Saturday, January 7, 2012

Netbook Redux

After reviewing all my previous blogs, I realize that a majority of them involved my 2 netbooks, The Lenovo and the HP Mini. I also realize that I now mostly use the Lenovo as a "download" machine - i.e., whenever I have a download job to carry out (whether via BitTorrent or FTP), I normally use leave it to my netbook and run the jobs overnight. This way I save electricity since the power requirement of the netbook is much less than my desktop PC.

The HP Mini is hardly used at all and remained a "test" machine - i.e., whenever there is a new "designed for netbook" OS comes along, I normally use it to try the OS out. One big flaw in this machine is that the 'lid close detection and sleep' bug is still not resolved for all Linux distributions - so it is useless as a mobile unit - unless I resort to using Windows XP again.

The netbooks also proved to be most cumbersome to use as e-book readers as they are physically awkward to hold in the hands and difficult to use in the 'portrait' orientation. Because of this, and my love of reading books, I succumb to desire and purchased myself an Android tablet (the Acer Iconia A500) which is now in use more often than the netbooks.

The question 'are netbooks dead?' being bandied around the IT industry has now been answered as far as my personal experience goes. I am now left with the question of what to do with the units. Anybody wants to purchase 2 used netbooks? :)

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