Just a CPU
Posted Nov 25, 2009 22:20 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Moblin review
The netbook concept is wonderful, but as our editor has discovered it requires some external peripherals: a big screen and external keyboard and mouse are a must. Then he will probably need external speakers, a backup USB disk and maybe the occasional DVD drive, so a USB hub will not be out of place. Finally, an Ethernet cable is always nicer than wifi if the router is nearby.
All in all, what you get for about $300 is a small silent CPU with integrated UPS, plus a small backup screen and integrated keyboard and mice for emergencies. So that in a pinch this little beast can be hauled around if necessary! Although the screen and most peripherals will probably stay behind. Not a bad proposition, even though it will not be the most powerful machine owned by most people. Therefore the ability to SSH to that noisy 8-core monster in the basement will probably be appreciated. Me, I just do light Python development here and browse the web; the occasional GIMP usage does not justify more power, so this little piece of silicon delivers everything needed. Moore's law rules!
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