Musings of Captain Justice a/k/a Gil Jones

New thoughts about computing

For those of you who remember my being labeled as far back as 1997 as “The Electronic Judge” you’ll be shocked at this. But it’s true — I’m thinking about a massive paradigm shift in my own methodology to add a netbook to my life in addition to my high-end notebook and possibly eventually, in lieu of a smartphone. If I go that far, then the idea is this:

  • The notebook becomes more like a desktop machine from the “olden days” yet still is portable.
  • The netbook becomes more like the notebook, especially given the increasing amount of cloud-computing. I would move my Verizon broadband account to the netbook — preferably one with the broadband built in.
  • All of the mobile apps now on the smartphone are migrated to the netbook instead. On the smartphone they’re all a compromise anyway.
  • And the phone is once again, a phone!

I don’t really have the need for getting emails instantly and constantly on my phone. The BlackBerry has been a fun and interesting experiment but I’m not sure it’s done what I thought it might. It seems to me that as long as you don’t need the instant email, having it portably anywhere you sit down for a minute and pop out the netbook is sufficient. And I have a GPS, a small digital camera and a digital SLR so why do I need a GPS or camera in my phone?

Which leads me to ask two questions: One, what’s wrong with that approach?
And two, what machines should I be considering? And I’ve recently seen a Toshiba with a 1″ screen that was not a netbook as such but just a really small notebook — kinda retro from whence notebooks originated! I’m thinking of some particular needs:

  • Windows 7 — XP’s legs will be cut off soon.
  • 250GB drive minimum
  • 2GB memory minimum — aren’t there some with 3 now?
  • Touchpad — no pencil erasers for me!
  • 3 USB ports — my ham radio peripherals have demands!
  • Broadband capable — preferably built-in.
  • g if not n Wi-Fi
  • Decent battery life (5-6 real hours) but don’t necessarily need 10+ but only if it’s a real 5-6 hours with usage.

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