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A Week at a Conference with the Dell Sputnik

I attended DjangoCon a couple of weeks ago (which was awesome!) so that was my first opportunity to spend some concentrated quality time with the Dell Sputnik and put it through its paces.

As you've probably guessed from my previousposts I'm pretty enamored with the Sputnik, and using it full-time for a week straight didn't change my opinion. It's a particularly great machine to travel with since it's the ideal combination of light but still powerful enough to use for "real" work. In years past I've traveled with only a 10.1" netbook and that was a miserable experience, but the 13" screen and fantastic battery life of the Sputnik make it the ideal conference companion and I could still catch up on work in the evenings without feeling like I had one hand tied behind my back.

Battery Life Day one of DjangoCon was a full day of extended tutorials so I used the Sputnik all day to take notes in Zim. There was no wi-fi available so I ran the Sputn…

Dell Sputnik: Battery Life Test

After I got the Sputnik set up the way I wanted I figured it was time to test the battery life, so yesterday afternoon I unplugged the power cord and did normal "work stuff" to see how much time I'd get out of the battery under normal working conditions.
Note that I'm not a professional hardware tester or benchmarker, so this was not a scientific experiment resulting in reams of data that can be sliced and diced 100 different ways. To me those charts and graphs always seem artificial anyway (though I suspect it's quite efficient to do things that way if you test hardware for a living), so my methodology was, quite simply, to use the laptop unplugged until the battery ran out.
Applications Running During Testing As far as specifically what I was doing and what applications I had running, I was doing Python/Django development yesterday, so here's what I had running: EmacsSublime Text 2MySQLChrome with 6-10 tabs openTerminal with 3-4 tabs openPidgin IM clientWiFi…