I've started thinking about getting a new laptop. It's a big decision for me, because I love my current laptop; I just get the feeling that technology has gotten quite a bit faster nowadays.
Three years and 9 months ago, I bought a Dell Inspiron E1705. It's a 17" laptop with a 1920x1200 screen, which is definitely my favorite thing about it. It has a great graphics card for its time, the NVIDIA 7900GS. And with a 2ghz Core 2 Duo and 2gb of RAM, it can still power through today's applications quite well.
I bought the laptop at just the right time. Starting around the beginning of summer, I spent a couple months browsing forums and reading all sorts of reviews on a variety of laptops. I set the amount of money I wanted to pay and a list of my priorities as far as features, and ventured out to find the best laptop for me. I discovered that the Core 2 Duo would be in laptops soon, and so I waited. And the day that Dell updated their site with Core 2 Duo options, I bought this laptop. It turned out to be an excellent choice, as the Core 2 Duo remained the top processor until just recently with the i3/i5/i7 offerings.
I hope I get as lucky this time. I'm just beginning research into what's coming soon. My priorities remain largely the same, as I am now in a concentration in game development and I will continue to need a large screen and the latest graphics card to play and create games.
So far I've got my eye on Alienware (though they are heavy and expensive), Sager (not sure about the 3-cell battery and build quality), Lenovo (there are one or two laptops with powerful workstation graphics cards which might work for gaming), and the Dell Studio XPS (but it might get discontinued soon in favor of Alienware). Are there any others that I missed?
From archive: July 2010 X
I remember when I was first exposed to Firefox. A friend showed it to me, pointing out that it had tabs. I didn't like it; after all, the taskbar is like a set of universal tabs -- why does your browser need its own taskbar?
I still sometimes wonder that. Why are the browser tabs so much better than the OS taskbar's application buttons? Isn't there a good way to merge these?
In some cases, such as browser tabs, yes I think they could be merged. I even wish they would be merged. It would standardize the tab system across all applications, prevent problems such as apps which don't support ctrl+F4 to close a tab (Notepad++) or which don't support middle-clicking a tab to close it (Lotus Notes). It might even make app makers' jobs easier, because they wouldn't need to implement their own tab bar; they'd just let the OS handle it.
But in other cases, this wouldn't work, for example where there are multiple sets of tabs. Eclipse, for example, has several window areas on the screen, each of which has its own tab bar. This is incredibly useful, and would be stifled if it were to be forced into one single tab row. In this case, a standardized tab system simply wouldn't work.
Unfortunately this is something of a chicken-and-egg problem; the OS makers and the application makers would need to work together to make one big change, and those types of things just don't happen often.
Do you ever think of your taskbar as an application window tab bar?
Great news! YouTube increased its upload limit to 15 minutes for all users of YouTube! Here is the official blog post about it.
On a funny note, apparently the reason that videos have been limited to 10 minutes is in an attempt to limit the amount of copyright infringement on YouTube; for example, if there were no limit then users would upload full length movies to YouTube. Of course, plenty of full length movies already exist on YouTube, split into 10-minute chunks, so this limit obviously did no good on that front.
I'm very excited for this raised limit, and it comes at a great time: a couple of my screencasts for my current project are just over 10 minutes. Now they will fit perfectly once I add intros to them! I was fretting over how to split them up but my problems are solved. Now I just need to figure out how to split the one that's over 15 minutes (!).