"James Waldby" wrote in message
$5 fixable laptop sounds ok, probably worth the electricity to run it
if it stays virus free and isn't too sluggish and has an ok screen and
It's interesting you [DB] got Thunderbird / Linux / Eternal September to
work ok. I tried that combination a year ago, and don't remember
specific problems with it except maybe kill files didn't work? With
Pan, kill files work ok (so I use it to read news) but for the past
year it's had posting authentication problems and I use Tin to post.
Tin is supposed to have kill files and scoring which I set up but they
seem to do nothing.
The $5 laptop is a Dell D630, a high end business model from ~2010, with a
2.4 GHz Penryn CPU and mobo graphics that don't overheat like the Nvidia
'upgrade'. For what I do its Internet performance is no worse than my newer
i5 Lenovo running W10. The keyboard is a Logitech K360 on the desk's
pull-out shelf and I view applications on a 19" external display, leaving
the built-in screen for controls and status and composing responses to
messages shown on the 19".
It's a comfortable and convenient setup for daily use and along with a
similar HDTV-recording laptop and 22" TV/monitor beside it, all I need to
display multiple pages of instructions and spreadsheets when I do my taxes.
The spreadsheets are my automation of the tax forms though I file what my
sister the tax accountant gets from her program. For the last few years the
results have matched.
My most compute-intensive task is receiving, playing and recording two
off-the-air TV shows at once, for which a 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU is quite
adequate. These older, thicker laptops accept a second 1 TB spinning hard
drive to store video while booting from an SSD. Their only real weakness is
short battery life but it's long enough to coast through glitches or switch
to the solar backup. ExpressCard USB3 is fast enough to keep up with
external backup drives.
Unfortunately there isn't a really good alternative here to $200/month
Xfinity for Internet access and W10 updates would rapidly consume the 2
GB/mo I get from a cellular ISP.
The problem with Thunderbird was configuring it (or W7) to log into the ES
account, though it did connect on an older computer. I bashed on TB and WLM
in parallel and WLM succeeded first.