Lenovo ThinkPad X220
my cheap to-go dev machine
My fancy Macbook Pro is too expensive. Considering I like to work from some weird locations, I started looking for a machine to carry with me that would not attract crackheads like fireflies. It had to be cheap, sturdy and easily fixed if broken. This document outlines what I come up with.
- Lenovo IBM Thinkpad Laptop X220 12.5 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5-2520M 2.5GHz processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 802.11n, Windows 7 Professional) (Certified Refurbished)
- OS: Archlinux
- WM: DWM
- Flux like application. Help my sore eyes.
- My original plan was to use something like st, but I really needed something a bit more user friendly. Lilyterm is lighweight and good enough.
Google Chrome (aur)
- Compiled from source. Perfect.
Dropbox + CLI (dropbox-cli from aur)
- Selective syncing — sharing org files mostly.
GIT / Openssh
- Must have
- For battery usage
- Sounds management
- Better battery life
- Console navigation
- Console autocomplete
- Simple password management. Just the essential passwords for to go work.
xlockmore-blank (aur) / xautolock
- Auto locking after idle time
- Enabling TP volume keys
- Easily install AUR packages
- Hide mouse after a while
- Configured with gmail. Used to send emails to self using dmenu
slack + dunst for notifications
- Work communication
In house solutions
- my own clipboard manager solution
- Backblaze like backup
Replaced by other tech
- Using skype on the phone
Machine name: Brakebills
- Taken from Lev Grossman's novel The Magicians
Remapped capslock to control
My usual setup is to use 3 tags:
- tag 1 for emacs
- tag 2 for consoles
- tag 3 for chrome
Typeface is usually Triplicate T3C