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February 26th, 2011


03:29 am - New laptop
My Thinkpad T61 has served me pretty well for the last couple of years but now it's time for something new. I shopped around a bit but ended up going back to Lenovo and customized a W510. It helped that right when I was trying to make a decision between brands they went on sale (coinciding with the release of Sandy Bridge?) and I got it for half of what I was expecting.

The shit:
Core i7-820QM Quad-core
16GB DDR3-1333 RAM
NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M (1GB DDR3)
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN Wireless
500GB 7200RPM HD (no SSD for me, thanks)

I'm not big on nVidia, but I'm also less than impressed with the Intel GM965 I have now. The only laptop I could find with ATI wasn't even close to what I wanted (and cost more). I find myself needing good 3D for AutoCAD these days so I'll give it a try. I was also tempted to get an i7-940XM, but I just couldn't justify it.

So I expect to be elbow-deep in kernel configs and rebuilding for most of the weekend.
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From:psykil
Date:March 1st, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Why no SSD

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- no good filesystems
- all sorts of stuff to be paranoid about, like aligning the filesystem to erase block boundaries which LWN just covered recently that would drive my OCD-half freaking nuts
- but mainly because I'm constantly (seriously, always) rebuilding @world with new gcc snapshots, meaning constantly writing and rewriting. there is no write-once, read-many on my system.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 2nd, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)

Re: Why no SSD

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I'm curious as to what CFLAGS LDFLAGS and CXXFLAGS you use to rebuild @world. Do you include any special flags to possibly take advantage of new GCC release/feature?
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From:psykil
Date:March 2nd, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)

Re: Why no SSD

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No, I keep things pretty sane these days (-O2 -march=native -g -pipe). I'm looking for broken packages and it's tough to track down issues sometimes when you build everything with experimental flags.

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