Why Does My Laptop Take 30 Minutes to Start Up?

One of the more annoying situations you can encounter is a desktop or laptop that takes forever to load. It gets there eventually, but one of the surest signs that something has gone wrong is when your system takes a lot longer to boot into Windows or macOS than ever before—especially if you’re waiting minutes, not…Read more…

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The Libreboot C201 from Minifree is really really really ridiculously open source

 Open source laptops – ones not running any commercial software whatsoever – have been the holy grail for free software fans for years. Now, with the introduction of libreboot, a truly open source boot firmware, the dream is close to fruition. The $730 laptop is a bog standard piece of hardware but it contains only open source software. The OS, Debian, is completely open source and… Read More

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Make Your Own Miniature Linux Laptop for Less Than $100 

While you can install Linux on just about anything, old tablets are probably the cheapest way to do it. Case in point, Node put together a guide that repurposes a Nexus 7 tablet and converts it into a micro-sized laptop.Read more…

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12-inch MacBook’s three flaws that Apple could’ve fixed but didn’t

Earlier this week, Apple finally updated its svelte laptop that launched 13-months ago. I am awe-struck by the company’s design-audacity—not for brash innovation but bumbling compromises that make me wonder who needs this thing. The 12-inch MacBook offers much, wth respect to thinness, lightness, and typing experience (the keyboard is clever tech). But baffling is the decision to keep the crappy 480p webcam. These days, not late-1990s state-of-art, 720p is the least a pricey computer should come with, and is it too much to ask for 1080p or 4K when modern smartphones can shoot just that? This shortcoming, and two… [Continue Reading]

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Toshiba dynaPad: The perfect paper notebook replacement for writing, ereading?

Toshiba dynaPadToshiba’s dynaPad WT12PE-A64 Signature Edition Tablet, which debuted exclusively on the Microsoft Store this January, is a highly specced, highly attractive Windows 10 tablet, at the not too dreadful price of $569.00. But it’s also an interesting essay in tablet design as an explicit replacement for paper notebooks for sketching and writing – and an attractive ereading device that could stand up pretty well alongside higher-end iPads.

“The world’s thinnest and lightest 12-inch Windows tablet” – according to the Toshiba blurb at least – “the dynaPad is ready to reinvent your work and play. It’s only 0.27 inches thin, weighs just over 1 pound, and comes with a highly sensitive TruPen stylus for writing, drawing, and jotting notes whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.” More details are available courtesy of the Toshiba launch release here.

As a Windows 10 device, the dynaPad has highly attractive specs: Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, 4GB of memory, 64GB eMMC storage, two micro USB 2.0 ports, one Micro-HDMI port, WiFi and Bluetooth. micro SD slot, and Windows 10 Home. But its real differentiation is in the screen and the TruPen stylus, developed with Wacom technology. According to Toshiba, once again, “with 2,048 levels of pressure, the stylus delivers all the accuracy of pen on paper for superior accuracy and performance.” Meanwhile, “the 12-inch Full HD TruBrite IPS touchscreen has ultra-wide angles for viewing comfort and a high-precision surface for using the stylus.”

Toshiba previously made an impression in the onscreen writing/drawing area with its series of Encore 2 Write Windows 8.1 tablets, debuted at CES 2015 in both 8″and 10″ formats, with the TruPen stylus. Needless to say, though, Windows 8.1 was hardly the ideal OS for this format. With Windows 10, Toshiba is positioned to deliver a far better, more integrated Windows tablet experience.

Toshiba is clearly placing a lot of emphasis on the onscreen writing and drawing functions. “Precision digital inking technology is the next frontier of truly personal computing,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division, in Toshiba’s launch release. “Advances in engineering and pen technology have enabled us to create an amazingly thin and light tablet that’s ideal for instant creativity while also offering the versatility to immediately transition to a clamshell form factor for productivity. Toshiba dynaPad is the ultimate digital notebook.”

