Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Review: Balance 14.1" Laptop

Need a low cost note book PC? Then set your eyes on the Balance 14.1" Laptop, 1.0 GHz VIA C3 Processor From for only $ 498. Thats right a modern note book for under $500.
While it won't be a high-performance gamer's hot rod, you can do word processing, Bloging and e-mail. You can burn or rip Music. For more taxing tasks, you will more than likely need to get more memory. 256MB and 512MB SODIMMs are not very expensive, so I recommend getting one when you can. Installing a new memory chip is not very difficult on this computer.

You get:

-Linspire 4.5 Linux is an easy-to-use, full-featured desktop operating system that is totally familiar for Windows users of all experience levels. Linspire comes with everything you need to browse the Internet, instant message, e-mail, share and write documents, work with digital photos, listen to music, play games and much more Easy and comfortable graphical interface with clear menus and icons
-Voice-narrated tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on dozens of subjects

-Complete Microsoft Office file-compatible office software suite lets you easily create and share written files (.doc), spreadsheets (.xls) and presentations (.ppt). Even create PDFs and export presentations to Macromedia Flash
-Web browsing including pop-up ad blocking and Hot Words search technology
Powerful email software includes built-in spell-checking and fights spam
-Instant Messaging, Chat and free Internet phone calling
-Contact management with address book and calendar
-All-in-one digital photo manager, featuring tools to import, organize, edit, crop, enhance, and share digital photos. Hundreds of digital cameras supported. Even use your photos as a screensaver and make video CDs!
-Complete music management with Lsongs to import, organize, play and burn CDs of your favorite music Networking PCs and Printers: Share files and printers between Linspire OS and Microsoft Windows systems Plug-n-Play peripheral support.
-No floppy drive

VIA C3 processor 1.0 GHz
14.1" panel
128 MB memory
30 GB hard drive
CD-ROM drive
4 cell battery with a 3.5-hour charge time to 100% capacity (while computer is off
5 hours charge time to 100% capacity while system is on
Battery delivers more than 1.5 hours of usage time
4 USB 2.0 ports
Linspire version 4.5 (I recommend getting Linspire version 5.0 when you can)
AC adapter, power cord, battery pack

Great price for people who just need a laptop for basic functions (i.e. internet, word processing, email) "Cant Beat The Price"


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