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February 14, 2006

The laptop that StudioTraffic bought

ebox notebook About a year ago, my kumpare was egging me to join his new-found cashcow pay-per-surf website. I really didn’t believe in those kind so I jokingly agreed to sign up under him. It didn’t really asked much from me except do some auto-surfing for 30 minutes a day.

You basically get 1% earnings of your level for every day you surf thru their site, so that’s around 30% in a month. And since you get a free $10-level upon joining, you basically get $3 more each month, compounded. A couple of months later, my friend told me he’s getting regular monthly cheques from StudioTraffic (affiliate link) because he was able to convince his brother to join in and fund their account with $1,000. Was actually amazed that people would “invest” that much on something that is inherently dubious.

Anyway, to make the long story short, I used some of the money I got from other affiliates to fund my own account. First, it was just $50, then another $200. Not a lot but a month’s Adsense on my blog could cover that up, if ever the program went down.

A couple of month’s back, I was able to recover the money that initially ‘invested’. After that, the rest went to a safe for emergency use or so I thought.

When my PC melted down last week, I reckon I ought to pull out that emergency fund. After getting a new Asus mobo and Sempron 3100+, there was enough funds left to get me a new laptop.

From the lot of IBM, Acer, MSI, NEO, Apple and ECS mobile notebooks that I checked out, the nice ivory-white eBox notebook perfectly fits the bill. For just over Php40k, I get a 1.8kg, 12″, 1.4GHz Celeron, with 40GB HDD, 512MD RAM and Wifi-enabled laptop. PC Buyer’s Guide has a review of it here which is distributed by CompLink.

Anyway, why are the cheaper laptops the ones with 14″ or 15″ screens? The 12-inch ones are more expensive.

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6 Responses to “The laptop that StudioTraffic bought”

  1. markku says:

    They put a premium for small screens, but I’m just as clueless. Maybe because of portability?

    Congrats pala. How’s the battery life? My Asus sucks badly in that area, I wish I got the 12-inch iBook. They say the iBooks can hit 5-hours with careful power management!

  2. staticblu3 says:

    Congrats!

    dapat pala maginvest talaga para kumita ang studio traffic.. ung akin nde ko na napapansin eh, hehe

  3. daddy ash says:

    i also subscribed to studio traffic under your kumpare. but it didnt grow. i tried surfin everyday to no avail. :(

  4. j4s0n says:

    my Acer Sucks….

  5. Issa says:

    Hi! I have the same laptop as yours. I bought it in SM North. Anyway, how do you use the Wi-fi? I’ve been using this laptop since March and I’m still clueless on the whole wi-fi thingy. We have a router at home and my sisters can connect their computers wirelessly. How do you use your wi-fi? Is there some sort of device to make the wi-fi effective?

  6. Joey says:

    Hi! I got the same laptop as yours. Unfortunately I accidentally erased uts audio driver and I’m still looking for the installation cd. Would you happne to know the web address where I can download the driver? Thanks.

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