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    (Original post by Bilkos_Ices)
    I'm really not a fan of small keyboards, i've looked at different laptop keyboards before to compare their size but didn't look at the netbook ones as I hadn't considered them. Might have a look tomorrow since it's going to be pouring down all day.

    Do you mind if I pm you about this some time in the near future?
    10" netbooks offer the best level of comfort as they're the closest you'll get to a full size keyboard on a netbook. They are more expensive than their 7"/8" counterparts, though.

    Of course you can PM me, but I'm not an expert on Netbooks - I'm an ultra-portable kinda guy, personally. If you've got any questions, either start a thread in Tech > Mobile Computing, or just post back here
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    I much prefer desktops, the only reason I bought a laptop at the start of Uni was so I could move it from Uni home to non Uni home. I would say get one either a desktop or laptop, because there is nothing like doing your work from home in comfort. Plus sometimes, around busy hand in dates can be hard to find computers in most Universities.
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    Get what you prefer to use. You will be likely be doing long essays or reports on it and I for one can't stand using a laptop for long periods of time. You can use one to take notes but unless you are a quick typer you will find it hard to keep up and may miss important things. It is easier to scribble on a piece of paper and type it up later.

    I also find the screen size to be a problem unless you are using a large laptop...which will cost more.
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    You don't NEED one, but it does really help
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    Well....all year I honestly only needed to move my computer 4 or 5 times, and to be fair most uni's will have well equipped computer rooms which should suffice.

    On the other hand I don't play games, so a desktop isn't needed in that sense and my course (Classics) is not computer intensive, I got a laptop because it needs less space, vital considering the mad amount of books I have and when you consider how small dorms are.
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    (Original post by Exopaladin)
    I took a desktop, a netbook and a file server. I use my netbook for notes in lectures and just killing time between lectures. Desktop with dual monitors for gaming/programming/other work in general. Could always get a small form factor desktop if you want to take it home for the holidays.
    i was thinking about doing this also, out of interest what os did you put on it from you avatar i'm guessing a linux distro?
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    (Original post by The-Wi$e-One)
    i was thinking about doing this also, out of interest what os did you put on it from you avatar i'm guessing a linux distro?
    Yes. If you want full details, it's an X2 4850e (low power model) CPU, 2GB of RAM, cheapish motherboard with onboard video and gigabit LAN. Storage in it consists of 6x300GB drives in RAID 5 and 4x500GB drives in RAID 5. RAID card is a 3ware 9500S-12 I've had for years.

    OS on it is indeed Linux (specifically Arch Linux), although shortly it'll be FreeBSD so I can use PF to do traffic shaping. If I was doing it again, I'd be tempted to use FreeBSD/Solaris so I can use ZFS and RAID Z2 using onboard SATA + cheap SATA cards rather than the expensive 3ware card I have now.
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    (Original post by Exopaladin)
    Yes. If you want full details, it's an X2 4850e (low power model) CPU, 2GB of RAM, cheapish motherboard with onboard video and gigabit LAN. Storage in it consists of 6x300GB drives in RAID 5 and 4x500GB drives in RAID 5. RAID card is a 3ware 9500S-12 I've had for years.

    OS on it is indeed Linux (specifically Arch Linux), although shortly it'll be FreeBSD so I can use PF to do traffic shaping. If I was doing it again, I'd be tempted to use FreeBSD/Solaris so I can use ZFS and RAID Z2 using onboard SATA + cheap SATA cards rather than the expensive 3ware card I have now.
    That's a lot of porn.
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    That's a lot of porn.
    lol.
 
 
 
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