Some 2 weeks ago, after spending many weeks searching for a good laptop, I finally decided to order the extremely expensive Slimbook Executive 16. I was at first more inclined to buy the twin from Tuxedo because it was black and I could buy it without Nvidia, so much cheaper.
The Tuxedo people told me that although on their website it says:
These laptops are actually made out of plastic and that magnesium alloy is steamed on the chassis themselves. What!? I made sure I got it right so I asked them to confirm several times. And they did. At best their website is dishonest, at worst they want to trick you. Which one is it? You decide.
Now, because TUxedo and Slimbook provide laptops that are honestly almost, if not entirely, identical (just check all of their models - chassis, hardware, sizes, etc.) I asked the Slimbook people if theirs are also plastic with coated magnesium alloy. They confirmed at least 10 times I think, that this is not true. Theirs are purely metal: aluminium+magnesium alloy, as stated on their website.
I decided. Slimbook.
Took a while but it arrived. I live in Spain, they ship from Spain, 5 hours away from where I am. Ok. Anyway.
First impressions were that it does not feel like a sturdy laptop. I have 2 to compare it with. First is my plastic laptop. Slimbook feels sturdier than my laptop. Second is Sasha's laptop which is a 13inch fully aluminium laptop. Slimbook feels like plastic compared to that one. I can beat you with Sasha's laptop for sure, and I could even kill you with it, then I am quite sure it will probably still work. But I can't do that with Slimbook. Yes magnesium alloy is lighter than aluminium, but idk...it feels like a well built plastic laptop to me. Which is not a good thing for me since I want a very s sturdy one.
So, the way it is built, for me, is not what I was looking for. I am inclined to believe this is "a plastic laptop with magnesium alloy steamed onto it", like the Tuxedo folks were saying. Call me crazy but I won't be shocked if the Slimbook people willingly or not misinformed me about their build quality.
Funny that they have a sticker that says "Protected by Magnesium". Protected...hm....
I don't know but if I were to sell laptops that are fully metal built, I would advertise that like "Chassis made out of aluminium and magnesium alloy!". Again, maybe this is a conspiracy I am creating inside my head but things smell fishy to me.
The keyboard is a bit odd. Some key symbols are not centered yet others are...
Not something that bothers me too much, but still an odd thing to see.
The charged is a fat-charger for a slim-book 😀
It is massive. That makes this laptop not very portable since the battery form my initial tests, is not great with that Nvidia card. Maybe lasts for 2-3h...maybe a bit more. Maybe it is normal for such a powerful machine.
The worst part: the screen colors are washed out. Look:
I do not care about little differences, but this is a massive difference. My old laptop has a more contrasty look, a lot more. Slimbook is super washed out. I tested on Sasha's laptop and her screen is almost identical with mine. So idk which screen looks more like most screens out there, but for sure I prefer my old laptop screen and Sasha's screen. If two screens from two different laptops look a lot better than the Slimbook's one, maybe it is the Slimbook that's not doing well.
And this is awful because I checked the documentary I just edited the colors for, and on my screen and Sasha's looks great, on Slimbook looks not that great....what is it happening? Maybe this model has a fucked-up screen!? IDK...but this is the worst thing for me, something that if not fixed I will return the laptop. I can maybe put up with the rest, but not with this for sure.
Speaking of screens. You know I've been saying that 2k 3k 4k screens are a BS marketing unless we talk about very large screens and content to match that screen. Well...Slimbook has a 16inch 3k screen. If I switch between 3k and fullhd I can't really tell any difference. Maybe my eyes are not the best, but I feel like this is just a BS marketing thing.
Now...the screen size is perfect for me. I love the 16:10 aspect ratio. I love how light it is. I like how it looks and I despise those many stickers. The webcam is decent, the speakers are great. I can't open it to look inside because they added a sticker to one of the screws to stop you from doing that and I am concerned I can't return it if I open it up. Speaking of that, the bottom part of the chassis feels like pure plastic to me. Quite flimsy even when it is attached to the laptop.
Overall this laptop is a monster in terms of hardware. That's fantastic. But the build quality, although not bad at all, is not at all a sturdy one in my view. I would feel concerned to carry this laptop around for long. The battery is not great at all and if you leave it on the bed for example, the laptop gets super hot super fast.
I will test it for longer but so far idk what to say....because on one hand I LOVE the screen size and the overall size and weight of the laptop. But at the gigantic price of 1750 Euros....(sure I got it 150 euros cheaper), but at that price you expect a fantastically well built laptop that will last you for a decade. At least that's how I think.
Maybe that's how laptops are built nowadays....light, seem fragile....maybe I will keep it eventually. But idk...if not I will return it and search for a new one next year after TROM II is done. I may be inclined to go for a good Thinkpad or older models that were better built.
Let's see if Slimbook will convince me to keep it....I kinda doubt....
We should act like a species. The human species. And these non-important labels should not even matter.
We should raise kids as HUMANS. Make them aware of the fascinating world we have discovered, or the problems we face in our society. Should be that simple and would cut off the nonsense debates about gender, sex, sexuality, identity, race or whatever other crap. No one should care what you fantasize about, what you fuck, how you dress, how you look and all that in the first place.
