PC hardware thread - equipment for matched betting and beyond
I've been chatting away for a while but haven't yet contributed greatly to the forum. So, here goes...
Cheltenham is just around the corner and I've decided to help my Dad to take advantage of all the offers that (hopefully) will be on the go. He doesn't have internet access or a computer.
My plan is to get a laptop/netbook and some portable broadband, both of which I can put to good use once Cheltenham is over and not just chuck in the cupboard.
I've done a brief search and come up with a few options.
Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ £430
Solid laptop that I would get a lot of use out of.
Samsung NC10 £240
Iíve never even seen a netbook so Iíve no idea how small itís going to be. Will there be enough room for more than one browser window at a time?
Acer Aspire Revo R3600 £130
Needs an external monitor.
As for broadband. After billysastardís post http://www.thegamblingtimes.com/boar...broadband.html iím intrigued by mi-fi and it gets a good review too.
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I do have a question about the ip address for mi-fi. Will it be the same ip address each time I connect? I guess I'll find out once I get it. Does this mean If I wanted to help my mum too (who also lives in a different house) I'd need another broadband connection to satisfy some of the bookies's t&cs?
These are the ideas Iíve come up with after a quick search. Iím all ears for any other suggestions for kit or for a completely different approach.
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There's a bit of discussion about similar things there. I've used the NC10 netbook and it is brilliant for what it does (low intensity computing) but personally I think I would only use it for maybe watching games around the house, or having a quick look at the odds when I'm doing something else around the house - rather than using it as a workhorse machine for gaming.
I just bought this netbook (amazon link but its £199 at PC World and Currys) and its rather ace and nice and light and teamed it up with a 3 mifi wireless mobile broadband mobile. Take that work internet firewalls!
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My Mifi seems to have a fixed ip addy in answer to the other question although from what I understand most mobile broadband uses a very narrow band of IP addresses so probably best being careful if dealing with an IP paranoid book...
This netbook (and the NC10) have a 10" screen - usable but not ideal for matched betting purposes...multiple browser windows at once are not going to happen but ATL+TAB is your friend
I've just bought this netbook from Play for £199
Play.com (UK) : Acer Aspire One 751 / Intel Atom Z520 1.22GHz / 1GB / 160GB / 3-Cell Battery Pack / 11.6" / Windows XP Home / Netbook / White (LU.S780B.194) : Computing - Free Delivery
Well happy with it, although it does seem to crash now and again on a particular bookie website in firefox (doesn't happen on my pc)
Don't have any experience of MiFi, but if you're looking at mobile broadband, a friend of mine uses Vodafone, and not had any problems with bookies re IPs. You do have to be careful to make sure you can get a reasonable strength signal, so best to either try out on PAYG or if you sign up with a contract, one that you can cancel without penalty within 14 days, in case it's unusable.
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I am constantly buying computers and upgrading and etc etc etc. I have 2 home computers and 4 in my business. I can't give advice as I'm not a teckie but my experiences are as follows. Sky broadband 3 useless and I mean slllooowwww. I good . T Mobile All my phones on them. Great customer service but mob bb was slower than sky.BT customer service was dire and still is. Products are very good. Just for the record I live and work in South London. Hope this helps
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I have found having a widescreen helps, as I can have Betfair and bookies windows open simulataneously. Not very high-tech, I know.
Im not sure if its ok to put this here but im after some advise about netbooks/laptops.Im after one for the other half,all she wants to do is facebook,emails and shopping online.Also she is doing a course at the moment so is typing a fair amount.We got a 10" netbook which was ok but when she was typing at speed it wasnt very good so we got rid of it.Im also interested as i may well get one soon to help with the subs etc.I dont want to spend a fortune, for what we want to do its not worth it.So any ideas,whats good etc etc,im sure it would help others that may be thinking along these lines.Cheers all.AlistAlias i hope you dont mind me asking this on your thread.
I use a macbook for all my MB on my home wireless. I'm going down to my parents to help my Dad make his MB debut over Cheltenham on his own computer (broadband but not wireless). I'm thinking about getting a PAYG mobile broadband thingy to put in my Macbook while I'm there so I dont miss out on doing my own betting as well. I dont suppose anyone knows if I will have any issues due to me having (I presume) a different IP address from normal? Additionally, if the IP address is different, would there be anything to stop us just putting it in my macbook and doing his MB from it? I'm worried about doing that incase there is some way of tracing that my computer has already been used but at same time, since he doesnt have a tv in same room as computer, it would be a good option.
Are Macs okay for MB and Casino offers? Do they run all the download software?
I dont do much by way of casinos so cant really comment as have only played the instant ones rather than downloading. I do have parallels desktop on my mac though which lets me run XP at the same time so I'd expect they would run on that. Never had a problem matched betting at all.
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