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Back in 2008, I posted an entry that showed what I used for my dev kit. It is about to to update it with what I am using now. A lot has changed from back them, but a lot hasn’t. While I do a lot more web development than I did back then, some of the tools haven’t changed but the hardware has.
I am going to be on the road this year, but that’s not the only reason my gear is mobile. I spend most of my time at a coffee shop or onsite with clients so I need gear that all fits into my backpack. The difference with my upcoming year on the road is that my recording gear for my Pluralsight videos and Hello World Podcast have to fit in my luggage too.
For my main machine I use a Dell M3800 (which is just a Dell XPS-15 in business clothing). I max this 4.15lbs machine out with as much power as I could afford:
I've been having trouble with my laptop shutting down unexpectedly. After some searching online, I found out that this is a common problem with my laptop (HP ZD8000) that the fins that cool down my desktop CPU get dirty. So I got a can of air and screwdriver and went to work. OMFG!
Here's what was lurking in my laptop:
This is an impressive machine:
But at 12+ lbs, not sure they can still call it a notebook....it might be the War and Peace of Lugable computers.
Looks like the rumors are true. IBM is leaving the PC business it created 2 1/2 decades ago. I haven't looked at IBM PC's in quite a while, but ThinkPads are some of the best built laptops. I hope they don't go away (even though I haven't purchased one before). Just when they add touchpads to their ThinkPads, they get out of the business.
While editing Ian Griffiths new WinFX article for ONDotnet.com, he showed me how wrong I am. I've been complaining about the hit on battery life that Longhorn will have since it will use the GPU (Video Card). Of course, Ian correctly mentioned that the high power/heat 3D computation is not needed for Longhorn, but the 2D rendering is. This eleviates all of my concerns about power and Longhorn. I am happy to be wrong...
I've been in the market for a new laptop for the last few months. With the upcoming new laptop ideas coming out (Tablet PC's, Smart Displays, etc.), I decided to wait for the technology to catch up to my desires. Finally everything is out!
Back in ancient history (the mid '90's), I worked with Toshiba tablet systems running Windows 95 for a vertical market package. I loved the form factor and secretly wished for a touch display for my laptop for years now.
I held out in anticipation of the new tablet/laptop combos. But after reviewing a number of the first generation machines, I am disappointed. The two primary reasons: