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Old 06-13-2016, 03:26 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Found one of my laptops this weekend, been wondering where it got off to in the move. It had been placed in a box that I would never think of looking for it there.

Bought it refurbished in 2012 for about $109, a Vista machine, 40G, used it as a controller for converting LPs to MPs. That job has sort of fallen by the side for now I want it to be my recipe computer in the kitchen so I don't have to write recipes off the Net on scraps of paper and then take that downstairs to cook.

It's not going to be hooked to the Net; I'll use thumb drives to feed it recipes. It will be sufficiently away from the actual cooking to reduce dirtying it up. I have an old craft table by the wine racks where it will be with some of my dry goods jars and it will sit there.

So, any suggestions?
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Old 06-13-2016, 03:59 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Any reason not to connect it to the internet? You can get a WIFI adapter for $20. You can even network your home computers so that you can save a recipe on another computer and access it on that one.

I just use a tablet in the kitchen. The touch screen stays cleaner than a keyboard and I can carry it from room to room easily if I want to use it for something else.
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Any reason not to connect it to the internet? You can get a WIFI adapter for $20. You can even network your home computers so that you can save a recipe on another computer and access it on that one.

I just use a tablet in the kitchen. The touch screen stays cleaner than a keyboard and I can carry it from room to room easily if I want to use it for something else.
Basically because of its Vista operating system and I'm not sure it can be protected from viruses.

I have not gotten into tablets or notebooks or smart phones.

(let's try to keep this to the kitchen and less about technology)

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Old 06-13-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Not sure what kind of suggestions you want...there's nothing wrong with your spelled out plan.
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Old 06-13-2016, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Blue Ash OH
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That machine will run a Linux OS. Try Mint or Linux Lite.
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Old 06-13-2016, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Why would she do that?
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Old 06-13-2016, 11:39 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Found one of my laptops this weekend, been wondering where it got off to in the move. It had been placed in a box that I would never think of looking for it there.

Bought it refurbished in 2012 for about $109, a Vista machine, 40G, used it as a controller for converting LPs to MPs. That job has sort of fallen by the side for now I want it to be my recipe computer in the kitchen so I don't have to write recipes off the Net on scraps of paper and then take that downstairs to cook.

It's not going to be hooked to the Net; I'll use thumb drives to feed it recipes. It will be sufficiently away from the actual cooking to reduce dirtying it up. I have an old craft table by the wine racks where it will be with some of my dry goods jars and it will sit there.

So, any suggestions?
Suggestion about what? What are you asking?
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Suggestion about what? What are you asking?
Well, for example, has anyone else ever had a Kitchen Laptop? How did they use it?
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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We have a kitchen tablet, so not exactly the same, but .....

It's connected to the internet, and has it's own gmail account (and a custom android recipe display app that I wrote).

The gmail account allows either my wife or myself to email recipes directly to the tablet, and having internet access allows us to use the incredible number of websites that have recipes and cooking info on them.

We also have a timer / stopwatch app on it, and use it as our primary kitchen timer.
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Old 06-13-2016, 02:18 PM
 
Location: NJ
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My wife just looks up recipes on her smartphone which is obviously connected to the internet. It seems silly to waste valuable kitchen space with an old, clunky laptop. I doubt you'll get much use out of it if it's not connected to the internet.
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