Remove Lenovo X1 Carbon Bloatware in Windows 8

Lenovo did a pretty good job of not shipping too much bloatware on theX1 Carbon. But, that doesn’t mean there’s none. In the world of Windows 8, some of the bloatware is super easy to uninstall while some still requires some effort. Either way, bloatware is like a manatee sitting on your computer. So here’s a guide to get rid of it. Windows 8 Apps The default user profile has a number of Windows 8 modern style apps pre-installed.…

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch First Impression

UPDATE: See the comments for a brief note from me on my impressions after a week. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch dropped at my office yesterday and I had a couple hours to give itĀ a look. After months of pointlessly reaching up to touch the non-touchscreen of my current Ultrabook, I wanted to check out a machine that actually responded to all those hopelessĀ stabs. Near the end of 2012, Lenovo announced that they were upgrading the X1 Carbon Ultrabook to include a multi-touch monitor and Windows 8 out of the box and it’s exactly what you wanted.…

HP Announces New Ultrabook - Spectre XT

HP just announced their latest ultrabook offerings which includes the new Envy Spectre XT. Its got specs and pricing that puts it right along the other ultrabooks I recently chose from. It is slightly heavier than the others and there aren’t any battery life comparisons yet. The only listing I can find of the screen’s specs are over on Cnet Asia. It says that the screen is 13.3” but that the resolution is only 1366 x 768.…

Clean Up the Asus Zenbook Bloatware

Got a new Zenbook and want to get rid of the software that comes with it? Consider this your guide. Coming from an enterprise IT environment, I’m used to the laptops immediately being wiped clean and installed with our custom installation of Windows 7. This laptop came with Windows 7 Home Premium – and a lot of software I didn’t ask for. This software is sometimes called “Bloatware” or “Crapware” and depending on what the manufacturer installs, those names are accurate.…

Time to Pick an Ultrabook

I’m in the market for a new laptop. I want an Ultrabrook as I feel like my 2011 Macbook Pro is just too heavy. I’d like to park that machine and start using a super lightweight laptop as my daily driver. I want a good screen, solid battery, and I don’t want to pay a ton. My new startup is paying for this machine, so it can’t be too expensive. So Many Choices I looked at product specs from Engadget to determine how I want to proceed.…