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Need advice on what laptop to get

I'm going back to school next year and I need a laptop but I'm not sure what I should be looking for exactly.. I'm looking for something not too expensive.. I found a few off Kijiji that go for 200-300$CAN but I'm not sure if they meet my needs.

I'd also like to use it for other things like watching Netflix and also has a DVD player

Could anyone help suggest what I should get / look for?

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Tesla puts more cars on sale to maximize $7,500 EV tax credit

Engadget - 28 min 44 sec ago
Tesla really, really wants to be sure buyers can make the most of the full $7,500 EV tax credit before it's cut in half for the company in 2019. Elon Musk has announced that the automaker is now selling "all" cars where the original customer can't t...

[USA] $1000ish budget, at least 14" screen size, digital drafting/architecture

  • Total budget and country of purchase: $1000-1500, USA

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Here's a link to the minimum/recommended specs given by my architecture professors - recommended is not entirely mandatory but somewhere in the middle of the two should be about good

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Preferably not an extremely clunky/heavy laptop

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows 10

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. At least 14 inches

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. I'll be running Rhino 6, several Adobe programs like Illustrator and Photoshop, and some games

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Warframe, heavily modded Stardew Valley, and maybe Minecraft - Warframe is probably going to be the most taxing game, but I'm not too picky about flawless FPS

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Would prefer metal casing instead of plastic (not cheap feeling). DVD slot is optional

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. I'd like this laptop to last me at least five years (the full length of my architecture program) - I'm leaning toward an XPS 15 due to me really liking my current XPS 13, but I'm open to any options that are pretty solidly/aesthetically built

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Lenovo Legion Y530 Vs Dell G7

Here a link to the dell:https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-g7-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-256gb-solid-state-drive-licorice-black/6212436.p?skuId=6212436

Here a link to the Legion Y530:https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-legion-y530-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-1tb-hard-drive-black/6219200.p?skuId=6219200

I whould like to buy one of this. Its very important to me that is a durable laptop made of good materials. Its also important the screen and the cooling system.

The dell has a better graphics and a ssd. But the lenovo is cheaper and people told me that it also has a better screen. The lenovo also looks nicer

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Professional Laptop, CAD work [1,500 USD max.]

*Total budget and country of purchase:*

$1500 would like to try and stay below that. US purchase

*Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.*

Good specs, not 2 in 1

*How important is weight and thinness to you?*

Needs to be light, and prefer it to be thin. I'll be using it away from home often.

*Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.*

Windows

*Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.*

15.6"

*Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.*

CAD type software, some 3d graphics involved and some data processing.

*If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?*

No gaming but the program I'm running would do best with a dedicated video card but nothing special at all.

*Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?*

Normal keyboard, not squishy. Good, professional build quality. I'll be using it at a desk too, so more flexibility for external monitors, the better.

16gb ram, prefer expandable to 32. The program I run uses more ram than anything. Future upgrades may need to happen.

Want a m.2 SSD also.

*Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.*

I don't need any special refresh rate, but would like full HD. Maybe that could save a little? Thanks!

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Why is it so hard to learn how to make a simple dialog box in C++?

Learn Programming - 42 min 49 sec ago

I just want a simple exe program where when run it creates a window with some text and then an OK button that terminates it.

But then I search online:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/dlgbox/using-dialog-boxes

And this says nothing about how to create an exe program. Can I use notepad and just save the file as an exe file? It does not say. It really doesn't, I'm telling you.

And then it makes all kinds of CRAZY distinctions between all kinds of random dialog boxes. I find that VERY confusing.

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Can you fetch the url of all tabs open in a browser using Python?

Learn Programming - 44 min 12 sec ago

I was thinking on using urllib or something similar to get the url of all tabs open as a list of strings, then parse it to check if a specific website was open. I didn't know if something like this was possible or not. Nothing I searched got me any results. Any help would be appreciated!

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Digital Artist looking for a laptop looking to draw overseas.

  • Total budget and country of purchase: $2,000 , AUS

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.

  • Good Battery Life

  • Best Specifications

  • NO 2 in 1s

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? 7/10 importance, I'm walking around with this in my bag possibly for 8+ hours

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 15.6"+ Ideally, or the bigger the better.

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.

  • Clip Studio Paint

  • Paint Tool SAI

  • Sony Vegas

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? N/A (not gaming orientated)

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?

