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Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:17 pm

I was fortunate enough to find that Santa brought me the Samsung NC 10 for Christmas. 10" widescreen, i gig of ram, 160G hard drive Windows XP, 93% weighs 1.3 kg, battery life of up to 7 hours. 93% normal sized keyboard, wifi, bluetooth - and a very stylish design to boot.

It's been a revelation.

Lighter, more portable but just as comfortable to use as any lappy I've owned in the past - it's freed me up to shirk my work duties anywhere I choose now. I really can't recommend this wonderful piece of kit highly enough.

Netbooks, as far as I'm concerned, are a genuinely useful forward step in the evolution of personal computing.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:56 am

Yay! I now own a shiny new 250G mini external hard drive to go with my shiny, and fast becoming utterly indispensable, Netbook.

And it was only a paltry 53 and a bit British pounds from Argos.

*is a happy Eocene*
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Post by Kate on Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:12 pm

I love how Steve Jobs has so utterly dismissed the netbook as a functioning computer with real application to people's lifestyle and work. As someone who travels all the time for their work - I find the netbook, which fits in my hand bag, to be perfect - it's actually more powerful than my old laptop!

Apple have really shot themselves in the foot by dismissing this market out of hand.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:10 pm

Agreed. But what else do you expect of Apple these days? They've been running with less than all their creative wheels on the ground for sometime - and there's little indication that's about to change any time soon.

As for my netbook - I heart my netbook. Really, really heart it.
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Post by Nick Barlow on Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:16 pm

Sid Seadevil wrote:Agreed. But what else do you expect of Apple these days? They've been running with less than all their creative wheels on the ground for sometime - and there's little indication that's about to change any time soon.
Ah, but look what they're bringing out now:
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/apple_introduces_revolutionary
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Post by The Browncoat Cat on Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:13 pm

Nick Barlow wrote:
Sid Seadevil wrote:Agreed. But what else do you expect of Apple these days? They've been running with less than all their creative wheels on the ground for sometime - and there's little indication that's about to change any time soon.
Ah, but look what they're bringing out now:
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/apple_introduces_revolutionary
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Yes, I know it is a joke, but it does have a basic gem of truth in there, in that the traditional QWERTY keyboard sucks on all cylinders. It was designed originally to slow the typist so that the mechanics of the typewriter did not jam.
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Post by The Browncoat Cat on Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:50 pm

I find the screens on most netbooks just too small to be useful. My currrent lappy has a 13.5 inch widescreen display, but is small and still has space for things like a DVD/CD writer, that most netbooks don't have. It is light and powerful and has a reasonably good battery life. What more could I ask for.
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Post by Mrs Lee on Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:35 pm

I'm pretty happy with my netbook. If I'm traveling even if it's a relatively short distance ie to uni and back carrying a bigger laptop is painful what with all the other gubbins you have to take with. It works for me, I don't see the need to have optical drives on every bit of kit that I have. In my room I have three computers, not including my phone or psp, so if a netbook is supplementing other already established kit it works wonders if it's your main machine then there are some flaws.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:34 pm

Mrs Lee wrote:In my room I have three computers, not including my phone or psp

Do you manage to fit a bed in? Shocked

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Post by Mrs Lee on Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:14 am

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Mrs Lee wrote:In my room I have three computers, not including my phone or psp

Do you manage to fit a bed in? Shocked

Just about. It's all about arrangement, desktop on a desk, laptop on a chair next to my bed(the bed is only single so not enough space to share the bed with a laptop) and my netbook normally sits in the bedside cabinet.

I'm used to having loads of computers around my dad used to have a load of 486's piled up in the hallway and a server rack and another couple of machines in an office which is a hell of a lot smaller than my room.
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Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:26 am

The Browncoat Cat wrote:I find the screens on most netbooks just too small to be useful. My currrent lappy has a 13.5 inch widescreen display, but is small and still has space for things like a DVD/CD writer, that most netbooks don't have. It is light and powerful and has a reasonably good battery life. What more could I ask for.
I agree. I'm perfectly happy with my laptop.

