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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:28 am on March 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply
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    I Got A New Laptop 

    Bam!

    Here we go!

    I finally got a “brand new” laptop.
    I spent a lot of time procrastinating on the announcement because I was working on some other things.

    Like my previous netbook, I will not be revealing any specifics at this point.
    As far as I can remember, I’d never mentioned specific details regarding my netbook, until I was finally in the process of moving away from it.

    Now that I’ve switched devices, I can finally make the announcement.

    I know this sounds ridiculous but this is part of my privacy-security threat model.
    Writing articles in my no-nonsense, straight-forward, factual style is a dangerous hobby. It could get me killed.
    Don’t believe me? Just look at China, India, Thailand, Egypt and a dozen other countries where bloggers have been arrested, jailed, or assassinated.

    So I will not be discussing which laptop I finally managed to procure. At least not yet.

    I will say this – I had to hassle a lot to finally get my hands on this device.
    Had to go through a lot of hurdles to buy it.
    First of all, all the stores that I visited had Intel laptops.
    And once I mentioned that I wanted a dedicated GPU, they directed me to the gaming sections, with the Lenovo Legions and HP Omens.
    I was disgusted!

    It’s going to get worse from now on. Because laptop manufacturers have finally found a new way to scam consumers with yet another useless genre – laptops for creators, which are becoming increasingly popular in demand.

    Remember when they came up with the ultrabooks? Then they invented the convertibles.
    Now, they’ve invented laptops with microbials. Have you heard of this shit?
    Pretty soon, they’ll invent laptops with retractible silicon hands targeted towards the basement dwelling neckbeards.

    The first thing that I did was to look up the prices of all the laptops online.
    Then I went to all the stores in my area and gathered their prices.
    All the local stores had jacked up the prices by a significant amount compared to online stores.

    I’m not a rich bastard.
    And every online site I visited had some bad reviews from customers regarding opened packages and faulty devices and receiving devices with different specs…
    I didn’t have enough money to tolerate all these fucking problems, okay?
    I just wanted a brand new device with no problems! Delivered ON TIME.

    Now I did order a laptop online.
    But I did it directly from the manufacturer’s. Figured I’d have less problems in doing so. Buoyiyiyiyiy! Was I so wrong!
    But that’s a story for another day.

    And then I pulled a real gangsta move: I went to a couple of stores, showed them a different manufacturer’s laptop and asked them if they could get me one and for how much.
    Imagine going to an Apple store and asking if you could buy a Surface Pro.
    LOL

    They all agreed. All I had to do was pick the one with the lowest estimate.
    In doing so, I was able to avoid getting ripped off.

    Now I chose a 2 year old laptop model, because it’s the only one I could afford. And that really sucks because I spent 800 bucks on a 2 year old model that sold for really cheap in the US.
    In fact, I could get a refurbished laptop for 600 bucks with better specs!

    A part of me has some percentage of buyer’s remorse because the laptop that I bought has now been made obsolete by newer better models at the same price point.

    And I feel like an idiot because now, my new laptop is literally old and the only consolation I can give myself is that maybe it suits me because I’m a minimalist. But we all know that’s bullshit. I got conned.

    Had I waited until now, I could’ve got myself a hexacore brand new 2021 edition laptop or at least the powerful Ideapad gaming 3.
    And, on that line of thought, if I could wait a few more weeks or months, I could get an even more powerful laptop!
    Jesus Christ!
    Where does this all end?

    In the market today, CPUs get obsolete really fast! GPUs are likely to stay relevant for at least 2-3 years. But new CPUs are been churned out annually so it kinda sucks for people who don’t have money to buy a new laptop every year or so.

    So this machine has a quad core processor, a dedicated GPU, a single channel 8 Gig RAM and a slow ass HDD.
    That’s right folks, I couldn’t afford an SSD. And I couldn’t afford 16 gigs of dual channel memory either.
    BUT, it is upgradable. So in the future, I could add another RAM stick, an SSD and so on.
    The NVIDIA GPU wasn’t compatible with LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta. I did spend several days working on LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.2 beta but the GPU problem still isn’t fixed.
    So, I have to switch to Windows whenever I want to use the GPU.

    In hindsight, perhaps I should’ve chosen an AMD CPU – AMD GPU config since I primarily run Linux. AMD CPU – NVIDIA GPU configs have a lot of problems on Linux. AMD GPUs though, aren’t as powerful as NVIDIA’s.

    AMD CPUs just became faster than Intel. Up until 2019, Intel chips were still more powerful than AMD’s.

