Asus Eee PC 1000H
The following article I originally posted to NotebookReview.com under pseudonym "Pewterbot9":
It will serve as my main system at home too, considering my low income
and my sense of adventure. I'll connect it to my larger LCD screen
(after tossing out my ancient Win98se box), plug in a full size
keyboard and mouse (maybe get a bluetooth mouse), and use an external HD and DVD-RW drive. Oh yeah, a set of good external speakers too!
I'll get a coupla USB memory sticks or SD flash cards: one for data backup, another for loading Linux!
I'll also take advantage of those free online storage services, to backup my data redundantly. AND use Google
and other free services to write documents and perform other tasks that
I used to do exclusively on my HD, now that I'll soon have high-speed
access. The Internet IS my HD! Yay.
Using the built-in webcam and mic, I plan to videoconference w/other
activists around the world, while enjoying a cuppa java; and interview
folks. (I'm an activist for both gays and homeless people, and like to
give them a voice on the web.)
I'd like to turn this into my own Internet radio show,
if at all feasible, money-wise. Otherwise, the show won't be live, but
provide a new show at least once per week, that anyone can load and
play. No streaming video, as it will probably be cost prohibitive. Download mp3's is the way I'd go...and since the 'net is so fast these days for most, what's to complain about?
I have no high-speed access at home. So while at wi-fi coffeehouses or
libraries, I'll download whatever videos and audios I'd like to
view/hear once back home. Including news stations, favorite TV shows and Internet-based radio.
So if all goes according to plan, I'll then ditch my old analog TV and
VHS box. Screw digital and high definition! I'll get it all through the
I'm still thinking through whether or not to get a new desktop system...emachines
makes it so affordable! Just in case my netbook breaks, gets stolen, or
suffers some other unhappy incident. At least, I'll have some sort of
Internet access until it's repaired or replaced. MAYBE I'll just get a
second netbook? Hmmm.
The netbook has a noble history, BTW...it all started with an MIT project to provide a cheap laptop to third-world children. On a similar and intriguing note, you may enjoy my own spin on this matter: The Parable of the Laptop Billionaire.
havin' FUN just contemplatin' my new netbook...and NOW I have one
(FedEx just delivered it two days ago). And thanks, webmaster (or sysop
or whatever), for notebookreview.com...it's been a great help to me already, in just a very short time!
A laptop for every child...and you, too!