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 Post subject: What do I use to replace my newspaper sub? Tablet PC?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:45 am 
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I'm tired of paying more for a print newspaper and getting less.

I think it's time to look at active content from news services on the Internet.

However, I don't want a laptop, I simply want a color screen that I can prop up at the breakfast table or carry around the house.

What I think I want is an Internet browsing screen. Is something like that produced (1) in color and (2) a size that eyes can read easily?
I should be able to attach it to my home WiFi or a hotspot.

NO Amazon Kindle or other e-book reader that is only monochrome, or needs a subscription to operate.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:57 am 
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The mag was pimping this solution last year. Is that kind of what you are looking for?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:14 pm 
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Spider Monkey wrote:
The mag was pimping this solution last year. Is that kind of what you are looking for?


Yes Spider, we are moving in the right direction.

However, I don't need a a slot-loading DVD burner, media card reader, a TV tuner, or Webcam.

Something between this touchsmart - too big & $$ and the Archos 5, 7 internet media tablets - screens are too tiny.


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http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/sony-v ... =mncol;txt

Closer?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:26 pm 
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Here is another.

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/gatewa ... =mncol;txt


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 2:50 pm 
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Spider;

We're gettin' bigger, not smaller! :wink:
Those two you posted were all-in-one desktop computers.

Isn't there something like a tablet that one could carry around the house?
Something with Windows CE or a Linux distro that will run on a compact, connectable tablet?

Something with a web browser, and a touch screen. You could connect it to your home WiFi, or take it to the coffeehouse and connect to their WiFi. Read the latest news and blogs. Watch a YouTube video. Browse MaximumPC.com Simple navigation with a touch pen or finger. More complex entry might require a flexible keyboard if you're going to compose a quick document on a stripped down word processor or for answering web-based email.

The Sony VGC-LS1 etc is too large, the phone-based types like the iPhone 3G is too small & requires a celluar subscription.


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fnbrowning wrote:
Spider;

We're gettin' bigger, not smaller! :wink:
Those two you posted were all-in-one desktop computers.

Isn't there something like a tablet that one could carry around the house?
Something with Windows CE or a Linux distro that will run on a compact, connectable tablet?

Yes, but I thought you said that the tablets were too small. :S

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Something with a web browser, and a touch screen. You could connect it to your home WiFi, or take it to the coffeehouse and connect to their WiFi. Read the latest news and blogs. Watch a YouTube video. Browse MaximumPC.com Simple navigation with a touch pen or finger. More complex entry might require a flexible keyboard if you're going to compose a quick document on a stripped down word processor or for answering web-based email.

The Sony VGC-LS1 etc is too large, the phone-based types like the iPhone 3G is too small & requires a celluar subscription.


I don't think there is anything in between that doesn't cost the amount as a laptop does.

HP makes a laptop where you open up the screen, flip it over, and then lay it back down. It is a touch screen.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:20 pm 
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Ahhhh, "Netbook" is the term I'm looking for.

Here is an example:
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 8.9" netbook.
Watch the video on this page. Pretty cool!
http://www.tabletpcreview.com/default.asp?newsID=1263

Now, if someone made a"netbook" where you open up the screen, flip it over, and then lay it back down - I'd be in love.

As it is, it might be pretty hard to beat the Dell netbook. But I might have missed something, so go ahead and try! :)

What do you think, Spider?


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Sweet, but you don't want the keyboard right?

Here is another one I dug up. Looks perfect for your needs, but it is very expensive.

http://www.tabletkiosk.com/tkstore/pc/c ... =256&qty=1


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:05 pm 
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Spider Monkey wrote:
Sweet, but you don't want the keyboard right?

Here is another one I dug up. Looks perfect for your needs, but it is very expensive.

http://www.tabletkiosk.com/tkstore/pc/c ... =256&qty=1


You are a real digger, spider. :)
I followed your link, and expanded it a realm of slate tablet PCs.

While these were just what I was hoping for, they are out of my price range. The manufacturers of slate-style tablet PC targeted traveling executives, restaurants, and casino operations.

Simply put, the manufacturers are replacing the full-featured notebook with the slate touch screen and charging four figure$ for it.

Contrast to my new passion, the ASUS Eee PC 901 20G.
Less than $500 clams, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB Solid State Drive, Linux.
No touch screen But size, battery life and portability are tops!

AND it appears there are forums of ppl that are writing new apps and hacks. Google the ASUS Eee PC 901 and you might fall for it too! :lol:


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fnbrowning wrote:
Spider Monkey wrote:
Sweet, but you don't want the keyboard right?

Here is another one I dug up. Looks perfect for your needs, but it is very expensive.

http://www.tabletkiosk.com/tkstore/pc/c ... =256&qty=1


You are a real digger, spider. :)
I followed your link, and expanded it a realm of slate tablet PCs.

While these were just what I was hoping for, they are out of my price range. The manufacturers of slate-style tablet PC targeted traveling executives, restaurants, and casino operations.

Simply put, the manufacturers are replacing the full-featured notebook with the slate touch screen and charging four figure$ for it.

Contrast to my new passion, the ASUS Eee PC 901 20G.
Less than $500 clams, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB Solid State Drive, Linux.
No touch screen But size, battery life and portability are tops!

AND it appears there are forums of ppl that are writing new apps and hacks. Google the ASUS Eee PC 901 and you might fall for it too! :lol:


I doubt it my friend. I need a fully functional computer to suit my needs. :D

If the price rang is off, there isn't much I can do about that. I already checked.

If the functionality is off, let me know and I'll keep digging. :D


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This just in from MPC:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/n ... nt_analyst


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as far as netbooks go, there's the acer aspire one, msi wind, etc.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:22 pm 
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Last week I bought the ASUS Eee PC 901 20G (8.9" Display, 1.6 GHz Intel ATOM Processor, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB Solid State Drive, Linux, 6 Cell Battery)

I needed to run WinXP, but the Linux has the bigger SSD. 20GB vs. 12GB.

So I wiped the partitions and used nLite with a slipstreamed copy of WinXP SP3 to install the OS. The eeeuser.com forums are an excellent resource!

THIS LITTLE SUBNOTEBOOK ROCKS!

My eeePC boots in ~17secs and does everything I need it to do.

And yes, I've canceled my newspaper subscription, 'cept for the Sunday edition with all the coupons. :wink:


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