Personally, I’ve long been an onscreen writing advocate, and used a Fujitsu Windows tablet before the iPad even existed. Nowadays, though, with the iPad Pro out there as well as some very highly specced Android tablets, and the Apple Pencil, would I be inclined to pick the Toshiba dynaPad? Actually, the answer is probably yes. The device has received some good writeups elsewhere, especially in sites focused on tablets for artists, and although it’s not the most powerful machine ever, it does offer full Windows 10, with all the attendant versatility and backwards compatibility. The real obvious competitor is the Microsoft Surface Pro, but the dynaPad’s emphasis on excellent onscreen writing and drawing technology could give it the edge for some requirements – including mine. And that screen looks like a beaut for reading on.

As for the competition, the iPad Pro 12-inch is currently going for a minimum of $799.99 on Best Buy. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is retailing for $899 at the Microsoft Store. The Surface Pro 3 at $399 might be tempting, but it’s obviously not specced to anything like the same level as the dynaPad, and you have to buy the Surface Pen separately – and even then, this only offers 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, compared to the TruPen’s Wacom-powered 2,048 levels. I couldn’t possibly imagine the Surface Pro 3 as a serious laptop replacement, but I can easily see the dynaPad in that role. And it just so happens I need a new laptop, so …

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Dell releases new XPS 13 Developer Edition, launches Linux-based Precision laptops worldwide

Intel Skylake Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition

On the laptop side, Dell may be best known for its Windows devices, but, as some of you may already know, it also offers some killer Linux-based alternatives for prosumers. It all started out nearly four years ago with Project Sputnik, which led to the release of the first-gen XPS 13 Developer Edition, a Ubuntu-flavored version of the popular ultrabook, in late-2012.

Fast forward to today and Project Sputnik is more than just a one device effort, as Dell has expanded the reach of the program to also include some of its professional-grade laptops. Now, the company steps it up a notch by introducing the Intel Skylake refresh of XPS 13 Developer Edition, and making the Ubuntu-toting Precision laptops available worldwide.

What are the highlights of the new XPS 13 Developer Edition? Well, Project Sputnik lead Barton George says that it can be had with sixth-generation Core i7 processors, with a Core i5 option also on the cards, solid state drives with up to 1 TB of storage, up to 16 GB of RAM, InfinityEdge display (with fullHD and QHD+ versions), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) and all the “necessary hardware drivers, tools and utilities” one might need.

If you are not familiar with what LTS actually means, it is a branch of Ubuntu which Canonical supports for five years from its release. In contrast, the standard version of the operating system is guaranteed to receive updates for at least nine months. LTS is, therefore, a better option for Project Sputnik devices, because such laptops are aimed at professionals who seek reliability over cutting-edge software features.

George notes that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (codenamed Xenial Xerus) will make its public debut in April, but there is no “date for when factory installation will become available” although support is planned. Those who wish to upgrade are advised to follow Canonical’s instructions, which are available here. Among the changes that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS brings are Linux 4.4, Python 3.5 and Golang 1.6.

When I first talked about Project Sputnik, I noted that Dell made a popular chose by opting for Ubuntu. This distribution is still among the most popular, currently ranking third on Distrowatch.com, behind Mint and Debian..

The new XPS 13 Developer Edition can now be purchased in US, with Canadian and European availability “being ready for launch as we speak”,  according to George. Prices start at $1,549 for a sixth-generation Core i7-6560U version with 8 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD and the QHD+ InfinityEdge display.

Regarding the worldwide availability of Ubuntu-based Precision laptops, Dell says that we are looking at Precision 5510, Precision 3510, Precision 7510 and Precision 7710 workstations. These devices can all be customized depending on the customer’s needs, but only the first two are available as of right now; the other two models will be offered “within a week”, according to George.

George also says that customers will see a number of over-the-air patches for these systems, which were not available early enough to be included in the shipping software.

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