Linked by David Adams on Wed 29th Apr 2009 17:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Over at Wired Gadget Lab, they're taking a look back at several people who've gone to a bunch of trouble to hack up and deal with the pitfalls of netbooks running OSX. As the story's title states, it ain't pretty. In a nutshell, they found that even if you load a nice OS onto a cheap, tiny computer, you still have to deal with the inherent downsides of a cheap, tiny computer, and when you run an Apple OS on a non-Apple machine, you'll have some software problems. I read this article with great interest, because a few months ago I bought an MSI Wind (the same netbook that this guy used) with thoughts of putting OSX on it. But this article set me to thinking about netbooks, the mythical Apple netbook, and Apple's Newton legacy.
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by Kancept on Wed 29th Apr 2009 18:18 UTC
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I have a Dell mini9 and really enjoy OSX on it. I think it's like OS/2 in the regard that you have to do your research first, especially on hardware to have a good experience in hacking these things. I use the netbook so much that it has now become my main machine. I just sold my 17" MBP and use this thing exclusively now. Sure, I can't video edit and do Aperture stuff, but for what I've been doing, it works great.

When I get home, it plugs into my 20" LCD and if I need to do a ton of typing, I use my Apple bluetooth keyboard. I have a nice tablet hooked in and all. Even put IR in mine for Keynote presentations.

I mean, really, by today's standards the thing is underpowered, but it's a 1.6 GHz processor with 2 GB RAM. I have a 16GB SSD, which works great, and if I need more storage, I have 3TB on my home network I can access. For a typical person's use it's a fine processor and such.

Yeah, I'm crazy using it for my main machine, but it works, has saved me money (sold my 17" high-rez for good coin) and works for my research and web design stuff.

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