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Laptop for College

Hey! I am a college student and a prehealth major and I am looking to replace my current Lenovo G400s Touch with a laptop that is:

  • To be bought in the US with a budget of around 600-900 USD
  • Require a good battery life and good specs if possible
  • I need a laptop that is primarily compact, thin, sturdy and lightweight: quintessentially portable
  • Windows or Mac, preferably Windows.
  • I do not game as such, but I would not mind an extra benefit
  • Good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices needed

Currently, that's all. I hope you can help me out!

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How do your programs look ?

Learn Programming - 5 min 47 sec ago

Most programs don't seem to need a GUI. I am new to programming and just started so my question is. If you don't use a GUI, how do your programs look ? Is it just a command line ? How do your programs start or are executed ? Is it a file you can actually see with an icon you click on and a commant prompt appears ? Or do you have to find it all the time in the command prompt, compile it and then run it ? And if not, how can we make executable programs ? A lot of questions but this has been bugging me. Thanks a lot. EDIT: I can't imagine seeing in use, like in a company, as a command line. So if you could actually share a pic of a ready to use program and how it looks, it would be appreciated.

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Business/Gaming Laptop in US? 800-1500 USD budget

  • Total budget and country of purchase: US - up to $1500

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Specs. 2-in-1 is nice but not necessary.

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Not at all, really.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Win10

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 15" or larger needed. 16" or larger preferred.

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. The processing limiter will be gaming. Usually games that are 1-2 years old. Stuff like the Borderlands, Saints Row, and GTA series.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? The processing limiter will be gaming. Usually games that are 1-2 years old. Stuff like the Borderlands, Saints Row, and GTA series. Highest settings.

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Needs to be reliable. It'll need to last 4+ years with minimal hardware fixes.

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. While I'm asking for a laptop, it'll spend most of it's time stationary on a table, without being moved much. Appearance isn't an issue. I don't feel confident building/upgrading it myself, so it would be best if it was something pre-built.

Thanks for reading, and any suggestions you have.

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Migrating from MS Access to NetBeans

Learn Programming - 31 min 55 sec ago

Background:

I've been using MS Access to design accounting systems for about three years now, and so far, they are all doing what I intend to, as far as the functions of an accounting system (as a stand-alone file) is concerned.

MS Access so far has everything I needed to come up with a basic working system:

  1. Database for storing amounts, journal entries, and chart of accounts
  2. Queries for the manipulation of the stored amounts and other data
  3. GUI designer, and the codes behind being run by visual basic
  4. Report/Print-out designer, with features that allows me to make groupings and on the print-out itself without having to make the totals on the queries

Now, I've been doing my research for months, and found Java to be better suited for my future projects and chose NetBeans for my IDE, for two reasons:

  • I found out that it can run on Windows, MAC, and Linux
  • r/LearnProgramming recommends Java if I plan on designing android apps
  • it is free, unlike Visual Studio

The Question:

I've been studying Java for a few months now, but I am still nowhere close to seeing how I would migrate my design (i.e., the logic I am following) from an MS Access file to a Java-based application.

So my question is, what tools/package (I'm not really sure what to call it) should I integrate to NetBeans so that I can have/do the following:

  1. Tables and queries in SQL database
  2. WYSIWYG designer for my graphical user interface
  3. WYSIWYG designer for my print-outs

Thank you for anyone who will help!

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$500 laptop for everyday use and some light gaming

Looking for a laptop, max $550 that can actually run fortnite and some other games at 720p with a reasonable fps. Not necessarily a gaming laptop, just one that can be used for everyday stuff but also can handle some gaming. Or maybe a old gaming laptop that I can find for that price on ebay or something?

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Reddit bot error : There was an error: 'unicode' object is not callable

Learn Programming - 37 min 54 sec ago

Hi all.
First time posting here.
I have an issue and was wondering if I could get some help from the community here.

I am currently trying to setup a bot which monitors keywords on a subreddit and then sends an alert to myself via PM.

I am using the code I found here -> https://www.reddit.com/r/RequestABot/comments/5ofvxb/payingrequest_need_a_bot_that_searches_for/

I have got the bot setup,and running, it can detect when a keyword has been posted on the specific subreddit. but when it detects the keyword it posts the following on terminal

There was an error: 'unicode' object is not callable

and does not send the PM

When I close the bot down, I get the following output

There was an error: 'unicode' object is not callable

^CTraceback (most recent call last):

File "keyworkdbot.py", line 48, in <module>

main()

File "keyworkdbot.py", line 44, in main

main()

File "keyworkdbot.py", line 43, in main

sleep(60) # wait for 60 seconds before restarting

KeyboardInterrupt

Does anyone have any idea how I could fix this problem?

