As Oscar Wilde put it, the best way to rid oneself of temptation is to yield to it immediately. I bought the Acer Aspire One today from MicroCenter. It's cool.
The instructions were simplicity itself. It found my home wireless. It loads programs fast. I used the quick little hack to make it easier to add programs:
Launch My Document
Select Desktop Preferences>Behavior>Show desktop menu on right click
Then a right click brings up the Xfce menu, which allows (among other things), the ability to add new programs.
Then I went to the Notecase Pro page and downloaded the Fedora 8 version.
Then I stuck a USB flash drive into my home PC and copied over the files I care about: my newspaper columns, my journals, my bookmarks, my contacts, my calendar. (And my Notecase.key file.) Then popped the into the Aspire One and dragged over the files.
Now I have a tiny little computer that's fast, full-featured, and portable. I can surf the net, do IM, write, check and send email (a fast program for that, too -- Claws?). It also has enough ports for connecting to a bigger monitor or projector, and a printer. It's about as good as my desktop!
So I'm going to try to do my talk for ILA on this. I'm amazed that this is actually cheaper than my Nokia.
Many thanks to Greenwood Press, my publisher, for a little disposable income.