What I'd Like To See In A Netbook
jerrymc at msu.edu
Thu Sep 10 18:16:34 UTC 2009
On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 10:54:50AM -0700, Michael David Crawford wrote:
> Just in case there are any netbook manufacturers listening in, or
> employees of such manufacturers:
> What I'd really like to see is a netbook with a regular size screen.
> I've been shopping around some, and have so far been unable to find what
> I desire.
> What I mean by that is that I want a notebook with a low-power,
> inexpensive processor and modest memory. That will work fine if one
> runs an operating system such as FreeBSD.
> But I want at least a fourteen inch screen, preferably fifteen inch.
That ain't a netbook. That is a fullsize laptop.
> The best advice anyone has been able to give me is to buy a "budget"
> laptop, or an older model, perhaps used. The older Apple PowerPC
> laptops are the closest to what I want.
> What I want to do with this "big netbook" is to troll community websites
> while hanging out at cafes, as well as working on my own websites,
> which are predominantly text - lots of essays and articles.
> I used to have a twelve inch Apple iBook, and it did work for me, but I
> now vastly prefer my fifteen inch MacBook Pro. The problem with the
> MacBook Pro is that it is a very expensive unit, it is the main source
> of my livelihood, and I fear it being damaged or stolen if I use it to
> troll all those community websites using the WiFi at Starbucks.
> So what I want is a second notebook just for cafe use, so I can leave my
> MacBook Pro at home. This "big netbook" needs to be inexpensive enough
> that it wouldn't be that big a deal if it were stolen, or seriously damaged.
> Just viewing web pages or writing in a text editor shouldn't require a
> lot of CPU power or memory. It wouldn't need CD/DVD or floppy drives.
> It wouldn't need Bluetooth, just 802.11 networking. It wouldn't need a
> webcam built into the lid. It wouldn't need a very big hard drive.
> Because the electronics would be low-power, it wouldn't need a fan.
> An Atom or ARM processor would be just fine for such a unit. If it were
> running FreeBSD or Linux, I expect that 512 MB would be *far* more than
> enough memory.
> I'm pretty sure that if someone were to actually produce such a "big
> netbook", there would be lots more potential customers than just myself.
> I have actually considered purchasing one of the netbooks of today,
> but after looking them over, I have to say that their tiny screens would
> be very disruptive to my writing Muse.
> Thank You All For Humouring Me On This.
> Michael David Crawford
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