These are personal machines.
When I left DOS and went to Windows I started with Gateway. That baby had a 1.3GB hard drive and I think Windows 95. Good machine.
I then went to Dell, maybe 97 or a year later. That desktop still works. Only replaced the keyboard under warranty. I have only added things. USB2, Ethernet, memory, and a string of larger hard drives. and the like. I kind of wish it would fail. 450mhz single core Pentiums don't do much these days. A giant CRT monitor that takes too much room, but it is an old friend.
About 2000, got Dell laptop That should was always slow from the getgo. It stopped and I might have fixed it but heck I don't like it. It must weigh 8 pounds.
I have had some no name net books that I carry around in a duffel, and they get beat up like that dogtesting one we heard about.
For a replacement I am looking into the new Chromebook C7, by Acer. $199. 320GB HD, 2GB ram, 11.6" screen.
First though I got to see if Chrome OS is sufficient.
I already use gmail, and I sometimes use the Chrome browser, so now I am trying out a Chrome filemanager, ftp program, and Google docs. I can do all that on my current machines.
The real problem I have seen (on paper) is the C7 battery life of 3.5 hours. Someone said that a Acer spokesman said they would probably provide a better battery and charge a little more.
I won't buy it without at least 6 hour battery. It would be in mail except for that.
One thing I like is that the battery is removable.
Last edited by SeaKing; 11-22-2012 at 09:10 AM.