    So, how does my “new” laptop stack up against my old ones?
    Well, the CPU is at least 500% faster than my HP laptop and over 1300% faster than my Lenovo netbook!

    The integrated GPU is at least 900% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop and over 1000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    The dedicated GPU is at least 2800% faster than the integrated GPU in my HP laptop, and over 3000% faster than the integrated GPU in my Lenovo netbook.

    So, is it an upgrade? Of course!
    But is it the best upgrade I could’ve made? No.

    At the time of my purchase, the Ideapad Gaming sold for around $850 which was already over my $800 baseline. I’m quite surprised that Lenovo dropped the prices so quickly. I think this only goes to prove how Lenovo pricks can’t be trusted. I’ve heard this from several reviewers as well – Lenovo keeps changing their prices all the time. If the Ideapad Gaming started selling so well, I bet they’d bump the prices up to $1000 the very next day!
    FUCK LENOVO! LENOVO SUCKS!

    I’ll be adding an additional RAM stick in the future, and get an SSD. That should significantly bump up the performance.

    It’s very weird that LibreKrsnah Desktop OS v0.1 beta took longer to boot on the “new” laptop than my old netbook. I think there will be some optimizations in the future.
    I do have a roadmap for the upgrades coming next year, so maybe I’ll write an article about that.

    Footnote: In explaining the details of the specs, I believe I’ve already doxxed my laptop. Oh well!

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 3:51 am on January 28, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , manufacturers, , netbook, rant, review   

    My Lenovo Netbook Review 

    I have a Lenovo S20-30 netbook.
    Yep!
    It’s time for the grand reveal!

    When my HP laptop was dying, I asked someone to buy me a new laptop.
    At the time, Windows laptops with a touchscreen were a big hype so I really wanted one.
    And of course I wanted a bigger screen, faster CPU and more RAM than my HP laptop.
    But this is the surprise I got.

    An 11 inch netbook with Windows 8.1 with Bing preinstalled.

    CPU: Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor (Bay Trail-M Series)
    Clock Rate: 2160 – 2410 MHz
    Level 1 Cache: 112 KB
    Level 2 Cache: 1 MB
    Number of Cores / Threads: 2 / 2
    Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power): 7.5 Watt
    Manufacturing Technology: 22 nm
    Max. Temperature: 105 °C

    GPU: Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Codename: Bay Trail
    Architecture: Gen. 7 Ivy Bridge
    Pipelines: 4 – unified
    Core Speed: 311 – 750 (Boost) MHz
    Memory Bus Width: 32/64/128 Bit
    Shared Memory: yes
    DirectX: DirectX 11, Shader 5.0
    Technology: 22 nm
    Supported Technologies: Wireless Display, Quick Sync, Speedstep

    RAM: 2048 MB, DDR3, Single-Channel, Soldered

    Ports: 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 headphone jack, SD Card reader

    Display: 11.60 inch, 16:9 display ratio, 1366 x 768 pixel, Chi Mei N116BGE-L32, TN LED, reflective

    Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0, 500 GB, 5400 rpm

    Networking: Realtek RTL8102E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet (10/100MBit/s), Broadcom BCM43142 (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0

    Soundcard: Intel Valleyview SoC – HD Audio Controller

    Battery: 36 Wh Lithium-Ion, lasts 3 hours max,
    Lifespan: 1 Year

    Camera: Potato webcam

    Speakers: Stereo

    Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no

    Preinstalled bloatware: Cyberlink PowerDirector 10, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial version), MS Office (trial version), Nitro Pro 9, Superfish

    Price: $300

    Now, I’ve listed the specs according in order of priority. I’ve tried to be as civil as possible, without making this personal.

    And now I’m going to critique this piece of crap. Are you ready?

    CPU: This is the worst CPU that I’ve ever used in my entire life. Like what year was this made for? 1978?
    Intel, I’ve got some words for you.
    Intel, Fuck You! Fuck you Intel! Fuck you for producing this garbage processor that is slow as fuck and can’t even run Windows.
    Do you know how fucking slow this is? I had to install Linux on the damn thing! I had to learn Linux. I tried and tested like a dozen distros over and over and over, again and again, every year. And at the same damn time, I had to learn how to create my own distro, a slick and smooth and fast one that could run on this piece of crap that you MONKEYS dare call a processor.

