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29 May 2009 @ 03:12 pm
2 birds. 1 stone.  

All right. I decided to upgrade Nook to an internet-capable computer, because I’m unwilling to give up the word wars (and because my birthday is Monday). But if I figured if I’m going to buy a new computer, I may as well buy something portable, because that way at least I can take my work with me very easily if I need/want to.

Meet Nook 3.0:

It’s a Samsung NC10 (sadly, not an NCC-1701), and it has, for sweet Christ’s sake, a 160 gig hard drive. I’m a *writer*. My most massive files don’t reach a meg. I have no earthly use for that much hard drive space. On the other hand, it also has a 6 hour battery and a 10 inch keyboard & screen (which I deemed worth the extra sixty quid I paid over an Acer Aspire). I intend to hook it up to the Captain’s Chair and a full-sized screen and don’t plan to spend much time at all using the keyboard & screen as-is, but it’s big enough /to/ type on so I can use it on the road.

It also appears to have a built-in webcam and Bluetooth. I don’t even know what Bluetooth *is*, honestly. And it would be more than happy to open up an internet connection if I could only find the magic code to let me onto our network. which would be helpful, as I need to download Firefox and Word so my darling new computer is actually *useful* to me.

I’m obviously not getting anything else done today. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Kate Kirbykirbyk on May 29th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yay, new toy!

Bluetooth is basically a way for devices to communicate wirelessly. Think of it as akin to IR or other remote control technologies. Typical uses are wireless keyboards/mice, and syncing to cellphones.

You should totally name it NCC-1701, or Enterprise for short.
cawing of a corbie: sparkliecorvidophile on May 29th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)

are you set up for WiFi? if so you should be able to hook up by entering the password to it.

(btw i have a copy of MSOffice 2007 if you'd like it)
Autopopeautopope on May 29th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Or go to Openoffice.org and download a free copy of OO.o.

Or to portableapps.com to download a version that'll run off a memory stick/SD card, so you can try it out without having to dump loads of cruft all over your hard drive and Windows registry.

Oh, also? For the 160Gb drive, I'd recommend iTunes. That'll fill it up quick enough :)
kitmizkit on May 29th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I don't listen to music while I work. :) But I *am* downloading Openoffice as we speak. Never used it before, donno what I'll think. Oh, ooh. I'll try the OO Writer thing from portableapps, cool, thanks!
Autopopeautopope on May 29th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, most netbooks come with only 1Gb of RAM in a single socket. However you can get a 2Gb upgrade for, er, £21 or thereabouts from the usual suspects. And it'll make things run a lot faster.

Here's an instructional video showing how to install the upgrade.

(Minor crit: in the video, they neglect to remove the battery before installing the memory, and they neglect to follow correct anti-static procedures. If you decide to do the upgrade, email me and I'll fill in the gaps for you -- it's not hard.)

Edited at 2009-05-29 04:30 pm (UTC)
Patchchamois_shimi on May 29th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Well, you could always use it to store photos...!
16:9 1.78:1 OAR: Ryusixteenbynine on May 29th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
"I have no earthly use for that much hard drive space."

Prepare to eat these words in six months' time.
kitmizkit on May 29th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't think I will. Not unless I do as Patch suggests and use it to store photos. My work computer has always been a work-only machine. My entire writing career thus far takes up less than 200 megs. :)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on May 29th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
I was about to point out that you do photos. It doesn't take many photos to totally overshadow that 200 MB of text.

(Especially if you're away from home, and start uploading photos to the laptop so you can see which ones are worth keeping.)
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on May 29th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Nice! Those NC10s are proving popular with the academics in UCC who are buying on a budget. We've had several of them pass through our hands for set-up in the last couple of months.

Natural20natural20 on May 29th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Yay! Looks lovely!
TuftEarstuftears on May 29th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Be sure to practice Safe Internet! I.E. if it didn't come with antivirus and internet protections of some kind, you may want to invest and subscribe to one of the services that will keep the virus definitions updated.
kitmizkit on May 29th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
It's got McAfee and we've got Norton, I think. I'll do that, yah.
TuftEarstuftears on May 29th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yup, don't forget the firewall side of things. It's aazing how many intrusion notices I see when I look over the log of attempts blocked.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 29th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have an Aspire, and I envy the extended battery... (going to upgrade that soon)
Mark Denizmarkdeniz on May 29th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
It was worth £60 extra to just avoid the Acer...they are horrible machines, they really are!

Nice Nook! :)
egret17egret17 on May 29th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)

My music collection takes a significant portion of my hard drive space....
rfrancis on May 29th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Seriously, how can you have been friends with this many computer nerds for this long and yet, you know, be your own wonderful self with all your quirks? I'm just sayin'. :)

I have a 9" Aspire from work. It is awesome. And it runs the RC1 of Windows 7 very very well, which -- I'm not kidding -- is also pretty awesome. mamamoira is hassling me daily now about getting her the Aspire's new version of the 10" model. I may have to have one, too. Although, like, I have a 9" one from work, I think I mentioned, so. :)

Anyway, go you!
kit: catie_crazymizkit on May 30th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
*laughs* Does "your own wonderful self with quirks" mean "and still not know what Bluetooth is, can't find the network key to log on, or need a 160g hard drive"? :) (The network key was Ted's fault! He had it stored and I just didn't know where to look for it!)

I think I am very pleased with this little netbook. I look forward to many hours of work with it. :)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on May 30th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
*woot*! Welcome to the wonderful world of the netbooks! (my HP 10" and I are co-habitating nicely, but the battery life is only about 4 hours, max. Thankfully I mostly work near outlets)

Also, you know Skype works nicely with that built-in webcam, right?
kitmizkit on May 30th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
Skype will not work on my work computer *at all*. Ever. Regardless of how handy the webcam is. :)
sammywolsammywol on May 30th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Shiny toy! .. Like the starry wallpaper too. Happy Nearly Birthday!
irishkateirishkate on June 1st, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)