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Sacrificing my EEEPC for a Garmin – EEEPC for sale

eeepc for sale I’ve come to the crazy decision that I need to sacrifice my EEPC in favour of a Garmin Forerunner 405. Why?

  • I’ve got an awesome Vaio that I find myself using more and more at home
  • I’m doing the Dublin marathon this year and I’d like the Garmin to aid in my training

What I found great about the EEPC -

  • It’s very light
  • It plays all media types – great for travelling
  • It’s got Wifi
  • It’s battery life is great considering it’s size
  • It works great as a digital radio hooked up to a hifi

I’m looking for £190 ono excluding delivery (perfect condition with original box and all manuals/cds). That includes a 2GB SD card. I’m putting it on my blog first before ebaying it. I’ve also got an unused Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition for sale (£110 ono excl delivery).

Anybody interested?

My Ultimate Dev Machine

When I started back at Karova I treated myself to a new and very awesome dev machine. I bought it myself so was very careful that I got best value for my money. I’ve been using it for three months now and I have to say I am very very very pleased with it.

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  • Dell Precison 390
    • Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz
    • 4GB Ram
    • ATI Fire GL V3400 128MB graphics card with dual DVI
    • 2 x 73GB SAS 15000rpm drives
    • 2 x 150GB SATA 10000rpm 16MB Cache
    • Dell SAS 5i/R raid controller
    • Intel Sata raid controller
    • Seagate 500GB eSATA and USB 2 external harddrive
  • 2 x Dell 2007FP monitors (I had these from before)
    • Active speaker soundbar
  • Microsoft natural ergo 400 keyboard
  • Microsoft trackball explorer
  • Windows XP Pro (not a chance I will go near Vista for dev work)

I regularly have 5 or six instances of Visual Studio (2003,2005 and 2008) running as well as Firefox, Jedit, Thunderbird, iTunes, FileZilla, SPE etc. etc. and it doesn’t even bat an eyelid. I could have waited until I could afford a quad core but I can always upgrade the motherboard and processor another time. I bought the machine and monitors (not at the same time) from ITCSales who have great prices and very good customer service. All in all including monitors I reckon I spent about £1400 which considering the spec is a steal.