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March 25th, 2011
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A new computer, yay!
As some of you may have noticed, I've actually been posting a few answers to postings by friends. And yes, this does mean that I am now the proud owner of a brand spanking new computer that will actually scroll down to the bottom of a page in something under 5 minutes. It's an Asus Eee, which I got for a small extra fee with a mobile internet connection. Said connection actually turned out to be cheaper than the DSL line I've been using until recently. It's faster, too, which kind of boggles the mind. It does come with a data limit, but if I go over it, the connection just turns slow, with no extra costs. I'm looking forward to using the computer somewhere waaaay back in my back yard and have actually already used it in a waiting room in another city.

The computer itself is a handy little machine and actually quite fast for a netbook. Sometimes the small screen can be a pain when a web page can't fit all of its items on the screen comfortably and I was unable to change the settings for my printer yesterday because the menu was too big for the page so I couldn't click on OK. But I just accidentally found out that by moving two fingers together on the touch pad I can make everything on the screen smaller, so that problem is probably licked. And otherwise, the size of the computer is really much more comfortable than the big laptop that got stolen last year. I'm really quite content with it.

ETA: the resizing thingy won't work with openoffice. Bugger.

ETA2: I'm slow today. Setting screen resolution to its highest setting does the trick. No other resizing required. Friday evening is just not my time for trying to solve problems.

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From:kalypso_v
Date:March 25th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh good! I've been meaning to get something like that for when I'm travelling, but I need someone to hold my hand and talk me through it.
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From:jthijsen
Date:March 25th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
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It's quite easy, actually. Or at least it was with my provider. They gave me a dongle and one of those chip thingies that normally goes into your mobile phone. I inserted the chip thingy into the dongle and then inserted the dongle into the usb-port. The computer asked me if I wanted to install the program on it, I clicked "yes", and ever since then the computer automatically makes contact with the internet whenever the dongle is inserted.
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From:kalypso_v
Date:March 25th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Well, that all sounds straightforward... I did look into it a few months ago, and everyone said "What you want is the package that Vodafone used to do and don't any more", and no one seemed to know what the best option was in the absence of this non-existent one!
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From:julesjones
Date:March 25th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Probably the one I have, which is relatively cheap to use if you only top-up when you're actually going to be using it. Alas, we never did get to play with it at your place before the time limit on my initial topup ran out.
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From:jthijsen
Date:March 26th, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
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I've got the Vodafone package, but since I live in The Netherlands, that's probably no help at all to you.

What gets offered by telecom companies does seem to change fast, though, so if you look into it again you might find a package to your liking. I found my package by walking into a telecom store and they advised it to me.
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From:julesjones
Date:March 25th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
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Welcome back. :-)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:March 26th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
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Welcome back!

I have an Asus EeeeeeeeeePC too, and I love it.
Of course, I wiped MS-Windows off it and installed Ubuntu Linux, but I still love it.

Edited at 2011-03-26 03:19 am (UTC)
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From:jthijsen
Date:March 26th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
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I left Windows on this time because of the data-limit (512 Mb a month) and because I'd gotten a bit tired of software not working for Linux. Like the little satnav box which has a Linux operating system, but only a windows client...
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