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Old 11-14-2008, 01:03 PM   #1
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"IF" either of these (dell inspiron mini 9 or 12) is available with a non-glare/anti-reflective display the size just might make them the ideal laptop for travel (gps nav-email-etc)
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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Inspiron Mini 9



Definitely well suited for the uses you describe.

I like the solid state hard drive (no more spinning disks).
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These new solid state devices bring back memories......

Circa 1999

ePods



Memory (standard): 16 MB
Compact Flash: 8 MB
Other expansion: PCMCIA Type II slot, Compact Flash Type II slot
Display size: 8.2 inches
Resolution: 640 x 480
Processor: 32-bit RISC processor, 129 MHz MIPS-based
Modem: Yes, a 56 Kbps V.90 PCMCIA modem card
Operating system: Microsoft Windows CE
Keyboard: Onscreen
User controls: Internet connection indicator, battery-charge indicator, power on/off button, Internet access button, onscreen keyboard button, control panel button
Memo pad: Yes
Address book: Yes
Scheduler: Yes
E-mail: Yes
Web browser: Built-in
Built-in speaker: Yes
Headset jack: Yes
Microphone jack: Yes
Average battery life: 8 hours
Serial: Yes
USB: Yes, 2 ports
Infrared: Yes
Other hardware: Stylus
Software: Microsoft Pocket Word
Weight: 2.2 pounds

I still own one of these. Iím waiting for a killer app!
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I'm happy with my device. I just bought an Ipaq 6955 (Canadian Model) and am enjoying it a lot. It is a Pocket PC running WM5, has built in wireless, bluetooth, cell phone and GPS. Garmin and TomTom make GPS sofware for it so it can be used as a fully function GPS navigation system. It includes Pocket Office and many other programs. The fact it fits on my belt is nice too.

The latops do look nice. They look about the size of a portable DVD player. They would be an all purpose item and would be a nice thing to have on a trip.
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Reminds me of the Eee PC's. Our IT tech guy has one, and swears by it. And he's a techno-geek. Our VP has one, too, and uses it on business trips. He likes it, too.

So, I'm sure it would work in the RV for regular computer needs (email, internet, forum posting, watching movies, listening to mp3's, etc).

http://eeepc.asus.com/us/product.htm
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Just bought a brand new Acer Linux Laptop 8.9" for $299. About the size of a text book.



Acer AspireONE Linux 8Gig Flash Drive 1/2gig memory 1.6ghz $299
Acer AspireONE XPHome 120Gig HD 1gig memory 1.6ghz $379

http://acer.ca/public/page4.do?link=oln ... 2402484571

Now all that I need is a USB GPS, perhaps this package from DeLorme Earthmate GPS LT-40

http://earthmate.com/eagpsltstatu.html



I swapped Linux out to a USB stick and installed XP on the flash and an extra gig of ram (not for the faint hearted). Works quite well for a simple hyper threading embedded processor. The Flash Drive is somewhat slower than a hard drive, but definitely adequate. Too bad it's only 8gig.
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