Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

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Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by humblebee » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:55 pm

Right, I'm gonna buy one. Any recommendations?

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by Tomb » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:22 pm

I picked up an Acer Aspire One just after Christmas. It's the Linux version and I have to say it's pretty good. Still trying to customise it but straight out of the box it should do the things you need it to (browse, e-mail, word processing etc).

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by linus » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:23 pm

pete- made you look, made you stare- you're typing in a heightened ooky wooky baby-waybee type fashion (evidence!? please see the title of this thread)

I just wanted to make you aware, in case it's involuntary and you hadn't noticed

however, for the record I don't find that affected means of expressing oneself remotely cute or sessy- if that was, in fact, your actual intention- so if you're trying to pick me up, you're way off beam and then some

either way, think on

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by tompony » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:33 pm

The Samsung NC10 comes highly recommended by some geeky forums that I occasionally frequent. I suspect that's one of the more expensive ones, though...

I want a tiny laptop too. By the time I can afford one, though, they'll probably be too tiny to see.

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by JamieC » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:39 pm

the tech spods at my work are going mad about £130 acer mini laptop things you can buy at asda. people kept bringing them back because they had linux on which confuses people who shop at asda. thus they've reduced them from about £200 to get rid of them. every single person in tech support is doing a big sex jizz over them being so cheap and now they each have one. the end. it might just be asdas in nottingham or something though and they're selling out fast. so get on it comrade.
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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by Big Nose » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:53 pm

My apple pies go off today.

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Post by Mr Bear » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:59 pm

JamieC wrote:the tech spods at my work are going mad about £130 acer mini laptop things you can buy at asda. people kept bringing them back because they had linux on which confuses people who shop at asda. thus they've reduced them from about £200 to get rid of them. every single person in tech support is doing a big sex jizz over them being so cheap and now they each have one. the end. it might just be asdas in nottingham or something though and they're selling out fast. so get on it comrade.
I'd never heard of them before, but that does look really nice...

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by Tomb » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:13 pm

Yeah that's the one I got. Sadly not that price in our ASDAs where I got it from.

What part of Mini Linux Notebook did the ASDA shoppers in Nottingham fail to understand?

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Post by Contravene » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:30 pm

My biggests problem with the Acer Aspire One linux version is that none of my periferals work on it, my printer, my scanner, my graphics tablet, none of the crap I've been accumulating for years. Maybe the XP version could handle them, but the linux one doesn't.

Like Tom said, out of the box, its okay for surfing and word processing, but there's still a heap of installing drivers and plug-ins and updates to the office suite.

Oh and the wee touch pad is really annoying to use, the buttons are in the wrong place and it does that weird scrolling thing every so often.

You can except these problems if you really have to buy the cheapest computer in the shop, but if you can, go for something with Windows XP, maybe an EEE PC, those look fun.

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Post by James_B » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:02 pm

I've got an acer aspire one.
I've put ubuntu linux on there cos i couldn't get along with the default one, though adding ubuntu has slowed down the boot time significantly (but it's still okay, the original OS was super fast at booting).
Mine is the version with 512MB RAM and the 8GB solid state HD, the solid state drive doesn't really offer much of an advantage, I kind of wish I got the regular hard drive version.
The battery in my version only gives me 2 hours battery life, which isn't really good enough, I'm thinking of upgrading to a better battery, they're about £50 on ebay.
It also can't really cope with streaming video very well at all.

It sounds like I hate it, but despite all these complaints I'm still glad I got it, even though I mostly use it for playing tetris.

It's worked absolutely brilliant with all my devices, printer, hard drive etc.

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Post by humblebee » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:19 pm

This looks like pretty good value doesn't it?
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145008

I dunno if that's slightly on the heavy side though. I wanted one of those super tiny ones so I can just drop it in my pop bag and hardly notice it's there. tonieee, which one is it you've got?

