This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel. That said, I promise to give the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth when telling you about this product. (Internet, please, like I’d try and convince you to buy stuff I didn’t like myself.) So here’s my disclaimer: yes, I got sent this thing for free and I’m getting a little bit of money to tell you what I thought about it, but I would never, ever pretend I dug it when I didn’t. Cross my heart and swear to Jordan Catalano.

When I first got the email asking me if I’d like to review the Viliv X70EX I forwarded it straight to Sean. “This gadget looks cool,” I wrote. “But I have no idea what it is.” Sean wrote me back so fast that he must have got whiplash doing it. “THAT IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER,” he said. And then he sent me a link to some videos on Amazon---where I also discovered that the Viliv X70EX costs $599+, and anything that costs $599+ has got to be fairly impressive---and although I dutifully watched these videos, I’ve got to tell you, I still wasn’t a hundred percent clear on what the Viliv X70EX actually was. I mean, I was maybe, like, seventy four percent sure. And a half.

It wasn’t until the Viliv X70EX actually arrived on my doorstep and I unwrapped the box that I had a better picture of what it supposed to do. I’m not exactly a technology whiz, in case you haven’t noticed---I can pretty much turn my computer on, but all bets are off after that; I mean, once I unplugged the router to get the Internet working again in our house and just about bought myself a bottle of champagne to celebrate---so the Villiv X70EX was kind of mystifying to me, at least until I started playing around with it.

And then I figured out what it is: it’s basically like a very, very small laptop---smaller than a paperback book---but without a cover or a keyboard. Is this making sense? Well, how about this: it’s sort of like an iPhone if your iPhone worked out over the summer and got a little bit heftier, and also started hanging with a different crowd and running Windows instead of being a tiny Mac. Basically, you can take the Viliv X70EX anywhere and do lots of awesome Internetty things on it. I like doing awesome Internetty things. I also like going places. This boded well for my relationship with the Viliv X70EX. It seemed like maybe we were going to get along.

viliv x70

Here are some basics about this awesome little gadget, in case you were wondering: it's only 7 inches long and a little less than an inch thick. It has a touch screen, which is pretty cool, as well as a built-in GPS navigation system and a webcam. It has “full PC capability,” which means you can pretty much do anything on it that you can do on a normal PC (like type something up in Word, for example.) And since its formal title is a “mobile internet device,” you can get on ShirtlessJaredLetoPhotos.com—or, you know, wherever you spend the majority of your time, no judgments here---wherever you can find an Internet connection.

In short, this thing is like a tiny little baby computer! I want to tickle it under its chin and ask it whoooooo’s a cute little mobile internet device, who, who, who?

It also has something called the Intel® Atom™ processor which, the marketing blurb assures me, “has been designed to be smaller and more power efficient, enabling you to get devices with full PC functionality that can fit into your purse or pocket.” While I’m not sure this thing would be slim enough for me to put in my pocket, per se---at least not without making a half dozen “is that a Viliv X70EX or are you just happy to see me?” jokes first---I definitely had no qualms about tossing it straight into my purse. It took up far less room than my ridiculously overstuffed Moleskine day planner and probably weighed less too.

And this, you see, is how I ended up carrying the Viliv X70EX with me on a recent trip to Mexico City. Hey, I thought, I’m mobile. This thing is mobile. Let’s see how mobile we can be together.

Yeah, we were pretty mobile together. It was pretty awesome. In the space of four days, I watched a movie on this bad boy on the plane (after downloading it from iTunes in advance), Skyped with Sean from afar thanks to the handy built-in webcam, updated my Twitter and Facebook statuses, stored a few pictures from my camera’s memory card on it and then sent them to Sean to show off my fancy hotel room, downloaded a book from Amazon and read it using the free Kindle for PC app, and checked both my work and personal email accounts about fourteen hundred times. Not bad for something I didn’t really understand about a week ago.

For typing and clicking around, the Viliv X70EX comes with a built-in stylus that snaps neatly into the top when you’re not using it, and it’s way less annoying that you might think it would be (and much easier than just using your index finger, text message-style.) My Mac snob husband said the video quality wasn’t the best he’s ever seen, but then again he’s my Mac snob husband, and it seemed pretty passable to me. The device kept a charge for a decent amount of time and really, it did so much and made my travels so much easier, that I’d be hard-pressed to find too many things I didn’t like about it.

(I mean, sure, it would be great if there were a button that automatically puts it into standby when you’re done using it---rather than going to the Start menu, clicking “shut down,” and then putting it in standby mode, which was sort of clunky—but that’s really a fairly minor complaint, and you know what, maybe I just need to stop being so damn lazy. There are three buttons to push instead of one! My god! The sky is falling! etc etc etc.)

