Saturday, May 8, 2010

Laptop Rebuild

I decided to join the cool kids and purchase an SSD. An opportunity appears and I decided to take advantage of it. I did a little bit of research and decided to get the Intel X25-M. There are an assortment of 128GB drives available but the little extra to get the 160GB seemed to be worth it.

I must say that I’m really impressed with the speed of the drive but my favorite “feature” is the sound level. There is no noise and I really like that.

Now, the downside to a new driver is installing all the software that you accumulate over the years. It’s amazing. Here’s the list of everything that I just installed:

  • AVG
  • Ascendo DataVault
  • Foxit
  • Office 2010
  • Outlook Connector
  • Office Communicator
  • SharedView
  • Silverlight 4
  • PersonalBrain
  • Quicken
  • Blackberry Desktop Manager
  • blu
  • VMWare Workstation
  • Windows Home Server Connector
  • Windows IM
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Zune
  • Live Meeting
  • Hyper-V Manager
  • Adobe Digital Edition
  • ImgBurn
  • Intel SSD Tools
  • All the necessary drivers

Yes, there are no development tools in the list. I do all of my development in VMs. It really simplifies things.

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