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A new tool in my tool box!

Apr 20

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Monday, April 20, 2009 9:14 PM  RssIcon

Last Friday I got a new tool and so far I'm loving it!  Read on for further details!

Acer Aspire OneLast Friday I got a brand new tool for my tool box and I LOVE IT! :> 

For the past few years, I've been keeping an eye on the Dell flyers, the HP sales at Future Shop and the snazzy new hardware I see all over the place.  But laptops are just too expensive for this geek!  For the same money, I could ALWAYS get a KICK BUTT desktop, no wait, a smok'n Dev-master's workstation with gobs of memory and all the keyboard/mouse/monitor customizations I could ever wish for!  But since we live in the REAL world and although reality bites, sometimes there are some "gifts."  Last week I found out from SB a great deal at TigerDirect.ca for a refurbished Acer Aspire One for 299.99!  WOW!!!!!!!!  Ironically I kind of need one since I'm participating in a study group, having a laptop is a HUGE asset and at less than $350 WITH TAXES, I could almost see myself getting one. 

BUUUUUUUT refurbished?  Someone returned it before, WTF gives with it now?  It's obviously too good to be true right?  THEN that very same night I see a flyer from Factory Direct for the VERY SAME MACHINE for the VERY SAME PRICE.  WHOA!!!!!!!  THAT'S COOL!  Long story short, I decided at that price, even if it lasted a year then died, it will have served it's purpose! 

Once I got home, I started configuring it and to my amazement (I hope I don't jinx myself here?) it performs VERY NICELY!  MS Office 2007, Visual Studio 2008, Tortoise SVN, MS Instant Messanger, and some other standard stuff all work great!  Ok, so the keyboard and the display are small, but part of the reason I got it was BECAUSE it's so small.  I'm able to accept those short-comings to be able to cart it around to a study group session and not think twice about it.  So the keyboard's a bit small, but if I wanted to write the next version of Windows, I would hop onto my desktop with my customizations I can't live without.  The best tool for the job at hand you could say.

Wednesday will be the real test though when I give a study group information session.  But so far things are looking cool! 

One last note to mention.  My first computer was a Commodore VIC-20 and ironically I saw this reference tonight on TV! :>

Commordore VIC-20 for $299.95

 

Resources:
Factory Direct: Closeouts Liquidations Overstocks

Tiger Direct: Acer Aspire One specs

Acer: Aspire One

Wikipedia: Acer Aspire One

 

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