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Old 02-12-2008, 09:32 PM   #57
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Ditto the WiFI switch on my Compaq Presario laptop. The WiFi switch only operates under Windows.
I smell a conspiracy.....
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Old 02-16-2008, 07:35 AM   #58
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I find this little Asus eee pc very intriguing. I know little to nothing about computers so I don't do well with geek speak. Most of this has been very easy to understand, but I have a couple of questions.

Can you use a CD with this little computer? IOW can I look at pictures that I have stored on a CD or can I only look at the ones stored on my digital camera (via cable/usb)?

Does the "eee" do dvds?

What would the drawbacks be for an ordinary person using it on the road? Did I understand that constant WiFi can be a security issue?

Would this be a better choice than the Acer Inspire for someone like me? In a very few simple words, why or why not?

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Old 02-16-2008, 07:56 AM   #59
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Suz, you would be much more satisfied with something like the Acer. It has all the CD & DVD features you want, and is running Windows. The Eee PC is really designed as a second or third or fourth computer.

Although I would not buy something at Circuit City because of their return policy - check this out instead: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8221530

Circuit City:
Desktop PCs, notebook PCs, must be returned within 14 days of the sale date, and (except where prohibited by law) are subject to a 15% restocking fee if returned opened or in a non-factory sealed box.

WalMart:
Computer hardware: Must be returned with any included software within 15 days of receipt.

And, my favorite - Costco:
We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell with a full refund. Exceptions: computers must be returned within 90 days of purchase for a refund.
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Thanks, Patrick. I do have my regular PC for at home, but I've been thinking about one of these small ones for the road. I took one of my husband's laptops with me once and it was too big, heavy, and more trouble than it was worth.
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Although I would not buy something at Circuit City because of their return policy - check this out instead: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8221530
I'm with you on that. I just happened to have that link handy.
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One more question: If I ruled out the importance of DVDs and CDs, would the Asus be a better choice for net access and email?
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Did I understand that constant WiFi can be a security issue?
I would not be concerned about wifi security as long as you are running a firewall and virus program, and don't connect to unknown wifi hotspots. (Starbucks - good; your teenage neighbor's house - bad).
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:45 AM   #64
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One more question: If I ruled out the importance of DVDs and CDs, would the Asus be a better choice for net access and email?
I am seriously considering (i.e., will probably) buy one of these when my rebate check is received, and my spousal unit will use it for, drum roll, net access and email at home, and I will use it for the same when traveling! But do consider the small screen size, weighed against the portability of it.

BTW, Costco has it via mail order so you could try it out for several months and see if it works for you!
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Thanks, Patrick!

The thing that (I think) I like about it is its size. It doesn't look much bigger than my little dvd player.

Now to decide which one.
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My thoughts are that if you have a nice 15" wide screen normal laptop with a DVD RW drive, then you can add a TV tuner PC card, and you eliminate having to put a TV or DVD player in your rig. You get a computer, TV, and DVD player with one device and it's very portable to use outside the trailer on the patio, etc.

Just my two cents on laptop brands as I've been buying laptops for businesses for over twelve years, I generally stay with Toshiba, IBM ThinkPad(now Lenovo), HP business laptops (not consumer lines) due to consistent quality, warranty availability, and history of performance. I always get three year warranties that cover everything, and most business line laptops come with that. When you drop a laptop the most vulnerable parts are the screen and the hard drive. Good business line laptops have automatic hard drive shock protection and advanced screen protection built-in which is generally not available on consumer laptops.
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Old 02-17-2008, 11:42 PM   #67
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What about Tuff Books? Would they not be good for the ruff and rugged use in a camper?
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What about Tuff Books? Would they not be good for the ruff and rugged use in a camper?
They'd be a great choice... at $4,000...

Panasonic Toughbook 30

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They'd be a great choice... at $4,000...

Panasonic Toughbook 30
Yikes.... thats more mula than it take for me to buy and refurbrish the 5thW Im looking at.

figure I'd have to go used but still.... if it's that high from the start; used wont be reasonable either.
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I think most of the Toughbooks are sold to corporate interests and the military. They'll take life on an oil rig or inside a tank. They don't make much sense in any other application though. I've seen some used in police use as well, but for the money I can replace it about six times if they're broken. Just not cost effective.

Used ones ARE still outrageous, and by the time they're turned over they're such old technology as not to be competent in the world any more.

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