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I'm making an app for college minor project [suggestions needed]

Learn Programming - 45 min 14 sec ago

I'm making android app for minor project where people can take mock test for exams.

I need suggestions, I would really appreciate if look into it

Link : https://www.dropbox.com/s/8yyi53hal2qzznb/mockHub.apk?dl=0

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Need a new computer for work.

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

$1500 Canadian absolute top out the door. In Canada

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

Specifications and Battery Life, almost a draw.

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

Not really. Actually OK with a little more weight/bulk if it makes it more rugged.

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

Windows.

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

17.3" although 15.6" would suffice.

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

Yes. GIS/mapping software, 3D modelling, and occasional photo/video editing in GIMP/Filmora.

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

Not likely to game.

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

Don't care for anything fancy. A good trackpad would be nice but most important is a solid state or hybrid drive of at least 1TB (I don't know how a hybrid drive works or why they all seem to be 5400 rpm). All storage has to show up just as one drive (C://)

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

This computer doesn't need to be deliberately tough but I will take it into the field so it can't be flimsy or fragile. I don't really want a touch screen but it's not a deal breaker. Ideally price would be closer to $1300 CAD pre-tax however I know that's a big ask for some of my specifications. Perhaps I will get lucky come black Friday.

Thank you!!

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Elon Musk's Boring Company machine has reached O'Leary Station

Engadget - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:58
We're about a month away from the planned opening of The Boring Company's Test Tunnel in LA, and it appears progress is moving along. Elon Musk tweeted this brief video of a digging machine breaking through. Although he wasn't specific about the loca...

Looking for something very durable and repairable! Hoping for some help from Black Friday sales, budget is $800

A few years back I got a Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK because it had solid specs and was fairly easy to get into and repair if needed. However, the build quality of the chassis did me in and it began to separate around the charge port like many of the Amazon reviews complain about... So now I'm fed up.

I want something that is built as solidly as possible, and if I can get in there to do upgrades / repairs (being able to replace the battery, for example, would be a big plus) that would be a big bonus. I installed a hard drive in my old Dell that I would like to move to my future laptop. I don't game a whole lot, I just want something RELIABLE.

Also, for what it's worth, my laptop is always in my lap, never on a table or anything, and I don't travel with it. So while it's never bouncing around in a backpack, it is prone to having the weight of the power cord pulling on the charge port, and if it's the sort of laptop that absolutely must be on a desk or risk overheating, it's probably not for me.

Anyway, the questionnaire:

  • Total budget and country of purchase: I'd like to stay around $800 if possible, I'm in the US.

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. I don't care at all about the 2 in 1 form factor. I probably prefer good specifications over battery life, but not by much.

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Not at all. If it weighs 15 lbs, but still fits in my lap, I'm good to go.

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. I do strongly prefer 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. I dabble in CAD, photo editing, and gaming, but it's not my biggest priority.

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? Mostly indie games, so no real concerns.

  • 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 PLS

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Sorry if this question has been asked before, I looked but no one seemed as focused on reliability as I have been.

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Are laptops Acer nitro 5 worth it?

Or should I stick to hp omen 15 i5 and lenovo legion y520 i5?

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Touchscreen laptop around $400.00? Only need 2 programs for it

  • Total budget and country of purchase: [This guy in the video claims it's only around]([the guy claims it's only under $100.00](https://youtu.be/z95ILSimuDs?t=390\)) $100.00 however, if you look at the Amaz link, it's expired.

This Surface Go Pro. I'd settle with but is there something just around or below it, should I just wait for cyber monday?

  • 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 preferred this will be used in photoshoots with the sole intention of having 1 software (sparkbooth) attached to a printer and DSLR for events. I think this is tablet zone

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? Not at all important, but has to be able to hang on a custom casing so people can use touch screen

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

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. No

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. sparkbooth just about 200 MB and possibly just limewire

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? No games

  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? As long as it is touch-screen and can operate with DSLR and printer attached, like in this video

  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. This guy says his Vulcan tablet is $120, is there something similar?

I am referring to this guy's video. He has a laptop (well tablet) from Vulcan that's around $120. I can't find anything similar to it, suggestions are welcomed.

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Let's beat the dead horse! Who else here is currently owed a order by Maker Geeks?

3D printing news - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:18

September geek box, order made from that gift card - never shipped, status says October 4th fulfilled no tracking.

