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Old 12-20-2008, 08:04 AM   #21
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Thanks R,

On the 901 take a look at your fonts folder, it's in windows. Mine was huge so I deleted a bunch that wasn't necessary which freed up space on the C drive.

Here's a couple of link regarding fonts
http://www.kayskreations.net/fonts/fonttb.html

http://www.ababasoft.com/fonter/font05.html

Also you might look at Spacemonger at http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/ it's a nice utility.

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The keyboard on the 1000 is a bit closer to normal size...I'm two-fingering on the 901.

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Heh heh heh, well...we won't go there...

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Here is a really good buy on a 14.1 Acer laptop - $400. Santa delivered one to me on the 24th and I'm very impressed at what you get for the price. Got a Dell Vostro 1000 for DW a year ago and it is a good one. But the Acer is lighter, faster, has more memory, a brighter, sharper screen plus twice the battery life...and it cost $100 less.

Newegg.com - Acer Aspire AS4730-4857 NoteBook
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I got a netbook (as described by NW-Bound) for DW for about $400. Intel Atom 1.6 ghz, solid state drive, XP, Asus Eee PC-901. I liked it so much I wanted one as an alternative to carrying around my 17 inch Compaq, that I thought I liked and had just bought in June. It was just to big and heavy, but the keyboard on the 901 was a bit to small, making it difficult to type unless using just 2 fingers. Asus came out with the EeePC-1000HD a couple months ago, and it had a larger screen at 10 inches, and larger keyboard as well as a 120 gig HDD. I bought it for myself (typing on it now). It is great for email and web browsing...a tad slow compared the 2.2ghz dual core intel compaq 17 incher. There are now several models like this available. I would steer clear of the miniscule storage models (DW's is always telling her to delete unused files, after adding only antivirus/antispyware software). If you go with the solid state storage get the biggest you can find. The upside is that with the SS storage, bootup and software startup is very quick. I like mine wth the HDD, but if I could have found one the same size but with SS storage a bit bigger, I would have gotten that instead.

BTW - battery lasts about 6 hrs on either of the above models.

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Just saw a whole line of new Netbooks like Rambler described, all with 160GB drive. Priced at $300, and some small enough to fit in your trench coat pocket, or a woman's purse with ease. I don't see why one needs such storage for a little machine, but on the other hand, the solid-state models are still stuck at 8GB.

In better economic times, I might have brought home the above cute Netbook as a prize to my bride. Well, maybe when the market recovers some more.

Last month, I already got myself a 13.3" Toshiba weighting 4.4lbs. Its dual-core CPU is nearly as fast as my wife's desktop, an older machine. It is enough for me to do some serious work on the run. Amazing little thing for $550, which I had to pass up 5 months ago when it was $900.
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I bought an Asus eee pc 1000-HE, which came out earlier this month. So far I love it. The keyboard is almost the same as full-size, and Asus fixed the problem with the Shift key, so it types like a normal keyboard. It has a 10-inch screen and 160GB of HD. I upgraded the RAM from 1G to 2G. It does everything I need with no problem (watching hulu, browsing the web, office software, etc.). Would recommend it!

The battery life is amazing. They advertised 9.5 hours. I'd say it's more like 7 hours. Nice to not have to haul a power cord around.

Amazon.com: ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10-Inch Netbook (1.66 GHz Intel Atom N280 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 10 GB Eee Storage, Bluetooth, XP Home, 9.5 Hour Battery Life) Blue: Electronics

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I have been looking at netbooks for a couple of months now. I have been reading articles that Windows 7 will come out on netbooks around Sep/Oct. Most reviews say it will run faster than XP. I am in no hurry, so I may wait. Looks like best reviews are for the Asus 1000HE and the Samsung 10 inch is also getting good reviews.
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I have been looking at netbooks for a couple of months now. I have been reading articles that Windows 7 will come out on netbooks around Sep/Oct. Most reviews say it will run faster than XP. I am in no hurry, so I may wait. Looks like best reviews are for the Asus 1000HE and the Samsung 10 inch is also getting good reviews.
I just ordered the 1000HE last night once I managed to overcome my cheapness gene telling me not to buy a new toy. But I wanted a cheap, long battery-life surfing and general use machine I can use anywhere in the house, and this looks like it'll fit the bill. I'm supposed to receive it on Thursday and I splurged the extra $20 for a 2 GB memory module.
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I've been coveting an Asus 1000 too.

You guys should look into installing Puppeee Linux on there, it's an extremely lightwight distro that can run very fast by using a RamDrive, plus it's built for the Eee so it'll come configured for everything to work out of the box.

http://linux.com/feature/131070
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New concepts galore. From the linked article above (131070):

During boot, the entire system loads into RAM and runs from there, which significantly boosts the system's overall speed and saves the Eee PC's solid state disk (SSD) from unnecessary wear. Better yet, since Eee PC's SSD is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be replaced, you can still use the machine with Puppeee if the SSD dies by booting from an external device.

Saving solid state disk from wear. Them must be really abrasive electrons in Puppee Linux.
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New concepts galore. From the linked article above (131070):

During boot, the entire system loads into RAM and runs from there, which significantly boosts the system's overall speed and saves the Eee PC's solid state disk (SSD) from unnecessary wear. Better yet, since Eee PC's SSD is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be replaced, you can still use the machine with Puppeee if the SSD dies by booting from an external device.

