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    Pluton, Microsoft’s new security chip, will finally be put to the test / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 4 January - 22:15

Promotional image of new laptop computer.

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In November 2020, Microsoft unveiled Pluton, a security processor the company designed to thwart some of the most sophisticated types of hack attacks. On Tuesday, AMD said it would integrate the chip into its upcoming Ryzen CPUs for use in Lenovo's ThinkPad Z Series of laptops.

Microsoft already used Pluton to secure Xbox Ones and Azure Sphere microcontrollers against attacks that involve people with physical access opening device cases and performing hardware hacks that bypass security protections. Such hacks are usually carried out by device owners who want to run unauthorized games or programs for cheating.

Now, Pluton is evolving to secure PCs against malicious physical hacks designed to install malware or steal cryptographic keys or other sensitive secrets. While many systems already have trusted platform modules or protections such as Intel’s Software Guard Extensions to secure such data, the secrets remain vulnerable to several types of attacks.

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    Review: Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 is a powerful laptop with heat problems / ArsTechnica · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 11:35 · 1 minute


Enlarge / Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen 4. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The term “desktop replacement” is a bit out of fashion as a descriptor for laptops these days, if only because fewer people have desktop computers they’re trying to replace. But I struggle to think of a better term for something like Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme , currently in its 4th generation.

Where other workstation-y laptops like Dell’s XPS 15 have dropped ports and offer only limited GPU options in an effort to slim down and become more mobile, the X1 Extreme still comes with a healthy selection of ports (both in number and variety) and offers GPUs all the way up to Nvidia’s RTX 3080. Its 16-inch screen is also subtly but noticeably larger than the 15.6-inch panels you’ll find in other laptops with similar speeds and weights.

(If you’re buying an X1 Extreme Gen 4, you could also check out the Lenovo P1 Gen 4 , which is a workstation-branded version of an essentially identical laptop with Nvidia A- and T-series workstation GPUs in most models rather than RTX-series consumer GPUs. If you can get a P1 for cheaper than a comparable X1 Extreme, it’s a safe trade to make.)

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    The T700 motherboard is a crowd funded modern drop-in replacement board for the Thinkpad T60/T61 range of laptops

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 28 November, 2021 - 13:40

The thing is, even the best hardware eventually becomes obsolete when it can no longer run modern software: with a 2.0 GHz Core Duo and 3 GB of RAM you can still browse the web and do word processing today, but you can forget about 4K video or a 64-bit OS. Luckily, there’s hope for those who are just not ready to part with their trusty Thinkpads. Xue Yao has designed a replacement motherboard that fits the T60/T61 range, bringing them firmly into the present day. The T700 motherboard is currently in its prototype phase, with series production expected to start in early 2022, funded through a crowdfunding campaign.

What is not clear, though, is whether it will actually be Windows 11 compatible.


#technology #hardware #thinkpad #T700 #motherboard

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    This is where Movim is made GEAR

    Timothée Jaussoin · Wednesday, 9 June, 2021 - 19:29 edit

Just a small picture of my desk.

I'm writting the Movim sourcecode since 2013 on this #Thinkpad T430. It's a wonderful computer that I'm planning to keep as long as possible. A really nice keyboard, replaceable battery, 1Tb of SSD, Full HD IPS screen, 8Gb of RAM… and a nice dock to easily switch to a triple FullHD screens setup.

Everything is running on #Debian Testing with #XFCE 💕

It's also funny to see what you can do today with a small setup like that.

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  • 21 September, 2021 Timothée Jaussoin

    I moved to 12Gb or RAM recently :p

  • 28 September, 2021 purplesky

    Thank you Timothee for everything. From a ThinkPad user in Indonesia.

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    Lenovo updates ThinkPad lineup with 16:10 screens and more / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 - 19:38

Today, Lenovo announced a broad overhaul of its ThinkPad laptop lineup, led by the popular X13 and X13 Yoga.

Lenovo has added many features previously seen in its X1 Nano model to various other laptops across the ThinkPad line. Among those is a continuing shift to 16:10 displays, which most productivity users will greatly appreciate compared to the more media-focused 16:9 aspect ratio found in recent prior models.

There's also human presence detection; the laptops use a radar sensor to detect when you're sitting down in front of them, and wake up from sleep accordingly. And of course, like so many similar laptops in this day and age, you can get these machines with fingerprint readers built into the power buttons now.

