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News and Events / Re: Watson the IBM supercomputer beats 2 men at Jeapordy
« on: November 05, 2017, 02:20:46 am »
I hope Watson doesn't become like Hal in 2001 lol

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General Help & Advice / Re: Text enlarger for my Netbook
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:52:03 pm »
Great stuff :)

Yes! It is fast and the lightest laptop I've ever had. Love how I can close its lid if I'm going to have a shower, cook or pop out to the shops for 30 mins and then come back and open its lid and it will be right there. I hardly even need to log out- just tend  to do that overnight. Even then it boots up in seconds.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Which is the best laptop?
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:18:38 am »
A system with 1GB would run Peppermint (Peppermint 7 uses less than 300MB for the OS itself at bootup) but as soon as you start web browsing (particularly with multiple tabs and flash) it's strat to struggle.

2GB is MUCH better, but web browsing seems to be getting heavier by the second .. so I'd be happier with 4GB

More RAM is always a bonus, altho my Chromebook seems fine on 2GB of RAM. The computer guy looked at my  netbook and tried about 7 different RAM boards and it didn't accept them- its limit is 1GB of RAM. However, I wouldn't be doing a lot of web browsing on the netbook- I mostly use it for my scanner, watching vids and accessing other files off my Maxtor and other portable hard drives, playing Tux Racer. Now my Chromebook is booted up and fixed ( the slot for the charging cable needed mending) I won't be on the netbook much again.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Laptop suggestions
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:12:55 am »
So that's what all those digits mean! Well explained there Mark. Hope Degsy finds his laptop. My Chromebook is working again!

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General Help & Advice / Re: Text enlarger for my Netbook
« on: October 14, 2017, 12:09:25 am »
Maybe it's a FF version thing .. changing the font size in FF56 on my machine doesn't make the page any wider.

Possibly. Anyhow I'm now surfing on the Chromebook again Mark. It was fixed!  :)

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General Help & Advice / Re: Laptop suggestions
« on: October 13, 2017, 11:12:19 am »
I hope Mark doesn't mind me posting this link here. Like you Degsy I've been looking for a new affordable laptop. There are 5 left of these Dell Latitudes for under £80 on ebay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Latitude-E5500-Intel-Core-2-Duo-15-4-4-GB-RAM-160-GB-HDD-Windows-7-Laptop-/281891253751?epid=2038597958&hash=item41a2072df7:g:iK8AAOSw9eVXVryN

I was thinking of getting one myself. I might still, but luckily my Chromebook is getting fixed today- just rang the Polish computer repair shop and he's fixing it for me to collect later!

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General Help & Advice / Re: Text enlarger for my Netbook
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:34:31 am »
Done that, to 22. Some web pages are still veering off and I still have to use the grey scroll bar at the bottom of the screen- this site is one of them! My mother told me to look for a screen magnifier, but  I've had no luck finding one.

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General Help & Advice / Re: Which is the best laptop?
« on: October 13, 2017, 02:03:13 am »
Thanks Mark. The Acer I've seen up close and the condition is ok- but keyboard needs a bit of a clean but it's one of those old fashioned ones that are ace for typing on. The Toshiba does look better all round and is cheaper too. I phoned and left a message and also an email through Gumtree. I'll find out if it has 2 GB of RAM. I would plan to get more RAM added at a  later date. But then if you think that this netbook with 1GB of RAM and a teeny SSD can take P7, then either of thse surely would.
But then maybe the Polish computer guy can fix whatever is wrong with my Chromebook- I do hope so. i really miss it.

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General Help & Advice / Which is the best laptop?
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:23:02 am »
Since my Chromebook will not charge up and is at the computer repair shop ( and most likely dead so the fella won;t be able to get it working) I urgently need a new laptop as this netbook has a teeny screen which i have great trouble seeing ( I am getting eyestrain) and it's sloooooww- I need to get another laptop which would not be a problem if I wasn't currently unemployed and broke!
I have seen 2 second hand laptops which I could just about manage to buy as long as I live on rice and beans for a month.

Which one is the best?

1. ACER.
Extensior 5630EZ
Intel Pentium Dual Core
2.00 GHz
2,GB memory
Hard drive: 120 GB
15.4 INCH SCREEN
OS- Win 7
£89.

2. TOSHIBA.
Satellite Pro c660-167
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor T6670
2,048 (1x) MB, DDR3 RAM (1,066 MHz)
Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
15.6 INCH screen
OS- Win 10.
£60

Of course I'd want to get rid of Windows and get P7/8.



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General Help & Advice / Re: Text enlarger for my Netbook
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:04:42 am »
This was not so in the Chromebook. It would zoom in properly and show me complete enlarged text without it going off the pages. Oh how I miss it, sigh...

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General Help & Advice / Re: Text enlarger for my Netbook
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:02:40 am »
Yes but the text whizzes off the page! I have to side scroll to see a complete sentence!

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General Help & Advice / Re: Text enlarger for my Netbook
« on: October 12, 2017, 10:33:44 pm »
Firefox is my browser yes, every web page is too small. Libre office not too bad as can put the font to 16/18 and it doesn't go off the page. I'm getting eye strain tyring to read web pages.I will just have to not eat for a whole month and get a second hand laptop this weekend. Can't stand much more of this. Oh if only my Chjromebook hadn't died... :'(

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General Help & Advice / Text enlarger for my Netbook
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:34:17 pm »
I am having great trouble reading and typing on this tiny netbook, whose screen is less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper. I of course zoom the text but then it goes off page and I cannot see a whole sentence and have to keep sliding back and forth. Is there any way to get the text to be large and keep it as a normal page?  I have looked on ebay for a screen magnifier but they only have ones for mobile phones and then there is only software for the partially sighted! They need a CD anyway and there's no CD drive on this netbook. My Chromebook has died and this is now the only computer I have and I have to do a lot of reading and typing ( as I have to do hours of job search and applications daily as I'm signing on the dole). I'm getting eye strain and headaches from struggling on this tiny screen.

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General Help & Advice / Re: FLASH problems again!
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:37:15 pm »
Glad P8 has them. Oh ye gods i hope my Chromebook hasn't kaputted as well- almost scared to go to Maplins later. I've a nasty feeling I will have to be going to cash converters and paying like ten quid a week for a year to get a new laptop. :'( This netbook's screen is too small.

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