Note: This blog was migrated from a previous blog.
After 18 months of faithful service, my laptop’s hinge finally snapped1 after dropping it a few months before. Given that the replacement part cost US$1000, I kept using it until I had to replace it. In it’s lifetime, it has been a laptop, a 2-in-1 and a tablet.
While the laptop is still usable, I decided that it was time for an upgrade. For my upgrade, I picked up the HP Pavillion 15t with the following specs;
- A Skylake i5-6200U processor with Intel 520 Graphics.
- 6GB RAM.
- A 1080p IPS display.
- A 1TB 5400rpm Hard Drive.2
- An optical disk drive.
- A backlit keyboard.
- 2 USB 3.0 Ports and.
- A 100⁄10 Ethernet Port.
Not bad for a US$518 laptop.
Once I turned on the laptop for the first time, I realized why it cost US$518. It was full of crapware. Fortunately, it was easy to remove since all I needed to do was install a clean version of Windows 10. I even got help from John McAfee to uninstall McAfee Antivirus[VIDEO].
Getting Normal Applications
- Firefox, Chrome and Opera - in case I need to do cross browser testing.
- SumatraPDF - A very fast and lightweight PDF reader which can also read ebooks.
- Spotify - My preferred music service, mainly because it’s 50% off for college students
- Picasa- Better photo viewer than the default Windows app, Photos.4
I also installed OBS, a screen recording application as well as Microsoft Office, which I get for free as a college student.
Installing Developer Tools
With my regular applications installed, I went onto install developer tools. The dev tools I installed were
- git- for version control as well as to push projects onto GitHub.
- Python 2&3- The programming language I use in my CS classes as well as the language I’m most proficient in.
- JetBrain’s IDEs- I get them for free as a college student, and they’re really powerful.
- Brackets, Sublime and Atom - Various text editors I’m exploring.5
- DrJava- A small JavaIDE I’ll be using in my Java class next semester.
With my laptop set up, I’m ready to make cool stuff in ! At some point, I hope to upgrade the RAM in my laptop as well as to switch the 5400rpm6 hard drive to an SSD.
With that, I wish you all the best in 2016 where you will certainly kickass!
- Pun not quite intended, but gracefully acknowledged and embraced↩
- Why is this still allowed? 5400rpm in (worse yet )↩
- Nineite is an installer which helps you install other applications. It works by having you select programs you would like to install and bundling it into an installer which downloads all of the programs for you.↩
- As of 2017 when I revised this post, Picasa is no longer supported.↩
- As of July 2017, I’ve settled on using Visual Studio Code.↩
- Still criminal↩