Posted 2023-04-22 | Back to blog index
I have a confession to make!
About a month, ago, I bought my first Windows PC…
I've bought PC parts to build a Linux server once before but this is the first time buying a PC with a Windows license
I was at HARDOFF browsing and found this laptop for 500 yen and realized I only own one computer (and a Synology)
I bought it to have something to bring when I don't want to risk my $3000 MacBook Pro (like out drinking)
It came with no RAM/HDD but those were easy to find at the same store
It didn't come with a power adapter and it took 20V so this is the jank setup I used to try it out the first time.
A cheap aliexpress bench power supply with alligator clips to a DC jack adapter (with paper in between to make sure it doesn't short out!)
And to feed my USB blu-ray drive with enough power to read a disk I needed to feed the extra USB plug using what I had at hand
The machine is a “Mouse Computer LuvBook U100“ which is really just a rebadge of an MSI U100.
Another confession is that 90% of the reason I bought this was due to this series of ads…
The rockin keytaur one is especially nice https://youtu.be/HDPZo9U29lM
For practicality I bought a 20V USB-C PD DC trigger cable so I can use it with any well-specced USB-C power supply, and got a SATA/M2 adapter to replace the spinning disk with an SSD
I installed MXLinux to make it actually usable, but it still dual-boots Windows XP in case I want to try out some retro hardware with old drivers. It also runs Duke Nukem 3D
The original battery it came with lasts around 1 hour running Linux and browsing the web/light code editing. I bring my USB-C Anker battery…
So now if I'm going to the park with the kids, or going out to hang out at a bar but want to be able to do some (non-Xcode) coding, I bring this with out having to worry. If a drink spills into it, the drink probably cost more than the PC
In this photo it was when I pulled the kids out of daycare on a weekday to go to the park since the sakura were in full bloom and the rest of the week it was going to rain (making the petals fall ending the season) but I still wanted to get some work done
One thing I need to do is double-sided tape the SSD down - it tends to work it's way out of the socket in my backpack!
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