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    Netbook in the end pocket of an Aeronaut?

    I ask knowing that the end pocket of an Aeronaut is not the ideal, recommended, or possibly even a sane place to stick a computer.

    That said, for anyone with both an Aeronaut and any of the various netbooks now available (Acer Aspire One, EEE -- esp. the 1000H model!, MSI Wind, etc), would you consider it practical to carry the computer in one of the end pockets of an Aeronaut, and if Yes, which what kind of padding? In the interest of one-bagging it, this seems like a plausible way to carry a moderately capable machine with a real (small) keyboard, WiFi, etc.

    Like many others, I wish Apple would make a 10"-screen machine, or at least offer a 12" model again, but in the meantime the Acer Aspire One is now available with a 6-cell battery for $399 (not sure what the true battery life is; New Egg lists what I'll go ahead and call an impossibly opimistic 7.0 hours), the keyboard is truly not that bad, and it'll run Ubuntu nicely, so I'm strongly considering one.

    If I get the chance to fly internationally anytime soon, I know that I'd probably like to have a computer along (picture storage, communication, news reading), and I know that I'd rather it not be as big as any of my currently operational ones aside from the XO, for all the obvious practical reasons -- like opening it on an airline tray, and stashing it in an in-room safe.

    So: crazy idea, or utterly plausible and you do it all the time?

    timothy

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    My Eee PC is just a tad smaller than a regular hardcover book, so if a book fits, your netbook might. (I don't have an Aeronaut to test for you, sorry.)

    Note that I'm talking regular-sized hardcover, not a Neal Stephenson novel or Webster's 2nd edition dictionary.

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    Why would you want to place the computer in anend pocket and not in the main compartment where it could certainly be padded more effectively?
    I would picture all kind of trauma being more likely if this were the case.

    If it is the convenience of the "Line" I really do not see a problem having the computer in a sleeve that is just removed for inspection and returned to the protective innards of the bag.

    Just trying to grasp this one?

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    Why would you want to place the computer in anend pocket and not in the main compartment where it could certainly be padded more effectively?
    I would picture all kind of trauma being more likely if this were the case.
    If it is the convenience of the "Line" I really do not see a problem having the computer in a sleeve that is just removed for inspection and returned to the protective innards of the bag.
    Yes, the line is part of it -- but also for the plane / train / bus, when often getting bag down (or manipulating it enough to be able to get into the main compartment) is a royal pain. Ideally, and usually, I have a separate bag all ready for this, with all the under-seat needs, but for ready access, if there's the possibility of a small computer and sufficient padding in that end pocket, that's where I'd prefer it in some cases -- just like in a backpack, I'd like my PDA handy near the top, because if I need information from it. This is also one reason I'm excited about the convertable packing cube, which looks great for the under-seat / close-at-hand stuff I am reluctant to have out of sight any longer than necessary.

    timothy

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    I'm somewhat curious about this too. I have an Acer Aspire One and an Aeronaut. The computer fits easily in an end pocket but I only have the OEM sleeve for protection. I just ordered a size 7 Horizontal Brain Cell (to use in my Id) so I'll see how well that works.

    There are a lot of other sleeve choices out there if the brain cell turns out to be too large.

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    My brain bag arrived today so just for fun I tried it out in the end pocket of my aeronaut. It's very, very snug. I won't be packing it that way myself. It'll be travelling in the main compartment or in my Id.

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    "My brain bag arrived today so just for fun I tried it out in the end pocket of my aeronaut. It's very, very snug. I won't be packing it that way myself. It'll be travelling in the main compartment or in my Id."

    You mean brain *cell*, Yes? (Based on previous post.)

    Thanks for the experiment! Good information.

    timothy

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothy View Post
    "My brain bag arrived today so just for fun I tried it out in the end pocket of my aeronaut. It's very, very snug. I won't be packing it that way myself. It'll be travelling in the main compartment or in my Id."

    You mean brain *cell*, Yes? (Based on previous post.)
    I hope so: I saw that and felt momentarily anxious envisioning what one would have to do to a Brain Bag to get it into an end pocket of the Aeronaut!
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    You have to stomp on it really, really hard. These bags are tough, right?

    Seriously - yes. Brain Cell. What can I say - I'm new at this obsession.

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    I carried my Eee 900 on a two-week trip this summer and it spent a good deal of time in one of the end pockets of my Aeronaut. It was also protected by an Eagle Creek sleeve. Worked great, and the end pocket did provide easier access.

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    gmich: Hey, that's excellent news, and may just have contributed to me eventually giving in to the inevitable and springing for an Aeronaut before next big trip

    timothy


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