Week in Geek: The Geek’s New Laptop Edition

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By Lowell Heddings on April 17th, 2009

Every weekday, tens of thousands of How-To Geek readers check out our daily featured articles. What you might not realize is there’s a lot more going on at HTG – so we’re going to do a weekly roundup of all the great stuff you might have missed.

At long last: A new Laptop!

Many people don’t realize I also have a full-time job. Still fewer realize that I’m starting a new job at the end of the month. As part of this switchover, I’m getting a new laptop… the powerful, slick, and totally awesome Dell Studio 16. I chose this laptop because as a programmer, having a high resolution screen is really important. Plus, just take a look at it:


Awesome! I’m just hoping that it doesn’t have too many overheating problems, so I got it with a bit slower processor both to save money and make sure it doesn’t get too hot. When it comes right down to it, there’s no need for a super-fast processor – it’s the memory you want to have a lot of. Unfortunately 4gb is the only affordable amount of memory, since upgrading to 8gb costs a whopping $800!

Here’s the important specs:

  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8700 (3MB cache/2.53GHz/1066Mhz FSB)
  • Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit
  • Edge-to-Edge FullHD Widescreen 16.0 inch RGBLED LCD (1920×1080) W/2.0 MP
  • 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz (2 Dimms)
  • 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • ATI Mobility RADEON® HD 3670 – 512MB

I’m really excited to get my hands on the laptop… sadly I have to wait another couple of weeks for it to get here, but until then you can check out the details for yourself.

Interesting Random Stuff We Found This Week

We spend countless hours finding stuff online and keeping up with what’s going on. These are just a few of the random things that caught our eye.

  • A Conversation
    This short story, found on the internet archive, is one of my favorites. It starts a little slow, but really gets you thinking.
  • The Crisis of Credit Visualized
    Great animated illustration of what went wrong and got us into the crisis …although they forgot to mention that all politicians are evil.
  • Red Square
    Silly but addicting flash game where you have to use the mouse to avoid the squares. I managed 17 seconds.
  • Greasemonkey Multi-Script Compiler Released (Programmers Only)
    If you’ve ever wanted to turn a bunch of Greasemonkey scripts into a Firefox extension, now you can do so.
  • Ubuntu 9.04 boots in 17.5 seconds!
    Google’s Matt Cutts goes through how to get the latest Ubuntu beta booting ridiculously fast… with a little help from HTG.

The How-To Geek on Lifehacker

Many of you may have noticed that I’m also one of the writers over at Lifehacker. Here’s just a couple of my articles from the week:

Software Reviews

Our software reviews section is continuing to grow. You can check out the latest entries by clicking on the Reviews button on the How-To Geek site menu, but we’ll include them in these weekly roundup articles to keep you updated as well.

Nero 9
The Good: Great music organizer and Web Player. Improved sound quality. Lots of Add-ons.

Read the Full Review…
The Good: A very easy to use complete suite to cover essentially every digital media need. Fun to use to create personal photo albums and movies.

Read the Full Review…

You’ll note that Songbird is a freeware application, but we felt it deserved a full review.

Quick Linux Tips from the Wiki

The majority of How-To Geek readers don’t know that we have our own Wiki, with lots of great tips and tricks, including dozens of great Linux tips like these:

  • Rename All Files to Lowercase Easily
  • Rename All Files to Uppercase Easily
  • Turn Off Case Sensitivity for Listing Files
  • Display a Count of Files in the Current Directory
  • List Only the Hidden Files in a Directory
  • Create a Nested Set of Folders in a Single Step
  • Display the Count of TCP Connections By IP Address
  • Exclude Directories from Tar
  • How to Combine Two Downloaded Files When wget Fails Halfway Through
  • Quick Script to Block an IP Address

We’ve also added a box to the home page with the latest Quick Linux Tips.

How-To Geek Daily Articles

In case you missed them, here’s the latest articles from the week.

And that’s the end of the first edition of the Week in Geek. If there’s anything else you’d like us to include, let us know in the comments.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/17/09
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