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    Le clavier externe ThinkPad de Lenovo, une valeur sure / JournalDuGeek · Thursday, 30 April, 2020 - 08:00 · 1 minute

Beaucoup de professionnels ne jurent que par les ordinateurs portables de la gamme ThinkPad , anciennement chez IBM et depuis quelques années chez Lenovo . Pourquoi ? Tout simplement parce qu’ils sont connus pour être super résistant au temps et qu’on peut vraiment l’utiliser dans toutes les conditions. Mais ce n’est pas tout, si tout le monde n’est pas forcément d’accord, les ordinateurs ThinkPad restent les seuls à proposer un trackpoint, en plus d’un trackpad. Du coup, couplé à l’excellente ergonomie du clavier dont la réputation n’est plus à faire, certains ne jurent que par ce duo.

Lenovo l’avait compris et proposait déjà un clavier externe reprenant ses deux technologies phares. Profitant du Printemps, le constructeur chinois vient d’annoncer l’arrivée dans le commerce (il avait été présenté au CES 2020 ) d’une nouvelle version, le ThinkPad TrackPoint Keyboard II reprend à peu de choses près les caractéristiques de son prédécesseur mais avec les petites mises à jour qu’on a pu voir sur les derniers ordinateurs portables ThinkPad . Toujours Bluetooth ou sans-fil via un petit dongle USB, la nouvelle version accueille un port USB-C pour la recharge, ce qui sera toujours mieux que le port Micro-USB du prédécesseur. A noter une version filaire déjà disponible et pour nous autres français, la version AZERTY ne devrait pas tarder à arriver.

Comptez un peu moins de 100 euros sur le site de Lenovo .

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    Lenovo is joining Dell in the “OEM Linux Laptop” club / ArsTechnica · Monday, 27 April, 2020 - 18:32


Enlarge / You'll be able to buy a Thinkpad X1 Carbon with pre-installed and factory-supported Fedora Workstation 32 later this year. (credit: Lenovo )

It looks like Lenovo may upstage Dell as the big name in OEM Linux laptops—not counting specialty retailers like System76 , of course. Red Hat and Lenovo are announcing preinstalled and factory-supported Fedora Workstation on several models of ThinkPad laptops at Red Hat Summit this week.

Dell's Linux support has generally been limited to one or two very specific laptops—first, the old Atom-powered netbooks , and more recently the XPS 13 Developer Edition line. Lenovo is planning a significantly broader Linux footprint in their lineup.

Jakub Steiner produced a short video stinger for the Lenovo news, to be used at Red Hat Summit .

Fedora Workstation will be a selectable option during purchase for the Thinkpad P1 Gen2, Thinkpad P53, and Thinkpad X1 Gen8 laptops—and Lenovo may offer even broader model support in the future. Lenovo Senior Linux Developer Mark Pearson, who will be the featured guest in the May 2020 Fedora Council Video Meeting , expresses the company's stance on forthcoming integration:

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I am working for more than 5 years now on a Thinkpad T430 (released in 2013). This is a wonderful and very versatile laptop with a really nice support through the years (by Lenovo and by the fact that it's quite easy to find pieces to fix or upgrade the laptop even years after its release).

I already upgraded the existing HDD to SSD (one screw, 5 min work), double the RAM (there is an extra empty slot available bellow the keyboard, 4 screws, 10 min work) and changed the battery (no screws 😁).

A few months ago I found the work of some members of Forum Thinkpads to replace the existing TN panel to a FullHD IPS one. The main problem was that the new panels were not compatible with the existing screen interface in those "old" Thinkpads and a specific converter was needed (LVDS vs eDP).

I then ordered a few weeks ago a kit directly from the shop Saniter on AliExpress that contains both a Full HD IPS screen and the adapter for ~110€. I was really impressed by the support and feedback that I got from them. They are also providing genuine B140HAN01.* panels (I ordered a B140HAN01.3) were some others are only selling "compatible" ones.

When doing this upgrade you also have to choose where to put the adapter in the laptop. It seems that most of the people prefers to put it behind the screen but I choose the alternative method, to put it bellow the keyboard (there is a bit of space there). As I understood Saniter can provide both kits (just ask them in a private message when doing the order).

Close up look at the adapter

The "bellow the keyboard" kit also came with a 3D printed holder. It was not fitting properly in the case and even after trimming a bit some parts I found out that it was pushing slightly the center of the keyboard up making it touch the screen when the laptop was closed. I then prefered to not use it and simply put the adapter as it with some tape to hold it.

The package came really quickly and in perfect conditions. It was a bit tricky to put the adapter in and changing the cables (took me 30-40 min to do it properly). But the result is really worth it. The kit is also available for T420 and you can find alternative one (different adapter) for the T430s and T420s.

And now some pictures 😃