October geek box - says it was fulfilled October 4th two days after the September one and never arrived of course and no tracking.

I'm at a total of five spools owed of PETG and whatever came in the October box.

A total of fifteen emails later in all back and forth of promises and excuses, over the past month and a half. Including me just telling them to forget the two orders and just throw seven random spools of PLA or whatever in a box so I can be done with them.

That had a promised shipment of this past Tuesday, a follow up email when that didn't happen either, has equaled a response of them saying they are out of PLA.

As a test I opened a second account and used a points gift card from primary account on a grab bag of PLA which shipped and arrived this week.

So a show of hands who else is owed shipments from that company and for how long and are you getting the cut and paste responses, which btw I keep commenting about waiting for the canned response in the emails and they get more personal writing them lol.

Personally I'm done with them and it's hard to swallow that pill, since I wanted to support a USA maker and loved their selection.

Also they blocked me from Instagram for commenting asking for a order update and I'm shadow banned from making reviews on their website.

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Questions about the Acer Swift 3 SF315-52G-82TV (2018 model) - 25W or 15W MX150? is ram upgradable?

Hello!

I've had my eye on this Acer Swift 3 SF315-52G-82TV for awhile now, but I haven't been able to find a lot of information or reviews about it on the web. Some sites say one thing while another may say something else. I haven't been able to find reviews on this specific model, either. Some of the questions I still have on this model are:

  1. There are currently two models of the MX150 floating around, a better 25W one (ID:1D10) and a worse 15W one (ID:1D12). One of my questions is which variant of the MX150 does this specific Acer Swift 3 have? If you own this laptop model, can you please share a GPU-Z (https://www.techpowerup.com/download/techpowerup-gpu-z/) screenshot or tell me the Device ID?
  2. Is the ram upgradable on this specific Acer Swift 3 model? Some sources say the ram is onboard, and others say there are open slots of ram. The question I have regarding ram is that will I be able to upgrade the ram from 8gb to 16gb? I'm also not sure what the memory speed of the ram is - is it 2400MHz or 2666MHz? If you own this laptop model, can you please share the ram capacity of your laptop? You can identify your ram capacity by using the program on this site by Crucial: http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/systemscanner

Anyhow, I'm really interested in this laptop's specs and design, however these questions are still hanging and makes buying the laptop a hard decision. If anybody knows the answers any of these questions, do tell.

If it helps, this is the model I'm interested in: https://www.amazon.com/Acer-SF315-52G-82TV-i7-8550U-NVIDIA-GeForce/dp/B07BMYJ269

Thank you in advance!

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Equip Classroom w/ Dev Laptop

What I'm after

I'm currently looking to purchase 10 laptops, 10 iPads, and 10 Raspberry Pi devices for my company and I'm looking for some last minute advice on the laptops. The company is an LLC running like a charity organization without the 501(3)(c) status yet and is not an educational institution so I haven't had much luck with special pricing. I'm going to try to take advantage of Black Friday and buy what I can while it's on sale.

What I'm using it for

I will be teaching young underprivileged children (8-11/13) to code using Scratch, and Tynker on the iPad. Scratch will be web based so I don't have any reqs other than network connectivity for that.

I'm more concerned with the high school students who will be learning game development with Unity and web/desktop application development with Visual Studio Community 2017.

What I'm expecting to need

Just going by the machines I've used in that past for development, I'm hoping to be able to get away with 8GB RAM, 2GHz Dual Core processor, and maybe 500GB HDD. Students won't be working on long term projects that will require large amounts of processing power or hard disk space. The laptops will not be mobile beyond an instructor setting up the workstations so I don't need to worry about specialized "rugged" cases.

I've found a couple that I think may be fine, but I figured I better consult some folks to deal with this stuff more than I do.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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tableView. contentInsetAdjustmentBehavior not working

iOS Programming - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 23:04

As what I understood from the book I'm learning from, this method, when set to .never, should tell iOS not to adjust the content area and by that the table view should be shifted upwards but that's not happening for me.

I still get the left design that you can see in here :

https://i.redd.it/vc41vro7ety11.png

I've attached the project as well if someone can be so kind to see if it's a problem of auto layout instead, I checked everything for a long time and I did exactly as instructed by the book, also I checked his project and compared it to mine and his is working good but still I can't find what's wrong in mine.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bik57VZ_pKr79EsbWYufhfLnyOhhsvee/view?usp=sharing

The said code line is at the RestaurantDetailViewController class at viewDidLoad method.

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