Michael Mrozek, the Germany-based creator of the DragonBox Pyra has raised a big pile of cash to rekindle the fire in the netbook market. The question is: will anybody actually want one?
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Dear Lifehacker, I have an old laptop running Windows XP, and I love it. I've upgraded my other machines to Windows 7 and 8, but this laptop is too old to do so. Now I'm hearing Microsoft will stop issuing any updates at all for XP next year. What does that really mean? What will happen if I continue to use XP, will it get hacked or viruses without Microsoft's "support"?
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
I recently pointed out that Microsoft's current requirements for Windows 8 don't make it a great choice for older netbooks. Despite speculation, it doesn't seem like Microsoft will be doing anything to make Windows 8 more effective on those devices.
Whatever Windows 8's virtues on a touchscreen device or a 17-inch notebook, there's one clear lesson from the newly-released consumer preview version: there is no point in trying to run it on most of the netbooks on the market. And unless Microsoft outlines some plans to fix that pretty quickly, it is effectively conceding the netbook market to Linux or to oblivion.
We've shown you how to turn your netbook into a Chromebook with Chromium OS, but if you found that your laptop's Wi-Fi or graphics card wasn't supported, there's a good chance Chromium Lime -- Hexxeh's new build of Chromium OS -- could work.
Google recently released its own line of Chrome OS-clad netbooks, but with only a few choices, a somewhat high price tag and no clear Aussie release plans. As such, you might be more comfortable running Chrome OS on your own machine. Here's how to install it on your current laptop or netbook.
We still don't have Australian launch dates for Google's officially-licensed Chromebooks. However, if you're happy to settle for a device based on the Chromium open source project rather than the Google-sanctioned version, Kogan is listing a 12-inch screen model which is set to ship on June 7, a week ahead of the official overseas Chromebook release.
Google announced yesterday that they'll be releasing their Chrome OS-equipped netbooks later this year, dubbed Chromebooks. If you aren't a fan of their hardware (or you don't want to pay $US500 for one), you can easily make your own.
Last week, we made the case for why tablets can be a great productivity tool. However, if you want portability and need to do a lot of typing in your job, then netbooks are a better -- and more affordable -- option than ever before.
Jolicloud, the netbook OS we thought was an awesome mix of Chrome-like cloud and desktop apps, had started rolling out a much-improved 1.0 version last month, but with prior subscribers first on the list. Now anyone can grab version 1.0 and install it, whether through Windows or as a separate partition.
Jolicloud, the netbook OS that mixes web connectivity with desktop apps, is rolling out its 1.0 release, and there's a lot to like. Chief among the new stuff is a new, HTML5-based dashboard and synchronised, auto-updating, add-from-anywhere apps.
The head of Google's Chrome OS project said the netbook-focused operating system would make its debut in the fourth quarter of 2010, at a trade show in Taiwan.