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  1. raycpl's Avatar
    After 6months of control, the whole state now goes back into MCO in a days time... Its lockdown-lite with exceptions for essential services...
    But several districts has fallen into red-zone, and goes into TEMCO (temporary Enhanced MCO).. I hope they are strict with this, cos the cases are spiking.
    All these because the state's ex-chief ministers rope in some party hoppers and tried to form a new state government by the backdoor... State Parliament was dissolves, an election followed and here we are.. On the cusp of a second wave.
    What stupid idiots forces an election in a pandemic??
    10-01-2020 05:24 AM
  2. libra89's Avatar
    After 6months of control, the whole state now goes back into MCO in a days time... Its lockdown-lite with exceptions for essential services...
    But several districts has fallen into red-zone, and goes into TEMCO (temporary Enhanced MCO).. I hope they are strict with this, cos the cases are spiking.
    All these because the state's ex-chief ministers rope in some party hoppers and tried to form a new state government by the backdoor... State Parliament was dissolves, an election followed and here we are.. On the cusp of a second wave.
    What stupid idiots forces an election in a pandemic??
    Yeah that's messed up!
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    10-01-2020 09:28 AM
  3. worldspy99's Avatar
    First time in seven months eating at a restaurant. Outdoors of course. Staying cooped up was driving the other folks in the family crazy.

    Came to Santa Monica beach after having some great Thai food.
    10-09-2020 05:56 PM
  4. libra89's Avatar
    First time in seven months eating at a restaurant. Outdoors of course. Staying cooped up was driving the other folks in the family crazy.

    Came to Santa Monica beach after having some great Thai food.
    [IMG=1008x756]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20201009/86a16f24e519ff4f6287a79bc9b2e6ce.jpg[/url]
    Great picture! Yeah I get your family on that. It must have been an interesting experience.
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    10-10-2020 11:42 AM
  5. raycpl's Avatar
    Wish I could go outdoors... Over here we're right into the 3rd wave... Redzones, tightened MCO,.. all the national parks in the state has been shut down.
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    10-12-2020 12:49 AM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    I don't really watch basketball but I thought that it was cool that the Lakers won the championship this year, considering how the year started.
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    10-12-2020 09:23 AM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    Also has anyone heard from Rue? I hope he and his wife are ok.
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    10-12-2020 09:36 AM
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    I don't really watch basketball but I thought that it was cool that the Lakers won the championship this year, considering how the year started.
    I've always had mad respect for LeBron before and after his time in Miami but it SUCKED that he beat my Heat for the title. His altruism and stance on social issues transcend the sport and it's what also brings out the haters. Kind of tells you where we are as a society huh?
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    10-12-2020 02:16 PM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    I've always had mad respect for LeBron before and after his time in Miami but it SUCKED that he beat my Heat for the title. His altruism and stance on social issues transcend the sport and it's what also brings out the haters. Kind of tells you where we are as a society huh?
    Haha it really does.
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    10-12-2020 02:54 PM
  10. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I've always had mad respect for LeBron before and after his time in Miami but it SUCKED that he beat my Heat for the title. His altruism and stance on social issues transcend the sport and it's what also brings out the haters. Kind of tells you where we are as a society huh?
    I'm glad he got another title since he's really a good guy. He still does loads of charity work in Akron, Ohio.
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    10-12-2020 08:32 PM
  11. libra89's Avatar
    I asked my brother to help me with the laptop thing and he couldn't so I finally bought one. It's a Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7. I am supposed to get it tomorrow apparently! It seems like the best compromise of what I was looking for. Also found a good deal for it.
    10-19-2020 04:29 PM
  12. worldspy99's Avatar
    That's great to hear. Let us know how you like it and maybe a mini review as well.
    I asked my brother to help me with the laptop thing and he couldn't so I finally bought one. It's a Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7. I am supposed to get it tomorrow apparently! It seems like the best compromise of what I was looking for. Also found a good deal for it.
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    10-19-2020 04:40 PM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    That's great to hear. Let us know how you like it and maybe a mini review as well.
    I'll do my best! The only downside of this deal is that I only have 14 days to see if it will work for me or not. (It's a downside because other places have a longer return period, due to the time of year). Either way, I'll share.
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    10-20-2020 12:08 PM
  14. libra89's Avatar
    Early impressions of the laptop:

