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My new love

So there she was, just sitting there waiting for me to arrive. I looked at her and it was love at first sight. It wasn’t that she was flashy or anything like that but yet she had a certain kind of elegance that sad to say most don’t really stop to appreciate.

They’re really missing out.

Some feel that in order to be attractive you have to put on expensive clothing and spend time in the bathroom putting on makeup but the truth really is, I love you just the way you are. I know it’s been said beauty is only skin deep and for some that is indeed true, but this time I have truly found something special.

Now before you go off to never never land let me clarify that I am referring to a laptop. Not just any laptop mind you but a classic thinkpad. In fact, the one that I am referring to is the Lenovo T420, simple and rather plain but just like a woman it’s the beauty on the inside that you will no doubt appreciate and continue to love even if the outside no longer looks the same.

Speaking of the inside of the T420 I will talk more about that in a moment but first I will talk more about how I got her.

I just so happened to go into a pawnshop that day and I was curious if they would have some thinkpads in there. Of course, I expected to see Toshibas, Dells, HP’s and other popular brands and I was thinking maybe, just maybe I would actually see something I like. So going back to the scene I described earlier I knew it wouldn’t hurt anything to look.

What is so awesome about all of this is that I already wanted a T420 anyway. You see, I don’t purchase a laptop without researching the exact make and model to ensure that it will be worth my time and money. So this was truly a surprise and one that only gets better and better

Oh yeah I did say I would talk about the specs of this machine well here goes….

14“ screen thats 1600×900 resolution
i7 2620 2.7 Ghz Cpu
4 GB Ram
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Oh and the price. I’ll let you think what you think the price ought to be.

Times up!

It was $135.

Now compare that to what I saw at Microcenter: $250.

$250 good lawd thats a lot of money! Yes, it is for the following reasons.

#1. I just noticed this today that they don’t list the resolution of the screen. So that could be less than what I have, or to be fair it could be.

I doubt it, doubt it!

#2 An i5 instead of an i7.

Hmm, interesting. Now lets talk about the upgrades I did to the machine shall we?

16 GB DDR3 RAM $60
Samsung M850 SSD $90

Grand total: I spent about $295. What if I got the machine from Microcenter as much as I love them it would have been $250 plus $150 so $400 instead of a $300 investment.

Again with a weaker processor, and likely lesser resolution screen so to be honest my savings are even more.

Well, now that I have talked about my new love I do my own review of the Lenovo T420.

I know you just can’t hardly wait.

How I got started with Blender

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When you first look at Blender I feel as though you are totally forgiven for feeling intimidated by it. In fact that was exactly my experience, yet I decided to press on anyway. Really I was determined to cast my fears aside and enter a brave new world.  One that I have wanted to  be a part of since high school. Thanks to this wonderful website for being one of several sites to inspire me to do this.

Well, over a decade later I finally got a piece of the pie for I am at long last in a position to follow the dream and thankfully it would be no simple fantasy

Yet, at long last I was able to go ahead and make something. Since then I have done the tutorial several times and each time I changed some of the details of it.  I also did renders on my x201 laptop and even on my Fujitsu Lifebook 4215.  It did pretty well on the x201 but the Fujitsu was well, I’ll tell you later about that.

I guarantee it!!

Of course, I prefer using my PC with my 30 inch Apple Cinema Display connected to it to work on Blender as it has much more kick than either of my laptops

No way i was letting that nice monitor go to waste!!

Then I decided to do it again and this time change the thickness of the cup to 0.9 vs. 0.7 and I know I know you are like…….Big hairy deal. And that’s perfectly fine, because I was just going for a minor difference before I completely lose my mind and make more drastic changes.

Just to be clear this is #3 and changed the roughness to 2 instead of 1. Changed the color, but decided to keep the original thickness of the cloth. The material I chose was silk instead of the regular cloth so don’t start with the whole “but silk is cloth moron!”.

LOL!! Well….duhhhhh!!!

Lamp strength doubled to 4,000 and I think that is why the cup looks as if its textured. Believe me I was just as surprised to see that effect as you are. Speaking of surprises, I thought the rendering process was going to be 20 minutes. Frankly I’m just glad they didn’t go by like hours to be honest with you.

Well, it was 17 minutes so not that far off really

Well, there you have it. Another bad creation by yours truly. Be on the look out because more are coming soon. Also, I am strongly considering doing more videos on You-tube so I’ll talk more about that later. Now, if I could just convince the Linux Mint guys the next time that the letter “I” comes around to name the version “Iesha”, that would be just great.

It sure would!!

Linux Mint is still my mate

Now that I have been using Linux Mint for over a year and a half I must say that I am very happy with it.

Previously, I was concerned about being stuck with a desktop that I just didn’t like. Goodness I would be so upset if I was limited to what the other operating systems are offering. Fortunately thanks to the power of Linux that would prove to be a fear deferred.

When I got started with Linux I was using Gnome 2 and fell in love with it.  I remember the time when we first met and I said to myself……..

What a wonderful world!!!

Yes, I had to get used to the idea of not installing programs that end in .exe, or having to go to various sites to get what I need.  But what I got used to quickly was the concept of being able to install everything that I want without having to go to a brick and mortar store, or spend money that I really just didn’t have at the time.

As a result you can probably understand why I love using Linux in general but to narrow it down even more I love using Linux Mint with  Mate.  I tried XFCE and wasn’t feeling it and Unity I feel was anything but.  I even tried cinnamon and I can’t quite figure it out but I just preferred Mate over all of those.

I digress.

Yes, I am aware that now there exists a Mate version of Ubuntu.  I am happy to hear that as I want to see Mate used more and more and Ubuntu is a wonderful vehicle to raise its popularity .  But to be honest when it comes to Ubuntu its a bit…..”Too late baby now its too late.”

Thanks Carole…..

Now I am on Linux Mint 17 and Mate continues to be great.  I look forward to continued use of it for the foreseeable future.

To the developers of Mate I say thanks…I wish you love