I’m currently gearing myself up for my next laptop. It’s been a while and I definitely need to upgrade. I’ve managed to use my desktop and older laptop for as long as possible. Now that I’m checking out the different stuff that’s available, what is the stuff that you need, want, and love about your laptop?
I just read through Nick Cernis’ Moleskine guide. It was interesting, but left me wanting for more². I’d never pay for customized Moleskines, but I’d modify the covers myself. Even so, it’s somewhat daunting because if you make a mistake, you’ll kind of ruin a MS notebook, which is usually expensive. I like MS enough to find out if I can buy them in bulk for cheaper. Well, maybe not in bulk, but scour some deals on the web. MS are pretty expensive here in Taiwan⁴.
Personally, I don’t really like modifying a MS to put in a pencil holder⁵. I find that ludicrous since I go pretty much everywhere with a pencil case. I’ve seen some very small and effective pencil cases that can be taken everywhere⁹. There’s no need to do that to a MS. Here’s a link to some MS hacks, two of which I don’t find useful. The pencil holder and the pencil sharpener don’t really work for me as I either use a mechanical pencil, (0.7mm Koh-I-Noor Rapidomatic⁶), or have a good pencil sharpener with me. I also have a micro backup solution if I need one, just a plain sharpener that I have in my pencil case. In exams, I’ve learned to be prepared. A simple lead pencil with a pencil sharpener is my backup solution.
A great write-up over at Bike Radar, giving you ten steps to fully check out a used carbon fiber frame. I’d suggest to get it professionally inspected. In Taiwan, this is free¹.
[¹] Actually, this can be free in Taiwan, depending on your LBS. My LBS does this for free. I never pay for labor, but that’s here in Asia. Things are different elsewhere.