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USB (A or C) to TOSLINK Adapter for Linux

I've had good luck with MiniDSP products for this. For example: https://www.minidsp.com/products/usb-audio-interface/mchstreamer
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Windows laptop for programming, make music and editing videos

For HP I would recommend: The best fit at $1850: HP Spectre x360 15 EB0065NR Same idea, at $1450: HP Spectre x360 15 DF1040NR If you can afford it, I would definitely go for the first one since it ...
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Cheap, reasonable 3TB internal HDD

It sounds like the best drive for your circumstances is a 3TB Western Digital Green. Normally, I'd never recommend a WD Green because of severe performance issues (the firmware prioritizes power ...
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Need laptop for programming: durable, reliable, fast and long battery life

The Razer Blade Stealth looks insanely good and is the laptop I would definitely buy if I had the money... It will suit all your needs at the price you want, but it might be slightly overkill, however,...
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Best laptop for running XP on

I think you should take a look at used workstation laptops made just before the XP support dropped off, maybe circa-2013. Since you are already familiar with high-end HP, I suggest looking for a used ...
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ATX Motherboard with ATA password option and GNU/Linux compatibility

After several calls/mails to the 4 major "grand public" motherboard manufacturer, it's was either a non-understanding/no response or we will call you back later to have more details. It's seems they ...
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PC suggestion for Video editing

I think this would be great(I included a monitor too since you didn't specify if you needed it), but I didn't include the storage since I don't know do you need 1TB or 5TB, you didn't specify it. ...
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Quantum Chemistry Laptop

Now for the more traditional approach: You want a CPU-heavy actual laptop with a decent amount of fast storage and quite a bit of RAM. So the obvious solution is to look for the beefiest CPU that can ...
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Quantum Chemistry Laptop

First, I'll post the solution which may not directly fit your needs, but could at least be worth a consideration and will probably deliver significantly higher performance, however you'll essentially ...
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Keyboard with extra thumb keys (below or near the spacebar)

Can I make use of that extra keys on Japanese keyboards, e.g. rebind with Autohotkey to other keys (mouse click)? Yes, I tried it myself and it worked perfectly. Below is the actual script I used. ...
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Hardware to run Windows 98

Much of the problem you could probably solve with a virtual machine, but graphics will remain an issue. On a VMware esxi server you can dedicate any device to a specific VM. However, that means you ...
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Laptop hit the floor. How to connect to WiFi?

I'll structure this response by increasing complexity of the solution. Turn it off turn it back on. Use the power button to shut it down, some systems use quick-boot if you shut down from within the ...
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Laptop hit the floor. How to connect to WiFi?

You have some options here. Most Laptops come with a very basic card provided, 90% of the time, by Aetheros. They often either do not connect to an antenna or they are connected to thin wires that ...
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Laptop for programming (About cores in a processor)

Just the clock frequency and the number of cores are not enough to characterize a processor. It would be useful if you could share the exact model of the processors you have in mind. But, I am ...
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Graphics card for recording screen video (Win 10), PCI express 2.0 x16 slot

Intel Quick Sync is only available from Intel's integrated graphics. If you're using integrated graphics you probably already have this feature. Make sure you have the latest drivers installed for ...
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School laptop for medium-light gaming and good battery life

One alternative well suited for "CAD and computer programming, and schoolwork (likely with VMs), medium-light gaming (e.g. CS:GO, World of Warships), and lecture note-taking", would be a ThinkPad P73 ...
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USB (A or C) to TOSLINK Adapter for Linux

You will find what you are looking for listed as a USB DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) even though technically, toslink is not analog and you may not need the DAC functionality for your purpose. ...
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recently harvested an old hard drive from ASUS laptop

To answer your first question, this is the adapter you need For your second question, you will be able to read windows files from it as Mac can read FAT32 and NTFS filesystems (those are the types ...
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Display broken - what kind of USB-VGA/HDMI DisplayAdapter works with WIN 10 on Asus ZenBOOK UX390UAK

You don't have to install an external display to rescue your ssd. You can in most cases take the ssd out of your computer and install it in a different pc. If you still want to connect a different ...
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Is it better to have fast RAM or more RAM?

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/198894-raming-speed-does-boosting-ddr4-to-3200mhz-improve-overall-performance Unless you verify that you are exceeding 16 gb of RAM, which you would kinda know as ...
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Should I get a Macbook Pro M1 16" and Lenovo Thinkpad P series as a software developer, assuming I've always been a Windows user?

If you want the best of both worlds, you're kind of stuck these days - the Lenovo can't run macOS & the M1 can't run Win for Intel, only Win for ARM. If instead you looked at a late model Intel ...
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Are recent AMD CPUs or Intels with efficiency cores better for a MSVC (C++) focused developer PC setup (are those E-Cores any good?)

Are there any performance comparisons available? Are there recommendations? We can estimate the performance based on the numbers from timed compilation benchmarks on openbenchmarking.org. CPUs may be ...
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Does GeForce RTX 4080 would solve these issues against Radeon RX 6800XT?

Since your use case prefers CUDA Nvidia GPU's are always the best option, although the Linux drivers are kinda bad. Nvidia is not faster in games, but since the 4080 is 1 gen newer than the 6800XT, it ...
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Which laptops are appropriate to set a dual boot system (Windows and Linux)?

MSI GL63 or if you're looking for a thinner laptop, then MSI GS65 Stealth. I had a triple booted lenovo B460e (Win7 + Ubuntu + CentOS). I'm having a dual booted HP elitebook 840-G3 Core-i5 laptop (...
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Oscilloscopes with open-source software options

Have a look at the list of scopes supported by libsigrok - it is a fully open-source, GPL licensed library for working with various kinds of EE measurement tools. Outside of that PicoScope has - as ...
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How can I be sure a new laptop will run Windows 7?

You should basically look for something with a bit of an older CPU. This is from the official Windows Processor Requirements page from Microsoft: Intel Processors ...
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Watch HD 1080p HDMI/VGA on Computer

It depends on which features and accessories you want, some can sling to your phone: Hauppauge - WinTV-dualHD USB Video Recorder - Black - U$70 Hauppauge WinTV-quadHD PCIe Card - U$100 Diamond ATI ...
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Keyboard with extra thumb keys (below or near the spacebar)

So, here is my "happy end" story. I could not find more good options so I was a bit on the fence about what to buy ... and know what? Recently I was in the local computer store and what did I see! ...
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Can I put AMD firepro d700 GPU into a Windows PC

These style machines (as pictured) are made with proprietary connections and components. The problem you'd have, even if you found a way to adapt the connection to a standard PCI-E slot, is that the ...
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Wireless Keyboard for mac, windows and linux

Switching Bluetooth Because of the popularity of smartphones and tablets such as iPhone & iPad, many Bluetooth keyboards are now on the market that can rapidly switch between previously-paired ...
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