I just purchased the first whole computer I've bought since 1989. Ever since then I only upgraded it with parts, even though sometimes the parts were a case, power supply, motherboard and memory. I bought a notebook a couple of months ago, but I don't consider it a "whole computer" since its hard drive and battery are shot and I'll have to replace them. Not bad since I only paid twenty bucks for the notebook (an IBM Thinkpad).
The whole computer I bought yesterday is a netbook; yes, I'm behind the curve. I usually try to stay behind the curve, although my nerdiness makes it hard sometimes. It's an Acer Aspire, and the WalMart guy said that although it doesn't come with bluetooth I can add one for twenty bucks. I took it home, plugged it in, and turned it on. It showed two wifi connections, which I figured were probably neighbors' ports. I went past them, figuring I'd examine them later.
It has Windows 7 "starter edition", which is the first question: What, exactly, do they mean by "starter edition?" What does it lack that other versions of Windows 7 have? And where is the best place to get information about Windows 7 and its operation? Do the XP hot keys still work in 7 (and BTW, Win+A minimizes, hpw do you maximize without a mouse)?
If my neighbors don't have their wireless protected, I'm using it. But I'm conflicted about what to do if it is protected. Your thoughts on the matter will be appreciated.
I'd like to be able to tether my Motorola i776 to it using bluetooth, does anyone have a link to a good howto? My googlefu is weak today.
I'd also like to install Linux, but how can I do that without a CD or DVD drive?