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Netbook is a misnomer
by sbergman27 on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:21 UTC
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The term "netbook" is misleading, to say the least. I've been doing a lot of traveling by car, with my "netbook", and so I am painfully familiar with that vast majority of the USA that does not have wireless broadband coverage, at least with my provider. (Pull up your provider's coverage map and objectively, and dispassionately, compare the covered land area of your country with the noncovered area.) Even the Interstates don't have complete coverage. If I were depending upon the "cloud", and drove from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs, my "netbook" would be essentially a brick most of the way from Santa Fe to Pueblo. Well over 100 miles of the trip. Traveling from my home in Oklahoma City to Denver Colorado is even worse. For 7 hours of the trip, my "netbook" would be useless. Fortunately, I use Ubuntu, and it remains a real computer over that stretch. Yeah, I know, the Google sales-droid on the webcast emphasized that I could still play music locally. Wonderful. My car stereo already does that.

And even where there is coverage... the speed and reliability is very often most painful.

I would be more comfortable depending upon "the cloud" on my home desktop machine. The "webtone" there is good. My "netbook" is the *very last* place that I would find "the cloud" to have acceptable reliability, availability, and speed. So maybe we shouldn't really be calling these things "netbooks". It's misleading. And Google appears ready to capitalize on that bit of confusion, for their own purposes. And at the expense of consumers.

Edited 2009-11-19 20:31 UTC

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RE: Netbook is a misnomer
by rajan r on Fri 20th Nov 2009 15:02 in reply to "Netbook is a misnomer"
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2005-07-27

I'm quite concerned that you are using your netbook while driving - I sure hope interstate highways specifically don't have wireless broadband for this reason.

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RE[2]: Netbook is a misnomer
by sbergman27 on Fri 20th Nov 2009 15:16 in reply to "RE: Netbook is a misnomer"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I'm quite concerned that you are using your netbook while driving - I sure hope interstate highways specifically don't have wireless broadband for this reason.

Trivial Example: Stop for gas. Go to update MPG spreadsheet. Oops! Netbook's a brick.

Or what if I want to stop at a rest area and verify the wording of a document sent to a client, because I can't quite remember whether I included or left out a point? Lot's of little things.

I'm about ready to head out the door and will be staying in a town that does not have broadband coverage. My netbook would be a brick from tonight through tomorrow morning if I were running Chromium OS.

And no. There is no way to use a netbook and drive at the same time.

The point is that being so completely dependent on "The Cloud" is a disadvantage, and not an advantage for common netbook use patterns. Google is trying to claim it is an advantage. A real OS with a browser gives you *more* than their thin client OS does.

This post by user "drag" on LWN.net hits the nail on the head:

http://lwn.net/Articles/362890/

Edited 2009-11-20 15:16 UTC

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