notebook

Linux Mint (and Ubuntu): Suspend vs Hibernate (meaning)

When I put Linux Mint on a few of my computers recently I quickly encountered the words “suspend” and “hibernate” when attempting to put a laptop to sleep:

LInux Mint, Suspend vs Hibernate

“What the heck is the difference between Suspend and Hibernate,” I wondered. “I’m used to just having a ‘Sleep’ option on my MacBook Pro.”

Google Nexus 9 as a laptop alvin November 12, 2016 - 8:26am

I wouldn’t want to use a 9” tablet as a laptop all the time, but sometimes at night I use my Nexus 9 with a Bluetooth keyboard to type some notes or start writing some code I plan to work on the next day. I don’t use many apps, just a decent Android text editor I found.

Pros: Using the touchscreen to scroll and place the cursor. Copy and paste isn’t too bad.

Cons: The small display and keyboard.

(In the image, the word “catain” was supposed to be “captain.”)

A Chrome OS notebook (netbook) test?

A Chrome OS notebook test? - As a friend wrote to me the other day, "Want to try a Google Chrome OS notebook? Take you current notebook/laptop/netbook, fire up the Chrome browser, put it into full screen mode, and see how long you can work that way."

The Apple Tax - $299 on a new MacBook

Apple's recent announcement that Mac Java support is deprecated inspired me to look at the so-called "Apple Tax" -- the premium price tag you're going to pay when buying an Apple computer, whether that be a MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro instead of a Windows PC.

I just ran a comparison of a base model Apple MacBook versus two different Dell Windows notebook PCs, and the numbers are pretty scary:

The Apple Tax on a base MacBook is a whopping $219 to $299
more than faster, better-equipped Dell notebook models.

Cool product - Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700

I don't write about products or services too often, but I really like the idea of the Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700, pictured here:

Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700 - Laptop cooling fans and speaker system

I don't own a tv any more, but from time to time I'll watch some videos before going to bed (either shows on Hulu, or something from my DVD collection), and this "Speaker Lapdesk" looks perfect for that occasion.

Entry level MacBook and PC prices

I haven't been in the market for a new laptop until recently, and I have to say, wow, I didn't know how much the prices had fallen in the PC laptop market. The entry-level PC models make the MacBook prices seem pretty outrageous.