When I moved to my new place, I had to leave behind my old computer. While I’ve written before about having an iPad as my only computer, I found myself needing to work on a lot of small development work in my spare time recently, which is one area where having a laptop was more efficient.
Not having the funds for a shiny, new Macbook, I had to find a way to make do… In the end I recycled an 8-year old, broken Dell Latitude D620 I found in a cupboard. I replaced the old hard disk drive with the SSD from the desktop I had resurrected when staying at my parent’s. After trying out a couple of different Linux distro’s I settled on my old favourite of Arch Linux, which I’ve tried to keep as light as possible to prevent over-taxing the mighty 1.6GHz Centrino Duo processor and 2GB of RAM. The results are in the screenshot above. It’s not a fancy machine, and it can’t be away from a power source for more than an hour, but it gets the job done.
Also worth mentioning is that I updated the look of this blog today, into something a little more content-centric. The header image is one of my favourite from my trip to San Francisco in November. Gratuitous screenshot of my desktop + blog below!