Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Oct 2009 16:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In what is about as surprising as the sun rising in the morning, Michael Dell has started talking down netbooks. Dell made his comments about netbooks at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley, and considering the impact of netbooks on manufacturers' bottom lines, it's really not that surprising.
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RE: Thank God for netbooks
by linker3000 on Wed 14th Oct 2009 17:56 UTC in reply to "Thank God for netbooks"
linker3000
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2009-10-03

Dell's just stating the bleedin' obvious - a Netbook is a handy, secondary device - but one is no substitute for a larger screen unit. I have an Acer Aspire One (using it now) that I take with me to site so I can check email, answer calls as if at my desk (it has VoIP software installed), perform diagnostics and copy data to it. It also goes on holiday with me specifically because of its size, but I wouldn't want to work on it all day. At a pinch I'd have it as my main machine (the processor is powerful enough for most of what I do), but when at my desk I'd have to hook a monitor, mouse and keyboard to it.

As hinted, the other reason for Dell's whinge is that the profit margin on Netbooks is too darn low - hence the truly daft market push to make 'Netbooks' with 11-12" screens that actually cost more than some low-end laptops with better processors and 15" displays!

Oh, and the main reason I replied to your postt...forget the abomination that is Adobe Acrobat Reader and install Foxit Reader instead - no bloat and it'll be fine for the vast majority of PDF needs.

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RE[2]: Thank God for netbooks
by supercompman on Wed 14th Oct 2009 21:32 in reply to "RE: Thank God for netbooks"
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2008-09-14

Sumatra PDF viewer is quite nice as well:

http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/index.html

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RE[3]: Thank God for netbooks
by WorknMan on Wed 14th Oct 2009 22:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Thank God for netbooks"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

(Sorry, disregard)

Edited 2009-10-14 22:10 UTC

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RE[2]: Thank God for netbooks
by WorknMan on Wed 14th Oct 2009 22:11 in reply to "RE: Thank God for netbooks"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Oh, and the main reason I replied to your postt...forget the abomination that is Adobe Acrobat Reader and install Foxit Reader instead - no bloat and it'll be fine for the vast majority of PDF needs.


Last I checked, FoxitReader didn't allow me to copy text from PDF files. If that hasn't changed, it's pretty useless to me.

Edited 2009-10-14 22:11 UTC

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RE[2]: Thank God for netbooks
by Bobthearch on Thu 15th Oct 2009 01:29 in reply to "RE: Thank God for netbooks"
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2006-01-27

I sort-of agree. A netbook could never replace my full-function desktop, but it easily eliminated the need for an expensive laptop.

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