Ok. Stay human.
In any case, I am so grateful for the Spanish healthcare system where I am a patient. Not a client. I go there, they take care of me. Yes, sometimes it is slow and annoying because the GP does not give you enough attention at times, but hey it is entirely free (and side note: it is even slower I've heard in the USA....). Anyway, I feel safe and relaxed because of the healthcare system in Spain. So happy that I get access to this system. Everyone should have access to healthcare as trade-free. No need to give anything in return for that service. The fact that this is not the case, says a lot about our society.
And America....dear fuck, what's the point of all of that "wealth", the weapons, the cockyness, the money, the popularity, the fame and all that, when you treat your own citizens as intruders who do not deserve to be helped when they are in pain and suffering. Imagine having a terminal disease and dealing with two worries in America: 1 that you will die, and 2 how much would the medical expenses be and what's the impact on you and your family. Terrible!
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Then I'll have January, February and March to finish the last part. And April to do a few improvements to the other parts, add some sources and make a trailer.
Let's see if I can do it.
Then in May the TROM Meeting!
I mean except a few (3 or so) close TROM friends who have helped enormously for the past years, and maybe 50 or so people who contributed a little here and there monthly, there is no financial help. We get some 250 Euros a month from 30 people, and some 200 of this is by 1 human haha. So yeah, we used to get over 1k a month in donations to support TROM. Not anymore.
I suspect a bunch of reasons such as the fact that nowadays people are blasted with all sorts of micropayments and donation schemes, subscriptions and the like. When I started this years ago, donating seemed like a noble thing to do to support a project. Nowadays donating means you get access to whatever shit the "sellers" provide. You don't "support", you want the perks and "early access" shit or whatever. The notion of "donating" has become almost meaningless and pointless.
Me and Sasha will try to make money ourselves and support these projects, so for now we are ok. But it is for sure a bit depressing to see that you provide tons of free stuff: from books and videos, to online services and so on; and despite thousands using these things, only a handful help you financially to sustain these projects.
Anyway, I am continuing the work and maybe through WebApe I can sustain it in the long run. Will see ;)
At the beginning of december I will take a week break or so....
Oh and cannot wait for my laptop to arrive. Hopefully this next week. And let's see how distracted I'll get by that....
I still hope to finish the 3rd part by the end of this year.....
I plan to eventually team up with @Aaron and get financial support via WebApe to be able to continue our work on TROM, while at the same time providing these sort of federated services for those who are ok to pay for them.
I was talking at one point with @Cleo of Topless Topics about making a Peertube instance for nonsexual nudity - like be geared towards that - since nudity is something people are so afraid of and we should educate them a bit that it is ok. Tits and dicks, butts and legs, vaginas and all that. 😀 I think could be a good idea. Something you can't do on youtube and may be able to on other platforms that are either full of ads or you have to pay a subscription. But via WebApe you only need someone who is willing to pay for one of our subscriptions to then open up the instance for everyone.
I am even thinking to kickstart it for free and get support via donations since it is a unique video platform I guess. Moderated, educational, sane.
Anyway will see....
I also have to focus on TROM II....
Mind you I also provide trade-free services via trom.tf and lots of stuff via tromsite.com. WebApe is to allow me to support these free projects.
Via WebApe I also provide Friendica instances, Peertube, or Nextcloud.
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This is the laptop:
Why buy this?
- Unlike Tuxedo that has plastic chassis with magnesium alloy steamed onto it, Slimbook is only magnesium and aluminium alloy. I want a "metal" laptop. No more plastic please!
- It has a 16'' screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio. As tall as my 17.3'' laptop and only a bit less wide. Speaking of the screen seems like a great one, and almost no bezels.
Thus it is smaller in size than a normal 15'' laptop.
- It is light and thin. Just 1.5kg light and 2cm max thin when closed. That's very portable.
- Good selection of ports. All I need!
- The power of it! The i7-12700H has 14 cores and 20 threads. My current one has 4 cores and 8 threads. Big difference. This laptop also has an NVIDIA RTX 3050Ti 4GB DDR6 - yes I do not game at all, but I do a lot of video editing and other tasks like live-streaming for TROMcast that could take a great deal of advantage of this nvidia GPU. All in all this laptop is a beast. Hardware wise should last me for at least a decade.
- Slimbook is designed for Linux and the folks behind it seem to be very open-source driven. They are also super friendly. I talked to them over email almost daily for the past days. Funny enough they know about TROM and TROMjaro haha. And even consider adding TROMjaro as one of the OS selections when people buy a Slimbook.
- They are from Spain, where I live, and I get 3 year warranty. Plus they have a bunch of spare parts on their website so I can repair mine in case I need to.
- The laptop has 2 m2 slots and that's super useful since I need a lot of diskspace.
Let's see when it arrives how good it is. But yeah, I am happy I finally did this. My current laptop is some 6-7 years old and I think I can for sure keep a laptop for a decade if it is well built.
Thanks to @Roma for making this possible!
Material: Display lid, top and bottom case made of magnesium alloy (AZ91D), Display frame made of plasticI am curious....
