Reading certain sections of the media has led me to believe that everyone’s buying tablets and smartphones, a few people are buying laptops and desktops, and the netbook is to all intents and purposes, dead.
However, I notice a few netbooks on sale in Curry’s in the local high street, and glancing around in Starbucks, now as I type this, I see that four out of five people in my line of sight are using netbooks, not including myself.
I’ve had this Acer Aspire One for almost four years now, and it’s still going strong. Last year I replaced the battery, and took the opportunity to buy a larger one. This gives me 6-7 hours life, and tips the machine forward, so I have a better angle to type.
This is, of course, too slow, and the screen too small to do serious work on. No, I’ll correct that statement. It’s too slow and too small to do serious work on for very long, but it can do just about anything I need it to do, except play or edit HD video.
My Toshiba laptop with a 17.3 inch screen is better for tasks like that, but it’s too big and heavy to carry in my work bag, along with everything else, and in any case, the battery only lasts about an hour and a half with typical use.
I really did get a good deal with this little machine too. I purchased it from Tiger Direct as a refurb. Because of that, it came with only a 90 day warranty, but as I only had to shell out 200 green backs, and it’s still going strong I’m certainly not complaining.
Looking at those High Street models, that are around £240 – 300, I must admit I’d think twice about another; I could spend another £100 and get a laptop with a better specification. Still, its portability has served me well, and as I really don’t get on with on-screen keypads, is a better option for me than a tablet would be.
I’m so not an early morning person. I do what I have to do, but mornings are not my favorite time of day. However, I knew this would possibly be a good photo opportunity, so I said yes to the meetup, and set my alarm for 6am.
By the time I woke up, got washed dressed and made some breakfast and coffee it was 6.35.
We stayed about an hour and a half and took a number of photos, a couple of which I have posted in here. To see the best of the rest, you can see them in my flickr albums; the link is at the top of the page.
It was foggy out across the Cooper River this morning. The Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge was not at all visible when we got there, but after a while it started to clear, and by the time we left you could see across the river to Mount Pleasant, USS Yorktown, and the Marina.
The fog made for a number of interesting shots, not least the boat one at the top of this post, which was sitting just out in the river from the end of the Waterfront Park pier.
It really was an enjoyable photo session, and I worked up quite an appetite for breakfast afterwards!
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