This is what I carry in my bag on an almost daily basis.
From left to right and from top to bottom:
- Dell Vostro 5470 laptop
- white lab coat
- Herlitz hard cover notebook aka my planner
- leather wallet
- Zippo lighter in Black Ice
- cigarettes (Dunhill Master Blend in this picture, usually Blonde Blend)
- wet tissues
- tissues
- hand sanitizer
- pencil case
- Sephora hand cream (Peony scented)
- The Body Shop chapstick
- lipstick of the day (here: Essence lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty)
- lip gloss of the day (here: Cien lip gloss in 10 Creamy Raspberry)
- Maybelline Affinitone concealer in 05 Medium Beige
- Oriflame The One Eyeliner Stylo in Black
- Sephora Waterproof Eye Crayon in 06 Blonde Ambition
- Sephora Waterproof Mascara in Black
- Sigma F30 Large Powder brush
- Sigma F60 Foundation brush
- iPad mini in white, 16 GB
- scrunchie
- Phillips earbuds with case
- mirror
- Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation in Ivory 2
- Herlitz 2 in 1 pens, fineliner and felt pen

I didn’t add a photo of my bag because I change it almost daily.

New Laptop Configuration

So I revamped (again) my laptop configuration. I can never leave well enough alone it seems…oh well. Sometimes something doesn’t work just right so you need to make a change until it does. 

I installed Linux Mint 17.1 which seems to be working well on my Dell Latitude D630 which has a few years on it. Recently I experimented with other Linux distributions but they didn’t seem to have a ease of use that Mint has touted for years. Not that I am a total noob but I want something that just plain works. 

Then I installed Google Chrome to be my default browser because I intend to use Google Drive for document and image storage offline. It seems to make sense because I anticipate Google to be around for a long time and I can access and edit my documents on different devices, yea for the cloud.

I did download my documents for local use when I need to. You can download your folder into a zip file. 

So I think I will settle on this unless I discover something that isn’t working well. Of course I will make adjustments along the way. This is a fun thing to do and to make best use of low cost technology and resources to do what I need to do. 

Busted laptop? This is the next step.

This is a story of compromise.

So you had an awesome MacBook Pro or Alienware laptop. You loved it. It was fast, it was quiet, it had an awesome display, and you could do everything you could think of with it. 

Then your roommate happened. Or your dog. Or your dinner. And now you have face facts. 

If you can’t afford a new awesome laptop, these are your best alternatives.

This is the HP Stream 11. This is Windows 8 computer ready for the connected world. It is small, the display is not great, and the hard drive is only 32GBs, but that isn’t why this is cool. This is cool because it comes with 1TB of Microsoft’s Cloud storage called OneDrive, get’s you a year of Microsoft Office for free, and is only $200. The hardware here really isn’t that great, maybe even childlike, and in a pinch I could overlook it, but this really isn’t the computer you want to go through 4 years of college with. For $200, that is the compromise. You buy this one knowing that you’ll have to buy another computer further down the road.

This is the Dell Inspiron 11 two-in-one. This just might be the best of all worlds. This isn’t the most powerful computer you’ll ever own, but it is the most powerful of these three. You get a touchscreen, a pretty good keyboard and trackpad, a display that is way better than average in this class of computers, and… IT FLIPS OVER!! 

Now you’ve got a tablet, or a Netflix device that looks a little better on the end of the bed than others. This is our favorite of these two, and it’s just $399. You get a lot more functionality out of the Inspiron, and you won’t get tired of looking at the crisp, bright display.

Stop by The Bookstore to check each of these out. It really pays to get your hands on these to see if the compromises Dell and HP have made will work for you. For many of us, saving your money and getting a more powerful, reliable, and long lasting MacBook or Dell would be a good call, but we’ve all found ourselves in a sticky situation before, where money is tight, and we hope this will help you make the best decision for you!

(PS… If you had Griz Proof Accidental Protection on your busted computer, you’d get a new one without a deductible or any other charge. This coverage is just $249 for 4 years of protection! Ask us for details in the Technology Department)

Ha, “Ubuntu 14.04 SP1” without support for the built-in Thunderbolt port.

Also, when you configure it, they still advertise Windows-only software like Adobe Creative Cloud. Sure, offering an open OS is a good step, but the execution here by Dell is pretty terrible.

Rosa Guillén:

Dell offers new Ubuntu Linux workstation laptop    #Ubuntu #Dell

Dell lança portátil Precision M3800 Developer Edition

Dell lança portátil Precision M3800 Developer Edition

À venda nos Estados Unidos com um preço a partir dos 1699 dólares (1495 euros), o Precision M3800 Developer Edition é um novo portátil da Dell com um ecrã de 15,6 polegadas (1920x1080px), 8GB de RAM, um disco rígido de 500GB, uma porta Thunderbolt 2, e que funciona com o Ubuntu.

Os utilizadores que desejarem podem adicionar ao novo portátil Precision M3800 Developer Edition até 16GB de RAM DDR3…

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Creating Windows 7 Repair Disc crashes on Dell computer

New Dell computer. Tried to create a system repair disc. Program crashes as soon as it’s opened.


Go to

C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell Backup and Recovery\Components\Shell 

Find DBROverlayIcon.dll rename it to DBROverlayIcon.dll.old.

Change it back after creating the disc.