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Boondocking Computer

November 7th, 2011

My beast held up long enough for me to finally decide on a new laptop computer.  I have to admit, I could have picked one out sooner, but I was holding out for AMD to put a Llano A6 processor into a 11-13′ LCD laptop. It didn’t happen within the allotted time, so I ordered an ASUS Eee PC 1215B-PU17-BK. After much research, I believe it delivers the best ROI out of the laptops I compared.

1215B Pros:
8hrs+ battery life
40w power supply
Uses 6-11 Watt hours when idle (my current laptop is closer to 43w)
Uses 16-19 watt hours under load. (current one is closer to 70w)
Priced as low as $300

1215B Cons:
no spill proof keyboard
glossy screen

Johnny’s laptop, an ASUS EEE1005pe is a boondockers dream, but I cannot quite deal with a 10″ screen. If you can, you will be rewarded with up 14hrs (no joke!) of battery life with a 1hr recharge time at 40watts. It’s about as energy efficient as you can get. It’s perfect if you don’t do many CPU intensive tasks.

Anyway. My new laptop should be here this week. For some reason my $14.00 worth of “Amazon Standard Shipping” AKA SmartPost (bleh) is getting it from Kentucky to Colorado in nine days. Not exactly what I thought I was paying for, but it is what it is.

Once it gets here I get to experiment with operating systems. FreeBSD is what I prefer but there are still a lot of hoops to jump through to get it “mostly working” on a Eee PC. It appears that Linux has all the correct drivers, but I haven’t really used Linux since Slackware 7 and prefer FreeBSD. Hopefully, all will go well!

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3 Responses to “Boondocking Computer”

  1. Jeremy Bohannon says:

    I left you a message on FB and was hoping for a more private way to communicate. I just have some questions about your life on the road as I find it very exciting. I worked 10 years in an office watching over 40 or so employees. Then I was let go about a year ago and I have been going camping for about 2 years now. I suppose my interest could be considered a mid-life crisis but I look back at all the years I’ve wasted sitting and staring at the walls ya know. You guys are doing exactley what I’ve dreamed about for over a year now and I’ll just like to talk about it is all. I will of course go over your website here with a fine tooth comb when starting tomorrow for more details.

    My first question would be who do you use for your mail forwarding?

    I hope to speak to you soon.


    • Hitek Homeless says:

      We’ve been using American Home Base for mail forwarding. As we left out of Florida, it was an easy choice that let us maintain Florida residency without jumping through too may hoops. WE have been considering South Dakota residency a bit lately, though.

  2. I know this is an old thread but, I just got one of these off of craigslist and boy does my wife love it ! I’m glad everything is getting smaller and cuter, gets me lot’s of points when birthdays roll around. Take care !

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