(Also I got it for free for being officially disabled! Yippee!)
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Post by The Browncoat Cat on Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:22 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:
I agree. I'm perfectly happy with my laptop.

(Also I got it for free for being officially disabled! Yippee!)
I have been officially disabled since 1986, but I haven't had a free laptop. Crying or Very sad
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Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:59 pm

Have you tried going to university and asking for one? It works wonders.
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Post by Dave Webb on Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:32 pm

Mrs Lee wrote:my dad used to have a load of 486's piled up in the hallway and a server rack and another couple of machines in an office which is a hell of a lot smaller than my room.

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Post by sheringham on Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:57 am

Lucy McGough wrote:Have you tried going to university and asking for one? It works wonders.

We're hoping Beanie will get one at secondary school as a result of her dyspraxia. But only cos we're tight and would rather not have to pay!
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Post by The Browncoat Cat on Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:02 pm

sheringham wrote:We're hoping Beanie will get one at secondary school as a result of her dyspraxia. But only cos we're tight and would rather not have to pay!
My parents had to pay for all the additional aids I needed because of my Dyspraxia. That was after they had persuaded the Local Education Authority and the teachers at my Secondary School that Dyspraxia really did exist, and I wasn't just lazy/stupid. But that was nearly thirty years ago.
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Post by Dave Webb on Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:49 pm

I thought Dyspraxia was motor-skills, in the event of which is a teeny tiny keyboard going to help or hinder?

The Tiny Keyboard issue is what prevents me from getting a netbook. I want a real keyboard, because it's hard enough to type coherrantly with these paws.

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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:17 am

I reckon you're on to something there. Ever since Sidney Q. Seadevil got a Netbook, he's been making a lot more typos.
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Post by Dave Webb on Mon Mar 30, 2009 4:31 pm

Mod Type Note:

This topic has been split. You can find the remainder in A Current Affair, where people should feel free to continue civilised and educative discussion. The thread has been renamed and can be found here.

We now return you to all things Netbook.

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Post by The Browncoat Cat on Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:55 pm

The Browncoat Cat wrote:
Yes, I know it is a joke, but it does have a basic gem of truth in there, in that the traditional QWERTY keyboard sucks on all cylinders. It was designed originally to slow the typist so that the mechanics of the typewriter did not jam.
Anyway, this thread has finally motivated me enough to finally buy a new CyKey chording keyboard for my PC. Goodbye QWERTY hell, hello microwriting heaven.
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Post by Mrs Lee on Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:29 am

Have you seen the keyboards that you can place the keys where you want them?
They look pretty cool, I'm not sure I'd move away form qwerty though. It's what I'm used to and trying the French keyboards really confused me.
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Post by Rich Flair on Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:28 am

The Browncoat Cat wrote:
The Browncoat Cat wrote:
Yes, I know it is a joke, but it does have a basic gem of truth in there, in that the traditional QWERTY keyboard sucks on all cylinders. It was designed originally to slow the typist so that the mechanics of the typewriter did not jam.
Anyway, this thread has finally motivated me enough to finally buy a new CyKey chording keyboard for my PC. Goodbye QWERTY hell, hello microwriting heaven.
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Huh? How many letters?
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Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:49 am

The Browncoat Cat wrote:
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Huh?????????

*is confused*
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Post by The Browncoat Cat on Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:53 am

Rich Flair wrote:
The Browncoat Cat wrote:
The Browncoat Cat wrote:
Yes, I know it is a joke, but it does have a basic gem of truth in there, in that the traditional QWERTY keyboard sucks on all cylinders. It was designed originally to slow the typist so that the mechanics of the typewriter did not jam.
Anyway, this thread has finally motivated me enough to finally buy a new CyKey chording keyboard for my PC. Goodbye QWERTY hell, hello microwriting heaven.
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Huh? How many letters?
All of them. It is a chording system, so the different letters are created by hitting different combinations of keys. The diagram below shows the basic letters.
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Stephen Fry waxed lyrical about the system in his web log.
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Post by Lucy McGough on Thu Apr 02, 2009 11:59 am

Oh, I see Smile
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