Simplest Safest Computer for Web Browsing and Word Processing?

Blue Crab

benthivore
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That's all I do so really looking for Plain Jane Reliability. I'm totally bummed by the fight for control between me and MS. Win 11 has momentarily backed off an Edge takeover but dropping MS altogether is OK.  My IdeaPad L340 has been OK but the "upgrade" to 11 has had unintended consequences. Font sizing weirdness is the latest irritation. At 90% "zoom" typing this in maybe 14 while the size font on my tabs is more like 2. 

Sure, I'm a geezer. And I can live with the weirdness but wonder what's next?

 

d'ranger

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Not upgrading the laptop to win 11, typing this on a chromebook that is at least 10 years old and was on the shelf for at least a year so had to find the charger.  All my data and bookmarks are still here. For basic stuff it's just hard to beat and has been bullet proof.  IIRC was under $200.

 

Chris in Santa Cruz CA

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Data integrity wise the ms world is hard to beat right now. One drive etc. If you want to fire at will with browsing and not worry about crapping up the box just make sure all personal data is on one drive and learn how to do a clean install and do that once a quarter. Ms has tools to export your profile stuff etc. Either that or have your personal clean machine and Remote Desktop to a browsing only box which you can wipe at will. The third option which is what I do is run multiple browsers and do very specific things with each one. All fun browsing, research, and shopping is done with Firefox with noscripts and ad blockers. It’s a pain initially setting up each place you frequent with the minimum scripts necessary for the site to work but it’s so far kept all my machines crap free for many years. I run all personal e-mail, banking, and other administrative life stuff using chrome. On my work machine ms edge is only used to access share point and one drive work related shared docs. Good luck it’s a jungle out there but the basics still apply. Don’t log in with an administrator level account, use as much internet browser security as you can, and never follow a link from an email unless you hover over the hyperlink and read it and when in doubt don’t do it. If it’s important someone will cal, you or email again.

 

Blue Crab

benthivore
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Data integrity wise the ms world is hard to beat right now. One drive etc. If you want to fire at will with browsing and not worry about crapping up the box just make sure all personal data is on one drive and learn how to do a clean install and do that once a quarter. Ms has tools to export your profile stuff etc. Either that or have your personal clean machine and Remote Desktop to a browsing only box which you can wipe at will. The third option which is what I do is run multiple browsers and do very specific things with each one. All fun browsing, research, and shopping is done with Firefox with noscripts and ad blockers. It’s a pain initially setting up each place you frequent with the minimum scripts necessary for the site to work but it’s so far kept all my machines crap free for many years. I run all personal e-mail, banking, and other administrative life stuff using chrome. On my work machine ms edge is only used to access share point and one drive work related shared docs. Good luck it’s a jungle out there but the basics still apply. Don’t log in with an administrator level account, use as much internet browser security as you can, and never follow a link from an email unless you hover over the hyperlink and read it and when in doubt don’t do it. If it’s important someone will cal, you or email again.
Thanks Chris. I'm going to follow several of these steps. 

 

mikewof

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That's all I do so really looking for Plain Jane Reliability. I'm totally bummed by the fight for control between me and MS. Win 11 has momentarily backed off an Edge takeover but dropping MS altogether is OK.  My IdeaPad L340 has been OK but the "upgrade" to 11 has had unintended consequences. Font sizing weirdness is the latest irritation. At 90% "zoom" typing this in maybe 14 while the size font on my tabs is more like 2. 

Sure, I'm a geezer. And I can live with the weirdness but wonder what's next?
Do you actually need web browsing and word processing while you travel?

What if you didn't do any of that while traveling? What if you just read a book, or talked with some fellow travelers, or looked at the women in pretty dresses?

 

Blue Crab

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Do you actually need web browsing and word processing while you travel?

What if you didn't do any of that while traveling? What if you just read a book, or talked with some fellow travelers, or looked at the women in pretty dresses?
I'm sorry, Ms Manners, I don't recall asking for personal advice. Nor did I mention traveling.

Mike, lemme be the first to say it: Many of us have all the academics you do, we just don't brag about it online like you and AJ. 

 

mikewof

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I'm sorry, Ms Manners, I don't recall asking for personal advice. Nor did I mention traveling.

Mike, lemme be the first to say it: Many of us have all the academics you do, we just don't brag about it online like you and AJ. 
Just trying to share some of my hard-won experience; sometimes the best productivity aid is a notebook and a pen.

Unlike AJ, I'm not an academic, btw.

 
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mikewof

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Keep it to yerself. I was using stone tablets long before you were born sonny. 
Are you old enough to have received your porn on daguerreotype?

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mgs

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Do you actually need web browsing and word processing while you travel?

What if you didn't do any of that while traveling? What if you just read a book, or talked with some fellow travelers, or looked at the women in pretty dresses?
Not always a safe way to go. I was out waiting and someone saw the book I was holding. Suddenly the guy wants to talk about it, who’s got time for that behavior. The woman next to me had her eyes on her phone and no one was bothering her.

 
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