Go read Dawg. It's what I would have written if I didn't have a cold, minus the dirty jokes.
Also, been out looking at Netbooks. I'll be buying one in the next couple of days. Anyone have a recommendation (keep it under $400 though)?
Also also, any advice on getting Office on one of the things without paying? My current plan is to copy my old 2003 version onto a chip and then onto the Netbook.
Make sure it has a 6 cell battery and runs the N280 chip or later. Aside from that, they're pretty much all the same.
All other things being equal, go for the netbook with the biggest, most functional keyboard. Big fingers and tiny keys can be an issue. When I got mine, HP had the best keyboard.
Agreed on the 6 cell battery. Worth paying a bit more for. I have a Toshiba that I bought in September and I love it. I did buy an external DVD drive/burner which increased my cost, but still worth doing.
Don't bother with extending the warranty. The cost is almost as much buying a new netbook.
Oh yeah, and forget MS Office. Install Open Office instead.
I was going to install MS Office from my disks, and discovered that one disk is missing (If only I could be sure which son to tar and feather for that), so instead took Feller's advice and downloaded Open Office and have not been disappointed. You can use it to open MS office documents and you can save in MS office formats.
Best of all, it's free.
I love my EEE 1000HE. Run you $450-500, but I can't live without mine. Min. 5 hours of battery life. I take it everywhere.
Thanks for the plug, btw!
w="copses," which for some free-association reason reminds me of Brecht: "You can't write poems about trees when the woods are full of policemen."
No Liberal should ever have anything generically named PC. I would wait for an iPad plus iWork. :-)
I'm running an Asus EeePC 901 with 20GB of solid state disk running Ubuntu's netbook remix. Works great as a very rugged and portable (make that motorcycle portable) communications device. However, I will agree that the keyboard is strictly a hunt-and-peck device; no touch typing allowed.
I second the advice about getting a one with a good, functional keyboard. That was the reason I went with the Acer Aspire.
Also, think about whether you want a solid state or mechanical hard drive. I got the Acer with a real hard drive both for the extra storage space and because I don't trust solid state drives yet (they wear out, or so I hear, and I'm paranoid about that kind of thing.)
And Open Office rocks. Get that.
spend a little extra and get the asus 1201N.
see here for review:
and here for prices:
Alternatively you could go with the HP Mini 311:
bought one for my pappy and am now in his good books.
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