Thursday, 13 December 2007

My next toy

The more I read about the Asus Eee PC, the more I want one.
Not that I'll get one any time soon. All Australian stock has sold out minutes after they went on sale and the waiting lists are as long as a day at the office. And then there's the $500 price tag, which given our current financial situation means luxuries are things we pass away. And I won't even mention the fact that, to be honest, I don't really need one.
But still, there's nothing wrong with dreaming, and there's quite a lot to dream about here. Essentially, the Eee is a very small notebook (7" screen). At 1 kilo, this is a truly portable PC that you will carry with you without breaking your back!
It's running Linux, so there's no Microsoft contamination there, and its packed with open source applications and a wireless connection which make it the real thin client, the one to carry along when traveling or whenever you have a bag with you (which to me means most of the time). All the applications you need, be it Skype or Google Docs, as well as all the real storage space you require, are just an internet connection away. You can listen to music on it, type on it, process photos on it - it's the essential blogging machine.
It's got something to cover everything you need in a second PC that you can take with you, and it's even got a VGA output so that you can watch videos on your big TV!

18 comments:

wile.e.coyote said...

only problem is that it comes with an Intel CPU

WEC (just one state away from South Dakota)

Moshe Reuveni said...

I know you're only trying to tease certain Intel employees, but you have to admit Intel are on a roll. A bit more than a year ago AMD was thrashing them, and now they've left AMD far behind.
Anyway, I have just realized that I can salary sacrifice the Eee, meaning that it would cost me significantly less than $300.
This means that once stocks become available (probably a good while after Xmess), I will get one. Woo hoo!

miss-elaineous said...

My brother actually has one of these palm laptops - purchased from Japan for a good price apparently.

If you are keen to get something similar, he is going there next week for a month holiday (with the intention to buy lots of electronic goodies!). Let me know if you would like to get in touch with him.

miss-elaineous said...

Sorry i just read your follow up comment here (it's far too late and I've been caught up in the airport witha delayed plane all night!) about salary sacrificing...so u might be better off doing that instead! Anyway the offer is still there.

Moshe Reuveni said...

Thanks for the offer. I'm not worthy!
To be honest, with items such as this I prefer to have a proper warranty, and I even make sure I buy these on a credit card that gives me extended and enhanced warranties. It's just that these iPod like gadgets are usually designed with a very short lifespan in mind and being that they at the "forefront" of technology they're already on the edge to begin with, I'd rather have an insurance policy to make sure I don't find myself with a nice looking paperweight a couple of months after the purchase.
Still, thanks - I appreciate the information and the intention. Hope your brother enjoys Japan. You've become the jet set family!

Uri E. said...

what's this salary sacrifice? you get to pay from your gross or something?

Moshe Reuveni said...

"Salary sacrificing" is this tax trick you're allowed to do when you buy a laptop or a PDA in Australia (but for some weird reason it doesn't apply to desktops, which causes plenty of people to buy laptops at stupid prices when they can get more powerful desktops at a fraction of the cost just because desktops are way cheaper; and no, most do not need mobility).
You do it through your place of work, and not all employers allow it (you can also do it with your accountant, but then it becomes a bit of a gray deal): you pay and present the invoice to your employer, who pays you back your cost and then charges you the cost minus GST (aka VAT in the UK or tax in the USA) as a gross item in your salary. Thus the more you earn and the higher tax bracket you're on, the cheaper the laptop becomes.

I know I could have said it in two words instead, but I was in the mood...

Moshe Reuveni said...

BTW, I have heard that JB Hi Fi will have their shipments of the Eee arriving as of the middle of January.

wile.e.coyote said...

so you only get the GST for this deal, what is it? in the state north of me (Canada I think but who care about these strange people) the GST is 7% and the PST is 8%.
Why don't you buy a real laptop you can play on on your long flight to Israel?

WEC@CMI

p.s. where is the send me e-mail button disappeared?

wile.e.coyote said...

I see that now it is marked as "send me e-mails" as a defualt value.
WEC@CMI (the middle of no where)

Moshe Reuveni said...

GST here is 10%, and you misunderstood: You get the GST back, and effectively you get pay the cost of the item minus GST minus your marginal tax rate (in my case, around 30%). So the formula would be something like:
Price actually paid = ($500*10%/(1+10%)) * 0.7 = $318

As for buying a laptop:
Laptops suck! They perform like shit, they cost a bundle, and they break your back. Something like the Eee, however, is something I wouldn't mind carrying with me. Other than that, give me a desktop with an internet connection and I'm well catered for.

Uri E. said...

until you have to spend the afternoon at Levana's parents. Are you going to carry your desktop there as well?

Moshe Reuveni said...

First of all, living in Australia I'm not in much of a risk to have to spend time at Levana's parents (or my parents, or even Jo's).
Second, when I do get there, I hope to have my Eee with me and it should serve me just fine. I haven't played a PC game for two years now; all my messing about is limited to internet surfing and photo processing.
And for the record, we have a laptop...

wile.e.coyote said...

Well my latop helped me on the 30 hours flight to here and hope it will help me tomorrow on my way back.
It is only 2.3KG (twich as the Eee) and always you to do much more.
There are laptops less then 2KG, so I can't understand why to buy something which gives you so less.

WEC@CMI

Moshe Reuveni said...

Good on you for carrying your laptop and finding it so useful. You are really something, a true diamond in the rough.
I, on the other hand, have a laptop (2.5kg) that I never carry anywhere and use only on a limited basis. I do, however, see myself carrying something that's half the size of a laptop but almost as capable around, at least some of the time, and that limited something will provide for pretty much everything I need of a laptop.
Hope that has improved your understanding. BTW, according to the way you look at things, you don't need legs when you have a car, and worse - you don't need a Nintendo DS when you have a Nintendo Wii.

Moshe Reuveni said...

You also need to make a bit of an effort and look at things from my point of view (I know, it's tough to go that far down, but try):
The one thing I've been doing over the last couple of years is blog. A lot. And you don't need much to blog; just a good keyboard, as far as I can tell (having blogged using my PDA, from time to time). The Eee would be a truly nice blogging machine; almost exactly what you need for such a task.

wile.e.coyote said...

I can see the world from your point of view, you are stupid.
Just kidding you are not stupid, I copied a lot of lab reports from you, you are just a bit weird.
Well yyou are not even weird, you are just talking weird, your activities are normal as the next cat.
I think that the problem is that you are not playing the computer enought.
Hay, I know what can solve it, but a fast laptop.

WEC (Back in TLV)

Moshe Reuveni said...

I seem to recall working on those lab reports together with a partner. Now, what was his name?
I would say that a fast desktop would be much better and much more comfortable than a fast laptop, but my problem is not lack of will but rather lack of time. Which is why a Nintendo DS fits my gaming profile quite well.
And I think it's safe to say that anyone spending so much time as I do on a blog is weird.