Thursday Sep 24, 2009

2010.next: a better netbook for meetings

I recently borrowed one of the 10" netbooks that came out this year, and tested Build 123 on it. Here's a shot of Toshiba's sleek black NB205 displaying a clean Device Driver Utility run.

nb205

The NB205 has a keyboard on par with the r500 I use regularly—large for a netbook—and has a superior trackpad. Suspend-resume is reliable; compiz runs well; the extra vertical inch means fewer application compromises over last year's netbook crop. (For instance, rather than rearranging panel to the sides, use of gnome-panel's auto-hide feature is enough to let applications run well when maximized.)

If I don't have to give it back, it'll be my new "netbook for meetings".

Netbook styling credit to Dave Powell.

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Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

2008.next: demonstrating suspend-resume

Randy has been blogging on the suspend-resume feature and how it's been improving on a variety of x86-based systems. A few weeks ago, I was sitting on the USGS Menlo Park campus, and decided to record a demonstration of my own laptop being suspended and resumed multiple times:

(You can also access the video on channelsun.)

The demonstration is using Build 99, so there are a few differences and improvements in the release candidates soon to be published. With careful timing of your battery discharging and recharging, you can shoot for uptimes in days to weeks.

I'm also demonstrating my ignorance of all video-making rules, in that I used a Panasonic Lumix LX-2 in movie mode, outdoors, near traffic, and then edited the video using OpenSolaris and open source tools. But I'll note that, even in real life, you'll have to peer at your r600 closely to see the orange suspension indicator.

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