Netbooks Revisited

There has been a lot of buzz around the recent post by Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft employee, who has claimed that Microsoft has dominated the Netbook market. Thankfully, Chris Kenyon of Canonical Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ComputerWorld and others have helped to expose the FUD here.

Since this has become such a hot topic, I thought I’d add my two cents regarding Netbooks in general. They are affordable, low-powered and highly-portable computers that are good for simple tasks such as writing e-mail and documents and surfing the Web. I’ve done a substantial amount of reading on Netbooks over the past year, and while many folks have high hopes for their Netbooks, most of the product reviews state very plainly that these are not good replacements for desktops and laptops. I’ve also played with the various models available in stores and I cannot imagine attempting to design and write even a moderately-sized application using such small keys and screens. (Of course, I’m a bit spoiled with two 19″ LCDs in front of me at work all day long, each providing 1280 X 1024 of on-screen real estate.)

Based on the assumption that simple tasks are indeed the focus, I find myself questioning why the default interface on, say, the Eee PC is found to be so insufficient by so many people. To me, the simple interface is part of the netbook’s charm. I guess it boils down to personal preference and what you want the machine to do for you. Maybe most people don’t do simple things anymore. Maybe the computer-literati have finally succumbed to unhealthy levels of multitasking, possibly resulting in cases of chronic distraction. Maybe, in the future, the finger movements associated with the Control-Tab motion will become an innate reflex.


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4 responses to “Netbooks Revisited”

  1. Octopusgrabbus says :

    Good post. My System 76 Gazelle Ultra is as small a laptop as I would like to go, and my hands are not large. I went to a store when the Asus EEE first came out. It had good write-ups, but my hands would have been jammed up trying to use the keyboard.

  2. Noob Book says :

    OMG ! Cool Information. Somebody know why people love netbook more than notebook?

  3. Megan "Best Netbook 2009" says :

    Hi, cool post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for blogging. I’ll certainly be subscribing to your blog. Keep up the good work

    netbooks are cheap & slim

  4. TomSto says :

    Some big Electronic outlets (Like Fry’s) won’t carry Linux machines. That gives Windows a skewed advantage in sales. Many coworkers are just know understanding that a NetBook is not a replacement for a PC. Although, my revamped X40 is pretty capable. Give it another year.

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