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*blush* Boy is my Netbook Red! - trinalin thinks things through
*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 Pagefillers.com):

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.

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Current Music: Mark Ayres / Ancient Enemies

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antikythera From: antikythera Date: April 11th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I find that with GIMP too on my 9" Acer, but I can get around it. In some places I just have to grab the edges of the window and resize it manually. In others, such as on the file type thinger, you can double-click on parts of the window to expand or compress them. There's probably an option somewhere to automatically use the smaller size window, but I haven't bothered to look for it yet.
trinalin From: trinalin Date: April 11th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmmm, was gonna try the double-click thing like you suggested, but didn't know what to click on. I think an experiment is in the offering. :-)
rembrandt13 From: rembrandt13 Date: April 11th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that is one SRSLY red litole internets machine you have there. *goes to look for sunglasses*

Darned purty, though. (This is the part where you get to make a joke about me being a Mac-head who cares more about how a compie looks than what it's capable of doing, though I actually feel pretty much the same as I would about a car at this point--if it's got four wheels and a motor, I'm in.)

Hey, if you ever figger out how to utilize 'stroke' as a text effect in GIMP, couldja let me know? Cos damned if mah puzzler don't hurt trying to suss that one out, and every tutorial I've looked at has made the process seem completely impenetrable...as I grump for the millionth time, "All I have to do in Photoshop is click a button! WHY DON'T I HAVE A GRAND TO WASTE ON CS4?! WHY, OH, WHY?!" D=
drake57 From: drake57 Date: April 11th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neat :)
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