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I own both a laptop and desktop, but I am currently looking for something to travel with and will not get damaged, I walk alot and with books, currently going to school and my laptop would get damaged. I seen this eee pc, made by Asus, and I had a question if anyone has the answer.
1. It comes with software that you can write and use spreadsheets, both would I be able to read, write and switch with my desktop that runs word and excel.
 

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You could transfer the files to your desktop using a usb stick (or e-mail). The EEE pc runs Open office on a linux operating system. With open office you can save files under the .doc name (just like ms office).
Absolutely no problem there.

IF you want to, you can also take word files from your desktop and transfer them to your eee notebook (open office will open word files, and can save them as open office files, or as ms office files).

Even if you accidentally saved a file in the open office format, I think you can just right click and change the extension to .doc, and it would automatically change it to an ms office file.
 

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If you don't like the all-in-one approach. you could use separate stand-alone apps. Gnumeric (spreadsheet) and AbiWord (word processor)
 

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eee pc question

I wanted to know if I brought a 2gb eee pc, instead of the 4 and then placed a 4gb sd card into it. Would I be able to install xp or other apps on the sd and work it off of the computer?
 

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I cannot give any details on how it was done but I have seen a eee running xp. It was running the web browser fine.
 

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I wanted to know if I brought a 2gb eee pc, instead of the 4 and then placed a 4gb sd card into it. Would I be able to install xp or other apps on the sd and work it off of the computer?
Given that chunks of XP, and quite a few apps, MUST install on C:, I doubt that would work. If it did, MS would already have XP functional on the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child).
 

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You could transfer the files to your desktop using a usb stick (or e-mail). The EEE pc runs Open office on a linux operating system. With open office you can save files under the .doc name (just like ms office).
I work on three computers, and move my files around on a USB memory stick.

However - soon after I started this, I found that the USB memory stick was not a transport device. It becomes the home for the documents, with all editing done to them on the memory stick.

The contents of the USB memory stick are copied to each computer, but that is for backup purposes - USB memory sticks can fail, and they can get lost.
 

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ASUS EEE with 8.9 inch screen at Cebit 2008

No, it's NOT a rumour. The official press conference is Tuesday March 4, but it's actually being shown at The Cebit 2008 show. Engadget has a couple of stories and lots of photos at http://www.engadget.com/tag/Cebit2008/ Boy, am I glad I delayed buying the 7-incher.
 

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These EEEs are interesting and something I may be in the market for.

I want something bigger than a Palm device but I don't need a full fledged laptop. These seem to fit the bill.
 

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More information:

The 8.9" units will start at $499 with an 8GB SSD model running Windows XP. There will also be either a 12GB or a 20GB model with Xandros Linux (apparently they're still looking into that one). For now they will use the same Intel Celeron M 900MHz CPU, but in the next few months they'll adopt Intel's new "Atom" processor. This new chip will enable much longer battery life (ASUS is hoping for up to 8 hours).

HERE is a good interview over at LAPTOP magazine about what ASUS is looking into with the EeePC line.
 

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It is perfect as is, so no need for another OS!

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The 8.9" units will start at $499 with an 8GB SSD model running Windows XP.
The whole point of these cheap, dependable ASUS EEE laptop computers is to have fast, secure, cheap Internet access with no bugs, viruses, adware, spyware, or other such crap.

Why anyone would buy one with XP or put XP on one is a complete and utter mystery to me when all the Linux apps on it work perfectly, are very user-friendly requiring no knowledge of any computer OSes, cost you nothing extra, don't require anti-virus or security software, and are infinitely safer for Internet use.

http://eeepc.asus.com/global/product.htm

If you feel that there are certain Windows programs you need to run on one of these laptops, you're missing the whole point and should go buy a full featured laptop running Vista.
 

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Wow - I would never buy one with Windows XP on it. I totally agree Stampeder.

I am actually going to buy a Linux one for my 65 year old dad - he just needs an easy way to check stocks, plan fishing, trekking and hunting trips, answer email and manage his pictures (he is an accomplished film photographer and outdoor enthusiast)....

He does not need to mess around with Windows and the relentless stream of critical updates.
 

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I never knew these notebooks existed until I saw it featured in todays travel section of the newspaper.

Interesting idea for travel. 7" and 2 lbs.
 

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I never knew these notebooks existed until I saw it featured in todays travel section of the newspaper.

Interesting idea for travel. 7" and 2 lbs.
Not if you're going to the USA. http://www.abajournal.com/news/suit_to_seek_government_policy_on_laptop_border_searches/ One quote from the article...
But child pornographers and terrorists aren’t the only people caught up in the searches. The Post talked to a therapist who said her cell phone messages were erased by a border agent and a marketing executive who said the government seized her laptop at Dulles International Airport more than a year ago, and still has not returned it.
In plain English, US customs can seize your laptop without giving any reason and they can hang on to it forever.
 

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Just picked this up at lunch today. Got the 4gb model with a built-in webcam. Black of course.

Have the 7" inch model.
 

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Here's a question for you. If you put either Linux or XP on your EEE PC, where does it store it? In the 4GB memory? That doesn't give you much space to run anything else, no? I'm trying to understand how it works cause I would like to dump MyPal 716 for one of those. I have WinSE 2003 (running on system memory) but most of my programs are on flash memory or SD cards.
 

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It probably does. I doubt I have much room left of that 4gb. That being said, I can easily store data on USB or SD cards and just use the 4gb for applications.
 
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