The Man had come to me and asked me about my old laptop. I told him the mainboard plastic thingy with lots of electronic stuff, 20 times more that the one his holding; I’m talking about his handphone, was busted and the service centre told me that it would cost roughly about RM700 to fixed it. The Man was thinking to use it to learn using a computer. I told The Man adding a few hundreds we can get a new one, Netbook that is.
OK, before I continue, The Man is the one who’s responsible to get my mom pregnant and nearly get my lip chipped. The Man who is responsible for who I am today, the one who sponsored Cik Bedah and I really thank you for that. The one who had tried with all his might to save my mom, sisters and cousins, who nearly lost his hope and wanted to let go if not because he still have three sons who are worried about him. The Man whom I’m proud to say my hero, my Dad. He is The Man.
The Man is actually computer illiterate, the closest to a computer that he use is my sister’s old Nokia 5300 Music Express. That keep me thinking about what Operating System he would be using. I could just let him use Windows 7 because as reluctant as I want to say it, it is still the best and most used OS. Those who said it’s the easiest OS to use, they have not used Mac yet! Then I was thinking of Linux, more specifically Ubuntu. It is as I have used it, a very user-friendly OS actually, easier than Mandriva. I could get him to use Mac OS. Oh yes, with a simple hack tool, you can actually run Mac OS X on Dell Mini, with all its hardware working but I’m planning to get The Man HP Mini and Ubuntu Linux OS running in it. Originally I was planning to get him Acer One simply because I’ve used Acer all my life. I try stick to one brand whenever possible; with an exception to Cik Bedah of course.
After weighing a few option; I’m a little bias to Linux and Mac, since The Man is starting from scratch, I might as well give him Linux. I know he wont be doing a lot of computing like I do, probably doing a lot of surfing and emailing, and he have me as his personal tech support. There’s one problem I saw when I was scavenging for new Netbook, all of them came pre-installed with Windows 7, some still have Vista and XP, and non of them selling without an OS. So I’ll be paying a little bit extra for an OS that I’m not even going to use? Pfffhh! Since I’m paying for it, I have no choice but to backup the bloody OS before installing Ubuntu in it.
So there you go, a brand new Netbook for The Man. I’m waiting the day when he come to me and ask “boleh tolong bikin Facebook untuk bapa?” Heh!