BookBook for the MacBook Air

Are you looking for a laptop cover for your MacBook Air? TwelveSouth has a laptop cover called BookBook. It looks like an old book. I mean a really old book. It’s made of genuine leather. It has a hardback case with a strong spine, with reinforced corners for impact protection, extra padding, and your laptop is kept secured by a zipper. Did I say it looks like a regular book? I guess it’s worth repeating. It’s a good disguise. It looks like you’re carrying a book instead of a laptop. The only gripe I have is, it’s a bit pricey for a laptop cover. It looks like a really nice, elegant antique book. That’s the draw. If you really want it, just be prepared to dish out $80 bucks for this item.

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Are You Looking For A Linux Laptop?

You might want to try the Dell XPS 13. Dell is releasing a lightweight 13 inch XPS 13 laptop loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It’s targeted for mostly developers, but is sold to anyone that’s interested. Here are some highlights from the article published by Computerworld.

For developers.

Over six months, Dell worked with the open-source community to develop tools, drivers and software for the OS to work on XPS 13.

It’s a little bit pricey.

The laptop has an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Priced at $1,549, it comes with one year of on-site support as part of the package. The laptop is now available in the U.S. and Canada, and will become available in other countries next year.

The company has described the new XPS 13 with Ubuntu as a developer edition, but will sell the product to enterprises and consumers as well.

Some really great features here.

The joint development effort has also led to some new features unique to the laptop. One is called the “profile tool,” which enables developers to easily set up software development environments via quick access to tools for Ruby, JavaScript and Android in the github repositories.

Another feature on XPS 13 is the “Cloud Launcher” which Dell said allows for simulation of cloud environments on the laptop. The simulated environment can then be deployed directly to the cloud.

Lenovo Thinkpad X220

Intel’s second generation of core processors, like the Sandy Bridge series of processors, offer users energy efficiency, improved graphics, and high performance. This spring, several manufacturers will release laptops based on Sandy Bridge processors, the Intel Core i3, i5, and i7.

Lenovo just announced the Thinkpad X220. It comes in 5 different models based on the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7. CPU speed range start from the Intel Core i3 at 2.1 Ghz to the Intel Core i7 at 2.7Ghz. The screen is 12.5 with resolution at 1366 x 768. The X220 comes standard with 4GB RAM with upgrades up to 8GB.

What’s interesting about the X220 is, it comes with both hard drive and solid state storage. Hard drives range from 160GB to 320GB, and up to 160GB of solid state drive. It comes 3 USB 3.0 slots, a SD port, and 54mm express card slot.

The X220 weighs just under than 3 lbs, and boasts 15 hours of battery life. It’s 24 hours with a purchase of an external battery. The X220 will range from $900 to $1200 starting this spring.

Sleeve For The 13 Inch MacBook Air

Last week, I ordered the Fug, a black laptop sleeve for my 13 inch MacBook Air from Crumpler.com. Well, it finally arrived tonight. I tried it the moment I got my hands on it. The fit is absolutely perfect. It’s snug, not too tight, not too loose. I would heartily recommend this laptop sleeve to anyone who owns the new 2010 13 inch MacBook Air. It’s worth the $40 + tax I paid for this product.

Shipping took about 7 days, and that includes over the weekend. I ordered the Fug last Thursday night, and showed up in my place tonight. In addition, I received a free gift from Crumpler. It’s a small red camera bag. I think it’s the ‘1 Million Dollar Home’ which sells for about $45. But, I’m not sure if it’s the one, since it’s a slight different design. Nevertheless, it’s a free bag courtesy of Crumpler.com.

Just to let you know, I spent a good portion of last week looking for perfect sleeve for my shiny new laptop. I went to all the computer stores, but I just couldn’t find one that fits perfectly. I can honestly say, this is the perfect fit for the 2010 13 inch MacBook Air.

Here’s some pics I took tonight.

USB Stick in the Wall

I got a great laugh reading this article from Gizmodo. It’s about USB sticks that are embedded in brick walls and in curbs all over New York. People are naturally curious as to what’s in them. There is only way to find out is to pull up a laptop next to it.

I think it’s great idea, until your laptop gets infected with some kind of virus.