My Thinkpad is melting
July 17, 2005
For a $719 refurb, my R31 has been a decent performer for two years. But it was never problem-free, and recently it started overheating a lot — like actually refusing to boot because the core temp had been exceeded — and when that kind of stuff starts happening, it’s time to start shopping.
I thought for like a second about a Powerbook, but it’s just not for me. For one thing, stickers don’t look good on the lid. For another, I’m addicted to the TrackPoint (now with your choice of rubber cap styles! I’m a Classic Pencil Eraser girl myself) and the built-in three-button mouse. And I still hate fink, and a friend of mine just had the most horrific hard-disk meltdown experience with FileVault, and… ya know, I just actually prefer Linux. So thanks to everyone who expressed an interest, but I’m still not switching.
I’m springing for a nice Thinkpad T42 this time. The R series really wasn’t meeting my needs, and the T series has come down a lot in price. I got pressured by my friends to spring for the SXGA display, which I now agree is probably a good idea; and memory is so cheap at the moment that I went for 2GB. Hey, maybe I’ll be able to compile PHP in less than 6 hours now!
Now I just have to come up with a new name for the box. I use nice racehorses — this one is called Equipoise, for instance. And if anyone has good new stickers for the new lappy, send ’em my way please!