    When was this piece of junk created?
    Now I’m curious. I wanna know what year it was that Intel thought was a great year to create a dual core CPU with only 2 fucking threads.
    2014.
    Oh gee! It’s the year 2014! Everyone’s running computers with quad core CPUs with 2.4Ghz min. base clock and 4.0 Ghz boost clock.
    I wonder what kind of processor we could create that would please our customers?
    N2830!

    Cache? Who needs cache?! Let’s put a 1Mb cache and call it a day!
    What was this processor designed for? Running a fridge? Opening and closing your doors? Beeping an alarm when the intruders break your windows?
    What the fuck, can a CPU with 1Mb cache, accomplish by the modern standards?

    Y’know back when I was a Windows nerd, I saw these Windows for embedded systems. These are the systems that ran on things like vending machines and billboards.
    Hey Intel! Is that what you designed the N2830 CPU for?
    Then why the fuck did you sell that processor to laptop manufacturers?!

    The N2830 CPU cannot run modern applications on Windows. It can barely run the Windows OS.
    And to think that Intel engineers would come up with this garbage processor is a disgrace to humanity.
    To think that Intel would release such a CPU into the consumer market is utterly despicable!

    I’m glad AMD has taken the consumer market.
    I’m glad AMD is whooping Intel’s ass like the little bitches they are.
    Good!
    It’s a thin piece of comfort, but it’s comfort nonetheless!
    You know I hope AMD takes over the entire planet, and I hope Intel goes bankrupt and shuts down and I hope all the Intel engineers go fuck themselves for designing this piece of shit processor.

    GPU: Intel Integrated Graphics has been a running joke for a decade. And if AMD hadn’t stepped up and pulled out that Vega card, Intel would still be fucking everyone over with their piece of crap Intel UHD.
    Intel UHD is a joke.
    If anybody has a computer with Intel UHD alone, they just got smacked in the eyes by Intel’s nutsack.

    The S20-30 can’t play 1080p YouTube videos. The best you can watch is 720p.

    Now, onto Lenovo.
    Lenovo, get your asses ready. You know it’s coming. It’s coming down hard!

    2GB of soldered RAM!
    Can you believe this shit?!
    Who came up with the idea of pairing 2 gigs of soldered RAM with Intel’s pile of crap?
    Who is it?
    Give me a name!
    Who is the Lenovo engineer, that came up with this marvelous idea?
    I wanna know his name. I wanna know his address. So I can pay him a visit an solder his asshole shut.

    If you design this kind of garbage, you do not deserve to be called an engineer.
    You should be called a monkey. A retarded monkey.
    This was 2014, you stupid moron! You knew this kind of shit wouldn’t run Windows OS!

    2 USB ports on either side of the netbook.
    What was this netbook supposed to run? Chrome OS?
    Put everything in the cloud? Google cloud storage? Microsoft OneDrive?
    Y’know the laptop had Microsoft OneDrive. But it was so slow, it was unusable.

    The SD card reader didn’t work.
    It detected my card like twice when I was using Linux and that too disappeared.
    But the SD card on my HP laptop was flaky too, so I’m not gonna blame ya’ll. These SD card readers all seem to be crap.

    The display was terrible. This was hands-down the worst screen to be ever put on a laptop. The worst!
    The touchscreen was laggy, so that was a useless feature too.
    The screen was so reflective, I could use it as a mirror.
    Absolutely terrible!
    The resolution was terrible and you could count the pixels if you stared at the screen.
    Who put that screen on there? Who the hell approved such a screen? That screen was so terrible, it could make people go blind.
    Lenovo! Are you smelly jerkoffs trying to blind the world?
    Shame on you!

    The storage was okay.
    My HP laptop had a similar storage setup so I’m not mad about that.
    But if these pricks from Lenovo had put in an SSD, it would’ve made the netbook run a little faster.
    But oh no! They had to cheap out on everything! Sons of bitches!

    The WiFi card gave me a lot of issues on Linux. Bluetooth didn’t work on any of the distros.
    Thumbs down for that.
    And fuck you!

    The sound was okay, I guess. I’m no audiophile.

    The battery lasted for about 3 hours when it was new.
    When you think of the hardware it was powering, Lenovo may have as well just popped a cell phone battery in there.

    The speakers were terrible. Tiny sounds that made it seem like a cell phone from the late 00’s was playing.

    The webcam was terrible. Then again, all laptop manufacturers still use potato webcams. That’s shameful. In this decade, if you put a 720p webcam on a laptop, you’re evil. You should be shot in the leg for pixelating people’s faces. That’d bring you back to your senses real quick.

    The keyboard was okay. A little hard to get used to in the beginning but I managed to make it work.

