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replacing the laptop

Lappy is officially unrecoverable. Part of me is upset but the other part is like well, it lived its life. gave me over five good years. Got me through grad school, lots of SWE meetings, endless hours on the couch and in bed, it's been good to me. I don't think it's worth it to replace the hard drive, I think it's just time for it to go.

I do need something else to type on. It doesn't need to be fancy. I have a downstairs computer that I do my graphics work on. So my upstairs laptop just needs to have the following:
  • A text editor
  • A web browser
  • An e-mail client
  • FTP

I might actually go check out a tablet PC or something. I'm also curious about the ipads, but only for the new/swanky factor. In all truth I'll probably get something used. I was looking at craigslist today at dell laptops, googling around to see which models are best at running ubuntu.

poor laptop.

The funny thing about this is that I'm ready to put my 2005 laptop to rest but I'm never going to let go of my 2001 desktop, aka Spacefem The Computer, the one with the badass light kit and ringed planet cutout. See icon. I know the 900 MHZ AMD processor leaves something to be desired but so many parts of it just seem like such a good idea still, plus I'm so proud of it because I put so much time and research into it. That was back when I had some things about hardware still in my head. That was a long time ago.

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litlebanana
Nov. 1st, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
My husband has owned a tablet PC for like 5 years if you have any questions for a longtime user....
jackofhearts
Nov. 1st, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
I have a HP Compaq that runs everything, I'm always changing...lol it came with Vista, I've run 7 32 & 64 bit, xp 32 & 64 bit, various versions of ubuntu on it, right now I'm playing with the new Linux Mint 10. When I'm done playing I usually just run 7 or dual boot it with linux.

This is similar to mine its slightly newer, mine has a 2 gig processor and an nvidia graphics card other than that it looks the same.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834107057

This one is an ACER similar to the 2 I bought for my sons and set them up with Windows 7 dual booted with Ubuntu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115852
kyouteki
Nov. 1st, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
If you'd like to try out an iPad, I'd be willing to lend mine to you for a day. It makes an excellent companion computer.
secretsoflife
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
i love my hp tm2 tablet. they are pretty cheap, same ballpark as ipads in the low end :)
jume
Nov. 2nd, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
This is the one I recommended for my dad to upgrade to; haven't used it, but the specs look wonderful for non-gaming uses
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220758
olithered
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
I've just got a Lenovo Ideapad S10; works great with Ubuntu (there's a netbook version which maximises the screen area used by your apps). If you're feeling flush then get an SSD for extra fast bootup - but research first since there's a great variation in read/write speeds.
rumble_bumble
Nov. 2nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
i just got myself an ipad and it's great fun. i wonder if it can do enough for you. (no flash?)
with an additional keyboard text editing might be easier although the touch keyboard is working quite well. it's a perfect companion for the couch and carrying it around. :)
magnio
Nov. 5th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
You don't want an iPad. Period. Seriously, it doesn't comply with your requirements. I tested one a while ago, and wasn't too impressed.

No idea about tablet PCs, but the cool functionality used to not work on Ubuntu a couple of years ago (when my husband researched them). It might very well have changed now. Or not.
wecanrebuildher
Nov. 6th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeah I agree with magnio, I do love mine, they're great for reading, general browsing and checking in with web based services but not so much for actual work. Good luck on your search!
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