Whiny Goes Nerdy: The Quest for a Netbook

I’ve been complaining about Dell, my old PC. It got this virus from somewhere, probably because of me. Okay, okay. I’m the only one who’s using it, but it could really be from the dust it accumulated through the years. Kidding. I think I got it from the ex-office. I tried to save Dell from the viruses but stupid Manong IT from the computer shop couldn’t get rid of them. It’s either because he’s incompetent or Dell just needed to get replaced. It’s old, anyway.

Of course, had I been raking thousands, I would have bought a Mac. There is no thinking twice about it. We use iMacs in my old work. Well, the artists did. I only got to use them whenever that ratty old PC assigned to me crashed or whenever Ol’ Mac and Big Mac were free. We love those Macs! I fell in love even more with Macs when they issued me an old Macbook I fondly called Viggo. I miss Viggo. He never left me (because I brought it home, actually) when I went through that rough patch early this year. We spent the whole two weeks together at home, mostly playing Plants vs. Zombies and chatting with friends and whining about our crappy but  sweet lives. Oh, Viggo. I loved you because you never let viruses take over you and you could update yourself freely (meaning, for free) and you made me look so cool dragging you around the country. Of all the things I miss the most from my old work, you hold the number one spot. <Sigh>

Since I still can’t afford  any product by Mac, I had to settle with the affordable ones. The search took three months because I am dumb when it comes to technology and gadgets. It took me at least four trips to different computer shops. Hey, it’s not like I’m buying a pair of shoes, and if I were I wouldn’t end up with just a pair, that’s for sure.

I first saw the Samsung Netbooks on my second computer hunting trip with Tatay. I totally ignored it because it’s worth beyond what I had in mind (and pocket). I was prepared to shell out less than 20k for a netbook. I found it very, very cool, though.

We first looked at Neo products but a friend warned me that it’s not a good brand. He got one for his brother and it keeps crashing down. I took his word for it, even if an IT friend insisted it’s a good brand for  a cheap netbook. And there’s Asus Eee PC. It’s relatively cheap, but I overheard a Manong saying to her girlfriend (I’m presuming) that it runs slow. Oh, heck, when I don’t know about a thing, I tend to believe anyone.

On the next trip we tried to look for second-hand laptops because Tatay said so. I wasn’t really buying the idea because I don’t really like dragging a bulky and heavy equipment around, not without a car or someone who could carry it for me. We didn’t find any brand that was at least something decent within our price range.

Before the next hunting trip, I armed myself with information. I read up on reviews and asked reliable people about technical stuff. And by people, I mean, Aby, my good friend from the “first real job” that I gratefully managed to keep, and Chris, the IT administrator at my previous work, who just can’t ignore my questions even if I think he really wants to sometimes. After weighing the pros and cons and actually found out that it’s within my price range, I settled for the Acer eMachine. A friend uses it for work, so I was pretty convinced it could work for me too.

Here’s what I learned about netbooks. They’re built small for easy mobility so they’re for people on the go. They don’t have CD-ROM because otherwise they would be bulky and that’s actually a laptop, if it has built-in CD drive. Intel Atom is for netbooks and notebooks. While notebooks are like the mini-version of a laptop, netbooks are like notebooks but they’re mainly for Internet browsing (thus, the term”netbook”) and has a lower memory capacity.

I had enough information that I think I needed, I had Tatay (and his CC) to go with me, I knew where to get it, and so off we went yo buy it. But, alas, they’re out of stock.

I was disheartened not for long, for I spotted the Samsung netbook again. A friendly salesman (hey, they’re supposed to be friendly!) let me try the top of the line that they have on stock. He introduced me to HyperSpace and he blurted out phrases like: no virus, just like a Mac, running side by side with Windows 7, comes with a free optic drive, blah-blah. He actually had me at “like a Mac” but it’s over the price range I set for a netbook. So we went around the other stores to look for the netbook I was set to buy, plus I was waiting for Aby’s reply to my question: What the hell is an optic drive?

And so we looked around. And everywhere I looked, there’s the Samsung netbook. The intended netbook was nowhere in plain sight. I wanted the Samsung N220, and so we went back to the shop where the friendly Manong Salesman was.

I tried it first but he already had me at “like a Mac”. Manong told me HyperSpace has built-in programs that are similar to the basic components of MS Office. With the kind of online work I have now, I just need Word and Excel. Although, Chris already agreed to install them for me, I figured, Great, now I don’t need to go to the ex-office to bug him for the installation. Happy!

And so I asked for the red one. Yey!

I have to earn at least 50 dollars each month so I can pay Tatay monthly. Yey?

Oh, heck. I need it for my job. And I need my job so I can earn the bucks. See, it’s a cycle.

While Manong set up the system, I got to browse on an Acer Desktop and, of course, tweet. Mid-setting up, he asked me if I play Plants vs. Zombies. Of course! And so he installed it, too. Now, I don’t really have to go to Chris for installation. Yey! Manong installed a USB Shield, too. And, he added a complimentary optic mouse to the package. Nice! Although the optic drive is to follow, at least now I know what it is. It’s a portable DVD ROM/writer.

On the way home, I thought of a name for my new priced possession: Fiyero Switch. Fiyero from the “Wicked” and “Switch” because you can switch from HyperSpace to Windows 7. Cool, eh? More to come! OR NOT! -edited, 7 January 2014

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