Danika keeps her laptop upstairs and having it never that far from reach has proved pretty useful. I started considering getting a netbook to serve a similar purpose. I have been following them for a while, waiting until they include the features I want and waiting for the price of older models to drop. I decided I could wait a bit longer and would put one on this year's xmas list. Well, the other day when I got home from work Danika was doing some admin tasks on her moms new laptop. Her mom had also brought her old laptop (a Dell Latitude C400), which pretty much looked like a netbook to me.
When her mom returned, I asked what her plans were for the old laptop, to which she responded, "Do you want it?". Heck yes! So, I am now the owner of a Dell Latitude C400, which is closer to what I was looking for than any netbook. The specs are pretty close to the current crop of netbooks (1.2 GHz CPU, up to a 1GB of RAM, 1024x768 display resolution), and it was certainly the right price. I also get the added feature of not having to use a track pad. I have an eraser type pointing device (trackpoint) on my other laptop and really prefer it over a track pad (I realize that I may be the only person who does). Now all I have to do is get Fedora installed on it and I will be all set.