[kwlug-disc] For the College/Netbook people in the mailing list

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 22 22:19:30 EDT 2009


Thank you, he finally got an ASUS1005HA which is on "sale" at Canada computers.

 Raul Suarez


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----- Original Message ----
From: Jason Locklin <locklin.jason at gmail.com>
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 11:08:03 AM
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] For the College/Netbook people in the mailing list

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
you may.

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.
--
Jason

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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