Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[2]: Really?
by TheGZeus on Thu 21st Oct 2010 05:11 UTC in reply to "RE: Really?"
TheGZeus
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2010-05-19

If you can't do truly calculation-heavy stuff like encode video, compile complex software, DAW/Video work, then there's no advantage over an Atom 550.
Are you really going to do anything but watch ~720p-or-lower video, browse the web, check email etc on a netbook?
Higher resolution videos can be decoded, but you can't display them without another monitor, and at that point why not just use your desktop, and you'll have a desktop, because it's still not powerful enough to replace that.
Compiling complex software? If you're doing that you'll probably know how to do it on a remote system.
DAW/Video work? The screen's too small.

A netbook is a netbook. You don't need a V8 to drive to the grocery store.

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RE[3]: Really?
by phoenix on Thu 21st Oct 2010 17:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Really?"
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If you can't do truly calculation-heavy stuff like encode video, compile complex software, DAW/Video work, then there's no advantage over an Atom 550.


Since when can't a Core2 Duo (you know, the CPU that took the performance crown from the Athlon, and hasn't let go of it in the laptop arena) do any of those things? Even the 1.4 GHz C2D will run circles around the dual-core Atoms.

Are you really going to do anything but watch ~720p-or-lower video, browse the web, check email etc on a netbook?


Yes. I do a lot more than that on my lowly Asus eeePC 1005HA running Arch Linux. 10.1" is almost the right size. If a non-Apple netbook was available at 11", I'd be all over that. The keyboard on a 10" is just slightly too small. CPU performance isn't great, but it's not horrible. A ULV C2D would be perfect, if the battery life is there.

Higher resolution videos can be decoded, but you can't display them without another monitor, and at that point why not just use your desktop,


Because it's really hard to lug your desktop on the bus over to your buddy's place to watch movies on his LCD TV? Do you not understand the word "portable"?

and you'll have a desktop, because it's still not powerful enough to replace that.


Depends on your needs. A C2D CPU with 4 GB of RAM definitely could replace a desktop computer.

Compiling complex software?


I compile software all the time on an Intel Pentium2 333 MHz system (not OpenOffice.org, but the FreeBSD OS every 10-12 months). Having access to a C2D would be heaven in comparison.

What part of Core2Duo CPU isn't sinking in?

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RE[4]: Really?
by TheGZeus on Thu 21st Oct 2010 18:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Really?"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

What part of Core2Duo CPU isn't sinking in?

?? 'Sinking in'?
This isn't a real-time conversation. You're wording things as though you're replying to each sentence and expecting the next one to be in response to the last one you made.


I think you're putting energy where it doesn't need to be put with the way you're using your computers.

I have a netbook, and I'd rather save my battery power/time and compile on a machine that's on wall power/has the most powerful processor for that arch which I own. SSH is my friend.

It takes minutes to re-compile StumpWM on my Atom 270, and would still take minutes on a modern Atom. C2D would help things, but battery life _would_ be reduced, or weight would be increased.

The only thing that I see here which has anything that contradicts anything I've said is the point about hooking up to someone else's TV.

All your gripes have adready been solved by the Lenovo X100e, though the battery life isn't amazing. You will however get good free drivers for X.
I plan on replacing my Wind U100n with one once it dies (took a trip to Japan this summer, and Japanese AC power is generally ungrounded and isn't always the most consistent thing... It's had problems with reporting the charge correctly since)

Edited 2010-10-21 18:33 UTC

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