  • TOP Screen Quality (will be staring at my computer for long periods)

  • Good Keyboard (should ideally have a mechanical feel so that it doesn't feel like Im typing on mush keyboards like the ones offered at Microsoft Surface Pro keyboard)

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion:

CORE REQUIREMENTS: MUST HAVE!! (10/10 Importance)

  1. WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM ONLY! (No Android or Macs)

  2. NO 2 IN 1s (must have a concrete laptop)

  3. Reliable and Durable Build Quality (need something that can last for at least 3 years)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In order of importance

  1. Screen Quality (something that doesn't strain the eyes after long periods of waiting) - (9.5/10)

  2. Battery Life (must last for long periods of times) - (9/10)

  3. Screen Size (bigger the screen size = wider view for drawings) - (8/10)

  4. Portability (say no to back issues!) - (7/10)

  5. Good Input Keyboard - (6/10)

THINGS THAT I DO NOT NEED:

  1. Touch Screen Capability

  2. Finger Print Reader

  3. Good Decoration Aspects

I'll be connecting a drawing tablet to my laptop and I require Clip Studio Paint to make comics on, therefore a stable proper laptop is a must.

Apologies in advance if these specifications are quite specific, that's kinda why I came here in the first place in hopes that I can find people who can give me the best recommendations, thanks in advance!

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Manhattan Mystery of Creepy Jingles and Random Noises Solved

Hack a Day - 1 hour 2 min ago

Here’s a puzzler for you: If you’re phreaking something that’s not exactly a phone, are you still a phreak?

That question probably never crossed the minds of New Yorkers who were acoustically assaulted on the normally peaceful sidewalks of Manhattan over the summer by creepy sounds emanating from streetside WiFi kiosks. The auditory attacks caused quite a stir locally, leading to wild theories that Russian hackers were behind it all. Luckily, the mystery has been solved, and it turns out to have been part prank, part protest, and part performance art piece.

To understand the exploit, realize that New York City has removed thousands of traditional pay phones from city sidewalks recently and replaced them with LinkNYC kiosks, which are basically WiFi hotspots with giant HDTV displays built into them. For the price of being blitzed with advertisements while strolling by, anyone can make a free phone call using the built-in VOIP app. That was the key that allowed [Mark Thomas], an old-school phreak and die-hard fan of the pay telephones that these platforms supplanted, to launch his attack. It’s not exactly rocket surgery; [Mark] dials one of the dozens of conference call numbers he has set up with pre-recorded audio snippets. A one-minute delay lets him crank the speakerphone volume up to 11 and abscond. The recordings vary, but everyone seemed most creeped out by the familiar jingle of the [Mr. Softee] ice cream truck franchise, slowed down and distorted to make it sound like something from a fever dream.

Yes, it’s a minimal hack, and normally we don’t condone the misuse of public facilities, even ones as obnoxious as LinkNYC appears to be. But it does make a statement about the commercialization of the public square, and honestly, we’re glad to see something that at least approaches phreaking again. It’s a little less childish than blasting porn audio from a Target PA system, and far less dangerous than activating a public safety siren remotely.

Gaming/college laptop needed

No max budget but I would prefer 1-2k

I don't like 2 in 1s. I value high specs and battery equally.

Weight and thickness are secondary

Windows is a must

17 inch display preferred but 15 is alright

General gaming and windows office plus typical browsing.

Just general gaming, I don't play many AAA games but if something comes out that I like then I'd like to be able to play even if not at top settings 60fps.

I'd like for it to be durable and if there are any extra security/privacy aspects those would be awesome.

I just want to do my nursing school work on this plus some cringey games like csgo, Teraria, and fortnite. Since I have to carry this around Durability is a big plus.

Thanks you guys for the help I asked here once before but my needs shifted a little and I really appreciate any help and advice!

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Has Anyone Tried Udacity's OS Course?

The content itself seems to be from Georgia Tech but it seems it is very little in terms of the project, but I could be wrong which is why I am asking for it here.

I want to learn by doing and not memorizing some stuff that I will forget.

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Can't seem to get form to appear inside a div?

Learn Programming - 1 hour 23 min ago

I'm trying to create a form that sticks at the bottom of the div that says "General" and "programming."

Here's a picture

I've tried many things, and can't seem to get the form to appear... When I do get something to appear, I can't make it stick to the bottom either. Can anyone help?

