Well this is a first. I’m actually composing this post on a laptop. Yes indeedy, the first laptop I’ve ever owned. Since this is my first, I won’t pretend to know all about them and give you a 5 page in-depth technical review. Instead I’ll just give a hopefully quick run-down and then get back to procrastinating about posting new stuff about Blender, my new handheld video camera (the Kodak Zi6), and a couple of magazine ads I’ve recently done. Never mind doing a new Inkscape screencast or two among many other things.
It’s a shiny black fingerprint magnet of a machine. It’s a Dell Studio XPS13 laptop which you can check out here: http://bit.ly/uIPM0
It’s boatloads faster than my aging P4 desktop PC. It has 4GB of ram, a dual core P8600 processor running at 2.4GHz and an Nvidia 9400M G card, a 13.3″ WLED display, 320GB harddrive, and a lot of other bells and whistles (like a very slick backlit keyboard).
I’m still getting used to it, but I can say that I love the keyboard and although I’ve managed to come to slight grips with the touchpad, I will definitely be buying a little corded mouse to go along with it.
It came with Vista (they don’t offer this one with Ubuntu yet, at least not here) and I ran that for as long as it took me to download a Jaunty demo image and burn it to CD. Vista was shiny but I found it hard to believe how little functionality actually comes with a stock install of windows.
I was a little nervous going into the Linux install (leaving it as a dual boot for a while just in case I have to test out any hardware glitches), but shouldn’t have been:
1. Jaunty installed flawlessly in about 18 minutes (impressive).
2. Everything seems to work from the webcam to the touch key volume and media controls above the keyboard area.
3. Wireless worked no problem at all for me.
4. Hibernate, suspend and resume all work fine.
So there it is. So far I love this laptop. The bootup speed of Jaunty seems really good (around 20sec from the Grub loader to the login screen and then about 5 sec to a working desktop). And the speed at which stuff actually installs (aside from download speeds) is vastly superior to my old PC. I feel so spoiled. ;)
Now to get back to “work”. I’ve installed Inkscape, and just realized that v2.48a of Blender is already in the Jaunty repos so that was nice. I’m looking forward to doing my video encoding chores on this little speedster. I had to do a little search to get Dropbox going in Jaunty (see http://bit.ly/15UM9) but that works great now too (I’m sooo dependent on Dropbox these days). Installing RecordMyDesktop and getting my screencasting setup working and tested is likely the next order of business.
Let’s hope the next blog post isn’t so long in the making, I’ve been working/playing with lots of stuff lately so there should be no shortage of ideas and information to share.