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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dungeon92 wrote:
But the Wind PC will have a somewhat higher price tag than I would want to spend.


I just saw the prices today. You might be surprised.

Linux version:
- 1.6GHz Atom
- 10" screen
- 512MB of RAM
- 80GB HDD
- 3-cell battery
- $399

XP version:
- 1.6GHz Atom
- 10" screen
- 1GB of RAM
- 80GB HDD
- Bluetooth
- 6-cell battery
- $549

http://blog.laptopmag.com/msi-wind-revealed-10-inch-mini-notebook-to-hit-us-in-june
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zuma wrote:
dungeon92 wrote:
But the Wind PC will have a somewhat higher price tag than I would want to spend.


I just saw the prices today. You might be surprised.

Linux version:
- 1.6GHz Atom
- 10" screen
- 512MB of RAM
- 80GB HDD
- 3-cell battery
- $399

XP version:
- 1.6GHz Atom
- 10" screen
- 1GB of RAM
- 80GB HDD
- Bluetooth
- 6-cell battery
- $549

http://blog.laptopmag.com/msi-wind-revealed-10-inch-mini-notebook-to-hit-us-in-june

Now I wonder if the RAM is upgradable to maybe 2GB and then maybe buy a 6-cell battery as an accessory? If the Wind has a better keyboard and really costs $399 I might pick that up over the EEE PC since I wouldn't mind using HDD over SSD if it means a decent, usable keyboard and that would allow lots of room for having multiple distros of Linux.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that 10" Wind looks like a nice little machine for $399.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Wind does look good...



...but what are the subject headings on the forum-posts for this machine gonna be?
Troubleshooting: "I'm having Wind trouble", "Problems with Wind"
Classifieds: "I'd like to get rid of my Wind", "The wife's had enough of my Wind"

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...but what are the subject headings on the forum-posts for this machine gonna be?
Troubleshooting: "I'm having Wind trouble", "Problems with Wind"
Classifieds: "I'd like to get rid of my Wind", "The wife's had enough of my Wind"

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Are you trying to say that you broke Wind? Surprised Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are you trying to say that you broke Wind? Surprised Laughing

g5, let's just say that this Wind's giving me a bellyache... Wink

(g5, if Mike Judge ever needs some scriptwriters for the next Beavis and Butthead movie, he should give you and me a call... Smile )
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the Wind Cries Mary... Laughing

It does look pretty good for $399. I would just dump MS-Suse linux for another linux distro.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And the Wind Cries Mary... Laughing

It does look pretty good for $399. I would just dump MS-Suse linux for another linux distro.

I think it's a little odd they used that distro and not try for Ubuntu or something else, but with that 1.6GHz CPU it could easily take a full distro if you can add 2GB RAM it would be even better.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a good article here about the impact that the Eee PC has had on the computer industry.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I found a good article here about the impact that the Eee PC has had on the computer industry.

I think another thing to remember is that Linux will gain some ground from this since it lowers the cost of the already low price PC's.
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having played around with Linux for almost a year, the eee pc option starts to look attractive. I like to have a laptop with me whenever I travel, and other than for long research trips, a small, light laptop that would allow me to do the plebeian things (word processing, internet, email) would be desirable. Most of what I write on a computer has to be compatible with MS Office PC, and the Linux version of Open Office is close enough for all but the final versions. Finally, I'd rather pay $300-400 than $1700 for a light duty laptop given irregular use. But I've never actually seen or tried an eee pc. It would be nice to be able to rent one for a month and really find out what I would miss if I used it in lieu of a PowerBook (the 5-6 lb. 15" Al I currently travel with).
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dungeon92 wrote:
I wouldn't want to run XP on a 900MHz CPU with what I'll be using, come to think of it XP will never touch any EEE PC I get.


I kinda need it for two RC apps. That's the only reason why.

Hey guys, that Wind PC looks awesome. A 10" LED screen too! I wonder if it has two mouse buttons though? It looks like a solid button in the pictures.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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dungeon92 wrote:
I wouldn't want to run XP on a 900MHz CPU with what I'll be using, come to think of it XP will never touch any EEE PC I get.


I kinda need it for two RC apps. That's the only reason why.

Hey guys, that Wind PC looks awesome. A 10" LED screen too! I wonder if it has two mouse buttons though? It looks like a solid button in the pictures.

Get a Wind since it'll have more power than the EEE and if it won't leave the shop then the SSD isn't really a big thing (without the SSD the Wind seems targeted at adults). The mouse might be one piece, but two buttons so that the button's like a seesaw, not that bad since then there isn't that crack for stuff to fall into and the Wind has 3 USB ports ($400 = 3 USB ports, but at $1800+ you get 1 USB port?) so adding a USB mouse can cure that problem.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing that I like the most about the success of these small notebooks is the way that they've challenged the conventional wisdom that more=better. This message is getting back to the boardrooms of IT manufacturers and seems to be shaking things up.

I think right back to 1991 when I had an IBM PS/2 Model 30 with an 8MHz processor, and I know it sounds inconceivable now, but I got some useful college work done with that machine. The printed results weren't as sophisticated as the output of a modern OS X machine, but at the time, it did the job! I'm sure that there are other 123MM members with similar stories (probably involving a 68000 rather than a 8086 Wink ).

The hobbyist within me likes the advance of CPU speeds or connection bus technologies, but the practical side of me yearns for more focus on making it easier to get work done and for computer software to reflect the way that the human mind thinks and creates. Maybe these sub-notebooks are the starting point for a major re-think of information technology.
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UK members might be interested to see who's now selling the Eee PC:
http://www.asda-electricals.co.uk/shop/product/asus/eeepc4g-w038.html
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