Shortly after they reviewed the HP Mini 1000, LaptopMag decided to pull apart the machine to get a closer look at the blood and guts of the tiny netbook. They discovered two major things – the RAM was easily upgraded via a plastic door covering the pre-installed DIMM and there was a slot in the battery compartment that fitted an AT&T SIM card. Assuming that the netbook lacked the internal hardware to support the 3G network, they just wrote this off as a possible future feature.
However, someone over at Pocketables Forum – after spending some time on the phone with both HP and AT&T – figured out how to put that SIM slot to work. Apparently the HP Mini 1000 does support the 3G network, all you need is a Multi-WWAN driver from HP and your SIM card from AT&T. The user, dplxy, divulges the rest of the setup instructions in his post. So far there doesn’t seem to be a driver for Linux users, although I’m sure anyone willing to dig around might be able to come up with one.
Let’s face it, I haven’t exactly been the social light of the interweb for the past four or five months. This has mostly been due to me working constantly, but another factor was moving in with my girlfriend at her parent’s place. I didn’t have room to haul a 90+ pound, watercooled, monster PC into our room. So for the past few months I’ve been using their family PC, which is an older P4 machine.
Yesterday I was finally able to gather up enough cash to go get myself a decent laptop. Although, I didn’t splurge $1500 like I would have in years past, I got a pretty good deal on a great laptop at a place I usually wouldn’t be caught dead buying from. . . Best Buy.
The laptop I got is the Dell Inspiron 1318. It boasts 3GB of DDR2, an Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 (2.0gHz), 250GB Hard Drive, built-in web cam, bluetooth, and some other great features. Oh, and it’s only 13 inches in size (ala those tiny MacBooks).
Downside: It didn’t come with a battery. I know, the point of having a laptop is to compute on the go, but for the price I got this thing, I could care less about being tied to my power cord until I order a 9-cell battery from Dell.
Upside: The price tag of an Open-box, battery missing, display model. $367 after tax. Plus $60-100 for the battery. Good deal. These things run $700+ brand new.
Seems that Intel “bullied” Microsoft into labeling some of it’s hardware chipsets as “Vista Capable”, although, they were barely able to run Vista’s most basic features. Now there’s some sort of legal dance going on, and it seems that both parties are about to get into some serious trouble over this issue.
I’m not surprised this happened, hardware vendors will try anything to get you to buy a product even if it means lying to you about the capabilities. Microsoft may seem like an innocent party, but in reality they probably agreed to marking lower-end hardware Vista Capable to get customers to purchase their bloated, hardware intensive operating system.
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