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Help save my soul

This is a request for people in physical proximity to Oxford.

We're starting a new project at work, which will involve portable data-entry devices of some kind. We're currently discussing exactly what type to use, which has already led to some attempts to describe the many different and ill-defined classes of such device that are available. The circular and almost-intrinsically inconclusive nature of such discussions is poison to my soul, so I wish to do anything I can to reduce my chances of ever having to sit through any more. My hope is that if we had something concrete to discuss, things would be much more productive (a concept that I'm sure is familiar to designers of all sorts).

To this end, I would like to borrow some tech. I'm thinking about a netbook or similar, running real Windows (i.e. not Windows Mobile). One of the new EeePCs, for example, would be perfect. I'd only need it for a day to wave at the project manager, though obviously a slightly longer loan would be better. I'd only really need to demonstrate screen resolution and text entry methods, so we wouldn't be installing anything (or probably even running anything other than Notepad). I would, obviously, take complete responsibility for it (though equally obviously I'd recommend backing up anything essential that's on it first).

I know it's quite a lot to ask, but please comment if you can hook me up or if you know anyone who could...

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e_pepys
Dec. 5th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
I have an Eee PC 4G (701), one of the ones with the smaller screen. I don't know if that would help. It's running Ubuntu, but I guess could be loaded up with XP if you need it.

If that's of interest, I'd be happy to lend it to you for a couple of weeks. Now I can peruse Wikipedia on my phone, I've found I don't use the poor Eee so much.
oxfordhacker
Dec. 7th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
That would be perfect! Thank you. If installing XP would be simple and not disruptive for you, that would be my preference just so I'm showing people something they recognise. On the other hand, it'll probably only be a quick demo so I don't want to put you (or me, of course) to any unnecessary trouble. I'll chuck you an email soon to sort out picking it up.
e_pepys
Dec. 7th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Cool! It might be a little work to get XP installed (I had a look at the instructions and you have to remove some cruft to fit in this old model), but would be interesting to see how it runs, so a good thing to try. We'll see how I've got on by the time you pick it up.
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