Archive for the ‘Sharp Netwalker’ Category
Oops, with D in gadget filled Akihabara and ending up with a X70 over the last 2-3 weeks, I got bitten by the the gadget bug and went on a gadget online shopping frenzy.
I ended up getting a Netwalker from http://www.conics.net 3 weeks back and no sooner did I get my grubby hands on the Netwalker and being a bit underwhelmed by it as an effective MID for me, I ordered a UMID M1 from http://www.justek.com.au last week which arrived last friday.
So now I now have 2 MIDs, much to the dismay of my wife!
So stay tuned as I’ll be writing on my personal experiences using the Netwalker and why it doesn’t really suit my needs as a MID.
On the flipside, I’ll also be writing how the far from perfect mBook is fast becoming one of my favourite pocketable devices…can’t wait for the M2 now ’cause I’m definitely getting one after falling in “liking” with the M1 (am refraining from saying falling in “love” with any gadgets from hereon else Mrs J will hit me over the head with her trusty white Macbook!
Please, Australia Post, please deliver it tomorrow (friday) so I get my hands on the Netwalker before the weekend!!
I’ll be eagerly waiting for a call from the concierge desk at work tomorrow..it’s going to be hard to focus at work ..:)
Moving back to a Linux O/S such as Ubuntu 9.04 on the Netwalker means I have to get back into a Linux mindset.
Not too difficult for me as I am comfortable with Linux (was a Unix sysadmin a couple of lifetimes ago) and have used earlier version of Ubuntu.
For most Windows users switching over to Linux/Ubuntu, it”ll take some time to get used to the Linux desktop and applications. (like Jenn from the Pocketables.net when she first used the Netwalker).
Fortunately, Ubuntu has an equivalent application for most Windows apps. Here’s a table that illustrates the alternatives:
The good thing is if you’re like me and do most of my personal computing in the cloud, we’re not reliant on any of the above local apps.
In fact, that’s why I think the Netwalker is built on a lower performing ARM architecture and not on Intel. I reckon it’s primarily built for cloud computing which doesn’t require too much processing grunt but the tradeoff is low power consumption resulting in extended battery longevity.
Therfore, the Netwalker should suit a “light weight” cloud computing person like me to a tee ’cause I value battery stamina more than I do performance.
Oh, and currently devices such as the Netwalker built on ARM architecture only runs Linux – so no chance of running XP, Vista or 7. Wish someone can say I’m wrong here (but Win95 doesn’t count!
It’s coming..it’s coming!
I’ve always been impressed with http://www.conics.net and how quickly they despatch after payment’s received. I ordered late afternoon on 18th (Sun) and by 19th it’s despatched.
I ordered a couple of umpcs from them in the past (the first being back in 2002 when Conics just started their business) and have never been disappointed with their level of service.