The Writer's Circle Week #11 (Your Writer's Tool-kit)
Hello everyone and welcome to Week #11 of The Writer's Circle. Now that you have the software you need to get started writing that magnum opus of yours, your going to need something to write it with. Lets say you're on vacation to the Swiss Alps and all of a sudden, inspiration strikes! But alas the software you just downloaded from Week #9 is only on your home desktop computer...sad... You could have avoided this. I know what you're thinking, If I would have brought my laptop along, this wouldn't have happened. But what if you didn't want to lug your big, gaming laptop all the way to the top of Everest. I don't blame you. What if there was a smaller, more portable kind of device that did all of the same things as your bulky super hi-tech gaming rig at home? That is what we are going to talk about today. Lets talk about Netbooks. I'm sure you've heard of them by now. They are those nifty little ultra-portable mini-laptops that people have been raving about. You've seen them in commercials, hell, even phone companies are giving them away with internet bundles now. Have you ever thought of using one as your portable writing desk? An article I found this week in the April 2009 issue of the Writer
magazine points out the bonuses of having a Netbook. Written by Dan Sarluca, it will be topic of discussion for this week.
Good things come in small packages
by: Dan Sarluca
Want to write on the go, but the thought of toting around your aging laptop is weighing you down? Maybe you should look into the newest generation of mini-laptops known as sub-notebooks or netbooks.
These tiny computers are on average about the size of a hardcover book (6.75 inches by 10 inches by 1.5 inches), weigh between 2 and 2.75 pounds, and cost $300 to $400 [USD]. Most use new power-sipping processors that increase battery life and give you the ability to write anywhere the mood strikes.
Netbooks don't have CD/DVD drives or lots of extra bells and whistles; they're stripped-down machines designed to complement your current desktop or laptop, not replace them. They're light, mobile devices with built-in Wi-Fi that are perfect for word processing, checking e-mail, or surfing the Net. The most popular models are by Acer, Asus, HP, Dell and other leading manufacturers.
Is a netbook right for you? Some key factors to consider:
Screen size. Most have screens, measured diagonally, between 7 and 10 inches. Larger screens can increase the total viewing area by more than 40 percent, which makes a difference when laboring over troublesome paragraphs.
Keyboard size and touch pad. To fit into these compact packages, keyboards and touch pads are noticeably smaller than those in traditional laptops. This can cause some problems for people with large hands and/or meaty fingers. Try a few out in a store before buying.
Battery life. Netbooks feature a range of batteries that can run your computer for 2.5 to 7 hours, depending on the model and battery size. Since the point of having a netbook is to write and surf on the go, look for models that can run at least 4 hours between charges.
Memory storage. Memory size can range from a 4-gigabyte solid-state drive to a 120-gigabyte hard-disk drive. Smaller memory netbooks are fine if you just want to store text documents. If you want to add audio, photo or video files, go with a larger-memory model.
Alright, now with what we've seen here, its a great start. One thing I would suggest is to put the software that you liked from Week #9 onto your nifty new netbook and you'll be all set! Now you might be wondering, Dude, Commissar Ploss! Where in this God-Emperor forsaken world do I find one of these spankin' new machinations of humanity? Well, let me give you a link to the place where I buy all of my computer needs.
its the best place (for me) to find things at reasonable prices, with fast shipping. Here is a direct link to the netbooks section.
Or you can take a drive to your nearest BestBuy store (for US people), or European equivalent. Any chain store that is selling computer electronics will have some netbooks that you can try out and buy. Go ahead, take the plunge, and get yourself one of these newfangled devices. Don't be like the Imperium. Embrace the new technology as a good thing! Don't shun it away!
1.What did you think of this weeks article?
2.Is a netbook something you think you will look into for the future?
3.Or do you think you'll stick with your laptop?