15 Must-Have Programs For Netbooks





The title says it all.  How about the Samsung solar powered dual-core?



Computing's getting real cheap - MSI netbook

{{{  The deal: Computing's getting real cheap - MSI netbook - $249.00

The main thing to note here is that this little 10in MSI Wind L1350D netbook is a bargain at $249 at Officeworks. For all a netbook's limitations, you can't lose sight of the fact that this still is an all-purpose computer which is now selling for the same price as one of the crappier 10in Android tablets.

It's always a struggle differentiating netbooks from one another because they are all built to a formula in which only the processor varies a little bit, and even then, it will most likely be from the same Atom family of CPUs.  However, MSI has managed to put some unique features into the L1350D.

Firstly, the netbook comes with larger than normal netbook touchpad, which at 6.8cm is wider than those on most netbooks, and secondly, it's accompanies a very nice chiclet keyboard that is very quiet, missing the annoying clickety-clack of some cheap netbook keyboards.

The netbook also comes with MSI's TDE (Turbo Drive Engine), an MSI-only technology that works like a temporary overclock and is pushed as a major feature on most MSI gaming notebooks.  }}}

What jobs does it not have enough power for?  Steve?


Here we go with an X86 tablet, but only 800 MHz.


{{{  According to a report posted by M.I.C Digi, the Easydy E88 may  resemble Apple's iPad 2 tablet device, but that is where the similarity  ends. This is because, unlike the ARM processors used to power most of  the tablets that are currently available for sale on the market today.  Easydy has opted to furnish its E88 tablet with a VIA 8650 processor that is clocked at 800MHz.  And we all know what an x86-based processor means; technically, users  with sufficient computer know-how can replace the bundled Android 2.2  operating system with a working copy of Windows into the E88.

  In addition to the use of an x86-based processor, the E88 will also feature 256MB of memory, 4GB of storage, (expandable via microSD cards) and a 9.7-inch resistive touchscreen capable of a native resolution of 800 x 600. Last but definitely not least, M.I.C Digi claims that the E88 will come with built-in support for 3G and will weigh 479g.  }}}


Who cares which technology you have?

It's all about what you do with it?

We have a contradiction here.  This says it's an ARM processor.



Ho hum, another netbook.


Acer Aspire One AO722-BZ454 11.6-inch Netbook



  • Larger, Higher Resolution Display
  • Improved Graphics Including HD Support
  • 2GB of Memory With Windows 7 Home Premium


  • Lots of Installed Software
  • Not As Portable As 10-inch Netbooks


  • AMD Fusion C-50 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 11.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
  • AMD Radeon HD 6250 Integrated Graphics
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 11.2" x 7.9" x 1" @ 3.2 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter

The price is low and it has a bigger than usual screen for a netbook.


This is not a netbook but it is a relative.


Zotac's Zbox Nano AD10 Plus nettop
Zacate in the palm of your hand



Netbooks deserve a lot of credit not only for ushering in an era of affordable ultra-mobile computing, but also for spawning a new class of small-form-factor systems dubbed nettops. These similarly inexpensive PCs are less intimidating than cobbling together a Mini-ITX rig from discrete components, and they're usually smaller and cheaper than do-it-yourself alternatives. There are performance limitations, of course, but the low-power platforms that underpin nettops get more potent with each new generation.


Computers are like air conditioners.  LOL


How many people had air conditioners in their homes in the 1950s?  Nobody is impressed by air conditioners anymore.  It is possible to live without them it just may be uncomfortable at times.


Macro$cam is just changing operating systems to force people to give them money every three years.  XP can do more than the vast majority of people know how to do with a computer.  It is just about the money.


$600 is too much for that thing.  I would sooner get an old used desktop for $200.  But our society does have the problem of what to do with these computers.  I say our so called educators don't want and don't know how to make the best use of them.  Try finding a web site with lots of educators where they list lots of free educational software.  I was taking a music course at t community college a few years ago.  The instructor was not too enthusiastic when I brought in a laptop with some free music software.



In defense of netbooks


I Speak from Experience

Part of my work in higher education has involved implementing a program that puts clinical students out into rural areas for extended periods of time. Getting students involved in rural healthcare early increases the likelihood they may return to rural areas to practice in the future. There is a severe shortage of rural clinicians in America, something this program aims to help remedy.


Netbooks have played an integral role in the implementation of this rural clinical education program. Using inexpensive netbooks and 3G data modems, we’ve successfully implemented a program that allows students to "bring their classroom with them". Students interact with their curriculum both asynchronously and synchronously via real-time group interactions in a browser-based virtual meeting room.

Students discuss clinical experiences, prepare lessons for their spatially dispersed peers and share presentations with one another as part of their curriculum. All interactions are done using the netbooks' webcams and mics for VOIP, enabling students in highly remote locations (some are even categorized as "frontier" by the federal government) to connect with one another, decreasing the feelings of isolation inherent to rural clinical education and practice.


We’ve actually tested tablets in this program, being exited by the increased portability they provide over netbooks. Yet, based on actual experience, we’ve found tablets aren't as effective as netbooks in terms of both productivity and cost.


