Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The big thing in notebooks right now are netbooks. They're cheap, more than powerful enough for day-to-day tasks, and small enough to actually carry around without anyone even noticing you're carrying one (not a bad thing in some parts of the world). However, they also receive a lot of criticism, such as cramped keyboards and displays that are too small. So, at Kaiwai's suggestion, here's a question for you all: how do you use your netbook?
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Comment by Bobthearch
by Bobthearch on Thu 20th Aug 2009 14:21 UTC
Bobthearch
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2006-01-27

Eeepc 1000HE

It's used almost exclusively for travel while in hotels. It's lightweight, small, and inexpensive so perfect for hauling through airports or on cross-country road trips. Occasionally it's used at the office too, with a real keyboard and monitor attached.

Software: Windows XP. Office 2000 (Word and Excel). Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. Skype. Zone Alarm and AVG.

Specific tasks: Data entry. E-mail for receiving travel instructions, sending data files, etc. Internet browsing - most US hotels have free service (not in Australia though - cheap jerks).

To assist in these tasks I've disabled the thumbpad (to avoid hitting it while typing), added a USB mouse, and for data entry I use a USB number pad.

The perfect accessory so far, an old laptop case. It's too small for many new laptops but it's perfect for an Eeepc, mouse, number pad, and cables.

A couple of things I would like to add before the next trip: A network cable tossed in the bag. Some simple games, maybe text-based adventure games, for motel entertainment. An astronomy program, to learn Southern Hemisphere constellations. A US-Metric conversion program.

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RE: Comment by Bobthearch
by Bobthearch on Thu 20th Aug 2009 14:41 in reply to "Comment by Bobthearch"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

I'd also like to add a USB CD/DVD drive. Probably wouldn't take it along traveling, but it would greatly simplify software installations.

One critical accessory I should have mentioned earlier, USB flash drives. It's the fastest and most reliable method to move data to and from the EeePC.

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