ThinkPad is a venerable brand with deep community support roots dating back to it's inception in the early '90s, so it's no surprise to see dedicated communities like Thinkpads.comthat have been around for years, or new fan site arrivals like Thinkpadtoday.com. I'm neither surprised that these communities exist outside Lenovo's auspices, nor that they thrive based on the shared enthusiasm for the product design, technology, and camaraderie of membership.
I am surprised, and quite impressed with the unanticipated level of interest and uptake on the new IdeaPad S10 products. Less than a handful had shipped, when a devoted fan built out his own discussion forum dedicated to the IdeaPad S10. Now shipment volumes are ramping andreviews are starting to appear. Already, YouTube videos abound, and this one I found exemplary - a quick guide to some potential upgrades and user customization. Others have already installed SSD media and shared their findings in the performance boost and extended battery life benefits.
This enthusiasm reminds me of my early days with personal computers - the days in grade school with students crowding around an Apple II system to write basic or logo programs or play "Oregon Trail". Later, it was a Commodore 64 hooked to my parent's TV, typing in line after line of basic or ML code published in enthusiast magazines, and then saving them on Audio cassettes. When I was fifteen or sixteen years old, the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST arrived on the scene - the first home computers to feature hi-resolution screens, 32 bit processors, and GUI interfaces for around $1200. Computer enthusiasts would drive miles to a nearby city to join a user group and trade free software, and jabber on about what new computers were rumored to be on the horizon. Those who were fortunate enough to have the latest system were all to happy to pack it along to show off. We would pass the time between meetings, posting and reading text messages on BBS systems via dial up modems. That was the personal computer community experience circa the late 1980's. Fast forward 20 years, and the personal computer has grown exponentially in power, while imploding in size, cost, and weight. The web, and social media have supplanted the old BBS systems, and geographically bounded user groups. Share your enthusiasm and expertise in building the IdeaPad community ... What's your favorite site or source for IdeaPad S10 discussion ?