This review of the Pinebook (a cheap Linux laptop) sounds pretty positive to me.
Good resource for tools and knowledge to protect your privacy against government surveillance.
This is the setup I use to convert VHS tapes to H.264 video files.
I’m using a Panasonic DMR-EZ48V DVD Recorder + VHS VCR to play back my VHS tapes. For this exercise I obviously don’t need the DVD drive but this was the only device available to me and it works pretty well.
Rather than throw out an old computer I’ve decided to put it to some good use. I’ve turned it into a server. I’m primarily using it to play around with ownCloud (http://owncloud.org).
The specs of the computer are as follows:
Compaq Presario SR1915AN
AMD Sempron Processor 3400+ 1.8GHZ
80GB 7200 RPM Hard Disk
Other details regarding the server:
OS – Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Webserver – Apache 2.4.7
PHP version 5.5.9
Use a free (free as in freedom) office suite i.e. word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database etc. Create documents using an open standard, the OpenDocument Format (ODF). Works on multiple operating systems, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, MS Windows.
My entire family is using LibreOffice – no MS Office in this house.