theorycast.48 :: Rise of the Netbooks


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Netbooks have amazingly dominated Amazon’s laptop sales charts for the past month.

Small, lightweight and relatively cheap… just what are netbooks truly about, why are they so popular and what does it mean for the future of computers?

In theorycast episode #48, we dive right into the world of netbooks, with fellow netbook hackers Preetam Rai (on his Acer Aspire One) and Ben Koe (on his ASUS Eee 901). I’ll be introducing my “mac-ified” MSI Wind.

After watching, tell us what your ideal netbook would be.

Update 1: Ben Koe shares his experience switching from Windows XP to Ubuntu on this Asus Eee.

Update 2: Tricia Wang got herself the Levono S10 and is exploring the cultural adaptation of netbooks as a lifestyle accessory. Perhaps she’s following the footsteps of Nokia’s user anthropologist Jan Chipchase.

Update 3: Two years ago, I showed how I got Mac OSX running on an 10.6″ Sony Vaio TR3A. Why weren’t 10″ or smaller notebooks back then as popular? I guess the high price point back then was a deal-breaker, compared to the cost of netbooks today.

7 Comments

  1. Posted October 21, 2008 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    you all look like little boys showing off your transformers – I mean I’m sure its’ the lag time of ichatting around the world – but still it’s kinda funny – you look awkwardly proud of your toys :)

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  2. Dennis
    Posted October 23, 2008 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    My ideal netbook is the one I’ve been using for the last 3 years – my 12″ TiPowerbook. It can more than hang with the current cheapies, and its built like rock solid. But telling you that is really preaching to the choir, since you had one yourself.

  3. Posted October 23, 2008 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    Tricia: You’re flaunting yours as well. ;P

    Dennis: On the contrary, many of us Mac users are still fond of the 12″ Powerbook. It’s built solid and was slick as hell.

  4. Posted October 25, 2008 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    My netbook is an iPhone (if only Apple would allow Bluetooth keyboards).

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  5. Posted October 25, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Jimmy: Haha! For the similar reason, I bought the PSP after Sony showed a keyboard attachment (which never came true; Liars!). Before my iPhone, my Danger Sidekick was my “netbook” with it’s awesome thumb keyboard. Even earlier in 1997, I used my Palm III with an IR connection to a Nokia banana cellphone to establish a cellular-based Internet connection. I browsed via lynx and I could also check email on the go. ;P

  6. Posted November 4, 2008 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    In a different life, I used my Newton to check my email using Lynx.

    I had Danger’s Sidekick. I was very fond of it and even wrote news stories on it. Sucked as a phone though. Too large and I never EVER figured out which way was up when the phone rang (but maybe that’s just my natural stupidity coming to the fore.)

    I would love to use my iPhone to replace my laptop. However it is very painful to type with one thumb for an extended period. And strangely, I’m more accurate typing with one thumb rather than two.

    I must say I’m attracted to the netbooks but I would have to wean myself off Apple, and that’s a hard habit to break…

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  7. Posted November 4, 2008 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    And I lack the chops to to a hackintosh like you did Kevin!

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