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Re: (OT) Experiences with Netbooks

by bms (Monk)
on Mar 28, 2012 at 16:43 UTC ( #962228=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT) Experiences with Netbooks

Well, the keyboard on my HP Mini 110 has the same size keys as my wireless keyboard(solar powered). Sure, it's compact and you'd think with big ol' club hands like mine it'd be an issue. But it really isn't; at all. Sure it took an hour or so to get back typing accuracy, but after that it's been great.

As for the screen size, I apparently don't need much. I'm very happy with the size and quality. Although, if my SGSII had a touch-typable keyboard, I'd probably do my prototypes directly on the phone... But, if you don't need to tile more than a couple of simple windows like Vim and the terminal, I don't think it's a big deal. Try an IDE though, and it'll go screwy. I opened Eclipse and it was unusable. Everything was cut off with no room to actually insert code.

As for the performance of netbooks, if you can play top-tier games on it(Alienwares), it's okay. Even on the run of the mill right now, like the HP Mini 110, I spent the extra couple of bucks to grab 2gb of RAM. I have no performance complaints on PeppermintOS. LibreOffice jumps to life within a few seconds.

Also, I've run quite a few things on it, often at the same time. Such as:

  • Node.JS
  • Apache2
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • MongoDB
  • Lighttpd
  • nginx
  • LibreOffice
  • Glade

No complaints from this shortlist at all. Works pretty much identical to my laptop.

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