bye hp mini

october 19, 2009


So, I'm trading in my hp mini 1010nr netbook for a Toshiba NB205-N210 (as part of the consolidation, my eMachines D620 is going too).  There were a few driving issues with the hp mini 1010nr that made me give it up -- don't get me wrong, it is a great little machine, but the geek in me had these issues:

The storage and wireless situation really pushed me over the edge. 

If I were to stick with Windows XP, then this machine would be a fine machine.  Sure, the build quality is good (but not great as there is some overall creakiness to the chassis).  The keyboard is fantabulous, very large, very easy to type on.  And there are little touches that made me feel like HP took the time to think things out (I liked the LED that is right next to the where the power connector goes so that I know quickly if I have my power adapter plugged in).

Anyways, the hp mini 1010nr is on Ebay right now.  Hopefully it will fetch a good price.  The Toshiba is working great.  I plopped in a 2GB SO-DIMM and replaced the 160GB 5400rpm drive with a 320GB 7200rpm drive from the eMachines D620.  Linux works great on the machine because it has an Atheros AR9285 card inside (advertised by Toshiba as 802.11b/g, but is surprisingly an 802.11b/g/draft-n).  The ath9k module for Linux is fantastic -- it is built into Linux kernels 2.6.29 or higher (so Fedora 11 and Ubuntu 9.10 beta support it out of the box).

Oh, and it helps that the Toshiba gets nine hours of run time out of the included six-cell battery.  And it has a full-sized keyboard.  To top it all off, the build quality of the Toshiba feels a lot better than the hp mini 1010nr (no creaks).  Why not get a full-sized or a ultraportable notebook instead?  I found that between the 14" eMachines and the hp mini, I was always choosing the hp mini when I had to take a machine with me.  The small size of a netbook makes a difference for me, and if it has a full-sized keyboard, I can live with the smaller screen.

On a sidenote, I just want to mention how I wish Ubuntu would release when it is done instead of "rush, rush, lets get it out because it is the end of our six-month release cycle".  Sure, don't do it in a snail's pace like Debian, but maybe take some time to squash out some usability bugs before releasing.  Here is how absurd it sometimes feels based on the hp mini 1010nr:
Come on guys!  What is going on?  If Canonical and the people behind Ubuntu want Ubuntu to "just work" and to also take on Mac OS X and Windows, they have to make it so that these silly issues do not pop up.

Oh, did I mention that I hate Broadcom?