About Me

When not at work with students, I spend my time in my room either reading, calculating something using pen and paper, or using a computer. I read almost anything: from the pornographic to the profound, although my main interests are mathematics and physics. "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." -Erasmus

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

the new new thing

I got a new netbook today, and used up most of my 13th month pay. I envied my friends because they only brought a 10.1 inch computer compared to my 14.1 inch laptop. My regular laptop is my workhorse: that's where I do things like computations, powerpoint presentations, and photo-editing. It's also the one I use for games like command and conquer, warcraft, etc.

The new one is an MSI netbook I got for 13K at pc options just this morning, and I'm using it right now to get a feel for how it performs. I was thinking of getting a NEO Basic B3280 netbook, or an emachines one for approximately the same price that I saw in the PC express catalog. The NEO had the advantage of having an operating system installed while the one I got had none preinstalled. I did get a trial version, and plan to install the full package later. My university provides faculty with legal copies of Windows, so getting one wasn't urgent. What made me go for the MSI laptop were the rumours of NEO's bad customer support.

The emachines netbook was priced at 13.2K-- it had an operating system installed but the hard disk had only 160GB of storage compared to this one with 250GB. The salesman recommended this one for various reasons I will not go into.

My aim is to use the netbook for travelling and for non-intensive work. At school, the only applications I do use are for reading pdf and djvu files, word-processing (including presentations), and internet browsing. I'm not supposed to play games while at school so the netbook is perfect for what I have in mind. And it's less massive! I haven't weighed it of course, but size and mass does matter. The netbook is small enough to put inside a purse (a large one though), and it's not as conspicious as my other laptop.

It doesn't mean that I'll stop using my other laptop.However, my older laptop has battery issues. I think the battery lifetime is only 7 minutes. So I always need to have it plugged in, which defeats the purpose of having a portable computer. My younger brother (the computer geek in the family) suggested getting the battery repacked, but I didn't want it done without having a spare battery at hand, or a spare laptop with working batteries. Now that I have the new new thing, I'll set aside some money and get the batteries repacked.

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