I had to do it, my existing Laptop which I use for Portable is a Dell Latitude. Purchased second hand it has done remarkably well, it runs Windows 95, the Display is 16 Colours so photos and SSTV look weired.
That old girl boots up and closes down quicker than my 2GHz Dual Core machine running XP, its OK for Packet, SSTV, PSK31, Hellschriber and would you believe it has been my standard machine for WSJT JT6m Meteor Scatter, running WSJT the clock loses as the machine devotes its time to de-coding and I manually correct it continually during a session.
Why do I put up with it? well it’s connected to the 6m rig you see.
The battery is wrecked which was a problem for Portable operation untill
I tried one last trick, I chopped the power lead fitted a couple of 4mm plugs and connected it directly to 12 Volts. It works a treat, now there is no question of battery life, well not really I have 160AH of battery storage when the sun is not shining or the wind blowing, if the Green charging is taking place its a win win situation.
What that old girl won’t do is Wireless Internet and Mapping and Navigation and some of the more demanding Radio Communications tasks. Come on now you tight old git, its time you got the Plastic out ready for the next /P season.
As I have said previously, being mean I want the replacement to do shack jobs as well as /P and Internet Cafe, that is why I have researched for several months. Finally the right machine and some Sale discount have come together.
I had just a little aprehension re the loading and running of Ham Software and Linux so I have done the first checks, I have run Ubuntu 8.10 and Fldigi booted from USB Stick. Also WSPR 1.1 on Windows. No time yet to connect a rig and my Home Brew Opto Isolated USB interface but I have no concerns about it working, it was tried and tested on my Zoostorm Laptop and the software runs and Ouptuts audio fine.
When surveying the available Netbooks it is easy to get quite addicted to YouTube Unboxing Videos judging by the hits they get they do provide a valuable service. It takes a little self control to share the parcel opening process. Here is my Blue Version of the Unboxing Video. Ha! pun intended.
Blog written and posted on Samsung NC10. The keyboard is comfortably large for phat phingers, battery life 7.5 Hours, coo I haven’t tested that out yet.