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Setting up a new laptop for the new year...

Setting up a new laptop for the new year...

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And a pretty hefty one at that. It's a Compaq Evo N800c. It's fast and awesome, but it weighs three times as much as any other laptop that I own. Still, the screen is really nice and I can see doing some serious work with this thing. I'm quite happy with it so far.

So my work plan for the year is a little different from the one I followed last year. (Last year I used a Tablet PC, a Pocket PC, a desktop machine, and I carried another light notebook.) I think that I'm going to try to carry this machine with me at all times and I'm going to use my iPAQ as my main organizer. I'll probably leave the Tablet PC at home. It's a slate and it's a bit difficult to code on unless I'm sitting at my desk, so I'm going to use that mostly for art, travel, and photo processing in the field.
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  • I've been thinking about getting a Tablet, but, my main concern has been that I won't be able to (or won't want to) do development on it. It sounds like this is the case for you? Do you think a newer, more powerful, Tablet would change that?
  • You're not going to write code on a tablet using the pen. I wouldn't develop with a slate model either.

    But that's exactly why I bought the convertible Acer C110. It's a 900mhz Pentium-M (it benchmarks close to my P4 2ghz machine) with 512 MB DDR ram and a 40 GB HD. There are even more powerful machines on the market (including the C111).

    That's the beauty of the convertible - it's a laptop (a small one at that) AND a tablet. I get what I want when I need it, and I don't sacrifice on either end.

    Try reading an e-book or browsing the web from the couch on that hefty laptop (or any laptop for that matter - the form factor just isn't conducive to that!).
  • I should have been a little clearer. The tablet itself is great for programming, as long as you have a keyboard attached. I'm needing to do a bunch of stuff with Virtual PC and Longhorn now and so I needed the extra power.

    The slate is great as a reader/notetaker and a bunch of other stuff. :)
  • I have both teh tablet Tim has (Acer C110) and a compaq evo N800v (not "c"). I'm not sure how different that is from the "c". I still prefer to do my development work in front of my desktop machine. I would not be able to use the tiny Acer as my full time dev box. And even with the (relatively) gargantuan laptop (screen and keyboard) I still am most comfortable with my 19" monitor and my truly full sized keyboard for long hauls. DOn't get me wrong - i LOVE my little Acer and I am at the laptop (compaq) right now. I use it to telecommute from the kitchen to my office (downstairs). :-)
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