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Just_Jess_B

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Icon 7 posted April 13, 2009 16:54      Profile for Just_Jess_B   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I got an Aspire One by Acer a few months back, and I really like it. It's more portable and a lot hardier than my other computers (my 12" PowerBook G4, which I do still use for InDesign formatting, is being held together with blue American Airlines electrical tape). It fills the gaps without putting my PowerBook at any more risk, which I appreciate a LOT.

Anyone else have a netbook? What do you think of yours?

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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2009 17:17      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was thinking about a ASUS Eee for drills. I would only need it for web browsing. It's something like $300.00 for it. We are getting base wide Wi-Fi and taking my MacBook Pro requires an additional bag since I am to paranoid about damaging this thing so take my backpack with the padded pocket. If it was a cheap thing I could throw it in one of my Army bags and not worry to much.

What are the Netbooks running?

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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2009 17:19      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I bought my daughter an Elonex Webbook for her 4th birthday (as much for the size as anything - it was small enough for her to physically handle relatively easily).

It is a pretty basic machine but she likes it and so do I... we got the Ubuntu version and upgraded it to 1GB RAM which helped it quite a lot.

Specs here Webbook

In the UK it was available at the Carphone Warehouse where instore they had Ubuntu ones... online they promote XP ones!

Anyway it is a nice little bit of kit for the price - if you want webcams, 3G and other stuff it isn't for you and the battery life is not great at about 2.5hrs - but it does the business for my daughter (and me sometimes when it is the nearest thing to hand and I want/need to do more than is comfortable to do on the iPhone)

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2009 17:59      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mrs Druid got an Eee 901 a few months ago. It runs Linux, has a 20 GB flash drive, ridiculously long battery life, fits in a large coat pocket, very nice.

If anyone's worried about Linux for a non-geek, I can assure you that the very non-geeky Mrs had no trouble at all with it.

I'm a big fan of flash-only netbooks, anything that's going to be carried around town in a bag all day needs to be a lot more sturdy than the current generation hard drives.

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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2009 00:07      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've been considering getting one for a while, but have a few questions - opinions would be welcome.

How do fat man-fingers cope with tiddly keys?
How much better is the portability than a 13" laptop.
Do they run fast enough?

The keyboard is the major issue for me, and since I already have a macbook I would only buy one if it was a lot better in one aspect.

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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2009 07:03      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
I'm a big fan of flash-only netbooks, anything that's going to be carried around town in a bag all day needs to be a lot more sturdy than the current generation hard drives.

I didn't even think about that. Thats a good idea.

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Colonel Panic
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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2009 07:32      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:

I'm a big fan of flash-only netbooks, anything that's going to be carried around town in a bag all day needs to be a lot more sturdy than the current generation hard drives.

I still hang on to my 12" 1.33ghz iBook G4 for webboook purposes. The 17" MacBook Pro is really more of a portable desktop.

I like the idea of replacing the current hard drive with a flash drive.

Hmmmmm.

CP

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Grummash

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I have an Elonex WebBook running Ubuntu. I was looking into getting a cheap, basic laptop to learn about Linux and Serenak brought the WebBook to my attention. It is ugly, but very very useful.

It seems that if you pick the price you want to pay, most machines will have very similar spec. A linux machine will be cheaper than Windows due to licensing costs, and you will get more storage with an HDD than an SSD for the same money.

I upped the RAM in mine to the 1GB limit, which is a big help. Video is a bit jumpy at full screen, but the audio is completely smooth so you don't notice the video dropping frames too much - it is perfectly watchable.

You should be able to find something with a good four hours battery life, and typing is ok if the keyboard is at least three-quarter size.

If you want a pocket size machine the 7-inch screen netbooks like Eee PCs are the obvious choice, but a 10 inch machine seems to be the best compromise. Next to Mrs Grummash's MacBook, my 10 inch WebBook looks tiny, and is much more portable.

Hope this helps.

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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2009 13:46      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm writing this on my Eee 900. Picked it up for £200 about a year ago, perfect for anything for sitting at home to lugging around to lectures/work/coffee. Good battery life, solid state drive makes it pretty resistant to manhandling, and at that price not too bothered if it gets stolen.
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My primary use computer these days is an ASUS Eee 904HD (appropriately enough named Eeegor).

I could only find the Windows versions, so it's dual boot. In the back of my mind, I think that I may eventually--you know, when I find the time--load up some of my favorite old Windows games. It came with XP, btw, not Vista.

We installed Ubuntu on it. I say we, but Maswan did most of the work. He ended up doing a netboot install, and ran into some problems that could only be corrected if you've got your own Ubuntu mirror. Luckily enough...

So right now it's Xubuntu 8.10 with a custom kernel. That fixed most of the function keys. The only one left to do manually is making the wifi on/off work. I found some directions, but they didn't work at first go, and I haven't bothered to figure out how to fix it yet.

As far as using it goes, the only thing that irks me is the touchpad, but I've never liked them. I wish the Eee had a trackpoint like you find on IBMs. I disable the trackpad entirely, because even the lightest touch can seriously mess me up when I'm typing. (I have no elegant solution; I added a custom entry to my fluxbox menu that does sudo modprobe -r psmouse to make it easy to shut off.) I have a usb travel mouse that I use instead.

Otherwise, I completely love it. It's great how tiny and portable it is.

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I have an eeepc 701 which I use as a travel machine to while away time on the train or in the airport. It's not great speed wise but it's good enough for chat, basic web, music etc.

The only thing that seriously irks me about it is the keyboard, which is quite annoying to type on for long periods of time as the keys are tiny and I have fat fingers [Razz]

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