Lenovo ThinkPad T530

Rrecently purchased a Lenovo T530 on ebay, to replace the ancient Siemens laptop, which gave up the ghost. The T530 was in excellent condition, as advertised. Before buying, I checked the T530 would run Debian Linux to ensure I would have no driver / hardware issues, as I had in the past.

The ThinkPad runs smooth and quiet, with fairly good response to input. The keyboard has a nice feel, akin to a desktop keyboard. It comes fitted with a 370GB hard disk which is a little slow and detracts from the machines capabilities.

I ordered an upgrade to the stock RAM, increasing it from 4GB to 12GB. After some research, I decided to replace the 370GB spinner with a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD. The extra RAM and SSD will considerably increase machine speed. 250GB will be okay, as I don't need a lot of on-board storage, preferring to use cloud storage.

The ThinkPad comes with Windows 7 installed, which was immediately wiped. The Debian install ran flawlessly and completed in 30 mins.

The T530 has an Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 wifi adapter. Debian does not carry closed drivers as part of its Free / Open Source operating system.

Debian Wiki getting wifi operational:

YouTube video - RAM upgrade:

YouTube video - SSD upgrade:

Lenovo T530 Specification:
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1600x900
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
Hard Drive 500 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
Chipset Brand intel
Wireless Type 802.11abg, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11A
Average Battery Life (in hours) 9.1 hours
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Lenovo
Series ThinkPad T530
Item model number 23595JU
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7
Item Weight 7 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.7 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 14.68 x 1.4 x 9.65 inches
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM

Ancient Chinese Curse ?

UEFA Champions League Trophy

T he UEFA Champions League trophy stands 74 cm (29 inches) tall and weighs 7.5 kg (17 pounds). The trophy is made of silver at a cost of 10,000 swiss francs.

Premier League Trophy

D esigned by Asprey of London, the Premier League trophy is 104 cm high (41 inches) 43 cm wide (17 inches) 25 cm deep (9.8 inches). The trophy weighs 25 kg (56 pounds). The trophy and crown weigh 10 kg while the base weighs 15 kg. The body of the trophy is made from silver gilt and solid sterling silver, with semi-precious malachite stones used for the plinth.

Father Of The Atomic Bomb - J. Robert Oppenheimer

"Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds"
- J. Robert Oppenheimer (quote from The Bhagavad Gita)

Dead Cat Bounce

D ead Cat Bounce: In finance, dead cat bounce is a small, brief recovery in the price of a declining stock before its continued fall. Derived from the idea that "even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height". The phrase originated on Wall Street, is also applied to any case where a subject experiences a brief resurgence during or following a severe decline. The phrase is also used in political circles for a candidate or policy that shows a small positive bounce in approval after a hard and fast decline. [Wikipedia]

Vegetarian Ancestors

S ome of our vegetarian ancestors out hunting some fruit 'n' veg for dinner. Fully armed with bows, arrows and spears to kill those fast moving veggies before they escape.

Premier League payment to clubs 2016-17

Premier League payment to clubs 2016-17
Club (UK TV appearance brackets)
Prize money (£s)
Total payment (£s)
Prize money determined by finishing position - data from Premier League website
Chelsea (28)38,832,180150,811,183
Spurs (25)36,890,571145,461,325
Man City (28)34,948,962146,927,965
Liverpool (29)33,007,353146,112,439
Arsenal (25)31,065,744139,636,498
Man Utd (28)29,124,135141,103,138
Everton (18)27,182,526127,800,699
Southampton (15)25,240,917122,450,841
Bournemouth (13)23,299,308118,237,066
West Brom (11)21,357,699114,023,291
West Ham (15)19,416,090116,626,014
Leicester (16)17,474,481115,820,488
Stoke (10)15,532,872107,062,381
Crystal Palace (14)13,591,263109,665,104
Swansea (10)11,649,654103,197,163
Burnley (10)9,708,045101,237,554
Watford (13)7,766,436102,704,194
Hull (10)5,824,82797,354,336
Boro (13)3,883,21898,820,976
Sunderland (10)1,941,60993,471,118
Full table broken down into all categories on the Premier League website.

Debian - Chrome Install

I nstalling Chrome in Debian is pretty straight forward.

First add Google's key.

As root user do the following:

# wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | apt-key add -

Still as root, open file using 'Vi', 'Emacs' or similar:

# vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the Chrome repository to sources.list:

deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

Save and close file. Then run:

# apt-get update

# apt-get install google-chrome-stable

Chrome install is complete.