September 14, 2005
Death of a Disco Dancer
After two years on the road, my laptop has died. I have a backup from a week ago, so most things should be in order until I find a new laptop. This time around, my aim is to keep it as small and compact as possible. I need seamless wireless connectivity, a firewire port, integrated optical dvd-writer - all in under 4lbs. I simply want the convience of importing dv footage for quick edits and burning on the road and upload footage from a DV camera onto the computer for quick edits.
My first choice is the Dell 700m, which in the US is around 950 dollars. I saw a 700m in Saigon, but it's $1450 smackers, not including a 10% VAT (value added tax). At that price, I'm looking at the same range as some of the ultraportables in the IBM line, with the Thinkpad X40 or a Thinkpad TabletPC. The problem with is that most of these units don't have an integrated optical drive or firewire. If anyone has any suggestions on extremely portable laptops with these specs, please email me. I'm desperate. For now, I'll doing my work on an office workstation or simply checking mail wirelessly on my Axim handheld.
I am now preparing for my work in Korea on the 22nd. I looks like it's going to be analogue. And for now, blog updates are going to be a less frequent until I have a new machine.
Posted by rst at September 14, 2005 03:33 PM
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