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Developer looking for high-performance portable dev laptop

I'm a software developer who is finding himself more and more in need of a very powerful, very portable machine. Here are my requirements: Now, I've checked out the new MacBook Pro and I can spec it out this way, but it'd cost 3k. I'd insist on 16 GB for the MBP as I would be running parallels and doing windows dev with visual studio, and would dedicate at least 8GB for that environment. What I want to know is, does such a machine exist other than the MBP?
posted by pennstatephil on Nov 19, 2013 - 27 answers

Backup software copying entire contents of laptop *twice*!

I backed up the contents of my ASUS UL50VT laptop in 2011 to my Seagate external hard drive using their Memeo software. In 2012, I connected the Seagate again and ran a second backup, and it created a separate folder where it stored all the new files I'd gained since the previous time. So far, so good. Now when I try to back it up again, it has started from scratch--duplicating the entire contents of my 450 GB laptop to a third folder. I'm gonna use up all my hard drive space this way, stat. Any way to make it back up only the new files again, like it did before?
posted by manzanita on Feb 23, 2013 - 2 answers

I need to make my parents' computer father-proof.

How do I keep my father from wrecking his computer - again? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Nov 7, 2011 - 27 answers

How do sellers get away with selling computers on eBay with pre-installed software?

How do sellers get away with selling computers on eBay with pre-installed software? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jan 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Setting Up A New Laptop For Your Mom?

The essentials of setting up a new computer for your mom? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Dec 26, 2010 - 24 answers

Turn John Hodgman into Justin Long

What are the Mac equivalents of great Windows software? This was a great question about what a Mac person should install on a Windows box. I'm going the other way, as my office kindly bought me a new MacBook Pro. I'm a scientist and haven't used a Mac since OS 7.5. For the past decade my machines have been Windows, Linux, or dual-boot. Freeware/shareware programs I use a lot under Windows: Cygwin, Essential PIM, FLVplayer, IrfanView, Maxima, Openoffice.org, Scilab, Winamp, Xemacs, Xplorer2 pro. Commercial software: Mathematica, IDL, occasionally Microsoft Office. I'm mostly interested in freeware or shareware such as great text and image editors, tex/latex, and other nerdware. Thanks! Naturally, the new laptop runs Leopard.
posted by lukemeister on Dec 3, 2008 - 40 answers

Can a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with High Definition Audio 2.0 sound card perform 16-bit recording ?

Can a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop with High Definition Audio 2.0 sound card perform 16-bit recording, which is supposed to be required for Dragon Naturally Speaking? [more inside]
posted by eebs on Sep 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Software for my mum.

My mum loves interior design. She also loves puzzles but finds black belt Sudoku too easy. She's inheriting a laptop. What sort of programs and games can I load on this laptop for her? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 5, 2007 - 10 answers

Laptop data transfer?

Wife just bought new laptop...wants to transfer gobs of applications and data from old laptop. Are we better off reinstalling the apps on the new machine and transferring the data manually or using a piece of software like PC Laplink to manage the transfer? [more inside]
posted by cyclopz on Mar 20, 2007 - 7 answers

How to maintain multiple identical laptops?

We need multiple laptops to have identical computing environments, with the ability to have them updated en masse. What is the best way? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast on Nov 28, 2006 - 5 answers

Powerful laptop for 3d work etc

My girlfriend is looking to buy powerful laptop to use Autocad software on in it for work. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Oct 9, 2006 - 15 answers

Can I make my Mac laptop's screen brighter?

Is there any software for OSX that will let me make my G4 PowerBook's screen brighter? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jun 16, 2006 - 13 answers

What should a student install on his laptop?

What should I install/do to my new laptop (I am a student)? [more inside]
posted by bd on Jun 16, 2006 - 23 answers

I hate my Tablet PC, save this budding man-machine relationship

What programs have you found that helped you improve productivity working with a Tablet PC? Primarily, what programs are best for entering text when in tablet mode? [more inside]
posted by JeNeSaisQuoi on Apr 6, 2006 - 5 answers

Resource-friendly popular software alternatives?

Any recommendations on software alternatives that are more resources friendly than their mainstream competitors? Examples: Firefox vs. IE, Winamp vs. ITunes, alternate anti-virus programs, etc.
posted by sian on Dec 18, 2005 - 18 answers

How do I make my laptop an extension of my desktop?

I recently bought a laptop, and would like to know the easiest way to allow everything on my laptop to be acccessible on my PC, and vice versa. Windows file sharing won't cut it. [more inside]
posted by borkencode on Mar 5, 2005 - 6 answers

XP install: how do I find my sound card's drivers? And what programs do I really need?

Laptop Clean XP Install:
1] My (on board?) sound card is unrecognised. How do I find out what drivers to use?

2] What programs do you really think I need? I already have VNC, VLC, Firefox, Thunderbird and AVG installed. What else should I add? (Freeware/OS appriciated but not needed.) [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Dec 16, 2004 - 8 answers

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