I may get a Mac this time

February 23rd, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Despite being just two and a half years old my laptop seems to be in need of replacing. I’m having to boot it up in safe mode half the time as it just won’t start up normally.

In the past I have not wanted to consider a non-Windows machine as the transition was going to be too much hassle, but this time I am open to a Macintosh, and in fact that is probably my preference. They just seem to last longer.

As with previous times, keen for feedback from readers as to what they would recommend. My ideal features are:

  • Fast
  • Long battery life
  • Can be used for 12+ hours a day
  • Relatively light
  • Quick start up
  • Can handle multiple apps open at same time
  • Resilient
  • 1 TB or more storage
  • 16 GB or more RAM

Great headline

November 9th, 2010 at 8:43 am by David Farrar

Reuters reports:

Is your laptop cooking your testicles?

What a great headline. And they go on:

The researchers hooked thermometers to the scrotums of 29 young men who were balancing a laptop on their knees. They found that even with a lap pad under the computer, the men’s scrotums overheated quickly.

I use a cushion. I’m not sure if that helps much.

To hold a laptop on your knees, however, you need to sit still with your legs closed. After one hour in this position, the researchers found that men’s testicle temperature had risen by up to 2.5 C.

A lap pad kept the computer cool and also made sure less heat was transmitted to the skin. But it didn’t do much to cool the testicles, and might give “a false sense of security,” according to Sheynkin.

Guess not. However I normally have legs crossed, so hopefully that reduces the impact also.