Move hard disk from one Lenovo computer to another? Is it likely to work?

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad x220 and have ordered a Lenovo T430s. Ideally I’d like to move the SSD (running 12.04) from the x220 to the new machine, rather than installing the OS on the new one and updating apps and restoring Home directory. Is it likely to work if I just put the current drive in the new machine?

Based on archaeology, what might be the most likely architectural style of house of Joseph and Mary in…

This question is an exact duplicate of:

  • What architectural style of house did Joseph and Mary have? Four-roomed, one-roomed, etc.?

Good day,

This post may be seen as a sequel to my post of a few days ago, regarding the type of house in which Jesus probably grew up in Nazareth.

I have reconsidered that I did not quite word my query as best I could; and have also done a little more research since then, and would prefer to reword my query thus:

Namely, ‘On the basis of archaeology, and also the social status of Joseph and Mary, what was most probably the architectural style of house in which Jesus grew up?

In this regard, I have some quotes from various sources which I would like to cite: I would be interested to know which of these (or indeed, perhaps all of these) sounds the most accurate in terms of archaeological research thus far:

  1. From ‘Daily Life in Palestine at the Time of Christ’ by Henri Daniel-Rops (1959, p220):

‘In the country – at Nazareth, for example, when Joseph and Mary were bringing up Jesus as a child – the usual house was a rudimentary affair, a whitewashed cube with few openings, perhaps none except the door, and a single room inside, divided into two, one half for the animals, the other for the family. Some houses were partly cave dwellings, built up against a limestone rock-face that was either naturally or artificially hollowed out.’

Daniel-Ropes also refers to a second type of house:

‘A rather better sort of house was that which was built round a central court with little rooms opening on to it’, and ‘at the time of Christ it would have been very usual’. So too, ‘People who had houses of this middling sort did not content themselves with the poor man’s single room which served as a kitchen, dining-room and bedroom all at the same time.’


Is Ropes allotting the first type of house, the ‘whitewashed cube’, to the lower classes, and the second, the ‘courtyard with rooms built around it’, as more for the middling classes?

Ropes seems to imply that the first, the ‘whitewashed cube with a division’, was the ‘usual’ sort of house. Note also that the ‘possible’ house of Jesus according to tradition, that which was excavated in 2009, was found to have been built into a cave, and would fit that described in the last sentence of the Ropes’ option above.

We bear in mind that biblical evidence suggests that Joseph was of peasant stock (this derived from the fact that, according to Luke, Joseph offers a pigeon at the temple which, according to the Torah, is the lowlier of the type of offerings permitted, to provide for those who could affird a lamb). Can we thus presume that Joseph and Mary had the lowest ‘divided cube’ type of house?

  1. Eduard Lohse, ‘The New Testament Environment’ (1976, p148):

‘The Jewish family lived in a small house which usually consisted of a single windowless room (cf Luke 15:8). Only the storeroom would be locked (cf. Matt 6:6). At night the entire family lay in one bed (cf. Luke 11:7).’

Lohse seems to mention the most basic form of house, i.e., the single, probably divided, room, but omits to mention the second kind, i.e., the courtyards surrounded by rooms. Is he also presuming peasant status for Joseph and Mary?

  1. Neotestamentica, Vol. 32, No. 1 (1998). ‘Houses in the world of Jesus’. Pieter J J Botha. P40:

‘For Palestinian houses built on level ground, the floor plan was in some ways not unlike those of the Roman insula: a series of rooms built around or next to a courtyard. The house was usually planned on orthogonal principles (either square or rectangular). The number of doors and windows was kept to a minimum and many rooms had only one door… Windows were built in upper parts of the walls, but they tended to be few and very small.’


By contrast, Botha mentions the ‘rooms built around a courtyard’ style house, but not the simple cube-type mentioned by Daniel-Ropes and Lohse. I am not sure why this is.

Incidentally, my research is in connection with a talk I will be giving at my church in the next few weeks.

So, then, I would be interested to know which of the three quotes above (or all three?) represents the situation re: the first-century Israelite house (especially in a small village like Nazareth) with most accuracy? Especially, I would be interested to know which best represents (if it can be ascertained with any likelihood) the style of house of Joseph and Mary.

Would appreciate any and all assistance.

How to predict when contrails are likely to form over a specific location using public data?

I saw the image below used as a click-attractor to an unrelated story about tourism, but found a larger version here.

Contrails, or water condensation trails happen when planes pass through the atmosphere under certain atmospheric conditions, presumably related mostly to humidity, pressure, and temperature.

If I wanted to write a contrail predictor script that would poll public sources of atmospheric data and check locations (and altitudes) that were substantially more conducive to contrail formation, what public sources of data might I look at, and what parameters would be the most important?

Actual formation also requires air traffic of course, but that’s askable on a different SE site.

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word meaning: were more likely to have died

A colleague of mine wrote a sentence of the following sort. I’d like to know if more likely to have died is used properly.
The use of likely here does not seem to indicate uncertainty. How many of the respondents died should be verifiable by the researchers as a black-and-white matter. Also. from the way the sentence is written, it does not seem to be a general statement referring to drug takers in general. So why is “likely” used here at all?

Following up twenty years later, the team learned that among the original 5,500 interviewees, those who had said they took drugs in their teens were 25 percent more likely to have died. Many of them died of cancer.

What is the meaning of ‘as likely to be female as male’ in the following sentence?

Today, the average video game player will be thirty something, as
likely to be female as male
, will play on multiple devices and can
come from anywhere in the world.

My understanding of this is the number of female game players is equal to the number of male players, but I am not sure. I have another understanding about this, which is female is also play video games as male does. Which one is correct?

My car won’t start and is silent when turning the key and the lights are ok. What’s the most likely reason?

This is the second time my car has died on me in the one month that I have owned it. Everything has been running fine until I parked it for 30minutes and then it wouldnt start.

No cranking
No trying to turn over
No noise turning the key and the lights are ok