Then I tell them that Slimbooks are made fully out of aluminium and magnesium alloys, as confirmed by Slimbook, and then they say: We looked at their website and indeed they are made out of "aluminium and magnesium " so they are not metal.
Aren't aluminium and magnesium metals? What am I missing? So confused....
But I am continuing my TROM II work. I amazed by how much @Roma helped me with this laptop donation campaign....wow can't believe I can finally start to move my old and slow stuff to 1 single device.... I will review the laptop when it arrives and I may have another great news in regards with this laptop and the people behind it, something that has to do with TROMjaro ;) .... let's see...
My dear friend @Roma thank you for allowing me to have a great laptop that will help me with all of the projects I am doing.
Basically I thought that laptops made out of aluminium and magnesium alloys are....metals....however they told me that their magnesium alloy laptops are basically magnesium alloy steamed onto plastic....so they are plastic!? They said they do not have metal built laptops...how odd.
The people from https://slimbook.es/en/store/slimbook-executive/executive-2-comprar that have laptops which are almost identical to Tuxedo's said theirs are fully metal except the tiny display frame made out of plastic.
@Nick @ The Linux Experiment you reviewed these laptops a lot, what do you think? I got the impression from your videos, and others, that these laptops are metal-built and not plastic...
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Can you please tell me if this is a good idea? I want to make them aware if not. Thanks!
They are talking about how this global trade based society pushes us all, from individuals to companies, to pollute, mostly care about profits, destroy the nature, enslave others, coerce. And are taking direct steps to overcome this by providing humans with their basic needs trade-free (as a first step), so that we help humans have a good life, and not pollute and waste as much, and get involved more to reverse the effects of pollution and destruction.
They have also started to ban all advertising because they rightly say that this is only going to create more needless consumption. I am so happy about that. Online or offline, ads are illegal.
They are working with all governments around the world to make a global transportation system that is trade-free, so that we phase out cars entirely. Universal healthcare is also on the agenda together with trade-free education. Two meals a day for everyone, trade-free access to the Internet, investing a lot of resources in non-meat food alternatives, and kick-starting a massive sharing platform (online/offline) so that we can all share the vast amounts of wasted and unused stuff that we have around. Even sharing a room/place to stay. How amazing! This, they hope, will incentivize people to re-use, rather than buy useless shit all the time.
Lastly, they realize that laws and rules do not work, so their overall approach is to create a better society from within the current one. One that does not rely on trade but on share. This way we can make companies and profiteers obsolete, with time. The focus will be on how to protect us and the nature, using renewable energies, less polluting practices, and so forth, since there is no incentive to do otherwise. All, while decoupling ourselves from the need for trade. Have a lot more free time, get more educated, get involved.
GO UNITED NATIONS! Let's do it folks! #tromlive
Ideally I should also move to a new server all of our websites....and that's a huge task....
I am a bit under pressure because of the TROM Meeting in May 😁 - I want all to be done by then.
I think the 3rd part should be done by the end of this year, or max mid January. Then I will have to finish the 4th and last part and ideally (again that word) should take me around 2-3 months to finish it.
Anyway a lot of fuckin' work. And I'd also like to start a donation campaign for that laptop very soonish maybe I can get some help with that since 95% of the stuff I do on it is for TROM - maybe those who find value in the 30+ websites/projects that we have can help a bit since the laptop will be super expensive for my small pocket.
Please buy his 60 dollars book that's full of such facts about dead kids.
Everything is for sell folks.....everything.
Even @Greta Thunberg sells her book The Climate Book https://theclimatebook.org - a totally needless use of trees, to print words on them, when you can share a book digitally everywhere in the world at almost no resource impact at all. Such an irony....
Heck yeah Amazon is full of books about why deforestation is bad, sold as printed books:
On one hand I understand, people have to trade in order to survive in this society, on the other hand it is so ironic that you feel like crying and laughing at the same time.
I wrote over 30 books, and published around 40. I released a 14h documentary a decade ago and will release another huge one in a few months time. On top of this I run over 20 free services at trom.tf and created a custom Linux distro: TROMjaro. VideoNeat and TROMnews are also projects of mine. Same is the trade-free.org website.
And I never ever traded any of these! I asked for support and I have received it. At least I am not a hypocrite telling people how fucked up this society is and talking about solutions, while using the same exact rules of this society, pushing for more trades.
If you appreciate this work please also consider a donation of course - but that's optional and on a volunteer basis.
Anyway....weird world we live in....
Maybe this is a signature of our fucked up society where most people are interested in more disposable products, lured in by companies who want the same.
Show me a great built laptop, that I can easily upgrade and repair, has a great battery, ok big screen, ok cpu, and is not as heavy as a brick! 😁
After I release TROM II I will try, little by little, to fully migrate to these decentralized platforms like Scuttlebutt and Tox for messaging. We really need that and not servers and centralization.
The Fediverse and Matrix, are great for now. But they are what I like to call as decentralized centralization. Several servers instead of 1. And only a few have most of the users, thus have immense control over the entire network.
But tomorrow I'll also try to release a new TROMjaro ISO....
So a bit of work these days.
That's a future I want to see for "social networks".