Anyway, now comes the fun part. Would you like your own super awesome teeny-tiny mobile internet device?

Because guess what? I've got one to give away! Yep, you can win your very own Viliv X70EX---did I tell you these things cost $599+? That's a pretty generous holiday present to yourself—by answering a simple question.  How would this mobile internet device make your life easier?

To enter, leave me a comment below---or a link to a post on your own blog---with your answer to the question above. The contest will begin on December 8, 2009 and end on December 30, 2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct so I can contact you when you win. (You’ll know it’s from me because I’ll put OMG OMG OMG in the subject line.)

Here are some rules:

  • No duplicate comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on Twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents, aged 18 and older. (Sorry, foreign teenagers! That kind of sucks for you.)
  • Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
  • You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. That person will be like “damn, that other person was sleeping on the job.”

You can read the official rules here, if that’s your bag: And you can also give yourself EIGHT more chances to win a crazy awesome gadget like this one at the BlogHer page right here. You can also read more about the Viliv X70EX here.

So let's go! Let's win some free stuff! Tell me: How would this mobile internet device make your life easier? What would you use it for?

681 Comments

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Jeanette Huston
Dec 18, 2009

It would make my life easier because I could check my email anywhere anytime. What a wonderful giveaway.

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Patty
Dec 18, 2009

That looks so cool! I would use it while traveling to stay connected with my family. Also, if you give it to me, I'll use to help solve world hunger...or maybe look up recipes. I'm not sure. One of those.

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LV
Dec 18, 2009

This would make my life easier because it would be a central point for all my oline activities that can travel with me.

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Audrey
Dec 18, 2009

How could it help? I'm just getting ready to be a sales rep in training, which means I'll finally get out in the field.
The problem with that is that I'll be.... out in the filed. And while I love my crackberry, it doesn't so much play the movies or entertain me besides brickbraker. So yes. I need one of these in my life.

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gracie
Dec 19, 2009

You're right, this is pretty awesome. I think this gadget and I would get along great. Oh the endless possibilities!

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Carrisa
Dec 19, 2009

I would totally use it to read blogs and tweet at work. Then I wouldn't have to worry about I.T. coming down on me. Also the GPS would be a big help. I get lost pretty easily.

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Dinghy S
Dec 20, 2009

Being in grad school, this would be a super handy gadget - it would be my planner, notebook, computer, and phone (skype) all rolled in one! Most of all, it would help lessen my back aches - since I carry my laptop in my backpack. Having this will give me less pain, and make more more efficient

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Carolyn G
Dec 20, 2009

The cell phone I have doesn't have internet service so I need something that I can suse to access the internet when traveling.

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Dree
Dec 20, 2009

I would use it to watch movies and for twittering.

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Luv2CUSmile
Dec 20, 2009

This mobile internet device would make my life easier because it would allow me to spend more time w/ my kids and family but still be able to work. Also it would allow me to organize all of my functions and tasks in one hand. I would also have the touchscreen keyboard available to take notes or journal my ideas so I could get them in type w/o losing what I had in my head. & at times I don't need anything more than to amuse my kids so I can get some quiet time, they can watch a downloaded movie or videos. What a great new tech gadget!
LuvMoeDog2@ aol dot com

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Luv2CUSmile
Dec 20, 2009

My Tweet
http://twitter.com/Luv2CUSmyle/statuses/6880931838
LuvMoeDog2@aol dot com

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Chacoy
Dec 20, 2009

This "little" thing would make my life a lot easier than I might even think!
I am a single mom to a son with learning disabilities, was recently diagnosed with cancer, and a full time student getting my masters in nursing. I could do my homework when I am getting my chemo treatments, I could help my son with his homework, and I could use it for blogging!
Thank you for the opprotunity!!

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Ashley P
Dec 20, 2009

This would make my life so much easier as I am a single mom fixing to go back to school & hopefully traveling much more. It would make working on my blog more convenient for where ever i go!

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Deb Anderson
Dec 20, 2009

This amazing gadget would make my life a LOT easier because I wouldn't have to lug my laptop around and I wouldn't have any more eyestrain from trying to work on a tiny little cell phone screen. I want it!!

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Deb Anderson
Dec 20, 2009
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Khrys
Dec 20, 2009

This would definitely more portable than my full-size laptop I have. I can just put it in the diaper bag and go with the kids anywhere!

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Ashley
Dec 21, 2009

This would make my life easier b/c I don't have an internet browser on my phone, and I would love to be able to tweet/facebook/check email while on the go.
beck.ashley AT gmail DOT com

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Deanna
Dec 21, 2009

The Viliv X70 would make my life easier by allowing me to keep up with all of my computer activities when I'm not able to be on my laptop for whatever reason. ;)

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Deanna
Dec 21, 2009
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Deanna
Dec 21, 2009
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Lise
Dec 21, 2009

I would make looking up things at home so much easier without having to haul my laptop home every night.

