[racket] Racket & Netbook

From: Stephen De Gabrielle (stephen.degabrielle at acm.org)
Date: Wed Jun 30 14:49:07 EDT 2010

I had drscheme up till February on an asus 4g 701 with a 7 inch
screen, running the latest ubuntu 'full' (netbook remix doesn't fit on
the small screen). I did upgrade the ram to 2gb, removed extra apps
and had 4gb sd card salvaged from a camera, which is where I compiled

It was fine for running setup on individual collections, but not the
whole of drscheme.

The external VGA was fine for projectors, but looked silly on a big monitor

The best thing was that it was really cheap and light, and two to
three hours battery was fine for the ~1hr commute, though I did
recharge where I could. It was nice for light duty.



On Wednesday, June 30, 2010, Shriram Krishnamurthi <sk at cs.brown.edu> wrote:
> I find DrRacket very hard to use on older machines and netbooks.
> I recently upgraded to an Acer Aspire 1810T.  This is about $600 and
> has a netbook form factor (same chassis as the 1410T, which is their
> netbook).  The 1366x768 screen makes the keyboard nice and wide and
> great for use in travel.  What's good about it is that it has a real
> (non-Atom) dual-core processor, and I got it with 4Gb RAM.  (It also
> has an HDMI output port, and 3 USBs.)  It's been absolutely wonderful,
> and I finally understand how people can work with DrRacket instead of
> Emacs.  Now I launch DrRacket with impunity.
> This was a great buy, because it costs about a 1/3 of a "proper"
> laptop but has enough computing for many of my tasks.  It was very
> hard to find something between netbook and notebook, and all the
> reviews I saw indicated that Acer had found that sweet spot.  I bought
> it, and can confirm it's true.
> Of course, you won't get Apple-level support from Acer.  But that cuts
> both ways (Acer support staff don't assume they are inherently more
> advanced genetic beings).
> Shriram
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