[NCLUG] Local Availability

Dan Fink danbob88 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 14 21:40:13 MDT 2014

Hi Michael! Haven't heard from you in a long time, last time was the
Sustainable Living Fair a couple years ago..
(I'm one of the crazy wind power people).

I rely on netbooks because of their small size and weight, and cheap
price....I use them for working on data loggers and doing my job in
extremely remote areas, and am often hauling them around by helicopter,
whitewater raft, backpacking etc. It's brutal on electronics and I've
zorched thru a few.

Netbooks are getting really hard to find these days.....everyone in town
wants to sell you a small high-performance one for $800-$2k. I need cheap
and semi-disposable. I suggest buying online, and install Linux
yourself....there are many options online. Mine have all been ASUS
recently.  I'm using Linux Mint and quite happy with it; even Windoze 7
-trained field techs hardly notice it's Linux. I almost got a
Chromebook-type last year to hack back to Linux, but was not confident I
could pull of the hack in time for the wind power class I had to teach.
Still might try it.

Good luck. Most of the time now when I travel, I'm using a Samsung Galaxy
S4 Android phone with bluetooth keyboard--my pico-computer. But it can't
read those data loggers and Linux can.

Best regards;

Dan Fink,
Executive Director;
Buckville Energy Consulting
Buckville Publications LLC
NABCEP / IREC accredited Continuing Education Providers

On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Michael Riversong
<chylogos at earthlink.net>wrote:

> As usual, the amount of time available to tinker with a computer is
> limited.  Need to get a new Netbook as the one i'm using now is obsolete
> and even its Linux side is difficult to upgrade.  In fact there were few
> systems that would install on it when new, so the Mandriva system on it is
> a third choice.
> Is there any place in Ft. Collins where it would be possible to quickly
> pick up a bare or preinstalled computer?  Here are some ideal specs:
> 11" screen
> 2GB processor
> SuSe Linux
> Ubuntu is a good 2nd choice
> Working Wi-Fi Internet connection
> compatibility with Verizon JetPack WiFi device
> Thanks in advance for your comments
> Michael Riversong
> Educator:  Science, Music, Logic
> (307)635-0900
> http://home.earthlink.net/~chylogos
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