[kwlug-disc] For the College/Netbook people in the mailing list
locklin.jason at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 11:08:03 EDT 2009
Only a few years ago for me, but I recall people with laptops almost
universally left them at home/rez on their desk. The few that brought
them with them to school didn't use them to do any work. Take that as
Also, as a grad student now, I own an Acer Aspire with Ubuntu on it.
When it comes to doing research, writing papers, etc., as long as you
have an external keyboard/mouse and monitor for your primary work area
(a good idea with a laptop as well), it's absolutely fine to work on.
Heck, it's more powerful than my desktop was in undergrad.
note: there are 6,9,and 12 cell after-market batteries on ebay now if
you want ridiculous battery life.
Raul Suarez wrote:
> My older son is about to start University (WLU).
> He is enrolled in a Biology program. Now it comes the time to choose a computer for him.
> I'm thinking that in a Biology program he will mostly be taking notes and of course browsing and such but that's just a guess.
> Still remembering my time at University and all the walking I did between classes and hanging out with friends, I'm thinking that portability and battery life are the most important features, hence I'm thinking a netbook.
> So if you are in College right now in a non-computer-science program or have friends/children there. Do you think that a netbook with good battery life will be good enough? (e.g. ASUS 1000HE) or would a full fledged notebook be preferable even if it breaks his back.
> Even if you are not in College but are using a netbook. Do you think that it is practical to be taking notes and use as a day to day computer?
> He would still have a desktop in case he needs a larger screen.
> Raul Suarez
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