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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Another 1000HE user
by darknexus on Thu 20th Aug 2009 22:26 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

I've got an Asus Eee PC 1000HE, running Ubuntu 9.04. Naturally I upgraded the ram from 1 gb to 2, and with the latest eeepc_laptop driver and eee-control I get a full 9 hours of battery life (more than XP or Windows 7 gave me).
Software: Most of the usual suspects. Firefox, Pidgin, Skype, Rhythmbox, gnome-mplayer, Evolution. It's a great on-the-go computer, and has replaced my Macbook for that purpose while the Macbook is relegated to serving in the role of a desktop.
Accessories: external DVD drive (never know when you might have a use for that), and a Targus sport netbook case which allows me to use the netbook while still inside of the case, so I can basically have it open and ready at any time. This is actually very useful for someone in my situation as, being blind and all that, this netbook serves the role a pencil and paper, or a PDA, might serve for most others. The macbook was too big for that, and I'm just too slow at typing on those phone qwerty keyboards at least most of them. So, in addition to being a great laptop, being able to use it while still carrying it is something I'm not really sure how I did without before.

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