Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More Portability

Took Don Russell's advice (because he's got big fingers like mine) and got a netbook, an Acer Aspire One. Gotta say, I'm loving this little thing. Great battery life, keys are big enough (I kept hitting the number keys in the middle of a word at first, but I learned past that pretty quickly), so much lighter than my 16" Dell, good ports, and it fits more places (like on an airliner traytable even when the inconsiderate sonofabitch in the seat ahead insists on reclining the whole way back). I got a little carry case for it (probably should have gotten something a little bigger; the cord doesn't really fit in there...duh).

I'm liking the Windows 7 "Starter" that came with it, too; definitely getting the upgrade for this worthless Vista-install I've got. Then I downloaded Firefox and OpenOffice.org, which is working just fine for all I need.

Fits nice on a bartop, too.

13 comments:

Cooking Lager said...

A nice bit of kit. It's the battery life, weight & quick boot time that does it. You'll find yourself taking it with you everywhere and opening it up in foreign beer gardens to use google translate through the free WiFi.

Resilient too, they take a few knocks.

Lew Bryson said...

Indeed, I forgot to mention the quick boot time. Wondering about the $55 RAM upgrade to 2 GB: worth it?

Cornelia said...

We got an Asus a while back (Ray wanted Linux) and it's been really handy though the battery life sucks. I'm not a fan of the touch pad so got a wireless mini-mouse and now use it a lot more.

Cooking Lager said...

Depends on OS, I'd say. I have 1G on XP and it works fine. Often just go straight into android anyway, and bypass XP.

I expect it's worth 2G if your on Win7.

I was burnt by Vista & a duff HP touch screen tablet pile of brown stuff, and got an Acer One with XP a while back. Love it to bits. Cheap as chips and never a problem.

Waiting to see what Chrome is like, before dumping Microsoft.

Stephen Beaumont said...

Lew, DO NOT give way to the temptation of using it on a bartop unless you are: a) in an airport bar; or b) in a situation where lives may be lost if you do not get immediate access to your files. Otherwise you'll just look like a geek.

Lew Bryson said...

But Stephen...I am a geek. Besides, I have to get work done on the road sometimes, and I find a nice bar much more conducive than a hotel room. The netbook's less obtrusive, too. I promise not to do this in New Orleans.

Bob Paolino said...

I've had one for quite a while (since 2008 anyway) and now that it's finally working properly (it made two trips to Texas for warranty repair...p.s. Acer customer service absolutely sucks), I love using it and take it places I wouldn't take the standard Dell notebook because it's so much more convenient to carry. (For example, I had the thing with me for taking notes at the Craft Brewers Conference, and was good for quick uploads of photos from camera to computer.)

But part of what makes it work so well is that I ditched the XP that was pre-installed (actually, it's still on there, but I just don't use that partition anymore...plenty of space with 160GB that I didn't worry about recovering that space, and I suppose it's something to have just in case there's some odd Windoze-only program I might think I just gotta use) and use Ubuntu Linux exclusively. Much faster, crash-free, and lots of software options, that there's really no reason to boot into Windoze anymore.

Test it out for yourself, off a USB stick at first if you aren't ready to make the leap quite yet.

Lew Bryson said...

Don't care to, Bob: too much shit to deal with as it is. This is working fine. If it starts crashing, okay, but otherwise...why would I fix something that isn't broken?

Stephen Beaumont said...

A nice bar is indeed a pleasant spot for getting some work done, Lew, just find yourself a quiet table in the corner rather than sitting at the bar with your netbook -- however unobtrusive -- commanding precious bar space. Much more civilized that way, and more in keeping with the sociable mandate of the bar.

Lew Bryson said...

Hey, I'm not wasting the space, I'm drinking!

Thomas said...

I have the same, but bought mine last Summer so I have XP and it's worth the money as a portable device, especially if your fingers like mine are too big for iTouch or the like.

RICH said...

Price? Retailer?

Lew Bryson said...

Got it at Staples for $300.