The media is propagandizing us with "netbooks are dead" but should we go for it?



The Hype is telling us that ULTRAbooks are the Next Big Thing.


This is what Fox News is saying about netbooks now.

Forget those crummy netbooks. Think of the new batch of systems as what laptops should have been from the very start: Functional. Powerful. Insanely great. And affordable.



But this is what Fox News was saying in 2010:

PC companies may accentuate the negative when it comes to netbooks, but I'm a fan -- and I have plenty of company. Their affordable portability makes them a pleasure, whether you're kicking back on the sofa or heading out of town on vacation. When I fly, I find 15" laptops virtually unusable in most coach sections; a netbook, however, fits just fine even if the traveler in front of me reclines all the way.



Are we supposed to fall for this?  Let's face a simple fact.  At $300 to $500 the profit margins on netbooks are pretty slim.  The manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers and salesmen all know this.  The media knows is too.  The media makes its money on advertising.  The media has not interested in biting the hand that feeds them so the media is trying to tell us what to think so we buy the right things even if it wastes our money.


Dell has discontinued its netbooks and is introducing ultrabooks.  They are telling us that ultrabooks are better because they have bigger screens but they are also trying to sell us 7" tablets but the 10" screens in netbooks are not big enough.  Does that make sense?  Netbooks may have 320 gig hard drives while the ultrabooks have 128 gig SSDs for twice as much money.  Does that make sense?


The media is propagandising us with exaggerated information to convince us the netbooks are garbage and ultrabooks are great.  This is about the MONEY!!!


I am afraid that it is quite possible that we only need so much power because we are being given bloated, crappy software.  So we are supposed to spend more for software so we then have to spend more for hardware.  I am sorry but I am not spending money for the sake of Microsoft's and Dell's stockholders.


I would sooner look at Toshiba and Samsung netbooks than Dell ultrabooks.



A Lament for Netbooks
Jun. 29th, 2012 by Christopher Tozzi
A Lament for Netbooks | The VAR Guy

Why are tablets supposed to be so great with only 16 gig but netbooks disappear with 320 gig hard drives? Is the computer industry playing us and manipulating the technology on the basis of what maximizes their profit?




What was really wrong with netbooks was Windows XP and MacroScam controlling operating system upgrades purely with the intent of making more money for Microsoft.

The answer for educational netbooks is Ubermix.

What is ubermix?

The ubermix is an all-free, specially built, Linux-based operating system designed from the ground up with the needs of education in mind. Built by educators with an eye towards student and teacher empowerment, ubermix takes all the complexity out of student devices by making them as reliable and easy-to-use as a cell phone, without sacrificing the power and capabilities of a full operating system. With a turn-key, 5 minute installation, 20 second quick recovery mechanism, and more than 60 free applications pre-installed, ubermix turns whatever hardware you have into a powerful device for learning.





Ultra-hyped ultrabooks ultra-flopped in 2012


Just 12 months ago, the ultrabook was widely regarded as the PC market's savior. Since then, it's become more of a punch line.

The ultrabook made a splash at CES 2012 with its ultra-thin form factor, touch screen and longer battery life. Intel touted the ultrabook as the device that would lead the revival of the PC against the onslaught of the tablet. Instead, a series of missteps and a global decline in PC sales kept the ultrabook from fulfilling its potential.





Hey Xum ....


I researching Netbooks .... I just read that the "Chromebook"  is using a Google OS!!    (I was specifically reading about an Acer Chromebook!  But I guess maybe they all do??  


Anyway ... have you heard any reviews good, bad or indifferent about this particular operating system??  I'd be using it for my business/business files only.   So, it doesn't have to jump up and dance to impress me!  Just not be something that might make my head explode to understand.


So whadda ya think it??  

Originally Posted by EbonyRose:
Anyway ... have you heard any reviews good, bad or indifferent about this particular operating system??  I'd be using it for my business/business files only.   So, it doesn't have to jump up and dance to impress me!  Just not be something that might make my head explode to understand.


So whadda ya think it??  

Chromebooks are intended to be Internet devices, more Internet dependent than tablets with microSD slots.  I don't like the idea.


Personally I would probably go for a netbook and put Ubuntu on it but I don't know what software you want to use.  A chromebook won't let you run microsoft software anyway.  What software do you need to do what?   How much data entry do you have to do?  What about a folding USB keyboard for a tablet?



Well ... I am looking for something to basically do word processing and other Office applications on.  I do typing/transcription work ... and I would also need to run a (relatively small) special transcription program and  probably need a graphic design program on it as well.


I've thought about a tablet ... but, would like (need) a slightly bigger screen and was looking for a little more durability and sturdiness than what it looks like a tablet would provide.  And I really don't like the idea of being that "connected" to Google ... but, I do like the cheaper price than something like a HP Mini would cost me.  


While the internet connectivity is a great feature ... as a work/business tool, being online is very secondary to the need for it to run work-related/word processing programs .... and not be too confusing (different from MS) to operate and understand! I guess what I'm saying is that I need it more for performance than for "play."


