After many months away from the blog, I’m finally back. You guys/gals in EDU have powned my calendar since Hyper-V went RTM. I’ve decided to let all the stale Email in my inbox get staler (turns out that’s a word?) and get back to blogging, an activity I have been missing in my routine. I’ve no shortage of material given my extended blog absence, but I’m kicking off my return with a project. Minzilla
After a year of looking for someone who would consider giving me a netbook to “demo”, I finally cracked and bought one on my own dime after HP released the Mini 1000. It is the most stylish notebook to suite my tastes (PC or otherwise) on the market while remaining very functional. After doing a lot of reading, my biggest concern was actually not performance, keyboard/screen size, peripherals, or power, or drivers, it was longevity. Is it wise to buy a device that ships with max 1 GB of ram? That’s pretty low by my standards and really puts a device in the “getting too old to keep using” category for me, on day one. I’d frown on anything with less than 6 cores and 16 GB ram for a primary laptop in 2009, even if nothing is shipping with those specs as of yet...
Then I started finding forum discussion of upgrading the devices, and I became encouraged. For the price (about $520 shipped), why not try to pick one up and customize it as a secondary laptop? Mod it a little to beef it up? Then I watched the PDC video regarding Win7 and I knew I would want a Netbook for testing, so hear I am, blogging on a Mini.
My assumptions are:
Wave One Upgrades:
Back of my brain thoughts:
This gives you a relative comparison for the size of the Mini. First, sitting next to our family TouchSmart. That is the 22” TouchSmart, not the big 25”. Next, a photo comparing the full size keyboard from the TS with the more compact keyboard on the Mini. As you can see, the layout is strikingly similar without major sacrifice.
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Sorry to break this to you, but it doesn't look like you will be able to use the 2.5 inch SATA SSD drive.
Here's the product manual, which specifies that it uses a PATA interface, looks like it might be a 1.8 inch drive also:
http://myhpmini.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4 (the official HP manual may or may not be accessible).
Well, I'll confirm tomorrow when the drive gets here. I won't be at all surprised if I end up having to eaither send it back or find some other adapter and mount in order to make it work. The good news is I have Vista running well on it and should have a write-up in a day or two once I track down better drivers for audio and webcam.
Good luck on using remote desktop. I have a verizon air card, also. It will surf the internet just fine but will not work with remote desktop. My verizon card is fine on my other computers - just not my hp 1000 mini.