Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
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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by fretinator on Thu 20th Aug 2009 14:05 UTC
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I have an Asus 1000HE. It dual-boots XP and Eeebuntu. For a while, I used it all the time, because I take night classes that last 3-4 hours. I got tired of looking for A/C outlets to plug in a laptop.

However, over time, I grew weary of having to use reading glasses to use it (I am 51), so I went to and bought a used Thinkpad T41 with a 14.1 1024x768 screen for $279. It expands to 2GB ram, is fairly light, and I put a 9-cell battery in it so it lasts 6 hours. Eugenia has previously mentioned that a lot of people would be better servered with a 3-4 year-old lightweight laptop with a good screen, and I agree with her.

I still use the netbook, but it is our "coffee table" laptop now. I keep both laptops in the living room and my wife, I, and my son take turns with them during the night. I stick with the Thinkpad for my eyes. My son boots into XP on the netbook, as it gets 2-3 hours better battery life than Eeebuntu despite all my tweaking efforts with ACPI scripts and powertop. When I ran Fedora or Moblin it did get much better battery life.

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