New Computer

December 31, 2011 / Miscellaneous

In 2007 when I started working full-time, I decided to buy a laptop that excels on being lightweight and having great battery life. My powerbook from university had lousy battery life and was heavy. In the end I bought a Fujitsu P7230 with Intel Core Duo processor. It’s fairly lightweight and lasts over 6 hours on regular use. I used this laptop to its full potential and even programmed one of my contest winning ideas while on a flight from Seattle to Toronto.

Fast forward to the end of 2011, I’m beginning to feel the need for a faster development machine. The P7230 was ok and I’ve done Windows Phone development on it too, but I’m restricted by the processor, the limited memory and slow hard-drive. Over the Christmas break, I ordered a new desktop machine with the following parts:

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on it and will be using it to spawn virtual machines to do my development work.

The TP-Link TL-WN722N wireless adapter works out-of-the-box with Ubuntu 11.10. I’m also happy that Antec Earthwatts power supply doesn’t include a power cord. I have over 3 spare power cords lying around and I’m happy that companies don’t produce more waste than needed.

I’m also happy with the Bitfenix case. I like that it has USB interfaces and power switches on top of the case instead of being on the front panel. It also has a lot of places for fan installation and for heat to escape. The thumbscrew is a nice touch and a step up from my older computer cases.

Now off to install virtual machines.