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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:22 am    Post subject: The story behind netbooks Reply with quote

This article, which I saw as a link from another site, makes great reading and explains how netbooks violate the laws of the computer industry yet have become so popular. A very interesting article, worth a read if you are even thinking about buying a netbook. It should be required reading for Apple execs!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for the link, Fox.

As I've mused before on this forum, over 15 years ago I used to be very productive with an 8086 and a dot-matrix printer. I would produce written assignments, computer programs and CAD drawings for my college engineering course and get good grades for my work. And I was never penalised for "only" having a 8MHz CPU. Fast forward to today, and the IT ads would have you believe that your job is in danger if you don't have a 3GHz processor and a terabyte of HD space.

I'm glad that the netbook is forcing everyone (manufacturers, software houses, customers) to stop asking "What does this machine have?" and start asking "What can this machine do?"

[Edit: I had an 8MHz machine in college. I didn't get the 20MHz 386 until I was in uni.]
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a good article and it does make sense. While today's computers getting more and more powerful, the price is going up and up also. I'm glad to see netbooks come out and cost less.

I agree with you JB. My first computer was a Radio Shack Tandy laptop with two floppy drives only, 9600 baud modem,I cant remember how much memory, maybe around 64mb and DOS 3.3 on floppy disks. That was my baby for a good year or so. I even paid $200 for a 10gb external hard drive and I really was on a roll then.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first real computer had I think either a 4MHz or 8Mhz processor and 512k (yes K) of ram. 640k was deemed to me the maximum anyone would ever need back then. It had twin floppies, I paid for the upgrade of the second floppy. A year later I upgraded it and added more ram to increase it to 1MB even though I could only see 640K of it. for my next upgrade I fitted a 30MB hard card, I guess this was pre traditional Hard Drives the actual drive was part of a larger circuit board and the board fitted to the computer through and expansion slot maybe something like an old ISA slot. I think I paid more then for the Hard Card than you would now for a current Mac Mini.

In its day it was a pretty quick machine. :p
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had some time to inwardly digest this article.

And now I'm really seriously thinking about selling the MacBook (the one that just sits in a padded rucksack gathering dust) and buying an Acer Aspire. With the money that's leftover, I could trade-up to the latest Mini.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
I've had some time to inwardly digest this article.

And now I'm really seriously thinking about selling the MacBook (the one that just sits in a padded rucksack gathering dust) and buying an Acer Aspire. With the money that's leftover, I could trade-up to the latest Mini.


Or, you could take a gamble and hang on for a bit.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love my Asus 1000h netbook. It is perfect for me as I travel daily (hotels, camp etc.). I would hate to carry around anything larger.
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