Dear Lifehacker, Love, Photo by speedy2 . Dear Paranoid, Advertisement The first thing you should consider is whether or not your laptop will be reimaged regardless of what you do. The bigger the company the more likely it is that your laptop will be immediately scrubbed upon return. Smaller companies will sometimes simply create new user accounts on machines and delete the old ones, but larger companies are more risk averse. What would happen if a laptop that belonged to someone in HR was given to someone outside of HR and that other employee was able to recover sensitive employee records? While that might be a long shot situation, most large companies avoid such issues by totally wiping the disk and putting a fresh image on it. The bigger the company you work for, the more likely nobody's going to look at your laptop's contents; the disk will simply be wiped. Unless you are in a situation where the contents of your laptop are required to be turned in and cataloged or … [Read more...] about What Should I Do to My Work Laptop Before I Leave My Job?
Dear Lifehacker,is it possible? When can Mac OS X be installed on an out-of-the-box laptop and run just like it would on a real Mac? Sincerely, Dear DtI, Never. You can never hackintosh a laptop and have it work just as well as a real Mac. If there's anything that Apple does very well, it's make some slick portable hardware. No other PC laptop is going to run Mac OS X as well, regardless of how compatible the hardware is. That said, some laptops (and netbooks) are easily hackintoshable and you can put together a very cheap, non-Apple alternative. But you get what you pay for. Advertisement Why Will a Hackintosh Never Be a Real Mac Even If Everything Works? When I first started making hackintoshes I started with netbooks. My first was the HP Mini 1000, which required no hardware modifications to work almost entirely like a real Mac. After that I picked up a variety of other Samsung, Asus, and HP netbooks over the years to try and create the perfect hackintosh netbook. Most of the … [Read more...] about Can I Hackintosh My Laptop?
Acer is kicking off its CES with a flurry of new PCs, and while the company is still primarily known for its budget offerings, its newest high-end laptops all have some good ideas to offer. The most intriguing is the Aspire Switch 12 S, a two-in-one laptop that ignores most of Acer's early, awkward convertible efforts. It's a premium Skylake Core M tablet that connects to a keyboard base with magnets, and when the tablet is snapped in it looks pretty much like a regular laptop. It includes a lot of the features you'd want from a high-end laptop, too—12.5-inch 1080p and 3840×2160 IPS display options, Thunderbolt 3 (via a USB Type-C port that supports full 10Gbps USB 3.1 speeds), a rear-facing Intel RealSense 3D camera, 867Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a backlit keyboard, two USB 3.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, a micro SD card reader, and a headphone jack. It will be available with both 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. When connected to its keyboard dock, … [Read more...] about Acer announces USB Type-C monitors alongside new premium laptops [Updated]
On Friday, Intel quietly announced a new line of processors: "workstation-class" mobile Xeon processors using the new Skylake core. Today, Lenovo has announced the first laptops to use the new processors, the P70 and P50. They're monsters. The P70 is a 17-inch device starting at 7.6 lbs. Along with its Xeon E3-1500M v5 processor (exact speeds haven't been unveiled just yet) and NVIDIA Quadro graphics, it supports up to 64GB ECC DDR4 RAM and up to four storage devices—a 2TB spinning hard disk, a 1TB PCIe SSD, and a DVD-RW that can be replaced with a 1 TB hard disk and/or a 512GB SSD. As well as the usual USB3, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, and gigabit Ethernet ports, the system also includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports for high-speed connectivity, an ExpressCard slot, and an optional Smart Card reader. The P70 also embeds an X-Rite Pantone color sensor below the keyboard for color calibration on the go. Screen options are 1920×1080 with optional touch screen or a 3840×2160 … [Read more...] about Lenovo announces powerhouse laptops powered by new mobile Xeon processors
It's Friday night. You're torn between wanting to go to the pub and hang out at home playing games on your xBox 360. Reddit user DBrizzle was faced with this dilemma and cut the Goridan Knot by moving his xBox into a custom enclosure that also included a 18-inch monitor so he can game while out for a pint. Full details can be found in the photo descriptions at the imgur link but basically DBrizzle disassembled a new slimline xBox 360, created a custom mold, cast a vinyl case negative and positive, transferred the xBox components to the cast case, and attached a monitor on hinges so the system can open and close like a laptop. The entire setup is 63mm thick when closed and is slightly larger than a widescreen laptop. There is no battery in this setup so you still require the AC adapter, but this is a great way to bring your games with you nearly anywhere that has an electrical outlet. Advertisement Portable xBox 360 that I just finished - build photos & playtesting AT THE PUB! … [Read more...] about Hacked Portable xBox 360 “Laptop” Enclosure