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Hardware, Embedded Systems The big thing in notebooks right now are netbooks. They're cheap, more than powerful enough for day-to-day tasks, and small enough to actually carry around without anyone even noticing you're carrying one (not a bad thing in some parts of the world). However, they also receive a lot of criticism, such as cramped keyboards and displays that are too small. So, at Kaiwai's suggestion, here's a question for you all: how do you use your netbook?
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MSI Wind U123-02 (red)
by deathshadow on Thu 20th Aug 2009 22:58 UTC
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My usage is probably fairly different from most, as it's my 'gig' PC - which is to say I use it for MP3 playback of music composed on my primary PC which I play along with on Saxophone or EWI. When I go out busking I use a Roland Cube Street which has a 'stereo aux in' which you can plug any powered headphone output directly to.

I find the U123 has enough horsepower to handle most of the soft synths I play with my EWI USB - "The Sax Brothers", the Aria software that comes bundled with the EWI, even some larger scale VST's like the Roland TTS-1 that comes bundled with Cakewalk Sonar... though actual playback of what I'm playing on the EWI and my backup pieces in Sonar at the same time is just beyond the CPU's power - so I record them to MP3 on my desktop since MP3 playback takes little to no resources in the modern sense.

The small form factor works out great since I can just toss it into my performance bag next to the amp... It's a bitch enough hauling around a battery powered amplifier when busking, so anything to lighten my load is quite welcome... It's part of why I play the EWI more than my Tenor now since it too lightens my load.

Edited 2009-08-20 23:00 UTC

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