dude, where’s my netbook?

the answer to this is “over there, under the desk lamp, collecting dust.”  A couple of years ago, netbooks were all the rage.  Super teeny weeny (yellow polkadot bikini) ultraportable laptops.  Their small size was only matched by its performance, small.  Even with low resource friendly Windows XP installed and with an extra 1GB of RAM fitted (2GB in total), the experience was similar to watching painted grass grow.  Yes, that bad.

 Being in the industry and wanting to be a cool cat, I bought one immediately from my supplier.  I ran home, unboxed it, fitted the extra RAM, and pushed the power button expecting a huge power draw from the house lights and otherworldly performance from something no bigger than the “for dummies” series of book I use, err, collect.

 And then, it unfolded.  BIOS screen, Windows logo, somewhere in the distance a dog barked, progress bar, screen goes black, I can hear someone mowing their lawn, nice segway to Green grass, clouded sky, desktop icons, I think I need to use the toilet, mouse icon busy, system tray loading, I’m back from the toilet, system ready.

 I tell a lot of clients that it’s normal for PCs to take their time to boot up and the best indicator of their performance is in Windows once loaded, and not in starting up.  However, in my netbooks case, the start-up represented its performance, what’s a word that means slower than slow, slowerer?

 I fitted more ram, a faster hard drive, I even overclocked the damn thing and after that it was only just slow (as compared to slowerer).  Eventually, after numerous OS installs, including Windows XP, and 7 starter, it has now found a permanent dust collecting spot on a corner table.

 Too slow for basic Office tasks, would bluescreen if I yelled “multitasking” at it, and even fiddly with browsing the net (combo of screen res and flash chugging) it wasn’t good for much else.

 The netbook for me is dead.  I’ll never recommend one.  And now, with tablets all the rage, they’re even more, deader.  Overpriced, underpowered, and useless.  If you want portability, buy a 12 or 13inch laptop.  If you don’t want to spend much money, buy a 15inch laptop, heck you don’t even have to buy brand new.  If you have a ratty PC to begin with, going to an i7 8GB monster, or a Core 2 4GB mediocrity, the jump in performance will feel exactly the same and you’ll be happy with the result.

dEx         –              gossip ink. social media

 3 year old 14inch Dell, T9550, 4GB Ram, 64GB SSD, Windows 7 (cuz I’m nerdy like that).


2 Responses to dude, where’s my netbook?

  1. Patrick says:

    The argument for tablets is that the it’s a different form factor for different applications. The tablet is for sharing, because touchscreens can facilitate multiple simultaneous users much easier than a laptop can. You simply need to hand them your tablet.
    That being said, I still think tablets are DOA and the iPad represents a bubble of people buying something they don’t need just because it’s pretty

    • gossipism says:

      of course. i think you mentioned the best part about tablets (and why they seem to do well over netbooks) is the ability to “share” and “hand” them your tablet.

      netbooks, still needs a “lap”. they shouldve just called them “smalllaptops” to more accurately describe them. craptops also come to mind.

      i think tablets will be around a while, and the main reason is Apple, no doubt about it. fujitsu released a 7inch handheld, err, laptop that was a brilliant concept and worked well. but it died a boring and unnoticable death. if Apple had done something as daring, i imagine it would be as common as tabs/pads are today. The iPad vs DroidTab cage match will run well into many years i imagine.

      thanks for the comment!

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