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I pulled the trigger on a netbook today

08/22/08

  07:46:32 am, by The Dreamer   , 576 words  
Categories: Digital Photography, Hardware, Computer, Wireless/iPhone, Amateur Radio

I pulled the trigger on a netbook today

I went with an ASUS Eee PC 901 20G, in Pearl White. I ordered from buy.com, which was advertising an after-rebate ($50) price of $526.99. I also had received last week an 8% off coupon, because it had been a long time since I had ordered from buy.com. Evidently, 03/22/2006 was the date of my last order....which was for a 512MB memory upgrade for my former notebook computer.

Turns out the 8% off coupon has a maximum discount value of $20 off. So, that brought the pre-rebate price of the Eee PC 901 to $556.99. I opted for free shipping....so it might be a while before it arrives.

Some people may have heard that I was strongly leaning towards the ASUS Eee PC 1000....though availability in Pearl White has been a problem. Plus there is all the other new gadgets that are coming out in the immediate future...that it was hard to justify that there was little in the way of discounting for the $699 price. Might come down in a month or two, but that's not the kind of time frame I'm working under.

And, at that price I was wondering if I shouldn't get a regular notebook....except that with normal notebooks bigger is cheaper...and this time around...I'm mainly looking for something with wireless connectivity so I can check email, surf, and do other online activities...like IRC and SSH.

Other things on my list....have been upgrade to new Blackberry. Don't really need a new one...except that my contract with Sprint is nearing its end, and I intend to find a carrier with better coverage generally...and thinking that a WiFi capable handset can fill-in in areas other places. Namely at work...where I'm in a hole. US Cellular is good there, and Sprint can roam on that network. GSM I'm told is lacking, though rumor has it that a GSM provider plans to put femtocells around campus. Should note that K-State sells US Cellular service....though they have been working on getting a GSM offering.

Anyways...now I'm not sure if I'm going to go with a Blackberry as my next handset. Since, I'm strongly leaning towards T-Mobile....the Android has me interested. Though they seem more interested in selling it to their existing customers than getting new customers :??:

At another time I had talked of waiting for the 6th Generation Archos device. That has been announced now...but not sure I still want it, given all the other stuff right now. The Archos 5 is probably the device I might consider...it would probably be an Xmas thing.

The other has been the Yaeus VX8R....though it not being available yet, and the rumor of pricing...might put it out of the price point that I've been looking for another HT in.

My main thing in an HT is something that can get me full power (5W?), that is small as possible, while still having full DTMF, and water resistant/proof. Mainly only need 2m, though 440 might be nice. Other bands, etc. would just be bonus. So, perhaps the VX6R is the more immediate choice. But, I think I'll wait until the VX8R is available before I pass judgement on which way I'll go.

And, then there are countless other things....that come and go from consideration. Like what my next digital camera will be. Or whether, I'll ever replace my old multifunction printer....

Or finally get on to HF. :lalala:

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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