Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Aug 2008 00:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There's a new hype going on in the world of computing. I used to call them 'tiny laptops', but somewhere along the way, Intel's marketing got at me and now I call them netbooks. Every self-respecting manufacturer has a netbook product line, or is about to introduce one (Apple?), so I figured I would take a look at what all the fuss is about: I bought a netbook.
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RE: I don't understand
by _txf_ on Tue 12th Aug 2008 22:26 UTC in reply to "I don't understand"
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2008-03-17

This particular issue is true with pretty much all portable devices.

whilst technology has evolved massively to produce a lot of utility in a portable form factor, battery technology is still stuck in the dark ages. You can cover it up by adding more cells but then you sacrifice portability.

Pretty much all our power generation and storage technology evolves at a much slower rate than computing technology ( would we still be using fossil fuels if that weren't the case?).

Eventually we will get to the point where it becomes impractical to have something portable as the batteries become a ball and chain to any portable electronics device. Fuel cells may solve that or super capacitors but those two are either still too large or still to theoretical.

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