I'm using bootstrap

Heres my HTML:

<div class="chatroom"> <div id="contain"> <div id="channels"> <div class="list-group"> <a href="#" class="list-group-item list-group-item-action active">General</a> <a href="#" class="list-group-item list-group-item-action">Programming</a> </div> <div id="bar"></div> <form id="create-channel"> <div class="form-group"> <input type="text" id="c" class="form-control" autocomplete="off"></div> </form> </div> <div id="chat"> <ul id="messages"> {% for message in messages %} <li>{{ message }}</li> {% endfor %} </ul> <div class="input"> <form> <div class="form-group"> <input type="text" id="m" class="form-control" autocomplete="off"></div> </form> </div> </div> </div> </div>

and CSS:

body { background-color: azure; background: url(../images/background.jpg) no-repeat center center fixed; -webkit-background-size:cover; background-size:cover; } .chatroom { width: 90vw; height: 80vh; top: 50%; left: 50%; transform: translate(-50%, -50%); position: fixed; border: 2px solid white; border-radius: 30px; background-color: white; opacity:.8; box-shadow: 0 4px 8px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2), 0 6px 20px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.19); display: flex; flex-direction: column; } .input { height: 40px; width: 98%; margin-left:1%; margin-top: auto; } #chat .form-control{ border-bottom-right-radius: 30px; border-top-right-radius: 30px; } #chat{ border-top-right-radius: 30px; border-bottom-right-radius: 30px; float: right; height:100%; width: 75%; display: flex; flex-direction: column; } #channels{ border-top-left-radius: 30px; border-bottom-left-radius: 30px; background-color: white; width:25%; float: left; height:100%; overflow-y: hidden; } #bar{ background-color:black; height:100%; float: right; width: 3px; } #contain{ height:100%; } .list-group{ font-family: "Avant Garde",Avantgarde,"Century Gothic",CenturyGothic,AppleGothic,sans-serif; font-size:20px; width:calc(100% - 3px); background-color:#bcbcbc; float:left; display:inline-block; } submitted by /u/browat
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[Homework] Letters and Spaces Only and, Hidden Message using Char Array for C++

Learn Programming - 1 hour 24 min ago

So we actually have 2 assignments due Tuesday next week and I believe almost everyone in our class doesn't know how to do it. Anyways here is the exact description our professor gave us:

Assignment 1: Letters and Space Only

Create a function that will allow you to enter letters and space only in a string(character array). The inputting will only stop if the enter button is pressed.

Ascii code:

enter - 13

backspace - 8

Sample Main Function:

int main(){
char data[1000];
letterAndSpaceOnly(data);
cout<<"My Input is "<<data;
}

Assignment 2: Hidden Message

Create a function that hide all characters that you type in a string(character array). The input will only stop if you press enter and display the hidden message.

Sample Main Function:

int main(){
char data[1000];
hiddenMessage(data);
cout<<"My Message is "<<data;
}

ALSO, he provided us an .exe for both assignments to show what the output should be. I don't know how to upload and / or link exe files so here's a screenshot of both

I'm pretty terrible at programming especially with arrays and also the libraries (string.h, stdio.h, conio.h, etc.). Hoping someone could help me and my friends.

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New blog for beginners

Learn Programming - 1 hour 33 min ago

www.wisdomoverflow.com

This is a new blog with latest and frequently asked interview programs. Code is beginner level and very easy to understand.

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Laptop recommendations please!

* **Total budget and country of purchase:**

1000-16000, United States

* **Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.**

Good specifications and battery are important, 2 in 1 and touch screens are optional

* **How important is weight and thinness to you?**

Fairly important. I would prefer a thinner laptop but does not necessarily have to be an ultrabook.

* **Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.**

Windows.

* **Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.**

N/A

* **Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.**

Video & Photo editing, and gaming.

* **If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?**

I prefer to play open world games, and hitting 30 fps would be fine with me.

* **Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?**

Build quality is very important to me. A good keyboard and trackpad are also very important, although I do have external mice and keyboards so they aren’t completely necessary.

* **Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.**

I am not a fan of the aggressive edges and overall “Gamery” look of a lot of laptops with decent specs at cheaper price points. If you have suggestions that wouldn't get me weird looks at the coffee shop I would really appreciate it :)

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How do I get ready for a CS major?

Learn Programming - 1 hour 42 min ago

I just got accepted into my dream college and will be able to major in Computer science! However, I’m nervous that I don’t know much about computer science and that I might be at a disadvantage. I know how to code decently but I’ve never taken a computer science course. Any tips or should I not be worried?

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