Saving solid state disk from wear. Them must be really abrasive electrons in Puppee Linux.
It is a very real problem:

Solid-state drive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Limited write (erase) cycles: Flash-memory cells will often wear out after 1,000 to 10,000 write cycles for MLC, and up to 100,000 write cycles for SLC[13]
Some application do some write balancing, so that no one block is written to more than the others. No, it's not physical wear (well maybe on an atomic level?), but it is very real.

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New concepts galore. From the linked article above (131070):

During boot, the entire system loads into RAM and runs from there, which significantly boosts the system's overall speed and saves the Eee PC's solid state disk (SSD) from unnecessary wear. Better yet, since Eee PC's SSD is soldered to the motherboard and cannot be replaced, you can still use the machine with Puppeee if the SSD dies by booting from an external device.

Saving solid state disk from wear. Them must be really abrasive electrons in Puppee Linux.
It sounds funny and bogus, but flash memories do have a limited number of write cycles. Once the data is written, it can be read indefinitely, but an operating system (Windows or Linux) tends to update or rewrite its internal files numerous times during a user's session. Such actions do wear out the SSD after a few years.

Note that we tend to not subject a USB flash drive to the same write cycles as an OS would an internal drive. Hence the external USB flash drive does not have this problem.

An excerpt from Wikipedia on this subject follows.

Limited write (erase) cycles: Flash-memory cells will often wear out after 1,000 to 10,000 write cycles for MLC, and up to 100,000 write cycles for SLC, while high endurance cells may have an endurance of 1–5 million write cycles (many log files, file allocation tables, and other commonly used parts of the file system exceed this over the lifetime of a computer).

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Thanks for the info. Seems I've been out of the current technology update mode.
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Got an Asus 1000HE yesterday. I also ordered the 2 gig module for another $19 all from Amazon.

Out of the box I had only one problem. It would not validate my wireless network. I went online with another computer and solved the problem. I had to turn off 802.1x authentication. Once I did that it hooked right up.

I went you Youtube and viewed a video on how to install the memory. It took about 5 min or less.

Keyboard takes some getting use to, but this would be a problem with any computer this size. It is light, generates little heat, and the battery life is rated at 9 hrs. I have not tested that yet, but it is a lot longer than my other lattop. (6 min!). Cost of the computer was about $389, if I remember correctly.

So far I would recommend this for anyone wanting a small computer for traveling. With a 160 gig hard drive, it does just about everything my desktop did. However, I doubt it would be any good for games other than solitaire.
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For people who just use a netbook for browsing, email, watch videos, and light word processing the next big wave (third generation?) could be the ARM-based ones that are rumored to be showing up later this year, if they're willing to give up Windows XP.

Microsoft Rules Netbooks Now, But ARM/Linux Threat Grows | ITworld

$200 netbooks with longer battery life that are capable of doing everything 95% of netbook users user 'em for? What's not to like?
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$200 netbooks with longer battery life that are capable of doing everything 95% of netbook users user 'em for? What's not to like?
There are a lot of people running Ubuntu on netbooks already. The problem is that many of them paid for XP and then wiped it out and installed Linux over it. If this gains more popularity, then netbooks can more readily be packaged with Linux instead of XP, and the cost of licensing Microsoft software would be eliminated.

The netbook segment is growing AND is the most price-conscious segment in the PC market, and thus Microsoft is right to be concerned. I believe they have to discount Windows licensing on netbooks just to keep Microsoft-based netbooks at a price point that will maintain its market share.
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I'm having a love/hate - well more like/dislike with mine so far. It is excellent for travel - I never feel burdened with it and it's perfect for getting online at the airport while waiting to finish off a few emails or read some docs. It's perfectly fine for taking notes in class, and I've loaded 2007 office onto it. But I don't use it at all at home except for my class readings that are downloaded onto it, or quick checking of websites.

I've actually ordered a 15" dell to replace the 17" one because I know at home I love the larger screen and don't want to get frustrated viewing larger docs when I'm trying to do some hard core work, and want a zippy upload etc.

But overall having both works well for me...

Oh and btw I got my case for the asus at TJ Maxx for about $10-12 it's a Targus case for 10" dvd players! They have them in the men's accessories section.
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I have played around with Linux. Puppy and Ubuntu. I came back to XP. I run Web Expressions to update a couple of websites. It only runs in Windows. I tried Ubuntu runing Wine, but had no luck getting it installed and working.

Asus came with Star Office, I have Office 2007, but have not installed it yet. My financial spreadsheet runs in Star, I have little use for a Word Processor, and no use for the rest of the package.

I liked Linux, but in the end returned to XP because of several programs I run. I have two other laptops and a desktop. I use the laptop while watching TV to check email and such. I don't have enough experience with this little one to come to a valid conclusion, but I think it will make a perfect travel computer, and maybe all round home computer. I still use the desktop to backup DVDs.
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Asus came with Star Office, I have Office 2007, but have not installed it yet. My financial spreadsheet runs in Star, I have little use for a Word Processor, and no use for the rest of the package.

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i tried the star office for a while, but for spreadsheets, it couldn't do all my calculations for work stuff - which aren't that complicated, so had to move on to the office ones...it worked fine for basic word processing and basic spreadsheets though...
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i tried the star office for a while, but for spreadsheets, it couldn't do all my calculations for work stuff - which aren't that complicated, so had to move on to the office ones...it worked fine for basic word processing and basic spreadsheets though...
I'm surprised at that - I thought the compatibility was very high.

Were these macros in the spreadsheets? I think macros may be a problem for them, even simple ones.

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