Chromebooks Aren't That Bad - The Lenovo Ideapad Duet

Just after Christmas, I picked up a new device for myself - a Lenovo Ideapad Duet (known in America as the Lenovo Chromebook Duet). This is supposedly the best-selling device in both the laptop and tablet categories on Amazon, and it's not hard to see why. It's incredibly cheap, with a RRP of $280 USD. The device itself is a 10.1-inch tablet with a magnetic keyboard and trackpad, and has a reasonable but not amazing MediaTek chip running at 2GHz with 8 cores....

January 8, 2021 · 7 min · Tom Campbell

Nix and NixOS

Most Linux Distos Kinda Suck Until last week, I'd been using Arch Linux for about 5 years as my main operating system on my laptop and desktop. Arch is great - I truly believe Arch and its forks are some of the best Linux distributions available. They have the largest variety of binary and source-based packages of any distribution via both the official repositories and the AUR, and Pacman is leagues ahead of alternatives like dpkg and apt as far as package management is concerned....

October 16, 2020 · 16 min · Tom Campbell

Nim - A Pretty Solid Language

Friendship Ended with Go For the last five years, I've been using shell scripts to do most of my scripting work. Shell scripting is great because of the wide range of utilities that you have access to and the relative ease with which you can get things done. Shell scripts do, however, have their problems. For the last while, when I've needed to write something bigger, faster or more optimised, I've used Go....

July 21, 2020 · 8 min · Tom Campbell