Trina L Short (trinalin) wrote,
Trina L Short

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*blush* Boy is my Netbook Red!

I waited and waited for Acer to get the right combo for their Aspire One (Linux, SSD, *and* a 6-cell battery) but they never could. Then Dell started lowering the price on their 9" Mini and it was tempting. And then they had a one-day sale with a further $50 off their Linux, SSD, 4-cell Mini. And they had red ones. So I had to order it. (8GB SSD & 1GB RAM for the curious.)

It arrived today. Woohoo! Dad's arrived yesterday and we all agreed it was really cute and cool. (His is white.) He's decided that he loves Ubuntu. Had the easiest set up of a computer ever. My own experience today was equally pain free. I took photos during the opening and all that, which I've posted to my Pagefillers Gallery. Here's a photo of the red lovely (downloaded & edited on the Mini, then uploaded to

The verrrrrry rrrrrrrrrrrred netbook.

I've only got two complaints about the Mini so far - funky keyboard arrangement (apostrophe and dash are in odd places) and the beta version of LoggerPro for Ubuntu wouldn't install. (Not too worried about the second issue - the purpose of the beta is to get it working for as many Ubuntu and Linux users around - I'm sure the folks at Vernier will get it sorted out.) Dad's got a complaint about his - his screen keeps going black for no apparent reason. Hopefully Dell (or Ubuntu, if the Dell tech he chatted with tonight actually knew anything) will get his issue sorted out.

Since I've been working a lot with Firefox add-ons of late, my Mini does much of what my main PC and laptop do. I've got the TwitterFox add-on to keep up with the Twitter folks I follow. I'm using the SyncPlaces add-on to keep my bookmarks synced between the three devices. Like with my laptop, I'll stick with webmail for e-mail. For non-Firefox programs, I've got Pidgin for AIM, Drivel for Livejournal writing (it's like a bare-bones Semagic), GIMP for image editing, F-Stop for getting images from my camera, etc. I was even able to installed my supposedly Winders-only laser printer on here. Cool beans.

Oh, for music, I figure I can use Pandora and Last.FM. Although the speakers are considerably tinny, with my earphones hooked in, it's really nice sound. I was tres impressed. It hooked up to both my WiFi and dad's without a hitch. Oh - and the most astounding thing? It came with a recovery DVD! I didn't think any computer company sent a recovery DVD along with the machine anymore! (OK, so no DVD drive on here, but I figure we can copy it to a flash drive if we ever have to.)

My next task will be to find DirSync or something similar because I'd like to set up the 4GB SD HC card I've stuck in the SD slot to backup my Documents folder whenever I click a button on the desktop (or similar). Don't think I'll be filling this little duffer up with a lot of stuff, so the 4GB of space remaining will likely be sufficient. (I can see this coming in handy when doing research/book reviewing in the library when I finally get started on my Masters).

Well, I've found a drawback with GIMP on this Netbook - some of the windows are too big for the resolution so I can't see to change file types or other little things like that. I was going to make a new LJ icon, but I'll have to do that on my laptop or PC.
Tags: computer, geek, netbook
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