Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Jan 2009 12:11 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Currently, NVIDIA is really missing out on the netbook market, which is dominated by all-Intel platform designs. NVIDIA has finally woken up to this reality, and the outspoken cofounder, president, and CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang, has launched an all-out campaign to promote his company's Ion platform - and he isn't shy of flinging some poo to Intel and netbooks in general.
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by evert on Thu 29th Jan 2009 12:39 UTC
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2005-07-06

It would be absolutely great if it would hurt the software industry, although I doubt it. Why would it be great? Because it would force software developers to develop fast, efficient programs. The availability of much CPU power and lots of RAM has a remarkable effect on lazy programmers: they forget how to create smart code. Maybe I don't want to need a Ferrari to drive to my neighbour.

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RE: great!
by BrendaEM on Thu 29th Jan 2009 12:43 in reply to "great!"
BrendaEM Member since:
2005-11-23

(Nod, agree)

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RE: great!
by apoclypse on Thu 29th Jan 2009 14:00 in reply to "great!"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Totally agree with you here. It may also force better, more uer friendly interface design and concepts due to the lack of screen realestate.

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by bornagainenguin on Thu 29th Jan 2009 18:34 in reply to "RE: great!"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

apoclypse speculated...

It may also force better, more uer friendly interface design and concepts due to the lack of screen realestate.


That would be a great thing if it happened! Or at the very least have applications and desktop environment programmers write their code in such a manner that they are capable of scaling much like many webpages are capable of doing. To me that's one of the biggest issues when it comes to using a netbook device.

On my ASUS EeePC 901 I am able to mitigate the situation slightly by installing the Compact theme for Gnome, the nosquint and Tiny Menu extensions for Firefox, and doing some fiddling with the fonts--but having application developers take screen sizes into account when doing layout would be a real improvement!

--bornagainpenguin

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RE: great!
by WorknMan on Thu 29th Jan 2009 16:56 in reply to "great!"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

It would be absolutely great if it would hurt the software industry, although I doubt it. Why would it be great? Because it would force software developers to develop fast, efficient programs.


I was going to say the exact same thing, and it appears that this is already happening, as you see that MS is touting that Windows 7 can be run on Netbooks because it has better performance than Vista. Maybe we can get Adobe to rework the abomination that is called Acrobat Reader to be about as fast and light as Foxit Reader. And maybe we can finally kiss Java on the desktop goodbye, once and for all until/unless they can make it not suck so much.

(And I don't even want to know how iTunes runs on these things. Imagine if Apple made it as fast as Media Monkey!)

While this might indeed be a bad thing for software developers (who will actually have to learn how to develop fast and efficient apps), it's ultimately good for the end user ;)

Maybe we can do the same thing for game consoles - release a $20 8-bit machine, then game developers will have to learn to make something original like in the days of old, instead of pumping out the same shit that we all played last year with a better coat of paint.

Edited 2009-01-29 17:02 UTC

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by bornagainenguin on Thu 29th Jan 2009 18:36 in reply to "RE: great!"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

WorknMan pondered...

Imagine if Apple made it as fast as Media Monkey!


Or even as fast as Rhythmbox or Banshee! Imagine that...

--bornagainpenguin

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RE: great!
by gan17 on Thu 29th Jan 2009 19:02 in reply to "great!"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Totally agree with you.

I've always wondered why it takes me the same time to type out an office document today as it did 10 years ago, despite my typing speed being 10 times faster and my CPU speed being 1000 times faster.

Hmm...

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by tyrione on Fri 30th Jan 2009 06:33 in reply to "RE: great!"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

You went from 4 words per minute to 40 words per minute?

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