The EEE will run Windows and you can buy many many external CD drives (quite small too) - Buy an Amacom 24x Slimline CD-Rom Drive with USB 2.0, #AMA-BYCD2-U - eXpansys UK
- but your drive space is still a problem - you'd have to invest in an external drive or perhaps one of the larger iPods. At which point you start to lose the point of having a very small, light portable machine!
This really depends on how much you want to spend - if money isn't an issue without doubt the best machines to stand up to hard knocks (have a good read back through this thread quite a few have been suggested and I'm just sumarising here) would be a ToughBook
- they're doing quite a wide range now, and the semi tough jobs are really quite good.
Middle of the road would be something like the IBM ThinkPad (now owned b Lenovo)
- really rugged machines - with almost decent sized HDs and good performance.
Finally, and if this were me this would be my option, I'd go to the local supermarket (as pointed out by Alex) and buy the cheapest laptop I could lay my hands on. Any machine if thrown around in your top box / on the road for any time that isn't something along the lines of a toughbook will die - why waste a lot of money? Factor the cost (around £300) into your travel costs - if you get home and it's still working - bonus!
I've just realised that the first option is pretty much what I'll be taking with me (the eee with external CD and HD) - and apart from running Windows - it works just fine for me :-)
yay geeks! Answers to your questions....
What portable media player are you sycing to? What do ipod users use?
I'm using a standard iPod - I make a habit of encoding everything to MP3 - so my whole library plays just fine through the bundled music player.
What podcast agrigators have you tried? Do you want?
I've actually not found one at all - I'm also struggling to even find a decent RSS reader - at the moment I'm using the stuff inside firefox and am hunting for a podcast firefox plugin - ideally i just want something that will grab them when I'm online for later use - I enjoy my podcasts - especially Rally Radio
- my only option at the moment appears to get out of the Xandros repositories and head back into Debian - but I'm really concerned I'll brick it.
People still use the GIMP for photo retouching?
Gotta love the GIMP!
How about video editing?
Nothing for the moment - with the exception of extremely basic editing I'm not sure the Eee could deal with it very well - I've got the bundled video recorder working well enough to upload decent diary pieces to YouTube and given it's recording in 3GP I'm quite impressed with the results. I don't think I'll be dropping any of my Z1 HDV stuff to it!
Any other tips for blog/youtube/writing/photo-travel workflow?
This is where I'm putting my time right now... so blog writing
- still searching for an off-line blog writer - many available for Mac and PC (in fact the Windows Live one is actually very good - may God strike me down) - some available in the Ubuntu repositories but I can't find anything for Xandros at the moment - so I'm writing in a text editor then copying and pasting when I'm online then dropping in the images - not the most time efficient method of writing but it does work - it also means that if I can't find a wi-fi connection I can grab the SD card out of my Eee and dump the file to the internet cafe computer with ease - and given the Eee is linux I'm not overly concerned about the viruses etc that may get transmitted to me via the card - I run a virus scan on the card when I get it back but that's more to stop me spreading stuff the next time I use a PC.
- works well - uploading simple 3GP videos from the internal camera works just fine through the browser - file sizes are so small doesn't seem necessary to run a dedicated app for the upload. Might be nice to have a very basic video editing tool that would allow me to top and tail the diary piece with some credits. Am going to try some AVI from my handheld photo camera - but I suspect the file sizes may be an issue on public wi-fi.
- the inbuilt photo manager is actually quite good. I've changed it's home directory to the 8gb SD card that now lives in the machines slot and I dump the images from my camera straight there - I'm carrying a second SD card for when that gets full - at £14.99 storage is cheap!
Workflow wise - it's okay - you can upload albums or selected files to flickr with an upload tool - but it requires authorisation EVERY time it connects which is a bit of a pain - but as you're online when you're doing it, it only takes a couple of seconds and then you're away. Decent tagging options available and album control.
- playing them - not really had an issue - I'm playing stuff encoded in MPEG2 and 4 without issues and most WMV files - I've got some issues with newer WMV files but that's such a small part of what I download I'm not really concerned. Online video streaming (iPlayer etc) works just fine.
I'll stop typing now.