Love My Netbook

June 8, 2009 at 23:38 Leave a comment

I have my Asus Seashell! A pretty little netbook, with a 10-inch screen, 1-inch thickness and 1.1kg weight, it’s easy for a weakling like me to cart around. In terms of specs, it’s no different from the kazillion other netbooks on the market. It has an Intel Atom N280 processor, 160GB storage and a built-in battery with a supposed 6-hour life (for real life, divide by two).

While I’m figuring out the functions, I’d like to recommend the shop I bought it from – Digital Asia, at Funan Centre. Funan, in general, is the posh version of Sim Lim, but quite a few shops still treat potential customers with scornful disdain. In my case, I suppose it is because netbooks don’t earn retailers a whole lot of money. But pitiable though my money is, I will spend it at a place that gives me better service any day.

I’d gone to Funan knowing that there would be no point bargaining. The Asus Seashell radiates a patina of novelty, being so delectably thin and elegant, and every single shop will quote a non-negotiable price of S$798. In any case, I suck at bargaining. I had previously visited Funan to suss it out, and every salesperson I encountered reacted with supreme indifference when I told them what I wanted – all except for a nice chap named Benjamin at Digital Asia. He explained the specs to me (your typical girly technophobe) and was very nice even when I said I needed more time to consider. This time, when I revisited the shop, Benjamin wasn’t there, but another guy, named Kelven, was just as helpful and knowledgable.

This, for me, was the clincher – apparently the Seashell does NOT come with an upgraded (i.e. usable) BIOS, which means that it CANNOT GO ONLINE as it is. Buyers have to queue up at the service centre to get their upgrade before they can surf the Net. They cannot upgrade their BIOS themselves because they would have to go online, WHICH THEY CANNOT DO. Like, arrrrrghhhhh!!! How stupid is that?!!

Fortunately, Kelven told me that he was PROBABLY able to upgrade the BIOS there and then, using a program he had on his thumbdrive. He’d never done it before, but was pretty confident. I decided that if he could, I’d buy the thing.

He could, and I did.

Plus, if I used cash, there would be a discount. Thirty bucks. Fine with me.

So now I have a lovely new gadgety toy. :)

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My blog-name is Katie but I will not respond if you call me that in real life because it's not my real name. Yes, I do practise virtual-world paranoia. No, I do not enjoy stalkers. But I do enjoy writing and having folks reading said writing, so welcome to my world. It's nice to meet you.

Playing in my head over and over again argh

I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song (Jim Croce)

Book(s) of the moment

Hogfather (Terry Pratchett)

Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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