I use my Eee PC 701 very often, possibly too often. I’m sure it’s not good for my eyes, but it’s portability really is second to none. In fact, I’m using it so often now that it’s practically becoming my primary machine, something that I would’ve thought impossible a year ago when I first purchased it.
The fact that I can do (almost) all of my work on it is damn useful. Before I’d carry my MacBook with me, and in my bag I’d have folders and books, weighing me down. My journey is also an hour each way, so it’s not very pleasant having to carry that type of weight. The Eee PC on the other hand weighs a fraction of the MacBook’s weight, and is so small that it fits into my bag as if it was a book itself. The charger too, is one piece rather than having some sort of transformers in the middle.
Software wise, I have (almost) everything. This is where my trouble with Photoshop comes in. In my project, I am beginning to require Photoshop more and more, and I’m skeptical about installing it on my Eee PC. I have it installed on my MacBook, so I try do as much work as I can on my Eee PC and then I’ll come home and use my MacBook for Photoshop. However, with deadlines approaching, I really would like to have Photoshop on my Eee PC.
So I looked into the different versions of Photoshop. Photoshop CS3 seems too modern and system intensive for me to use, plus I wouldn’t use the majority of features. Then I saw Photoshop Elements 7.0, and tried that but was thoroughly disappointed since it’s specifically marketed towards a home user with the sole purpose of editing photos rather than creating graphics. The interface was completely alien to me.
My last resort therefore is to somehow find an old version of Photoshop. I’m thinking about trying either Photoshop CS on its own, or maybe just about CS2 if I cannot find CS(1).
When it comes to other software, I have pretty much everything I need. I have Firefox for my web browser, Thunderbird for my mail client, Sunbird for my calendar, and OpenOffice for my word processing, spreadsheet and presentation needs.
For my programming, I have jEdit as a text editor and I also have EasyEclipse (a cut down version of normal Eclipse), which runs Java programs fine. I even have a few chat clients including Skype, as it has a webcam built-in. As you can see, the only thing I’m really lacking is Photoshop…