Red Echo

February 6, 2009

My creative energy is all going into Radian lately. I’m having a ball, working deep in the plumbing – thinking about tuples, monads, type inference, garbage collection, dataflow analysis, and concurrency – but the tool itself is a long way from doing anything useful, and there’s not much to talk about here.

In the meantime, here’s a neat article which shows how to set up a makefile that automates most of the annoying dependency management. Those of you building executables on unix systems will appreciate this.

I want a portable computer and I am thinking about getting one of those cute little “netbooks”. I had to send my Macbook back when I left Real, and got a Blackberry phone as a substitute. It works fine for email and light web browsing, but I’m still stuck in my bedroom whenever I want to write code, which has become a significant fraction of my free time. I want something sleek, light, quiet, and cheap, running Linux (preferably not nerfed), with a comfortable keyboard, a solid-state drive, and reliable wireless networking. I don’t need to play videos or even music; I just need to check email, do some casual web browsing, and edit lots of source code. Anyone out there tried one of these little portables? I’d love a recommendation.


  1. You could take a look at a NetBook like: even if the new MacBook is amazing in my opinion (for SSD drive, an expensive option could be the new MacBook Air).

    Comment by Marco — February 6, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

  2. Yes, I think the Eee PC 1000 is looking like the best option, especially the new 1000HE model with the 1.6GHz Atom. Brady F. let me play around with his 1000H this weekend; it looks good and feels comfortable. His unit runs XP, so I was unable to allay my fears about Asus’ custom Linux; but I suppose if it’s really terrible I can just install something else.

    Comment by Mars Saxman — February 10, 2009 @ 9:52 am