  • Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3
    • AMD Phenom II X4 955
    • 2*2048MB, 2*1024MB DDR2
    • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce 2X
      • LG Flatron IPS224
    • Crucial CT128M4SSD2, Seagate ST500DM002, WD WD5002ABYS
    • Nameless USB Switch
      • Nameless USB Hub
        • Logitech RX 1000
        • Cherry G80-3000 MX blue
    • Creative Fatal1ty
  • Microsoft Gameloader™ 10

Intended Upgrades:
  • Better CPU or better Board/CPU
  • More RAM
  • Better GPU
  • Bigger SSD

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