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[6 Sep 2013 | 2 Comments | 10,458 views]
Hot rodding that netbook (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, we mentioned a free, simple tip that should make that aging netbook infinitely more useful (in a nutshell, install a lightweight Linux distribution).
Now, Linux is a free operating system and most of the applications for it — including a full-featured, Microsoft Office-compatible office suite — are also free. While some folks may believe Linux is difficult to use, that’s simply not the case these days as the most popular distros work well right out of the box and feature interfaces that are as easy to navigate …

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[29 Jul 2013 | 2 Comments | 9,589 views]
Yes, there is still life in that old netbook

Just a few years ago, netbooks were very common, largely because they are dirt cheap. A netbook, of course, is simply a scaled down laptop and the most common configuration appears to be a 10.1″ screen, a 1.6 GHz, single core Intel Atom processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and a 160-gigabyte hard drive. Most netbooks came bundled with Microsoft Windows XP (not bad in terms of performance) or Windows 7 Starter.
While new netbooks are still available, they’ve been largely replaced by more powerful ultrabooks and tablets like the Apple iPad …

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[26 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 5,185 views]
Netbook too slow? Xubuntu may speed it up

Remember a few years ago when netbooks were all the rage? Well, they may not have been all the rage, but they were certainly highly visible starting around 2008 and that’s no surprise — an incredibly portable computer that could be had for around $300 was certainly worth looking at twice.
Ah, but the netbook has steadily declined in popularity over the past couple of year. In 2011, Dell announced it was pulling out of the network market and Toshiba followed suit in 2012. It seems the netbook is in the …