Step 1: Get an Acer Aspire One
I got mine at Costco, last time I was there they were on sale/instant rebate. Model D255E
Step 2: Add Ubuntu Natty Narwal
I went with splitting the disk in 1/2 because its pretty big and If I want to punish myself I can still run windows 7.
Step 3: Upgrade the Ram
I had a few things which didn’t work for me with 1GB (under windows) so I bumped it to 2G for < $25.00. This part worked for me: Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 1333MHz PC3-1066 DDR3 SO-DIMM Notebook Memory (KVR1333D3S9/2GETR) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039Z81JK. I had tried an different one from crucial that did not work. The upgrade is not too hard. The trickiest part is prying out the keyboard. You can push the little tabs back with a tiny flat screwdriver and then you pry out the keyboard. I recommend a credit card to help. Then you remove 4 screws marked "DOOR" and you can then push out the door at the bottom to access the Ram. There are vids/howtos on Youtube. Step 4: Add a wireless mouse and keyboard Step 5: Connect it to a big monitor Less cool factor than an Ipad but cheaper and no real limits on what kind of software it can run.