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Lenovo ThinkPad x220

my cheap to-go dev machine

a photo of my cheap x220 thinkpad

Since incorporating my company, I don't do much code professionally. As a manager, I spend most of my work time in meetings and planning sessions. Because of that, I backed up the system image and repurposed this machine as a Soloable Everquest 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)


In house solutions

clipd — my clipboard manager solution

Missing pieces

Backblaze like backup

Replaced by other tech

Skype — Using skype on the phone


My usual setup is to use 3 tags:

Typeface is usually Triplicate T3C

More Pics

a screenshot of my window manager in action fiona the white one on top of the x220

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