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SQLAndy

I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Dell Mini – The Follow Up

Back in January I posted about purchasing a Dell Mini 9, wanting to see what how it worked and a certain amount of cool factor to it. In the months since the popularity of netbooks has definitely increased (you think my blog caused that?) and I could be wrong, but I think that price rather than form factor is the driving force. Having had the Mini 9 for a few months, I don’t use it as much as I had hoped, for a couple reasons; one is that the keyboard is just too small for me, maybe even a inch or two wider would make a lot of difference, and the other is that I’m still anchored to my main laptop – all my tools are there, I’m used to it.

But…

All is not lost. It’s a great machine for kids. Though it’s now missing 3 key caps, it still works fine and it’s child sized. At $300, it’s almost child priced too. I won’t be happy if it gets broken in half, but it’s not going to be a huge event either. It’s been so popular that we may buy a second one so that they each have one.

If you’re considering a netbook, I think you have to think hard about how you work. If you’re using web based mail, document creation, etc, then I think it would work very well. Or if you commit to loading it up and treating it a like a “real” laptop. The hard part is if you want both – when you travel can you live without all the stuff on your main machine? Think through how you’ll keep docs & data in sync.

Ultimately I wonder if it won’t be the straw the drove down the MS licensing costs for the OS. Just not much room in a $300 machine for an expensive license, and the same for MS Office.

Comments

Posted by Wesley Brown on 25 June 2009

Until recently I was working full time on an Acer Aspire One. To me the draw was small and with the 9 cell battery it would run 10 to 12 hours so I never had to put it on the charger during the day. As far as software I loaded it up with everything I needed plus I tend to do any heavy lifting with my machines at home anyway.

I still like it but I really wanted to read more e-books and with the Kindle DX coming out I was really looking to buy one. At 500 bucks though just to read e-books it was the tipping point for me to look around for alternatives. that's when I found the Fujitsu outlet store and the T2010 tablet. At 600.00 it covered the notebook part and the e-book part pretty well.

It is bigger but not horribly so. It also has a 9 cell battery that last all day and it has a full size keyboard for doing some heavy typing. Also, I put 4GB of ram and a SSD in now it just flies.

As far as keeping files in sync I've been using MS's Live Mesh since it works on multiple machines and syncs with an online store that has 5GB of storage on it.

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