Netbook Purchase?

I am thinking about buying a netbook to replace a long dead laptop. Any suggestions or counter-suggestions?

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  1. Don’t get an Asus EEE PC901 with Linux. Unless you dig Linux, of course. It’s a foreign language to me, and I curse the day I bought it. Otherwise, not a bad machine.

  2. Are you sure you want a netbook? What do you want to do?

    I use a Fujitsu Lifebook P7230. I did not want to sacrifice too much performance and expandability with a “lite” laptop. But extreme portability was desired and an internal dual-layer DVD drive. I bought it back on 8/27/2008 for $681.

  3. Extreme portability and lightness is what I am looking for. I will just surf and write on it. I might stream some video for short snippets.

    I am a Unix guy, but I would prefer this to windows (OSX, if Apple had a netbook).

  4. I am looking at this:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B001QTXL82/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

    ASUS Eee PC 1000HE 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – 9.5 Hour Battery Life

  5. Ted, on August 27th, 2009 at 8:46 AM Said: Edit Comment

    Mac OS X Netbook Compatibility Chart (Updated July 2009)

    http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/12/17/osx-netbook-compatib.html

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    Fascinating!

    I love this idea! OSX give me a unix if I need it, but the MAC UI otherwise.

    Wow, I may go that way.

    Per the chart, Eee 1000H would be fine.

    Let me look through some more.

    Thanks!

  6. http://www.enik.ch/2008/10/osx-leopard-1055-on-the-eee-1000h/

    In this article I will show you how to install OSX 10.5.5 on your eee 1000h.
    Today OSX becomes a real alternative to XP and Linux (especially after Apple forgot to announce their 800$ MacBook Mini).

    If you can live with no Ethernet connection (you can get a inexpensive MacBook Air USB to Ethernet Adaptor in the Apple Store) and no internal sound limited sound (see here) (in addition I use low price USB soundcard) you get a reliable and very portable workhorse for your everyday needs.
    [...]

    http://ipis-osx.wikidot.com/the_sound_tutorial

    http://ipis-osx.wikidot.com/installing-ideneb-1-3-1000h

  7. I couldn’t find the exact article I had seen before, but here is “the $400 Macintosh” . It was something like $300 for the Dell Mini 9 and $100 for OSX.

    http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2008/10/13519/

  8. I need to find if Netbook + OSX Snow Leopard works…

  9. Slightly larger, same weight

    ASUS Eee PC 1101HA-MU1X-BK 11.6-Inch Black Netbook – 11 Hour Battery Life

  10. More

    “Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will Block Atom Processors”

    http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/11/03/003243

    “Snow Leopard Update Blocks Intel Atom, Kills Hackintoshes”

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/11/snow-leopard-update-blocks-intel-atom-kills-hackintoshes/

  11. http://osxdaily.com/2009/10/31/hackintosh-netbook-users-take-note-snow-leopard-10-6-2-update-kills-support-for-atom-processor/

    It’s not out in the wild yet, but 10.6.2 has been confirmed to kill support for the Intel Atom processor, this is especially important for Hackintosh users who have hacked various Atom based netbooks to run Snow Leopard. So what should you do if you have an Atom based Hackintosh Netbook? StellaRolla recommends staying with 10.6.1 (or 10.5.8 if you’re running Leopard on your Hackintosh, sine 10.5.9 will likely have the same Atom problems) for the time being, otherwise you can try upgrading to 10.6.2 but run an older or modified kernel. I think I’ll just stick to 10.6.1 when the update rolls around, I have a lot of confidence in the Hackintosh community so I imagine there will be a workaround rather quickly.

    You can’t help but suspect this move is Apple’s attempt at shutting down the growing and popular Hackintosh Netbook community, since Apple has no product line that runs the Atom itself. Mac OS X runs absolutely flawlessly on much of the PC Netbook hardware, once it’s configured you wouldn’t know you’re not on a Mac. Maybe it’s in effort to kill the Atom Hackintoh Netbooks in anticipation of the rumored Tablet? Or maybe it’s something totally unrelated? Who knows, but for now, just take note that when the 10.6.2 upgrade comes out and you use a Hackintosh, you might want to avoid it for now.

  12. http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/11/05/2110259

    “Contrary to previous reports, Atom chip support is working fine in the latest 10C535 build of OS X 10.6.2. Apple’s EULA still states that OS X is licensed to run only on Apple hardware, but it looks like OSX86 hackers can breathe easy … for now.”

  13. “OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support”

    http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/11/11/1336200

  14. This is a newer version:

    ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BK 10.1-Inch Black Netbook – Up to 14 Hours of Battery Life

    w/Bluetooth Mouse

  15. Jeez…have I been delaying this for almost an entire year?

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