Decent coding laptop?
My last laptop purchase was a big mistake, my Toshiba Satellite L505. Lets start with the searing heat it puts out, proceed to one of the worst laptop-mousepad designs ever and then explode in a frenzied rage and call it quits.
No – let me make it simpler. I hate this laptop with such an aggravated passion that I deliberately upgraded this non-touch device to Windows 8 Beta. I am currently between homes so the laptop is all I have at home. Fingers crossed that my fiancee, who is now also finding herself forced to use Windows 8, won’t kill me before we get settled into our permanent housing and get our desktop PCs back.
What I want, though, is a laptop that does a decent job of running Win 7 and some Linux flavor (Ubuntu/Mint; and actually runs well on Linux rather than this thing which turns the satellite into a furnace) has a decent pointer control (I’ll plug a mouse in when I play WoW) but will be comfortable to plug away on from the couch and/or bed when I get the midnight coding-munchies. (Right now I want to fiddle around with GCC 4.7 and C++11 templates to try compile-time hashing, again).