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  • September 1, 2014

New Toshiba Tecra Laptop

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Weird how as soon as you have a new laptop, the old faithful one that stood by you throughout the past 5 years looks and feels like a brick that could only ever have been useful as a doorstop. (Then again, how faithful was it, breaking down in the middle of important presentations and constantly making its presence felt with loud whining chunky noises not unlike your broken washing machine.) But here it is, my new laptop, a Toshiba Tecra. Ultra light, definitely smaller than the previous one, which is what I thought when I got the previous one, so in 5 years time I'm sure the new ones at that point will be weightless or probably negative weight.

Here's NetBeans IDE on my new latop, click to enlarge it to get the full impression. 

Aside from a bunch of usual suspects (e.g., Thunderbird, Pidgin, FireFox) that the Oracle preinstallation environment automatically installed, I added the following within the first few hours of setting up my new laptop:

  • The PHP/HTML Distribution of NetBeans IDE Dev (see it above).
  • Camtasia
  • SnagIt
  • Chrome
  • Git
  • Node
  • Bower

Now. the aim is to keep this particular laptop as free of garbage and junk as possible so that screencasts and demos can be super fast and not hindered by weird stuff installed by accident or heaps of photos or something like that.

I'm also not going to do what I did with previous laptops, i.e., immediately uninstall Windows and then install the latest Ubuntu distro. Ubuntu is on my old laptop and I'll use it there. On this particular laptop, things are going to be as simplistic and as uniform and as minimal as can possibly be imagined. No dual boot either.

Here's to good intentions.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Emilian Bold Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    You should think about asking Oracle for a Mac next time and actually play with OSX a bit.

    Have you considered making a 2nd user on the machine just for presentations?

  • mark stephens Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Have you tried a VM so that you can have Ubuntu hidden away on its own partition but still available....

  • vasouv Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    I like your approach, that's exactly what I'm doing in my current computers. Both my desktop and old laptop have the bare essentials, I like simplicity :)

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