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  1. You'd need a bit more than a regular soldering iron for modern electronics. You'd need a crazy amount of skill, a microscope and the right type of soldering iron in order to replace broken parts without damaging them or something else. Not only that but legally the Logicboard (and I'm sure the motherboard of non-apple laptops these days) would be one piece, so even though by law, they'd have to sell you the parts directly, they will sell you an entirely new motherboard rather than just the RAM, SSD, CPU or GPU separately.
  2. Too little too late. A lot of consumer electronics these days are not easy to fix at all. The MacBook Pro for example comes in 3 pieces. The screen, the logicboard and the keyboard/trackpad/battery. Everything on the logicboard is soldered on so you can't just replace whatever part breaks. Other hardware manufacturers are either starting to make their hardware similar to this or already are. While this will mean that you can buy the parts directly from the manufacture now, they will be priced to a point where it would be cheaper to just trade in the broken phone/laptop/whatever and just buy a new one.
  3. Microsoft have straight up given up with the App Store. All Microsoft games that are on there are now on Steam as well. As far as Office goes, you can just get access to that on a web browser, at least for most of the Office applications. There is at least one exception to this that I can think of which is Microsoft Access which does require installing on Windows, but the rest of it as far as I know is available on Mac and also web browsers similar to Google Docs.
  4. It might do. I don't think Microsoft makes that much money from regular consumers these days. This is why Windows 8 was 1/4 of the price of pervious versions of Windows, 10 was a free update for 7/8 users and 11 is going to be a free update to 10 users. Most of the money that Microsoft gets these days is from OEMs, enterprise environments and Xbox sales.
  5. Miata? Are you sure that's not a C5 Corvette? Those are the only cars that came in yellow.
  6. Nice. I hope it's a red one.
  7. That is true, however there's a ton of more than capable hardware that will still be capable in 2025 that will effectively be obsolete. CPU 2019 Benchmarks - Compare Products on AnandTech WWW.ANANDTECH.COM CPU 2019 benchmarks: Compare two products side-by-side or see a cascading list of product ratings along with our annotations. The 1950X is not supported by Windows 11, the R3 3100 is and is worse in every way apart from power consumption. This makes no sense.
  8. Oh nice, mine will work, not really surprising though since I got a 2020 motherboard and CPU. I still don't agree with Microsoft doing this. They just effectively made a whole bunch of relatively new hardware obsolete.
  9. Well, I did see someone say that Windows 10 Pro to Windows 11 Pro upgrade is going to be free on twitter. So I wouldn't 100% believe it but it does seem like a very likely thing for Microsoft to do. It makes the £220 price tag for Windows 10 Pro seem not so bad. Especially if this is a thing that Microsoft are going to do indefinitely. Apple do have a dark theme and they have had it since at least High Sierra in 2017 that I know of. From videos that I have seen, a dark theme is still there and it's a lot better than the Windows 10 dark theme.
  10. I'm not a fan of the start menu being in the centre. The applications being in the centre isn't really an issue for me. Luckily, someone who was using Windows 11 on Twitter did confirm that you can move the icons to the left like in previous versions of Windows. They were also using the dark theme which I did think looked a lot better than the light theme used in that screenshot. One thing I am hoping for, is that it's going to be a free upgrade to Windows 10, like 7/8 to 10 was. I don't really want to buy Windows again, especially since the amount of money that Microsoft get from consumers like us is negligible compared to what they get from corporations, and especially their server software. People who bought an OEM desktop/laptop with Windows installed on it aren't going to spend upwards of $100 to get a new version of Windows, they'll just stick to whatever they have installed. Mac updates are free to Mac users, so why not Windows? Except obviously the corporations, otherwise Microsoft won't make much money. I did think that Windows 10 was supposed to be the last ever "version" of Windows. At least that's what Microsoft said when they announced it. Maybe they just don't want to go the Mac method of being MacOS 10 for 15 years, especially now that Apple has abandoned that with Big Sur (2020) being MacOS 11 and the upcoming Monterey being MacOS 12.
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