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Dec. 18th, 2011



Keeping it simple.

A handy, step-by-step guide to setting up Joli OS on a tired old PC, laptop, or netbook:


(Cross-posted to joli_lj.)

Oct. 25th, 2011

bad science


Maybe not a flash in the iPan - tablets are outselling netbooks for the first time.

Originally mooted here as a conceptual likelihood, the grim reality has finally come to pass:


Anecdotal note: Having waded through the first serious batch of student essays composed entirely on tablets, I can confirm it would be a good thing if the autocorrect feature could somehow be permanently disabled on Apple and Android devices...if only for the sake of English that actually makes contextual sense.

Sep. 14th, 2011

bad science


Windows 8 (Developer Preview Edition) running on an old(ish) netbook.

This is quite interesting, even for a diehard Joli OS convert like m'self:


(Embedded YouTube video.)

The problems, and there are many, are all fairly obvious: The OS isn't even in beta yet, never mind being an OEM release candidate, the enforced 800x600 screen res is a pain in the backside, and because everything's designed to work with a touchscreen, having to call up a Windows 7-style desktop just to get programs (or "apps") to launch rather defeats the purpose of Windows 8.

Nevertheless, top marks to Brad for testing out Micro$oft's claims regarding the ability of the OS to run on older hardware.

Aug. 29th, 2011

bad science


On the evidence of this, I may be prepared to take back some of the things I've said...

...about fruit name-based computers:


(It's also a shot in the arm - no pun intended - for the Debian depositories.)

Jun. 16th, 2011



Chromebooks Q & A, and a Samsung Series 5 torn apart by rabid wolves.

Well, okay, not rabid wolves exactly, but the geeks over at TechRepublic have been busy voiding warranties with their screwdrivers and enthusiasm in a bid to find out what's inside the beast:

The full techie breakdown is here: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/itdojo/samsung-series-5-chromebook-cracking-open-hardware-analysis/2669?tag=nl.e101

Also courtesy of TechRepublic, here's a more general piece on what the Chromebooks can and can't do, just in case you might be in the market for one of the 'Net-dependent bits of kit which went on sale yesterday:


Bonus item edit: Although it's hardly the sort of direct rival which would've occurred to m'self, given the potentially prohibitive pricepoint of most Apple high-end products, Nick Marshall over at ElectricPig offers this comparison between Google Chromebooks and the new MacBook Air...


May. 30th, 2011

bad science


It's all just a little bit of history repeating.

This caught my eye:

"Asus is getting back into the Linux netbook game with the introduction of the Eee PC X101. The company is positioning the new netbook as a thin and light model, measuring just 0.7 inches thick and weighing just 2.1 pounds. Those figures aren’t exactly revolutionary, but they do mean that the new netbook will be thinner and lighter than the original Asus Eee PC 701 which was launched in 2007.

Like the Eee PC 701 though, the X101 will be available with a choice of Windows 7 or Linux — something that Asus hasn’t offered in a couple of years. A Linux-based operating system helps drive down the cost of a netbook. The Eee PC X101 is expected to sell for just $200.

The original Eee PC came with a customized version of Xandros Linux which was designed to be easy to use, but which didn’t provide easy access to much third party software. This time around Asus is going with MeeGo Linux. The operating system is backed by Intel, is optimized to run on netbooks with Intel Atom processors, and will have its own app store."

More here: http://liliputing.com/2011/05/asus-eee-pc-x101-200-netbook-that-will-run-meego-linux-or-windows-7.html

May. 15th, 2011



Since it'll be on sale this time next month...

...here's a couple of links to get you up to speed on Samsung's Chromebook, running Google's Chrome OS.

The official site: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/chromebook/XE500C21-A01US

Review round-ups and summaries from Liliputing: http://liliputing.com/2011/05/samsung-chromebook-gets-a-once-over-a-few-times.html

Needless to say, hacking the poop out of this thing in order not to be a slave to Google will likely be a lot of fun. ;o)

Feb. 4th, 2011

bad science


Defining a netbook - not as pointless as you might think.

Interesting article from Liliputing:


The reason all this guff matters is that, for at least the past six months, online retailers - and quite a few manufacturers - have been getting away with a lot of 'slippage' in their product categories (Currys.co.uk and even Next are particular culprits here). Although the word "netbook" still carries a fairly well-defined package of conceptual associations in the minds of users and buyers, the rise of the tablet (and netbook/tablet hybrids), along with the expansion of the sub-notebook category to include Windows-based MacBook Air clones, has made a lot of pre-existing notions regarding what actually constitutes a netbook almost nonsensical. Whilst it's a golden opportunity for marketing departments, stripping out the DVD drive from a laptop with a 12" screen, and replacing the processor with a lower-powered Atom number doesn't make it a netbook. Caveat emptor, etc.

Dec. 8th, 2010



Jolicloud 1.1 available for download...NOW!

Here's the link: http://www.jolicloud.com/download

And here's some background: http://liliputing.com/2010/12/jolicloud-1-1-linuxcloud-based-operating-system-coming-today.html

Today's other news was regarding Google Chrome, but it's all a tad underwhelming at the moment:


Nov. 26th, 2010

Daily Gobshite


Google Chrome OS for netbooks - update (with mental health warning).

The story's pretty much in the URL:


However, that piece from Liliputing references an entry on Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/24/chrome-os-consumer-launch-pushed-to-2011-google-branded-chromeb/), which led me to an earlier, three week old entry from the same source. At this point I remembered why I stopped reading the comments on Engadget posts: the readership appears to be completely insane. Rabid, frothing-at-the-geeky-mouth, insane:


For what it's worth, the final batch of comments on page 5 seems to be the most sensible, but one can't help wondering where the nutters, whose vitriolic, badly-spelled verbiage occupies pages 1-4, get their misapplied energy from. Jeez...


Bonus: Sticking with Engadget, here's Joanna Stern's review of the Jolibook (see previous entry here for background on this device)...


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