    The bloatware was unnecessary.
    When you design a laptop that can barely run Windows, adding a bunch of garbage software only makes it worse.

    The netbook came with Lenovo superfish. I guess that’s because all their moms’ vajayjays smell like fish.

    The build was plastic. I don’t mind the plastic except that the screw holders broke off and I had to use cellotape to keep the laptop together.
    The hinge lasted surprisingly well. even though I left the display open for about an year. That faired pretty well compared to HP.

    Overall, this was a terrible terrible netbook. I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy. It was that bad. I wouldn’t give it to ISIS. I wouldn’t want Kimmy Jong Un to use it. I wouldn’t even give it to a child to play with it as a toy.

    Hey Lenovo! Hey! LENOVO! ARE YOU READING THIS?
    ‘Cause I have one more thing to say to you.
    FUCK YOU!
    Fuck you for manufacturing this piece of crap.

    And that marks the end of my rant.
    I would never ever purchase another Lenovo laptop, just as a matter of principle. Even if it was a $2000 X1 Carbon. Wouldn’t do it.
    And I wouldn’t advice anyone to buy one either. Doesn’t matter if it’s a thinkpad or thonkpad or thotpad. If it’s Lenovo, stay away. While you may get a good product, there’s some consumer that probably got fucked over by Lenovo. And that doesn’t sit right with me.

    I wouldn’t buy a HP either. Just putting that out there. I’m not going to talk about my HP laptop experience here. But maybe sometime, if someone wants to hear it.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:32 pm on October 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christmas, netbook, Santa Claus, wishlist   

    Dear Santa 

    My plastic netbook is breaking apart in bits.
    I now have to use cellotape to hold all the parts together.

    Please give me a new laptop for Christmas.

    Thank you.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 5:52 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Krsnah Desktop OS v4.3, , , , , netbook, phone, , updates   

    Krsnah OS: End Of Support 

    Alright! That’s it!
    I’ve had enough of this Linux ecosystem because updates keep breaking everything.

    The Linux ecosystem sucks!
    Let me say that again: LINUX SUCKS!

    I don’t care what distro you are on. I don’t care if you’re running Linux or Unix or Microdick Windows okay? They all suck!

    Last month I updated Krsnah Mobile OS v4.3. And the update broke the icons and notification system. So I had to roll back.

    Today, I updated Krsnah Desktop OS v4.3. And guess what? The WiFi broke. I could not access my WiFi because the WiFi module stopped working. So I narrowed it down to either the Linux Kernel or the Broadcom Wireless Driver update, and, after some thought, my router.
    I rolled back again.
    Just to make sure it wasn’t the router, I rolled back those settings to a file from July 2016.

    Here’s the crazy thing – The Broadcom Wireless Drivers just uninstalled by themselves from my emergency Windows partition. What kind of magic crap is this?
    And nothing worked until I rolled my Linux partition to a previous date.

    And I rebooted my netbook a dozen times just to check that the WiFi worked every single time.

    I was sitting in the morning, relaxing after breakfast, and I thought to myself, let me grab the updates from upstream. And everything was fine until I restarted the netbook.

    Then I had to do some research and go hunting for a solution. I tried some stuff but nothing worked.
    The easiest solution was to roll back.
    And I still wasted a few hours on this crap!

    So, I’ve had enough of software updates.
    I don’t want any more updates.
    I don’t want to deal with little things breaking here and there and having to reinstall the whole OS when something important stops working.

    From now on, there will be no rolling updates.
    After my last installation during the Lockdown, I managed to fix the screen recording issue. But it cost me about 3 days to get everything set up and working again.
    I don’t have that much time to waste on a stupid netbook with stupid software updates.
    Is this thing worth 3 days of my life? I DON’T THINK SO!

    Krsnah Desktop OS v4.3 and Krsnah Mobile OS v4.3 are the final LTS editions for this year.
    That means there won’t be a single software update on either OS unless something important breaks. And I don’t know why anything would break if nothing’s been modified.

    Maybe now I’ll have time to configure some things I really wanted to start using and actually spend some time using them instead of wasting all my time updating stuff that I never get to use.

    As for security patches and fixes, well, I stopped worrying about them the day I switched to Linux and rooted my phone.

    The next updates will be done on the last week of the year. Maybe I’ll create a new build and start next year with a fresh install on both devices.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 7:32 pm on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Artix, , Devuan, , , , , , Lubuntu, , netbook, OpenRC, , Qubes, , Runit, , , , , Whonix   

    Linux: Your Distro Sucks! 

