New Laptop Update

February 18, 2008

There was a slight change of plan when it came to the laptop. After placing the order with Dell I realised there was going to be a 15 day wait for delivery.

Can I wait 15 days? You must be kidding.

So it was time for plan b, have a look on the high street stores via the internet to find a replacement. After some proper searching I had come to the conclusion that I had two choices. One was a Macbook (yeah, I know…) and the other was the same Dell (not available in shops eh? lol) as the original just with a souped up spec and a few quid more. I was very tempted by both, but what swung it in the end was the spec per pound of the Dell. So, here I am happily typing a way on this pretty little beast:

Processor Type INTEL CORE 2 DUO T7250
Processor speed 2.00 GHZ
Memory Size 2048 MB
Memory Type DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive Capacity 250 GB
Optical Drives DVDRW + R9
CD-ROM Speed 24 x
CD-RW Speed. 10 x
DVD-ROM Speed 8 x
DVD-RW Speed 4 x
Floppy Disk Drive NO
Screen Size/Type 13.3
Graphics Card Type NVIDIA. GeForce? 8400M GS
Graphics Memory 128 MB
TV-out NO Yes,it does have it really, just via HDMI
Wireless Enabled YES
No. of USB Connections 2
No. of Firewire Connections 1
Other Interfaces 8-IN-1 CARD READER
Battery Type LI ION
Software Titles Included Works 8.5
Operating system VISTA Home premium
Weight 1.8 kg
Height 34 mm
Width 318 mm
Depth 238 mm

Yeah. Vista, I know. But I am tempted to leave it on as one system so I do actually use Vista as a regular OS. And I have just spent a good half an hour cleaning off all the crap that comes installed. only four or five toolbar icons now.

Anyway, that’s all folks.

Dell Laptop

February 17, 2008

Decided it was time for a new laptop as I am starting to learn to program, and although my ASUS EEE is an excellent machine, I really needed something a little bit bigger with more get up and go.  This is where Dell come in:

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7250 (2.00 GHz, 2 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)

2048MB 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2×1024]

Internal Lightweight Keyboard – UK/Irish (QWERTY)

Video Card
128MB nVidia® GeForce® 8400M GS

Hard Drive
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive

No Modem

Optical Devices
Fixed 8x DVD+/-RW Slim Slot Load Drive, including SW

Wireless Networking
Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card – Europe – Core 2 Duo Processors

Power Supply
65W AC Adapter

Dell™ TrueMobile 355 internal Bluetooth Module – European

Primary Battery
Primary 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery (56 WHr)

Biometric Identification
Biometric Fingerprint Reader

Colour Choice
Midnight Blue & 2.0 mega pixel Camera for CCFL Display

13.3″ UltraSharp™ WXGA (1280×800) CCFL Display (220nits) with TrueLife™

This should be delivered next week.  Why did I choose this model specifically?  Well I was listening to Lug Radio‘s recent podcast and it swayed me.

So, in the mean time while I wait it’s time to brush up on some C++ that I started a while back and prepare for the arrival.  I’m also thinking of doing a ‘diary’ of how I progress with my chosen language here when I start.  Again, we’ll see.