Category Archives: Laptops

Choosing a Mobile Workstation

I get a lot of e-mail and Twitter requests for advice about what laptop someone should buy. I don’t mind this too much (I actually sort of like it, to be honest), but it probably makes some sense to summarize … Continue reading

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Three Generations of Toshiba Portege Laptops Compared

Since I am a bit of a hardware enthusiast, I tend to buy new computer hardware a little more often than the average person (probably too often)! I like to have a smaller laptop for teaching and presentations, that is … Continue reading

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Where to Buy a New Laptop

Let’s say that you are in the market to buy a new laptop or ultra book to replace that old clunker that you have been suffering with. You want to be able to check out a number of different brands … Continue reading

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Checking Your Main BIOS Version

As some of you may know, I spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps back during the Reagan administration. I started out as an 0311 Basic Rifleman (aka Grunt) for a couple of years, and then became an 1811 … Continue reading

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A Tale of Four Laptops

With the release of the 22nm Ivy Bridge microarchitecture less than three weeks away, at the end of April 2012, I thought it might be a good time to do my little part to stimulate the world economy by giving … Continue reading

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