    I just posted an article about my Lenovo netbook. To be quite fair, it is the slowest and worst netbook in the history of computers. And it just had to be my luck to be gifted one when my HP laptop died.

    My netbook is so bad, that even a beggar on the streets would bash it on the ground and stomp on it until it broke to pieces.

    The only thing worse than owning this piece of Lenovo crap, is death by Covid-19.

    But I’m the man who had no choices. I didn’t have money to buy another laptop, so I had to figure out a way to make things work.

    The netbook came preinstalled with Windows 8.1. But it was too damn slow. I upgraded it to Windows 10. It was still too damn slow. So I decided to check out Linux.

    Linux in general is known for being lightweight, faster than Windows, and able to run on slow and old hardware.

    However, times are changing fast, and the latest Linux distros can no longer run well on slow and old hardware, especially my netbook.

    Here’s my experience with Linux distros that I’ve tried:

    1. Manjaro: OS did not utilize the SWAP I’d allocated. Running solely on the 2GB RAM made it slow. Package problems showed signs that the OS could break easily during updates, app installations and removal.
    2. Elementary: Loki did not utilize the SWAP. Nice looking distro but too slow on RAM alone.
    3. Solus: Took several hours to figure out how to install. Missing a lot of software.
    4. Fedora: Couldn’t install drivers for WiFi. Hence unusable.
    5. Qubes: Couldn’t meet minimum system requirements to run
    6. Whonix: Couldn’t meet minimum system requirements to run
    7. Debian: Jessie failed to install from Live CD
    8. Subgraph: Failed to install
    9. Sabayon: Failed to complete installation while downloading packages online
    10. Lubuntu: Installed, failed to run, messed up boot options
    11. Krsnah Desktop OS v1.0: Custom Linux build. My first positive experience with an OS on this crappy Lenovo netbook

    Recently there an online debate sparked up regarding systemd’s developer using Google for fallback NTP servers. A lot of people were disgusted by systemd and some people had moved to systems with alternative Inits like Runit and OpenRC I checked out forums and websites mentioning the advantages of Runit and OpenRC over systemd. The general consensus is that Runit and OpenRC are faster, more efficient and easier to manage than systemd. So I thought I’d give it a go.I looked up the distros that used Runit and OpenRC and decided to go with the most popular ones.

    1. Artix – based on Arch. I chose the Runit version. Once I installed it, the OS had no visible package manager. I was left with a bunch of preinstalled basic apps and that was it. There’s less than 100 people on the planet who are currently using Artix. The forums are dead, there isn’t much information available for anyone stuck with a problem, and one has no choice but to sign up, wait for admin approval, and ask questions directly to the devs. I realized that the package manager had to be run from the terminal. There is no front end GUI for their package manager. If there is, users would have to install it manually. I didn’t want to go on a learning curve for an ugly distro which looked like it might die any day now. Did I mention the slow boot times?
    2. Devuan – based on Debian. Website hinted that there might be a lack of drivers for WiFi. Beowulf could not begin installation without formatting the old /home partition. I didn’t have time to backup all the data to an external drive and restore it if and when beowulf disappointed me. So many Linux distros can use the old /home partition without formatting it. What makes Devuan/Debian so special? Boo! Waste of my time.
    3. Lubuntu – Weird installation; poorly written website doesn’t provide any information on configuration during installation. Distro is slow as hell. This is clearly not meant for 2Gb netbooks. Booting is slow, login is slow and the LXQt is the ugliest desktop environment I’ve used. False advertisement. The devs need to specify this distro for high end machines.
    4. Elementary OS – Hera looks beautiful, works like a charm. I’m impressed. Unfortunately, this distro needs a minimum of 4GB RAM. The system uses over 1Gb when idle, so there isn’t much left for applications. Poor utilization of SWAP. Even when running multiple applications, the OS fails to utilize SWAP.

    And so I reinstalled Krsnah Desktop OS v4.3. Took me a day to install all the apps and configure the OS. It works better than any distros that I’ve tried.

    I think the best way to create a distro for low end machines is to build and run them on low end machines. That’s the only way the devs will learn how to utilize the resources efficiently and make the OS fast and fluid to use.

    I’m looking into implementing Runit for Krsnah Desktop OS, which currently uses systemd. However I’m not sure if it will indeed make my system run faster and smoothly when I haven’t seen any positive use cases on the distros that I tried. At the end of the day, making your distro systemd-free doesn’t make a difference if your OS is slow and laggy and has a crappy learning curve.

     
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