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A line of subnotebook/netbook computers designed by the American multinational technology company Dell.

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Dell Mini: I am in love

  • Apr 23, 2009
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I always love the PC versus Mac debate, with each side getting hot under the collar and throwing extreme but absolutely true facts at each other, such as:

  • PCs are wildly unstable.
  • Macs are wildly overpriced.
  • PCs are great gaming platforms.
  • Macs are great in the media business.
  • PCs are used by everyone.
  • Mac owners are the sort of people who bought Betamax in the 80s.

All true. But we're rapidly hitting the point of who cares? I first tried Linux last year, having avoided it for almost a decade, and my fear was largely based upon nerdy and frankly obstinate Unix administrators I'd worked with in the past, who absolutely hated regular people...

Anyway, I played with Ubuntu Linux (ridiculously unmarketable names are all the rage in Open Source, apparently) and it was easy. I didn't have to pipe my grep or tail any log files or any of that nonsense and it quickly brought an old laptop back up to speed. I promptly that donated to my mother, and it didn't have endless updates, scanners, viruses and monitoring tools that typically confuse and worry the hell out of her, and result in many calls to the only technical member of the family. She managed to use it straight away for checking email, using Skype and all the things the crazy silver surfers do.

So fast forward a few months to heady days of December 2008: I bought a new Dell and got one of those crazy deals where $800 got me a super fast new PC with a monitor that redefines photorealism, and a free Mini thrown in. And this is very much like the first free hit the drugdealer gives you because I've been hooked on it ever since. The PC and Mac people have no idea what they're missing.

The Mini has no hard disk, it's tiny and - drumroll - it lasts 5 hours on plane without needing a charge. I run almost my entire life in a browser, as part of a challenge to get to web 3.0 before anyone else, and when all you need is Firefox, this little computer is the way forward. It's the only computer I've ever owned where people ask me about it, and I've started to become one of those cloud computer/open source evangelists that bore the living crap out of anyone who will listen. You should ask me about it sometime when you a day free.

So if the PC is the funny guy from The Daily Show, and the Mac is the trendy kid from Live Free and Die Hard, I guess the Netbook is more like the TX from Terminator 3 - small, nimble, under the radar, and going to start taking over other machines.

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January 10, 2010
Just purchased the Dell Inspiron mini 10 Limited Edition. Initial impression..a full review is coming..it is small and you must use a mouse.
January 10, 2010
Great! I haven't used the 10 but my mini is still going strong. It definitely takes a while to get used to the smaller keyboard... did you get Windows or Ubuntu Linux?
January 10, 2010
Well..you'll have to read my review to find out :)
November 28, 2009
I had placed in an order for the Dell Mini & was convinced of how great this machine was even b4 comparing it with the others. But, Dell lost the order (well, I had to cancel it) due to its impossible customer service! To make the story short, I'm convinced it's a great machine as I've another Dell laptop which I am happy with, but outsourcing to India and having to repeat order nos. one after another for days, well I gave up. That's such a bad experience, never again! Even though I had wish I've a Dell netbook, I'm not having one because these people messed up their customer service! What a shame!
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The Dell Inspiron Mini Series is a line of subnotebook / netbook computers designed by the American multinational technology company Dell, Inc. The series was introduced in September 2008 amidst the growing popularity of low-cost netbook computers introduced by competitors, and now consists of the Inspiron Mini 10v, Mini 10 and Mini 12; with the numbers representing the diagonal screen size in inches.
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