I'm going to be spending a lot of time travelling on trains over the next 6 months. Could anyone recomment to me a versatile dev machine for this purpose? size is important as i'll be crammed up against people .. so don't want(can't use) a large screen ... etc etc.
I'll be running netbeans- Java & C++, tomcat, mysql, nothing too intense.
I've got a ThinkPad since around 2005 (was old back then already), which was rock solid and I never had any issues here. Not sure how much you want to pay and how they're performing now since they're switched to Lenovo from IBM, but I'd probably would get myself a recent one again.
Well for that you'd surely get a very decent machine, not even for that much.
My problem is mainly that after I buy new technology (not limited to computers), I don't keep up with it so I just can give you an opinion which is most likely outdated
Stay away from hp, I was doing dev on nine there last year, and I fried the whole thing. Ram and fans esp and slowed to fuck. Only lasted about 30mins before shutting down.
I was running a Shit load on it though at the time, flash cs5, illustrator cs5, had some local server too for MySQL. And a Shit load if other open source programs.
Have an acer now, 4gb, Intel i5, 500gb and tbh tis the berries. 18monthw old and got it in pcworld for 599. Don't do much local server dev any more but I enjoy light dev and not a bother to the machine.
Batt life is around the 3 hour mark, maybe 2 with dev work.