Linked by the_randymon on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 22:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Asus is the company that shook up the laptop market a couple of years ago with their introduction of the EeePC netbook. And with their announcement that they will no longer be producing netbooks in 2013, Charles Arthur over at the Guardian UK has declared that the netbook era has now come to an end. Sad news for those of us who still love our netbooks! Harry McCracken over at Time Mag thinks they'll be back. Anybody who spends time wiping the smears off their tablet's touchscreen might agree.
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moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

You do software development on a netbook? It's hard to see how well that works, with the tiny screen and slow processors... my old Asus netbook is adequate for internet access and email writing (better than my phone, at least), but how can you do anything more demanding on them?



Like I used to do since the early 90's.

Virtual monitors, a decent Emacs configuration and a few open shells.

And I don't need no Internet connection all the time eating my batteries.

Ideal mini-workhorse while waiting for the plane and during flights, or while traveling on the train.

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Berend de Boer Member since:
2005-10-19

You can get Emacs on a tablet. I'm using an Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and I have a shell and Emacs, and battery life of 18 hours.

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gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

FWIW, your Transformer isn't a 'typical' tablet. It comes with a keyboard, whereas most other tablets have keyboards as a cumbersome bolt-on solution.

Even so, I can't run a tiling WM on Android, AFAIK. Whenever I do some programming work (not my full time job, though), tiling + tmux + vim (+ plugins) are the bare minimum for me. I find taking my fingers off the keyboard to use the touchpad cumbersome enough (netbooks don't come with trackpoint nubs), so I sure as hell ain't gonna reach for the touchscreen.

Edited 2013-01-04 12:07 UTC

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