Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Acer Aspire One
I bought one of these recently, the 8gb ssd + 512k Linux version, £199 from PC World.
And I really like it, it turns on really quickly, attaches to wifi, and i'm browsing.
In a nutshell, I found the command line hackery more useful. Run a terminal and enable desktop menu, and add the livna repositories, install VLC. Install Skype.
I use a 4gb sd card in my work laptop, and use SyncToy to copy all my work documents to it regularly (so i've the originals on the hdd, and a copy on the sd). Then, if i'm away on business, I pop the sd card in my acer, and away I go. OpenOffice does a relatively good job at rendering my stuff, only issues seem to be some font choices in powerpoint, but not a showstopper. Also, too many OpenOffice documents slow things down rather a lot.
I also bought a 16gb sd card too (here, from ebuyer) which works a treat; placed in the permanent sd slot, it merges it quite nicely. I then copy films & music over from my external usb hdd easily enough. For some reason, it complains about space sometimes - not sure why. The 16gb card inherits your home directory, so i've a funny feeling it's some weirdness due to the merge (with nasty looking df nonsense if you look...)