New laptop

Last week, I finally ordered a new laptop! This is it, a Dell Studio 15.

My old laptop had become soooo slow. Even after completely reinstalling Windows XP, but hardly any other software (yes, a browser, office suite, and a few more), it still seemed ten times as slow as when I bought it. I blame Windows for that; obviously XP is not what it was five years ago.

Anyway, I searched around, mainly at, and was about to order an Acer (Aspire 5738G, to be precise), when I saw that Dell had a discount on the Studio 15. The specs were similar to the Acer and now the price was almost the same as well. I chose the Dell.

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Friday, July 17th, 2009 Computing, Personal 1 Comment

Software updates

Yesterday evening, I updated my laptop with some nice new software.

Naturally, I installed Mozilla Firefox 1.0, together with some very useful extensions, such as:

Other extensions (see for example or Extension Room) that I still want to install, or at least try:

  • Diggler, adding one powerful button to the address bar,
  • Prefbar, adding a toolbar for quick access to your preferences,
  • GMail Notifier, for… well, you can guess.

After Firefox, I installed the new Mozilla Thunderbird 0.9, also with some extensions:

  • Enigmail, for PGP encryption and authentication,
  • Forumzilla, for reading news and weblog (RSS) feeds.

Finally, I installed Konfabulator, after reading this entry on That looks really nice! I’ve been playing around with some of the widgets, but there are lots and lots more to explore!

How about:

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Thursday, November 11th, 2004 Computing No Comments

My laptop has arrived

My laptop has been delivered yesterday!

It has taken quite some time, because the laptops were held back at the customs for a few weeks. As a compensation De-Laptopper offered a choice of a few free accesories. I chose the free upgrade from 2*256 MB to 1*512 MB of memory (which I had ordered anyway for 49 euros).

Unfortunately, they still have to deliver the upgrade from 11 Mbps (802.11b) to 54 Mbps (802.11g) WLAN.
Furthermore, they’ve only given me 256 MB of memory, so they still have to send me the 512 MB DIMM.
And finally, because the 7200 rpm 60 GB harddisk wasn’t available, they put a 5400 rpm in instead. But they upgraded the processor from 1.6 to 1.7 GHz! So now I have to choose: 1.6 GHz processor with a 7200 rpm drive, or 1.7 GHz with a 5400 rpm drive? Does anyone have any good suggestions what to choose?

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Thursday, March 18th, 2004 Computing 2 Comments

The laptop that I bought

The ASUS M6000N.

I finally did it! I’ve bought a laptop!
This morning I ordered the ASUS M6000N with

  • Intel Centrino 1.6 GHz processor
  • 1 x 512 MB 333 MHz DDR SDRAM
  • 60 GB 7200 rpm 2.5″ UDMA 100 HDD
  • ATI M10 (Mobility Radeon 9600) 64 MB DDR
  • 15.1″ SXGA+ (1400 x 1050)
  • 5.25″ ATAPI 24X/24X/8X/24X DVD/CDRW combo drive
  • on-board 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet controller
  • integrated 802.11 b/g module
  • … and much more!

at De Laptopper.

I’ll keep you informed..

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Friday, February 20th, 2004 Computing, Personal 4 Comments