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Post by tonieee » Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:23 pm

humblebee wrote:This looks like pretty good value doesn't it?
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145008

I dunno if that's slightly on the heavy side though. I wanted one of those super tiny ones so I can just drop it in my pop bag and hardly notice it's there. tonieee, which one is it you've got?
I've got a 7" eee pc 4G surf (I like mainly that it's got 7" and eee in the name!): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eee_pc#Specifications.

That is a little bit bigger than mine but has higher specs so does seem quite a bargain. The only thing I'd say about it is it has a real hard drive rather than a solid state one which does give you a lot more storage (120GB as compared to my 4GB) and may for some uses be quicker (eg for writing very large files, though reading lots of tiny is files is supposedly quicker on a solid state one) but it will use more battery power and probably less durable too.

I think for me a solid state drive seems the better option but I don't need a lot of storage on it so the 4GB internal drive plus a 8GB SD card is enough for me.

Other than that it looks good and I'd be tempted if I didn't already have one.

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by Tomb » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:43 am

A new 10" Screen Acer Aspire One was released this week. Might be worth hanging on for one of them now.

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:24 pm

I am typing this on my new Eee. Eee!

Is it supposed to make this humming sound?

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Post by tonieee » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:48 pm

humblebee wrote:I am typing this on my new Eee. Eee!

Is it supposed to make this humming sound?
Yay! Which one did you go for?

The humming noise is probably the fan - it comes on after it's been on for a while. I've heard that some people complain about it but it's never bothered me - overall it seems quiter than the average laptop. I think there is a way of disabling it but that's probably not a good idea.

Let me know if you need a hand looking into delights of the world of Linux. I've found this website to be very useful: http://wiki.eeeuser.com

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Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:02 pm

tonieee wrote:Yay! Which one did you go for?

The humming noise is probably the fan - it comes on after it's been on for a while. I've heard that some people complain about it but it's never bothered me - overall it seems quiter than the average laptop. I think there is a way of disabling it but that's probably not a good idea.

Let me know if you need a hand looking into delights of the world of Linux. I've found this website to be very useful: http://wiki.eeeuser.com
Cheers tonieee. I might take you up on that.

I went for the 900 in the end. Two hundred quid off of Amazon. The white one. It's so cute!

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by Contravene » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:46 pm

My wee Acer Aspire One linux-o-tron 2000 does this weird thing in Firefox, sometimes its jumps back two or three pages. Like I'll be in the middle of writing an Anorak post, and it'll suddenly jump back to the Anorak front page, or on whatever site I'm on, I'll be wading through the deeper pages and it just jumps back to the homepage and I'll have to go forward again to where I was.

Gah, it just did it again.

Does this happen for anyone else? And can it be fixed using fire or shouting?

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Post by tonieee » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:59 pm

Contravene wrote:My wee Acer Aspire One linux-o-tron 2000 does this weird thing in Firefox, sometimes its jumps back two or three pages. Like I'll be in the middle of writing an Anorak post, and it'll suddenly jump back to the Anorak front page, or on whatever site I'm on, I'll be wading through the deeper pages and it just jumps back to the homepage and I'll have to go forward again to where I was.

Gah, it just did it again.

Does this happen for anyone else? And can it be fixed using fire or shouting?
I've never had that happen for me in Firefox on linux (or the Iceweasel variant on Debian) but I don't use it that much. Do you know what distribution of linux it is?

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Post by Contravene » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:25 pm

tonieee wrote:I've never had that happen for me in Firefox on linux (or the Iceweasel variant on Debian) but I don't use it that much. Do you know what distribution of linux it is?
Linpus Linus Lite apparently.

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Re: Those tiny ickle laptops like Eees and what have you

Post by tonieee » Wed Feb 04, 2009 3:47 pm

Contravene wrote:Linpus Linus Lite apparently.
Never heard of that one - according to wikipedia it's a Fedora based one designed for the Asian market. It might be a good idea to check the forums on their website (http://www.linpus.com) - if you can find them! The website claims its got some but I couldn't see them. Or see if there is any forums on Acer's website. Chances are somebody's had the same problem before.

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