    -It's so light.
    -Opening it with one hand is possible but I haven't gotten the hang of it.
    -As someone with long fingers, the keyboard feels good but will adjust. (I'll really put this to action the next day I work from home).
    -I like that the power button is also a sensor.
    -The speakers are decent.

    I like it so far, even though it makes my old computer look like a fossil lol.
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    10-20-2020 09:52 PM
  15. libra89's Avatar
    I'll do my best! The only downside of this deal is that I only have 14 days to see if it will work for me or not. (It's a downside because other places have a longer return period, due to the time of year). Either way, I'll share.
    Checked Lenovo and it seems like from when I ordered to now, they suddenly relisted this laptop and they were able to price match before buying so when I get it, I'll have 30 days to use it! And then if the price drops in that time frame, they can give me another match. This one will be going back to the store. I need to do a video call to see that experience with video and sound, which I'll have soon.
    fatclue_98 and me just saying like this.
    10-22-2020 07:30 PM
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    Checked Lenovo and it seems like from when I ordered to now, they suddenly relisted this laptop and they were able to price match before buying so when I get it, I'll have 30 days to use it! And then if the price drops in that time frame, they can give me another match. This one will be going back to the store. I need to do a video call to see that experience with video and sound, which I'll have soon.
    Good luck!!
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    10-23-2020 06:06 PM
  17. libra89's Avatar
    Good luck!!
    Thank you! Weirdly enough, it looks like I'll get this laptop direct from Lenovo the same day the old one is returned. I'll be watching.
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    10-24-2020 11:34 AM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    Early impressions of the laptop:

    -It's so light.
    -Opening it with one hand is possible but I haven't gotten the hang of it.
    -As someone with long fingers, the keyboard feels good but will adjust. (I'll really put this to action the next day I work from home).
    -I like that the power button is also a sensor.
    -The speakers are decent.

    I like it so far, even though it makes my old computer look like a fossil lol.
    Additional thoughts:

    -The screen is glossy, which is annoying considering that it isn't touch screen.
    -The display is on the dim side.
    -Sometimes the fan just randomly kicks up (and with this extended period, I plan to see how that goes and if I'm willing to tolerate it)
    -I don't know if it is a Windows 10 thing or what, but it seems to prefer Edge. Everything else works too but it goes from being very quiet to making a bit of noise if I'm not using Edge.
    -The webcam isn't good, but I remember what Rue said and I ordered one that is on the cheap side, but will work for what is needed.

    I have also found that there was an AMD variant of this laptop that was also good, aside from lacking the thunderbolt ports. I can't find it though, so maybe Lenovo ended it. I do like it so far and will have more to say hopefully when I can have it for a week, rather than 3-4 days of usage. Then I can give a mini review here.

    Edit: Found this review and I can agree with it, I'm possibly leaning towards keeping it:
    Last edited by libra89; 10-24-2020 at 12:55 PM.
    10-24-2020 11:50 AM
  19. worldspy99's Avatar
    Hey @libra89
    Fans coming on randomly was one reason I returned the relatively expensive HP and Lenovo last year and decided to make the jump to the even more expensive Dell XPS 13.

    Also another thing I have realized lately is that it's better to use Edge versus Chrome. Give that a try and see if that helps reduce the fan usage. Microsoft has outdone Google with the new Edge. Google really needs to address some big issues with Chrome.
    10-24-2020 01:07 PM
  20. libra89's Avatar
    Hey @libra89
    Fans coming on randomly was one reason I returned the relatively expensive HP and Lenovo last year and decided to make the jump to the even more expensive Dell XPS 13.

