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Old 01-23-2008, 08:42 PM   #21
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The computer you linked...
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...waste money on a computer I'm not happy with.
I think you missed the point.
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:44 PM   #22
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Edited just for you, special man.

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Old 01-23-2008, 08:47 PM   #23
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Here it is at newegg for $400. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220244

Reading the reviews, it appears that the surf model does not have upgradeable RAM, but apparently the one I linked to above will allow you to install 2G of RAM ($40) and an 8Gig Flashcard ($35).

Now, THOSE specs for an extra $85 makes a lot of sense. And since it has the Flash slot, the small hard drive isn't really an issue. You only need the HD for your programs. Everything else, you can save on a very large flash card. I believe the 16G flash cards are out now....

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Old 01-23-2008, 08:49 PM   #24
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I'm going to add this:

The Sony Vaio you have right now is almost certainly faster than that little PC you linked.

Your Sony:
??? MHz/GHz processor speed (let us know how fast it is)
512 MB RAM
30 GB Hard drive

That PC you linked:
800 MHz (8 years ago this was enough)
512 MB RAM (same as your Vaio)
4 GB Hard drive (I don't know how ANY family could possibly use this)

You won't be able to save anything on it at all - Windows itself will take up the whole hard drive.

It's just not a sufficient "family" computer.

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I'm going to add this:

The Sony Vaio you have right now is almost certainly faster than that little PC you linked.

Your Sony:
??? MHz/GHz processor speed (let us know how fast it is)
512 MB RAM
30 GB Hard drive

That PC you linked:
800 MHz (8 years ago this was enough)
512 MB RAM (same as your Vaio)
4 GB Hard drive (I don't know how ANY family could possibly use this)

You won't be able to save anything on it at all - Windows itself will take up the whole hard drive.
You have a good point. Maybe the answer is to keep the Sony and just install Linux on it. It will run much faster without the bloatware known as windows. For the OP's proposed uses, windows really is far too cumbersome of an OS.

Anyway, if he wants smaller and lighter, than the EEE is a good option. Honestly, 512M is still enough memory for a modest Linux machine. For windows, it's nearly worthless, but for Linux it's alright. And, besides the Surf models, it looks like the others are upgradeable.

Need more storage? Just buy a flash card. $35 for 8 gigs. Or buy an external hard drive. Honestly, if the things you create or download are important to you, you shouldn't have them on a laptop anyway. There's a risk of theft, or viruses, or human error. I'd much rather have that stuff securely tucked away on an external HD or a FlashCard.

So, who cares about the small HD? It's a laptop. Things you save or create have no business being permanently saved to it anyway. You just need enough hard drive space to hold whatever you've downloaded until next time you get home. Now, unless you're a hardcore porn surfer, 8-12 gigs on a FlashCard ought to be more than enough.
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You won't be able to save anything on it at all - Windows itself will take up the whole hard drive.

It's just not a sufficient "family" computer.
Yup, you did miss the point.

Not trying to be hard on you, but you have to read the full thread. He wants something more portable than a full-sized/full-featured laptop that he can use for e-mail, web access, and simple word processing-type apps. It'll work just fine for that sort of thing.

Windows would indeed take up the whole drive, but it runs a compact version of Linux, and it's compatible with all sorts of storage media.

I do agree that it's probably not a great replacement for a home desktop machine, but for a simple, highly portable machine for simple processing, it seems to be about perfect.
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Nitrous that 800mhz processor will whip that sony's ass in pulling up applications, browsing the web and everything he is wanting to do with it. Why? The 4GB Hard drive is solid state.

If I had $400 dollars lying around that's what i'd buy... well if I didn't want a new bike and a new pair of skis.
My roommate bought one. When they came out and it's a sweet little PC. I have a sony viao running ubuntu 6.06 with these specs:
1ghz
512ram
20gb HDD

That Eee PC is 10x faster.

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Windows would indeed take up the whole drive, but it runs a compact version of Linux, and it's compatible with all sorts of storage media.
Actually it's the full blown 7.10. Linux doesn't need a 10G drive to install on and have more features out of the box.
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:13 PM   #29
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again, not using this as a home computer, sorry for wording it that way... i'm looking to replace the slowny with something small, fast and nothing complex.

email, surf, word... nothing else...

as far as storage, I have many flash drives and an external HD at my disposal

my work laptop is the workhorse and slave for all files, music, etc, etc. I don't need another laptop with insane specs.

the sony I have is outdated and i believe it's fried a little, even after the reformat it's still slow and sometimes has the same issues as before... i'd be interesting to wipe it clean and put linux on it, but i doubt that will help conserve battery life and such.

i'm open to all input tho, there is some good food for thought.

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Actually it's the full blown 7.10. Linux doesn't need a 10G drive to install on and have more features out of the box.
My bad.

I was thinking that Xandros (referenced as the distribution used on the Eeee in some articles) was a compact distribution. It's just another RedHat flavor.

But you mention 7.10 - did your roommate's machine come with Ubuntu?

Either way, Linux isn't the bloated monster of an OS that Windows is.
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