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Lise
Dec 21, 2009

I would make looking up things at home so much easier without having to haul my laptop home every night.

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Lise
Dec 21, 2009

It would be great to look up directions when I'm out and can't find the store I want.

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Kym
Dec 21, 2009

OH WOW...this would totally solve my issues of having to haul my laptop to Australia every year when i go to visit Family. Plus it has GPS which i really need!! i love how it has so many features for something so small.

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Lynn
Dec 22, 2009

by letting me surfe the net form a coutch and be able to surfe from my hotel room when on long trips
lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

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Sabrina
Dec 22, 2009

I would use it to track my workouts and keep up with my emails. I'm bad at replying to them.

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Beachcomber
Dec 22, 2009

This uber cool gadget would make it easier for me to keep track of our family activities and the GPS would help when we go on our next road trip.

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LLLwithLeslie
Dec 22, 2009

It would make my blogging life so much easier. I can take this with me where ever I go!

Love it!

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LLLwithLeslie
Dec 22, 2009
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Judy Bradley
Dec 22, 2009

It would make my life easier because I could give it to my son who wants one and I can't afford to buy one! We would both be happier! He needs to check business stuff all the time and would be so much easier with this baby!

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Judy Bradley
Dec 22, 2009
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ams
Dec 22, 2009

This would make it much easier to keep up with mobile appointments!

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heather morris
Dec 23, 2009

I work as a photographer for real estate agents and mortgage companies so I am always on the go and this would be PERFECT for me. I am badly in need of a GPS for my job and just can not afford one. This would be my new best friend, it would be such a great present my husband would be off the hook for Christmas presents for years to come!

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Rebecca B.
Dec 23, 2009

This would make my life easier because I could stay more organized!

Rebecca B.
shadesofpink812@yahoo.com

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Rebecca B.
Dec 23, 2009
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Linda
Dec 23, 2009

this would keep me well entertained and better organized!

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CTO
Dec 23, 2009

Could use one for schoolwork.

Blogged – http://ztosmom.blogspot.com
Tweet – http://twitter.com/ztosmom/status/697725803900

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Nena
Dec 23, 2009

Being a freelance graphic designer, as well as a full time student, this device would save me so much hassle! It would make my life so much easier to have access to basically my life all in a 7 inch item! It would be like a life savor that is digital!

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Elizabeth
Dec 23, 2009

Not having a fancy phone or ipod, I'd be able to use this to share video of my holiday with friends and download movies to keep the kids quiet in the car during all the rides to the various relatives' homes this holiday season!

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Linda Kish
Dec 23, 2009

It would make my life oh so much better because I wouldn't be tied down to my house so much.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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Elizabeth
Dec 23, 2009

I'd use it like a super mobile laptop1!

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Karen
Dec 24, 2009

That little computer would go awesomely with my new 3-month-old. :) Both so cute and little!

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Karen
Dec 24, 2009

Sorry, I forgot to say how it would make my life easier--I could totally be checking my email and the internet while I was out and about since it would fit so nicely in my purse!

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Nancy
Dec 24, 2009

This device would make my life easier by allowing me to keep in touch with I am out of the house or on the road and not have to lug my laptop and find wi-fi. I love how light and small it is.

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Jessie C.
Dec 25, 2009

I'm always busy on the go and to be able to access the internet would definitely be a big difference and make my life easier!

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Jessie C.
Dec 25, 2009

tweet.http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/7051992544

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Jessie C.
Dec 25, 2009

blogged.http://tcarolinep.blogspot.com/2009/12/giveaway-nothing-but-bonfires.html

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Aimee W.
Dec 26, 2009

I would LOVE to win this great little gadget! It would be so handy to keep in my purse while shopping. In the car, in between stops, I could check my local stores for the best deals.
Thanks!

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Aimee W.
Dec 26, 2009
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Heather
Dec 26, 2009

It would make waiting so much more fun... I HATE waiting!! And I could carry it with me everywhere! Plus it could help keep the kids entertained with a game or movie when they are driving me nuts and there are no other attractions around.

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Kate
Dec 26, 2009

Sounds awesome, I won't miss place it, I promise!

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Alicia
Dec 27, 2009

would love to be able to access the internet whenever I want, not just when my daughter decides to get off my computer!

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Kristiina Craven
Dec 28, 2009

It would provide a stealthy (is that a word?) way to check work e-mail without my 2 and 3 year old pushing the keyboard buttons for fun!

