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Jin Li, one of our well known Lenovo advocates, reveals why he collects ThinkPads

Jin Li, one of our well known Lenovo advocates, reveals why he collects ThinkPads

My name is Jin Li (@lead_org); I am a Lenovo Insider (Lenovo brand advocate), Lenovo Community Advocate, Microsoft MVP, blogger, and a serious ThinkPad addict! I currently own more than 60 ThinkPads, and my collection is growing. So, why do I have so many ThinkPad laptops? I love ThinkPad, and I love the whole user experience associated with owning a ThinkPad. There is nothing quite as satisfying as owning a ThinkPad, servicing it, and upgrading it so that it will still function in a decade’s time when other laptops have gone into the eWaste recycling bin. I sometimes feel that ThinkPad is more than an inanimate object that you simply use then throw out, but rather it is an embodiment of human knowledge and cultures, which every owner should treasure. ThinkPad represents everything that is great about mankind, and how we can translate our culture and thinking into great functional design, which other people could equally appreciate (or discover). By collecting ThinkPads, I can discover and learn about the cultural and design evolution of a great brand, and how it changes overtime. At the same time, I can also marvel at how ingenious ThinkPad designers are, to allow the original ThinkPad design elements to remain identifiable in products 20 years after its release. One could say that ThinkPad brand has the greatest brand pedigree! Jin Li has...

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Turk Pipkin and his education and action nonprofit organization, The Nobelity Project, tackles pressing global issues such as hunger, climate change, and war and peace through powerful documentary films. One issue close to his heart is the education of children in Africa, and recently Pipkin was instrumental in building a computer lab for students in Kenya ("Bringing Education to the World, One Country at a Time"). While in awe of his activism, we were also mesmerized by Pipkin’s multifaceted Do spirit. Pipkin is a respected author of 10 books, a TV writer, and a former stand-up comedian and entertainer (“The Sopranos” fans may recognize Pipkin as Aaron Arkaway, the narcoleptic boyfriend of Tony Soprano’s sister, Janice).  Pipkin reveals how his past and present has connected to provide technology, inspiration and hope to children. How did the Nobelity Project collaboration with AMD and Lenovo form? The collaboration came from some great people at AMD, specifically the efforts of Bart Arnold, and Cory Grenier at Lenovo. One of our favorite new computer labs is at Kabiruini Girls Secondary School. The 200-plus students have new Lenovo ThinkCentres and Thinkpads with AMD technology. These are some happy and creative students, and their grades have gone...

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Matthew Lanetti's late grandfather, Mike Zurratt, was a longtime IBMer who joined the company after serving his country as a United States Marine. Here he is standing with what is believed to be an IBM 704 that was installed on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Matthew recently added the X1 Carbon to his ThinkPad collection. We think his grandfather would be proud.   Matthew Lanetti represents a younger, vibrant generation of ThinkPad enthusiasts – he has a DO spirit, is not afraid to challenge himself and is always connected. With many technology options available to youth today, he reveals how an old T30 and a special tie to ThinkPad’s legacy turned him into a ThinkPad fan. I discovered ThinkPad when my father gave me an old T30 he found in a stack of junk that was to be thrown away in his office. I had started to get into computers and my dad thought an old laptop, that probably didn't work, would be great for me to learn from. Being a tech enthusiast, I had heard of ThinkPad and had seen them in stores. My maternal grandfather had worked at IBM as a field engineer manager for 35 years until he died in 2002, when I was five years old. I don't remember much about him, except that he loved his job and IBM. I will never forget the moment when I first saw that ThinkPad. I was amazed when it started up with no problem. I remember staying up very late that night just playing with the T30 and...

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We asked our fans to go down memory lane and reminisce on their very first ThinkPad. From the early days to the most recent innovations, diehard ThinkPad lovers tell us which “Bento Box” first stole their heart.   Dmitry Novikov (Russia): "My first ThinkPad was an R52. I bought it in 2005 and it's still working!"   Kelvin Tse (Hong Kong): “I treasure this X60 ThinkPad, which not only provides good firmware updates, but is also a good “cloud computing” partner for exchanging files, and streaming video and music. …”   Jeremy Fenn (United States): “I was given a ThinkPad A23 when I went to school for computers. It was the greatest thing I had seen at the time. I had a bad car accident on I-95 coming back home, flipping the car about seven times, windows were broken out, everything that was IN the car flew OUT, including my laptop. That poor thing must have flown about 100 feet. When a couple of my friends picked me up and let me stay at their house, I checked it. You know, it still worked like it should. …”   Kyouhyung Kim (South Korea): “My first ThinkPad was an X201 tablet. I eventually ended up becoming a ThinkPad collector. My favorite is 701c, but among the ones that are actually usable in the present computing environment, X41t is my favorite; it still keeps me up on my daily uses and has unrivaled build quality, something you can never find from...

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ThinkPad X1 Carbon and T430u

ThinkPad X1 Carbon and T430u

Ultrabooks are going toe-to-toe for bragging rights, with Lenovo’s own ThinkPad® X1 Carbon and T430u looking to make a mark in the business world. Guest author Michael Archambault faces off both ThinkPads to help you decide. Which will you choose? The release of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and T430u has sparked the ultimate battle of business Ultrabooks. Both bring the flair and function of Ultrabooks with a rugged business touch to the ThinkPad. Ultrabooks allow executives and employees to carry out mobile tasks with greater ease and without the fear of running down on power. The question is, which one is right for you? The X1 Carbon is emerging as the leader of the pack earning four out of five stars and Editor’s Choice Awards from both PCMAG.COM and LAPTOP Magazine. It is beautifully crafted with a carbon fiber cover and roll cage, but is only a third the weight of aluminum. The beautiful, strong outside construction is complemented by the 14” HD+ widescreen display and a large multi-gesture trackpad. Any business user knows the importance of having a good keyboard. The new Precision Keyboard on the X1 Carbon has the same...

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