- Hard drive
I have no inclination to chance the HDD unless SSD becomes rediculously cheap. This has a 5400 RPM drive in it which trades performance for energy savings. Given what I plan to be doing with it, a 5400 RPM drive is just fine.
The memory is 1GB. Again, that is just fine for what I plan to be doing, but if I ever have $30 burning a hole in my pocket, I can take this to 2GB. Given that I run Linux on this, that is more attractive than if I ran Windows because Linux seems to do phenomenaly better at using memory to load the core parts. … I feel like I am talking myself into this upgrade. I know that sounds a little crazy to say because more memory with Windows is always better; but I always feel like I am feeding a bad plan when I concede to Windows’ need for memory. Windows needs it, Linux uses it.
The Mini-PCI port is the most interesting piece. There is so much I could do with this: broadband (I think…), SSD, Wireless-N, toothpick storage… the possibilities are endless! Or not. But it is expandable. That is very nice. The thought of having an SSD primary drive with a HDD as my data location has a certain appeal. Though, this would not be any kind of near-term upgrade.