Thanks!

-kc

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Lori
Dec 28, 2009

My first tweet link didn't work:

http://twitter.com/lorijharris/status/7123372087

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skeezix
Dec 28, 2009

Dude, I would love to be able to watch netflix movies on this thing...my laptop is too old to be compatiable with the netflix's watch instantly so using this to get the most out of netflix subscription would make my life better for sure!

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Christina Graham
Dec 28, 2009

I could give it to my eldest for his 14th birthday - OR - I could give it to ME as a gift for surviving 14 years of motherhood!

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Kati Derrick
Dec 28, 2009

I would use this little gem when I travel. I race a lot and so I am gone, leaving me at the mercy of a hotel common computer to check the maps, weather, email and race updates. I leave the laptop at home with the husband and kids, so it would be a GREAT help!!

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Amyella
Dec 28, 2009

So cool! I could use this thing anywhere -even the metro! Would make my commute SO MUCH more entertaining and productive. Plus, I never win these things and I think I ought to end the year with a win. Don't you? :)

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Aliceson
Dec 28, 2009

I'm drooling. This would so make my life easier because I wouldn't have to be stuck to my kitchen computer. Never having a laptop, I would love to be able to take my computer places other than the kitchen, like the sofa.

What a fun giveaway!

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Ziemendorf
Dec 28, 2009

I'd give it to my mom, who could use a different way to give me updates about what is going on up there.

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Trisha Lynn
Dec 28, 2009

This would make my life easier by being able to use it on the go without having to carry around my laptop which gets heavy and annoying to lop out every time I need it!

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Karen
Dec 28, 2009

I think the question really should be, "how would this mobile internet NOT make my life easier?"

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Lis
Dec 28, 2009

This would be especially helpful for me since it has no keyboard, and apparently all I ever do in life is spill things on my keyboard... so yeah. Touch screen FTW!!

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Pam Brain
Dec 28, 2009

I have no functional mobile internet (I'm supposed to, and I can get the the Yahoo seach screen, and then all bets are off - 20 minutes later it is "searching" - so this would be transformative and much approciated
Thanks

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Amy
Dec 28, 2009

This tiny computer thing may not make my life easier, but will make me happier since I lost my job earlier this month. It will also make it easier to research job opportunities and possibly graduate schools (or to watch old episodes of Friday Night Lights)

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Kristin
Dec 28, 2009

This would be great for searching for sales when we're out and about. I don't like doing any more shopping then is absolutely necessary!

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elizabeth
Dec 28, 2009

My laptop just died last week, and alas Santa did not get me a new one. So how would this make my life easier? Really, in EVERY SINGLE WAY the internet makes life easier. (And I see my chances of winning are only about one in a bazillion now, but even one in a bazillion is better than nothing, I suppose.)

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jennifer
Dec 28, 2009

i would make me happy b/c i never have had a cool handheld gadget in my life

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Patty
Dec 28, 2009

Me Me I want it. Forget this it is better to give than receive. I want it!

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Kristabella
Dec 28, 2009

Ooooh! I want to win! I think this would be a nice thing to use for blog posts, you know when my lazy ass is too tired to get up and use the computer in the house!

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Kate
Dec 28, 2009

This mobile internet device will make my life easier because I'll be able to knock out my shopping even when I'm not home! That's much better than waiting till Christmas Eve like I did this year. :/

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Katy
Dec 28, 2009

This would make my life a lot easier, because I could now use a real sized excel program for work on my 1.5 hour commute everyday.... or take a break and watch hulu! Thanks for the fun giveaway.

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Ricki
Dec 28, 2009

It would keep me occupied whenever I have to WAIT. I hate waiting!

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Crystal
Dec 28, 2009

Just to have one of my own :)

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Journie Cruz
Dec 28, 2009

I would give this to my dad so he could communicate like a normal modern person without infringing on my stepmother's precious computer time.

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eileen
Dec 28, 2009

ooohhh, a tiny little computer for my husband's tiny little briefcase for him to do tiny computing when he is supposed to be working!!!!!

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jenny miller
Dec 28, 2009

How cute! This would make my life easier by letting me have cool gadgets without having to decide if potentially crappy coverage is a fair trade-off for an uber-cool iPhone!

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charle walker
Dec 28, 2009

oh heavens, this would make my life. my dinosaur doug 2000 dell has gone the way of the polar bears and i have all my music on my external hard drive, but no where to play it.
life without music, i cant cope.

and i might have gotten over my blog commenting phobia.

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Lemon
Dec 28, 2009

This thing is soo cute! I would use it for travel, obviously, as I have FOUR good friends getting married this year and a number of other trips unrelated to weddings, bachelorettes, and such.