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Rethinking Modern Workflows with an offline computer

May 1, 2023 -

As part of a greater plan to optimise my entire workflow, I am doing a little experiment this month: using a 15-year old ThinkPad X200 laptop as main computer. It’s from an era before “the cloud”, popular among free/libre software enthusiasts. What can we learn from this antithesis of modernity?

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Classic ThinkPad advertisment “Its mother was a mainframe, its father a Maserati”
Classic ThinkPad advertisment “Its mother was a mainframe, its father a Maserati”
This laptop lid hinge, made from metal, is designed to last - note the keyboard has keys a modern MacBook can only dream off (PageUP/PageDown, Home, End, Delete).
This laptop lid hinge, made from metal, is designed to last - note the keyboard has keys a modern MacBook can only dream off (PageUP/PageDown, Home, End, Delete).
Plenty of hardware ports, including a PC-card slot, integrated gigabit ethernet, USB-A and a hardware switch to disable WiFi
Plenty of hardware ports, including a PC-card slot, integrated gigabit ethernet, USB-A and a hardware switch to disable WiFi
Work in progress - my X200 experiment
Work in progress - my X200 experiment
See pixels on a greyish black background - the X200’s display is no match for modern HiDPI micro led or OLED monitors
See pixels on a greyish black background - the X200’s display is no match for modern HiDPI micro led or OLED monitors
The ThinkPad X200 from 2008
The ThinkPad X200 from 2008

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