The Cloud + The Netbook = A Blogger’s Best Friend?

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The Cloud is any blogger’s best friend. In a way, we’re already very attached to the cloud by the fact that we’re bloggers, which of course means that we’re working with online interfaces already. Webmail and online RSS readers are our tools, and we use online storage if needed. Some of us take it longer than others, but I think it is a fair guess to at least place the technical bloggers in the box of cloud users.

With that in mind, and the notion that bloggers are somewhat similar to the hip freelancing cloud, it is not such a long shot to consider the netbooks, with the Asus Eee PC as the one paving the way, as the ultimate blogging tool. It is as portable as it can get, pretty minimal, and very online focused. Most netbooks are made to be used on the go, with short boot up times, fairly long stand-by times, and with the web in focus. Using wifi hotspots at cafes, railway stations, or whatever, and 3G/similar mobile networks when wifi isn’t available, gives you a constant on and online life.

A blogger’s life, or any writing freelancer for that matter.

The current line of netbooks might be a little too unrefined, though. The cheaper ones are pretty weak, and you might want to do some image editing which they are most definitely not very suited for, although you can perform menial tasks. And there is always the option of using a web application as well, of course. Other issues include poor keyboards that at best takes a while to get used to, but probably will limit you somewhat compared to a normal laptop or desktop computer.

I’m not ready to trade in my MacBook, nor my desktop workstation, for my recently acquired Eee PC 900 myself. There are issues, most of them solveable, but not all. I do, however, like the concept of stepping away from heavy bulky laptops when traveling.

Take this post, for instance. I’m writing it on a train on my way to Stockholm, in Google Docs offline, with wifi available should I want to sync and/or publish it (which I don’t to preserve battery). As someone who’s in the cloud already, I think this is a laptop as it should be, this little netbook. At least in principle, I’d pay for better quality in the actual build, but you can’t have it all, can you? At least not yet.

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  1. By jon posted on August 19, 2008 at 10:01 am
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    Corporate storytelling comes to the Blog Herald! Well, thereabouts. This is exactly the kind of (useful) stories we’re starting to tell about products on blogs. Rather than just a pure product placement, the story is about the integration of the object into narrative.

    Living just down the road in deepest, darkest Täby, it was the bit about writing on the train to Centralen that hooked me.

    As an aside, the new design really rocks!

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  2. By Thord Daniel Hedengren posted on August 20, 2008 at 1:11 am
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    I could have just as easily put the HP MiniNote in there. In fact, I even considered mentioning a few product just to be safe, since it is very easy to point fingers and talk about sponsored posts in today’s blogosphere.

    That being said, I’m glad you liked the post, and the design!

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  3. By Gail Spencer posted on September 1, 2008 at 1:01 pm
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    These netbooks are the future. When you are on the move nothing beats them. I hope one day they we all have them and like most technology the price always goes down , most will be selling for around $200.00 soon !

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  4. By Netbook Computer Guru posted on September 7, 2008 at 8:53 am
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    I love my MacBook too, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything (except another Mac), but many people can’t afford a new high-end computer. For this reason, and for their convenient size factor, netbooks will sweep the globe quickly.
    Yes, netbooks and cloud computing combined are an excellent pairing.

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  5. By Netbook Fan posted on July 31, 2009 at 9:19 am
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    It will become the future! If proper softwares come out, I believe it will be something big.

    Cloud computing is not that popular yet, but will become the next big thing for sure.

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  6. By Detox Diet · posted on November 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm
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    the best and cheap netbooks are made by Asus or MSI, if you want reliability then the best is Hitachi netbooks -

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