I recently received a too-expensive birthday present: a new laptop.
For the women in my life, seeing all those keys pop off was too much I guess.
The HP Pavilion g6-2210us is still kicking as it nears the 4-year mark. That's a modern record for me. My previous laptop, the Lenovo G555, died just after its second year of service. I still have a second replacement keyboard still on the way from China for the HP Pavilion.
Once I get this new laptop fully set up, at some point I'll pop a new hard drive into the old HP. The current drive has a lot of bad sectors. A lot. Then I'll run it as a full Linux system with no Windows partition.
So what about the new laptop?
It's an HP Envy 15-as133cl 15t with Intel Core i7, 1080p resolution, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB spinning hard drive.
The case is all metal, which is quite an upgrade from my previous all-plastic laptops.
It has Windows 10. The first thing I did was install the Windows Subsystem for Linux so I could have Bash in the terminal and access to thousands of console-based applications from the Ubuntu archive.
I install a Netgear AC750 WiFi Range Extender http://stevenrosenberg.net/hugo/post/2017_0304_wifi_range_extender
Whiteboard interviews ensure biased hiring in tech, and programmers are calling them out https://theoutline.com/post/1166/programmers-are-confessing-their-coding-sins-to-protest-a-broken-job-interview-process