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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Olalla, WA
Re: Netbook junkie - 01-10-2009, 06:03 AM
Welcome to the cult.. hehe..
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Beaumont, TX US
Re: Netbook junkie - 01-10-2009, 01:09 PM
Always nice to read hardware comparisons written by people with an eye for Linux - welcome to the forums!
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Middle Earth
Re: Netbook junkie - 01-10-2009, 07:25 PM
Hope you keep liking it! With all systems comes some frustration--especially when you bridge the gap between consumer and power user. The average computer just wants it to turn on. Personally, I want it to turn on in 10 seconds.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Netbook junkie - 04-10-2009, 02:16 PM
bump -- talk about your feel-goods. That was such a good
post to read while waiting for mine to ship.
I used to call myself a 'pocket calculator collector' since
I seemed to have a new model every three years or so.
I had an Apple Newton, a decade ago, on loan from a dealer
who is also a good friend. I bicycled everywhere with the
Newton, got an AppleSerial cable for it, and searched for
interesting software to run on it.
I still have my Casio SF 4000 (Casio Digital Diary). It has
interesting date math among other things. It's annoying
to replace its batteries just to use it a few hours a year for
nostalgia. My brother got one and I saw it and had to have
My Sharp ELSI MATE EL-850 I acquired new some 28 years
ago. I must have changed its batteries, once or twice -- it
turns on and has full saturation on the LCD and the chime
sounds when a key is pressed.
I also had the Rat Shack PC-1 and PC-2 Pocket Computers.
This is instructive; I got the PC-1 home and within two hours
either learned I was conflating PC-2 features with PC-1
features, or just realized something else -- I scurried back
to the 'Shack that same day and exchanged for the PC-2.
They made out -- I bought every accessory they made
(some that day; some later on). I remember special-ordering
a RAM expansion; I think it was 2 kilobytes (2,000 bytes).
I was a big Palm III user; still have two or three of them
and I began with them on the nascent e-Bay. I make occasional
use of it but need to dig out an old Linux hard disk with those
backup files and do the transfer -- Palm III could wipe itself
if you left it in a drawer for six weeks without changing the
two AAA cells it ran on.
The Model 100 -- legend.
I went to a high-end mall and sat down at the keyboard of
the Tandy Model 100 for at least two hours. I smile at this
now -- they should have thrown me out an hour and a quarter
before I left on good terms with them. I did acquire one
eventually, decked out with a hard-shell case and a very
nice external 3 1/2" FDD. That one went to Desert Storm
with a G.I. (same guy who loaned me the Newton) and while
all the Zenith laptops the Army had out there died, the
Model 100 was a performer in the field and was eventually
returned to me. It ran off 4 AA cells; had aftermarket ROM
programs and I think an 8 line 40 column LCD. Built-in ROM
BASIC. Serial port.
I traded it (the whole kit) in good shape for a GRiD Compass 1101.
That thing was awesome -- bubble memory (384KB if I recall
correctly). Magnesium frame. Ran hot as the dickens. They
flew on the space Shuttle.
I presently have two IBM Lenovo-made laptops (T770 and T20).
* * * on topic:
I have *two* Dell Mini 9's on order. I got impatient
and dropped a dime to Dell on a second unit from the Outlet.
I'm a 3/24.
I think the first unit will get here sooner, as I got a tracking
number the same day I ordered the other.
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