The Tiniest Computer!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

I am writing this post on my new Asus Eee PC (2GB Surf), received for FREE (thank you Royal Bank!). It's the most base model, but is meant to give me a (FREE) preview of the general category of devices from Asus, and let me knock about with the Linux operating system, and generally see if this type of device is worthy of pack-space on my big trip. So far I like it, though I haven't been able to connect to the wireless network in the office (I'm connected to the LAN right now).

If I do take an Eee PC with me, it will most likely be this one. It has the same diminutive form factor (a mere 9" wide x 6-1/2" deep x 1-1/2" thick), but has a bigger screen, 20GB of memory, and (supposedly) better battery life. They seem to be worth about $600 on eBay right now, but I hope that as more newer models are introduced, that price may come down. I won't be buying anything until the new year.

The other big thing I need to decide is whether to go with the Linux, or with the Windows XP version. Part of the reason for getting the (FREE) 2GB model was to have a chance to test-drive the operating system. If all goes well, Linux may be the smarter choice.

Oh, and did I mention it was FREE?!


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