I’m Getting a Laptop

I’m a desktop PC kinda guy, I don’t spend all my money on clothes, I don’t really worry what I look like, I use a desktop PC. They’re cheaper, faster, stronger and better than laptops. I don’t need to buy a new one every time I think a new graphics card would be nice. Hell, I can add a blu ray player when they get cheaper without needing anything more than a cross-headed screwdriver.

So, why am I looking to get a laptop? What on Earth is possessing me to go and spend all that money on a glorified battery back with some microchips stuck on it?
Simple really, they’re brill and I want one. Not for the looks or the street cred (showing my age there!), no, its because I’ve been tapping away far more merrily on this here laptop I managed to borrow from work than I ever do on my desktop PC. I can type while watching TV, I can use that little mobile Internet dongle thingy I bought (I’ll post about that another time) to connect to the world and check out the web. I can still work in a power cut for crying out loud.
I need a laptop as its a portable DVD player, an MP3 jukebox, a portable link back to work, a useful tool and yeah, they’re cool!

So, internal conversation over I thought I’d have a look around for a suitable device that will do what I need and be in my budget. I knew with the release of Asus’ Eee PC prices would probably be affordable for a laptop of the type I was looking for. So with that in mind I went and had a shop around for a cheap and cheerful laptop.

The one I’ve decided I’m probably about to buy is Dell’s Inspiron 1525 you know the one, its on the TV every two minutes but that wasn’t why I chose it. Aside from being manufactured by Dell (a company I’ve always rated highly having supported numerous ones in previous jobs), the Inspiron is an affordable laptop like many others but its got some touches I quite like. It has a dual headphone socket, cheap as chips to put in, a brilliant idea nonetheless, that totally ticks the box DVD playback wise for me as it makes it a definite possibility for playback of movies for more than one person discreetly. It has an 8 in 1 card reader on the front that takes all the memory cards I use, that alone is a selling point when I think that I want to use my flickr account more. Its got a very, very good LCD, wi fi, bluetooth and its on sale at the moment for a price that starts at only £329! That’s a bargain!

Of course, I’m not going to buy the base specification, I’ll save some more pennies and get one that is a little more swanky/functional. Dell do better laptops but this is all I think I’m going to need. Its only really going to be for entertainment, Internet browsing and typing blog posts. Anything else I can use my desktop PC for…. 🙂

Who says Government should be boring?

As one of the 49,447 people who signed the petition to Make Jeremy Clarkson Prime Minister, you can imagine my surprise when I got an email the other day telling me the government had considered the proposal and had created a YouTube video in reply. I was merely expecting a knock on the door and a trip to jail on some kind of anti terrorist legislation!

I though you might like to see it:

Personally, I think its brilliant. Nice to see someone in government still has a sense of humour!

Windows Explorer Command Line

Just because I’m that sad, I thought you might like a couple of handy ways to launch explorer so its where you want rather than drilling down to places.
Many people know the “Explorer X:\” trick that takes you to whatever you have as your X drive but have you noticed it doesn’t have the folders listed in the left hand pane? Useless!

Here’s a few that you might not know. Let’s start with solving the problem above:

Explorer /e, X:\
That’s open explorer, with the default view (i.e. showing folders) to the X drive

Explorer /e, X:\Work in Progress
Open my X drive, open the Work in Progress directory, showing folders in the left hand pane (interestingly, there’s no need for speech marks even though the path contains spaces)

You can do:
Explorer /root, \\server_name\share
To open that file share, however you could just type in the path to the run box instead and it should open correctly anyhow!!

There you go, sad but may come in handy one day (when making shortcuts for users or whatever). You never know.

Update: For more, have a look at Microsoft’s Site where it details additional things like opening Explorer with a particular file highlighted and stuff. Genius!

Corn Flake Songs (Have you forgotten how good they were?)

Unaccustomed as I am to frequenting pubs, I found myself in the pub on Friday night (imagine my surprise!). There I was, sat enjoying the company and my pint of cider only to find I’d been tapping my foot on the bar stool for the past few minutes to the song that was on. Subconsciously, I’d picked up the fact I was listening to a song I liked when I was younger. Once I was actually listening to it I remembered what a great song it was.

That led me to thinking, how many other excellent songs have I forgotten over the years? I compiled a little list (which I’ll probably keep updating) of the ones I can remember being brilliant but haven’t heard in ages.

I know mine may not be to everyone’s taste, what kind of songs can you think of? Go on, slap a comment on this post if you can think of any.