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  • I do dream about it. Small, silent, cool, and cheap (but no, not laptop please. Hate the touchpad). And can still be used for the next five years.

    I stopped playing games too, and eventually stopped having any desire for hardware luxury. Internet is everything. God bless the Internet.

    So I guess you are using (or wanted to switch to) Linux?

  • >So I guess you are using (or wanted to switch to) Linux?

    Huh? I am kinda writing blog about Windows software here. :) I am spending way too much time interacting with Windows PCs (work and more work).

    I can easily switch, but why should if I have to spend ton of time with Windows anyway?

    My general opinion is that I won’t switch to Linux (or whatever) just because I can. I swtich to things because they offer me somethings. Switching to Linux won’t benefit me in any way.

    I am not anti-Linux, I simply have no use for it.

  • Nice post. I have been interested in silent PC’s for years. I built a top spec one but it cost a fortune and took ages to get the bits. By the time it was complete I lost interest and had moved to laptops. I still have an EPIA system as an ubuntu server, for backups, but day to day I am on a Macbook Pro.

    I agree, one more generation and you will see these with 2xHDMI/DVI outputs, better processors and still silent. Quiet PC’s enable you to think a lot clearer (IMHO).

    @MK: It sounds like the ideal system for you WOULD be a laptop, get good performance and just plug in a mouse instead of the trackpad. Portability, power, and a mouse, et voila!

  • I use Linux for programming reasons. Other than that? Not really. I use Windows because I’ve established myself on it. Either way, Linux is a virtual machine away or even as a dual boot on my laptop.

    At school Linux is all I use. So so far, I’ve been using both. =)

  • >I can easily switch, but why should if I have to spend ton of time with Windows anyway?

    Well, because it is cheap? But it won’t be an issue anymore if you already acquired a legal copy of Windows.. Mine’s pirated. I thought of ditching Windows for Linux because it’s free.

    But then I changed my mind. Because, like you, I will write a lot about Windows later on.

    Talk Binary, as a programmer, does Linux makes you more productive? I’m a beginner programmer.

  • @Jim Sefton

    > I have been interested in silent PC’s for years. I built a top spec one but it cost a fortune and took ages to get the bits.

    You tell me. :) Hunting for those optimal silent parts cooosts.

    I am brooding over notebook for a long time but never bought one. At home I still want dual-monitor setup and good keyboard. At work I have my work PC. I have no huge need for mobility so why pay extra for it?

    Maybe if those netbooks fall to around $250-300 I’ll buy one just because it’s cheap. :)

    Thanks for visiting and commenting by the way, Jim. :)

    @Talk Binary

    Yep, VM nowadays are so easy to set up. I have post on VirtualBox queued.

    @MK

    >Well, because it is cheap? But it won’t be an issue anymore if you already acquired a legal copy of Windows.. Mine’s pirated. I thought of ditching Windows for Linux because it’s free.

    Yep, price is factor. But I always consider prices together with time of use. Like I use mobile phone daily and often – makes sense to buy a good one. For Windows it costs but it is used all the time for long years.

  • The DataRat

    Over a year later we see how this played out: Asus has pretty much
    given up on Linux as an OS. ~All~ of their announced new models
    (including netbooks) will be Windows machines.

    Linux simply didn’t resonate with the buying public. ( Asus says
    they have no plans for further Linux machines. And ~they~ are the
    ones who originally popularized netbooks, and those were Linux
    netbooks ! ) Beyond the hardcore zealots of the open source clique,
    typical users just aren’t interested in a Linux operating system !

    Most of the other major OEM’s of netbook and small form factor
    computers are (again) following Asus’ lead on this.

    [ Thinking about it, Asus is sort of the Opera of computer OEM’s. ]

    Last that I’ve heard: Linux has a 1.7% penetration of the consumer
    desktop market. ( Which is probably the sum total of the world’s
    open source zealots ! ) It hasn’t been able to break into the
    mainstream. Maybe because of Microsoft Office. Perhaps because
    people are put off by Linux fanboy fanatical bigotry. Hard to tell.

    Every time I start to consider building a Linux machine just to try
    it out, I read some article which makes Linux sound as esoteric and
    unintuitive as MS-DOS. I ~don’t~ want to go back to the days when
    I spent more time getting my computer functional than I spent actually
    doing something on my computer ! No thank you.

    Then there’s Linux Politics. Really, more like Cold War Politics.
    Or, more accurate still: medieval religion !

    Being a Linux user seems too much like joining a religious cult.

    The DataRat

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  • @DataRat

    I like Aspire Revo nettop a lot, but thought of Atom stops me from buying one. It won’t be enough to replace current desktop and I objectively don’t need one more computer. :)

    I still like the trend with SFF, but not that it will take quite a few years to penetrate market properly.

  • “I switched to passive cooling – and cat fur stopped killing components”

    I often find that cat fur and a worryingly extensive amount of dust in my fans keeps causing my system to overheat and power off. Is passive cooling a potential resolution to this issue? It’s something I’m guessing I would need to seriously look into if that’s the case.

  • @Roger

    Is passive cooling a potential resolution to this issue?

    Well, it’s not exactly win-win. :) The more air is sucked into computer the more dust and fur goes in with it. Passive cooling moves drastically less air, but it is also more complex, requires more casing space and comes with overheating risks of its own.

    It also mostly needs to be built from scratch or takes replacing multiple components… While active cooling dust-sucking potential can be often reduced with couple of simple filters.

    My current PC is self-built mini-ITX and there is simply no space for passive cooling inside of such.

    So I’d say the best time to try passive cooling is if you are planning to put together new PC (or a massive upgrade) and you are willing to burn extra money on it for silence and less air movement.

  • @Rarst

    Thanks for the detailed response Rarst. I was planning on just making some simple steps to my current system that would reduce overheating (if any at all) so I guess passive cooling isn’t the way to go just yet or may be worth exploring this when I start a new build.

    Your mini-ITX sounds sweet though. Shame about the limit to 2Gb RAM though. I’m not happy with my 4Gb but I’m thinking RAM probably isn’t the issue in my case. Heh.

  • @Roger

    Your mini-ITX sounds sweet though. Shame about the limit to 2Gb RAM though.

    I had upped to 4GB later (well, to 3+ cause I am still on WinXP). Worked just find with two memory modules, it’s single 4GB module that motherboard seems to mind.

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