    Also another thing I have realized lately is that it's better to use Edge versus Chrome. Give that a try and see if that helps reduce the fan usage. Microsoft has outdone Google with the new Edge. Google really needs to address some big issues with Chrome.
    Ooh that's so helpful to know. I had no idea that was part of the reason for you. It does sound like the additional cost of the Dell XPS 13 can be worth it.

    I'll try that for sure when I get it back (that sounds weird, I know lol). I really hope that it does. Sometimes it just starts up when I'm just browsing and/or using Excel and then it stops. It seems to not make sense to me with how it works. For a Zoom call though, it seems fine? So I don't get it. Thank you for sharing this tip.
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    10-24-2020 08:37 PM
  21. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I gave the Duo a solid month and a half, which is about a month more than I would give any phone. Sadly, UPS is returning it to Microsoft today. The reason it lasted as long as it did is because it does so much right yet can't do the most basic task to save it's life - phone calls. The dual screen experience is like no other, it will be hard to go back to a mono display. But I get 50-60 phone calls on an average day when I have meetings and have exceeded 100 when I don't have meetings and people know I will answer the phone. A folding phone without an exterior display simply doesn't cut it. I can't see how Microsoft will employ one on a future device while stubbornly clinging to the idea that it must be thinner than a Ritz Cracker. At least I know what to look for if and when they release a 2nd or 3rd gen model.
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    10-26-2020 06:20 PM
  22. libra89's Avatar
    I gave the Duo a solid month and a half, which is about a month more than I would give any phone. Sadly, UPS is returning it to Microsoft today. The reason it lasted as long as it did is because it does so much right yet can't do the most basic task to save it's life - phone calls. The dual screen experience is like no other, it will be hard to go back to a mono display. But I get 50-60 phone calls on an average day when I have meetings and have exceeded 100 when I don't have meetings and people know I will answer the phone. A folding phone without an exterior display simply doesn't cut it. I can't see how Microsoft will employ one on a future device while stubbornly clinging to the idea that it must be thinner than a Ritz Cracker. At least I know what to look for if and when they release a 2nd or 3rd gen model.
    You gave it a great try. It is cool but I can easily imagine the frustration with these issues for you. Hopefully this will improve for round 2, whenever that will be.
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    10-26-2020 09:56 PM
  23. libra89's Avatar
    Laptop actually came a day earlier than expected! I'm planning to try out only using Edge, as suggested. So far, I have updated everything and with using Edge, it is quiet. I'll see how it goes with having some Edge tabs open and using Excel spreadsheets with a lot of data tomorrow when working.
    10-26-2020 10:30 PM
  24. raycpl's Avatar
    I gave the Duo a solid month and a half, which is about a month more than I would give any phone. Sadly, UPS is returning it to Microsoft today. The reason it lasted as long as it did is because it does so much right yet can't do the most basic task to save it's life - phone calls. The dual screen experience is like no other, it will be hard to go back to a mono display. But I get 50-60 phone calls on an average day when I have meetings and have exceeded 100 when I don't have meetings and people know I will answer the phone. A folding phone without an exterior display simply doesn't cut it. I can't see how Microsoft will employ one on a future device while stubbornly clinging to the idea that it must be thinner than a Ritz Cracker. At least I know what to look for if and when they release a 2nd or 3rd gen model.
    I read it, and I was thinking I don't even get 50-60 phone calls in a year.
    I wish I could lay my hands on a SD over here, it would be interesting for sure.
    10-28-2020 04:18 AM
  25. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I read it, and I was thinking I don't even get 50-60 phone calls in a year.
    I wish I could lay my hands on a SD over here, it would be interesting for sure.
    Today has been brutally quiet due to meetings in the morning and afternoon. Only 30 so far. As for the Duo, once the dual screen bug bites, there’s no antidote. For someone who rarely talks on the phone like you, you may not go back.
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    10-28-2020 02:51 PM

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