Thursday, November 20, 2008

computer = laptop

I once thought of a laptop as being a special-purpose computer, with miniaturized, slower components, a built-in screen/keyboard/mouse, and a battery, for 3x the price.

These days, the speed & price difference between desktop and laptop computers has gotten smaller. Battery life, screen size, and portability have improved to the point where laptops are useful for general-purpose use. I guess that's why laptop sales exceeded desktop sales 5 years ago.

Now I think of a desktop as being a special kind of computer, with important components missing (screen/keyboard/mouse/battery), that takes up too much space. In exchange for giving up all that important stuff, it's a bit cheaper.

"Computer" now means "laptop" to me.

(Ironically, the first laptop I ever bought is a server.)

I wish Vista sleep was a little smarter

Maybe it's just because I have kids underfoot, but I often need to put the laptop down in a hurry. I want to close the lid & slide the laptop under the sofa where it's safe. A minute later I'm ready to work, and I have to wait for wake up & log in. It's about 10 seconds, but I want it to be less than 1 sec.

I wish Vista hybrid sleep worked like this:
  1. When I close the lid, the display turns off immediately.
  2. After 2 minutes, standby
  3. Later, hibernate

(Yes, I'm assuming we're talking about laptops. What else is there?)

What I really want out of this is that I can close the lid and open it again soon, before standby and session lock.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New blog for code

I decided to create a new blog just for coding-related stuff:
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