Made the big leap: Lenovo ThinkCentre here I come!

I finally made the decision and bought a Lenovo ThinkCentre m92p which will hopefully arrive within a few days; 23inch wide screen WLED, 1TB Hard Disk, 8GB RAM, Radeon 7450 video card, 3 year on site warranty (for only NZ$115 it is worth it considering I don’t have a vehicle to transport it if there needs to be repairs), Intel 6205 wireless card, Office 2010, Windows 7 Pro 64bit etc.

Went into Upper Hutt to pick up a book case and a nice new seat, here is a picture of my war room – hopefully when my desktop arrives it’ll look a bit more ‘hard core’ than at the moment (taken with my Samsung Galaxy SIII) :-)

7 thoughts on “Made the big leap: Lenovo ThinkCentre here I come!”

  1. Awesome news!!! That is pretty much the way I would spec out my system, and the M92p will not disappoint you.

    I love the new bookcase and chair, too – very snazzy. Are you planning to add a new desk to the mix as well?

    I’ve still not sorted myself here in terms of what I want to do with the hardware side of things, other than I’m going to keep my MacBook Pro as a workstation for now, and I’ll be totally revamping my office furniture (new desk, new chair, various accessories).

    I can keep using my T61p for now as a mobile workstation around the house, but the battery is pretty anemic and even with a new battery it won’t really suit my mobile requirements going forward – I want something that can work for at least half a day without a recharge.

    Plus, my oldest is a gamer and the T61p has a competent graphics chipset, so he has his eye on it… with Windows 8 of course, he likes that :)

    The question for me is, “Do I purchase a workstation first, or a lightweight long running portable?”

    I figure my head will be clear some time next week after we’ve moved house.

    Have fun with the M92p when it arrives!

    1. I’m going to have a look at the cost of a desk that’ll match the bookcase as the desk right now is pretty rickety and not particularly nice relative to the other furniture that is in the lounge room. Tis the great benefit of being in the economic crapper – lots and lots of sales and I’ve got some savings aside to take advantage of them which will hopefully mean I’ll be able to get my hands on a nice desk at a reasonable price because ultimately these are things I’m going to keep long term where as the desk I have right now I picked up at the NZ equivalent of Warlmart (Warehouse Stationery) I’d prefer to have something that’ll last be long term.

      Depends on what you use the most for your work I guess; if it were me and I use my workstation 90% of the time and what I depend on to make money I’d go for the workstation first and then hold out later for a ultrabook/portable device of some sort. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is awesome to use and hopefully when I have the time I’ll grab a SIM card so I can see how the 3G Broadband mobile performs in the real word. Side note, I downloaded the Windows 7 Pro iso from linked from the article at Arstechnica ( link ), downloaded all the necessary drivers and voila a very fast installation – UEFI enabled and legacy free; fast boot times, low memory usage etc. it is a great experience all around. I can understand why Lenovo does the things it does but it still kind of irritates me that one has to decrapify computers at this stage.

  2. My desk right now is wherever I sit – the secondary kitchen in the basement of our new house is not yet finished, there were some delays – but that’s okay, it is giving me additional time to figure out what I want to do.

    I may use the counter space for a time with a bar stool and experiment with a standing workstation. If it fits with my workflow, I can save a few hundred dollars there and put it towards something else (computer parts, bike parts, clothes, whatever).

    Working as I have for the last few weeks during the house move, I ultimately believe now that I will stick to fairly compact and mobile machines.

    I will probably put a larger SSD into my MacBook Pro (easy to clone OS X) and continue to store my virtual machines and other large files on an external drive (I have a 2 TB Seagate in a nice Macally enclosure, it looks like a miniature Mac Pro). That is plenty of space for a Time Machine partition, a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable image, and my other files.

    I have decided to go back to only a single display for enhanced focus, and I may even not use an external panel. The idea is to have a “30 second grab and go” setup for the workstation, everything would fit in my laptop backpack.

    Then, I’ll get a tablet with a keyboard for light work around the house, especially in my sitting room upstairs. I can remote access the MacBook Pro with VNC and/or TeamViewer depending on where I am located.

    Once the Windows 8 ecosystem stabilizes in a few months, I’ll re-examine the hybrid laptop/tablet market and consider an upgrade.

    Saw your post about the clean install – I don’t blame you one bit.

    My ThinkPad X120e was much quicker with a vanilla Windows 7 install, no surprise there.

    1. Clean install is going beautifully and I’ve given the mobile broadband a try – it’s max speed is 7.2Mbps but the signal is very good so I guess I’d sooner have a better signal quality than promises of high speed with little chance of reaching them. I thought the clean install would be a major pain in the bum when it came to things like the built in 3G modem but in reality once I installed the driver and the hardware was picked up it was no more complex than choosing a wifi base station from the internet access icon in the task bar. As soon as the ThinkCentre arrives sometime next week or the week after the first thing I’ll do again will be to do a clean install with all the latest drivers which will result in a very nice experience. After that is setup I then have some ‘fun’ re-encoding my music which leads me to choose either mp3 or ogg – I have a feeling I’ll go for mp3 using lame given the support is pretty much universal and the quality of lame encoding is top notch.

      1. Awesome. My experience with my X120e was similar, clean install was no problem and then just connected it via an Ethernet cable to my router and let Windows work for me. The hardware on the ’120 is fairly normal so the WHQL drivers do the trick – stable and automatically updated.

        I tend to stick with a mix of “open” and “closed but common” file formats for convenience and interoperability – I used to obsess a bit about using open formats for everything, but it was more trouble than it was worth.

        I mean, I don’t know anyone “in real life” who uses ODF, Ogg and so on – things like .txt are okay, but most people use Microsoft Office (and hey, it is much better than LibreOffice), and for media, best just to stick to stuff people use so you can exchange if desired.

  3. @Brett Legree

    I’ve only ever seen ODF used occasionally at work and that is for stuff we keep at the shop (we use running on CentOS) and ogg I’ve only used on an experimental basis but always went back to mp3 as it is the most common. For me I find that the file formats that are available do their job and if you need portability then OOXML seems to be pretty well supported along with PDF for read only documents etc. For me I could never work my head around a fixation by some in the ‘geek community’ to get hung on file formats like some sort of religion – sure, don’t chose obscure formats that hardly anyone uses but equally it makes little sense ‘sticking it to the man’ by using some non-mainstream format that few use – ODF being the prime example of that. Oh well, maybe I’m one of the many few quite happy Microsoft Office users who are happy with the status quo :D

    1. Me too. I fail to see the logic in going out of my way to “fly the flag of freedom” and make not only my life more difficult, but the lives of those around me (ultimately, as they won’t be able to work with me easily). Sure, use .txt and .rtf if you must, but I’m also happily in the Microsoft Office camp (and even happier today – apparently Office is coming to iOS and Android officially some time after March 2013, so a happy day for us and a day for many Linux people to start eating humble pie…)

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