Fedora-Philippines Mailing List

The Filipino mailing list is now operational. Many thanks to Mike and Huzaifas for making this possible. Nothing there yet, but I’m excited to see a community grow from this. Giddy!


Wishful Listing

This early before Christmas, I wish can be able to afford either of these at the end of the year:

  • Lenovo Thinkpad T61 – Php 54,599
  • A clone PC with specs like the one below – Php28,440
    • Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2.5GHz
    • Asus P5K-SE
    • 2GB Kingston DDR2 800
    • 80GB Seagate SATA
    • Lite-on DVDRW SATA
    • 19″ Samsung 920NW

Now back to work.

The Great Laptop Hunt

I just had the green-light to pick a specific laptop model that will be our company’s standard issue for our future purchases. So far, I’m having a hard time balancing what I want with what we need. There’s also the ever present question of price.

Anyhow, I have already identified how our company utilizes a laptop unit:

  1. Presentations/meetings – powerpoint/word processing/spreadsheets/…
  2. Desktop replacement – AutoCAD/STAAD/Google Earth/SketchUp/…

For simple presentations or meetings, the choice is simple – I’ll go with a netbook like an HP MiniNote or an Asus EEE – something you can easily lug around without necessarily compromising performance.

For the desktop replacement, here are my criteria:

  • Should cost around Php 60K (around $1270)
  • At least dual core (2.+ GHz)
  • At least 2GB RAM
  • At least 80GB hard disk space
  • Good enough video card (for AutoCAD)
  • Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business (downgradeable to XP Pro)
  • 10/100 LAN and wireless G connectivity
  • Around 14″ display size
  • Reliable brand (should have after-sales support)

A simple scan of the Internet yielded me such brands as Thinkpad, HP and Dell are said to be reliable. Right now, I’m leaning toward Thinkpads but the price scares my boss. Oh well.