New Laptop and Other Stuff

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that I needed a new laptop. I didn't really need a new laptop, but I get these little urges that tell me some new piece of equipment is going to allow me to virtually plug a PC into my head and make it really easy to think with the thing the way I want.

So I ended up buying a Sony TR3. My dream is to have a full blow PC with me at all times that's both easy to carry and that serves me as a sort of high-end multimedia player. The TR3 weighs three pounds and I'm getting about 4-5 hours of battery life and so I think it's working out well.

The funny thing is that I was really torn between this machine and the 64-bit Acer Ferrari laptop. I finally decided that I didn't really rate a Ferrari, and that I would look a little silly with one of those. If it had been blue and said Ford on it, I probably would have gone for it.

For what it's worth, I ended up finding a great community site for TR3 owners. Funny how important that sort of thing is becoming to me as I make purchases.

Comments (2)
  1. jeff saylor says:

    I’m really interested to hear what your impressions are from running (presumably) VS2003, VS2005 beta, and even MS SQL Express or SQL 2005 beta2. Maybe even VMWare (or, if we have to stick to MS products, VirtualPC)?

    I’ve been eyeing the TR line since TR1 as a super portable development capable machine but have shied away primarily due to the the less than high end CPUs.

    What say?

    Cheers, Jeff

  2. Brian says:

    Hey Jeff,

    It seems to work great for most things. Visual Studio 2003 and 2005 work fine and I use a VM to run Visual C++ 2005 Express and that works fine also. I have a couple of more powerful machines and this one can’t really touch them for speed, but it sure is easy to carry this around.

    The thing this laptop really needs is a bigger and faster hard drive. It uses some sort of half-pint hard drive and I’m going to swap it out as soon as I can find something a little bigger and faster. 🙂

    I’m also running a lot of bluetooth stuff with this. For now I’m using a dongle but I’m hoping to install the bluetooth module that’s available on the Japanese models. You can find a description of what that entails here:

    One of my friends went and ordered the same machine as me from e-cost when he saw this. I hope he likes it as much as I do.



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