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Yooper 07-16-2009 12:25 PM

Cheap laptop for internet use?
 
If you were in need of a cheap laptop, just for browsing the internet when traveling, and checking email (and HBT!) out at your cottage, which one would you get?

I fried my decent laptop, and there isn't much money for replacement. It has to have a modem (dial up at the cottage) as well as wi fi capabilities, but it doesn't need anything else.

Coastarine 07-16-2009 12:46 PM

Considered a netbook?

bernerbrau 07-16-2009 12:54 PM

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Boerderij_Kabouter 07-16-2009 12:55 PM

Go on ebay and get an old laptop (circo 1990's) and install damn small linux on it. For $40 you could have a sweet and retro firefox surfing machine.

I am using this to monitor fermentation temps...
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/temp...system-112020/

Yooper 07-16-2009 12:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Coastarine (Post 1436302)
Considered a netbook?

No- I'd never heard of them! Are they pretty easy to type on, or are they a bit small?

I'm a total computer idiot- I know nothing about them, besides how to turn them on (and how to moderate a brewboard! ;))

the_bird 07-16-2009 01:04 PM

My wife just bought an HP netbook, she loves it. You need to try them out in person, though, see if you like them; the keyboards on different models can be different, too, some work better for different people. It was only a couple hundred bucks, has built-in wireless, and just runs XP Home so there's no learning curve or any difficulty getting anything to work. Basically, just a small computer without a lot of power and a small screen.

kanielb1 07-16-2009 01:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Boerderij_Kabouter (Post 1436316)
Go on ebay and get an old laptop (circo 1990's) and install damn small linux on it. For $40 you could have a sweet and retro firefox surfing machine.

I am using this to monitor fermentation temps...
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/temp...system-112020/

This is actually a great idea. I think I would try to find one from the 2000's era rather than 90's...but that is just me. I have found Ubuntu to be the most stable and it also includes all the software you would need as well. However, that would require more hard drive space. Going the linux route would save you money on virus/spyware protection as well. I love my Ubuntu box and would love to have it on a laptop. Good Luck!!

Boerderij_Kabouter 07-16-2009 01:26 PM

I suggested DSL (Damn Small Linux) because the whole operating system including all the normal programs (i.e., word processor, internet, excel, and all the other stuff) fits on 100 Mb of space. My Sony from 1992 runs almost as fast as my brand new work computer.

Yoop. If you want to do it, I am sure we can walk you through the install on chat.

GilaMinumBeer 07-16-2009 01:26 PM

+1 on the Netbook.

I so want one for a Brewlogger.

lustreking 07-16-2009 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Coastarine (Post 1436302)
Considered a netbook?

I was going to say netbook too, but do they have modems?


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