cob666 writes: I used to buy any technical books I needed but now live in a more remote area where I no longer have access to big book stores with plenty of shelf space. I've used Safari Books Online in the past but their monthly costs have gone up a bit over the last year and they've made other changes to their plans. I was wondering if there were any other online book sites, what are you using and what are the pros / cons?
cob666 writes: The linoleum flooring in our home office needs to be replaced, it was installed about 15 years ago, long before we bought the house. The flooring will be going down on top of a wood sub-floor. I've done some research and it seems that a nice engineered click flooring is our best option but we should still use chair mats under the rolling chairs. I installed and refinished hardwood floors for close to 10 years but that was almost 20 years ago so I have very little first hand experience with the newer products. I did install a laminate flooring in the upstairs bedrooms but that doesn't seem durable enough for a home office. I'm also not sure if we should float the floor or glue it down or what type of cushion / barrier to use if we do float it. My question for the Slashdot community is: If you've recently re-floored your home office, what type of flooring did you decide to go with and why? How durable is your new floor and is it wearing how you thought it would? If you aren't happy with how your floor came out, what would you change to make it 'right'?
cob666 writes: It's that time again and I need a new laptop for work. My current laptop is an HP ZD8000 and it's pretty much reached the end of it's useful lifespan. My bread and butter comes from developing on the Microsoft.Net platform mostly in C#. I usually find that a machine that has decent gaming specs works pretty good for development but I'm sick of lugging around a behemoth with a 17" screen. My wish list for a new system isn't very complex. Obviously, I need something beefy enough to run Vista with Visual Studio 2008. Almost all the laptops I've looked at so far are pretty comparable when it comes to disk capacity and installed RAM and pretty much every machine comes with 802.x support and the ability to add bluetooth. For a display, I'm thinking a 15" (or there about) screen but I would like resolution a little better than 1200 x 800 also, the ability so support two displays is important. Decent battery life would be nice but it's not a deal killer as I'm usually working at my desk. I'm leaning towards a Dell XPS M1530.