I've read a couple of reviews that says that the Acer Aspire One notebook runs really SLOW which has got me leery of that.  I don't need LOTS of speed ... but I do need reasonable functionality.


So, I don't know what to do.  

Originally Posted by EbonyRose:
I've read a couple of reviews that says that the Acer Aspire One notebook runs really SLOW which has got me leery of that.  I don't need LOTS of speed ... but I do need reasonable functionality.


So, I don't know what to do.  

We have a problem because in the last decade consumerism has come to computers.  Even computers rated as SLOW are probably more powerful than most people need.  But software has gotten bloated and inefficient in the last 10 years.  How do manufacturers sell hardware that is TOO POWERFUL?  How do the software makers keep us UPGRADING?  Does Windows 8 really DO ANYTHING that XP COULD NOT or is it mostly a matter of looking and feeling different that requires more hardware processing power?


Look at the user screens on these tablets, the way the icons slide across the screen with your finger and some look like objects rotate and shrink and move behind each other.  That takes lots of processing power just to look cool.  Small businesses don't actually use that much processing power to do their work.  Mainframes that cost $3,000,000 in 1980 could not do those graphic manipulations that fast.


None of this stuff is really SLOW you are just forced to buy INEFFICIENT SOFTWARE that looks really cool.  And the magazines make their money on advertising.  They must appear to be somewhat objective to attract readers but how hard are they going to bite the hand that feeds them?  The Acer may be slower then some other products but still a lot faster than you need if you can find the right application software.  I would sooner get a Netbook than a chromebook but I have only read about chromebooks and not even touched one.  I want a REAL Operating System in my REAL computer not a leash to the Internet in a DEVICE.


I am starting to get more annoyed with the fact that my Nexus 7 does not have a microSD slot.  I can't carry around enough audio and video and store it on multiple microSDs.   I would have a music SD and multiple video SDs and an application SD and might go for days without Internet access from the tablet. 


The technology is being manipulated for the money, so not knowing how stuff works is not good.




Chromebooks, tablets, mainframes, they are all von Neumann machines.  It is just a matter of size, power and software.



Why THANK YOU, Xum!!  


That review was actually VERY helpful!!  'Cause (even being the technologically challenged person that I am!! ) .... I had pretty much thought the SAME thing about the correlation between "speed" and the (mostly highly irrelevant to me) "software" and other stuff that these computers run!!


(This will probably make you fall off your chair, but ....) the very old, mostly dilapidated (I recently broke the springs that hold the screen up!) ... but still running  ... laptop that I have has an 80GB hard drive!!    But .... for what I use it for ... the hard drive is only HALF full ... and plays the little old school games I like to play just fine!!


The processor streams any videos I want to watch (not into movies or HD-everything on a computer!) without any stops or interruptions!!  My music library and pictures (10gb each) take up MOST of my room.


I'm considering the Netbook/Chromebook for my business only .... so as not to mix business and personal stuff on one unit.  So ... I was figuring .... how "slow" can "slow" really be ... if I'm not even using it for "speed-necessary" software or internet use??  


So anyway .... I guess that was just a long, drawn-out way to say that ... I think  that the Acer Netbook would pretty much be the best way to go for me!!  I'm sure that "slow" for those other people is probably MORE THAN adequately FAST for me!!    And I was never a fan of the thought of a Chromebook from the beginning!!


So .... it's back to shopping!!  And thanks again for input!!  You just saved me DAYS of (even more) mental stress and anguish!!  

Originally Posted by EbonyRose:

Why THANK YOU, Xum!!  


(This will probably make you fall off your chair, but ....) the very old, mostly dilapidated (I recently broke the springs that hold the screen up!) ... but still running  ... laptop that I have has an 80GB hard drive!!    But .... for what I use it for ... the hard drive is only HALF full ... and plays the little old school games I like to play just fine!!

You're welcomed.


Yeah, you can't even buy "small drives" anymore.  I know a small business with 300 gig drives that only uses about 40.  I set up a batch file to copy day each workday.  So the last 5 days always have duplicates.  It won't help in a disk crash but it is weird how often Windows seems to corrupt itself.


My old Panasonic Toughbook has a 60 gig.  But it is so old it can't play some videos.  It will play flash but that takes up almost 100% of the processing power. 


A 2 ghz dual-core with a 300 gig drive should be more than powerful enough for non-power users.


So can the computer industry crash due to lack of interest?  LOL  Most people really need to spend time learning what they can do with this stuff not buying newer and more powerful stuff.


Ready to buy an 8-core phone yet?  LOL



How to Install Android on Computer or Netbook


You can Also Run Android on you Netbook or Desktop. In this post, I'll show you How to Run Android on your Laptop or Netbook.

Things You'll Need

Before you start reading this Tutorial, Make sure that you gather all the required stuff.
  • A USB Drive or Pen Drive with 256 MB+ Space. (Or CD)
  • A Compatible Netbook or Desktop (Check Here)
  • Some basic Computing skills
  • And Of Course - This Guide





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