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HP Mini 110 Netbook – Mini Review



HP Mini 110 NetbookNetbooks seems to be one of the biggest “old” technologies for 2009. I say old technology because it doesn’t seem to really offer anything that hasn’t been offered before, except in a smaller size. Under-powered machines have been around since PCs came on the scene back in 1981 (and before).

With that said, I been using one for a couple weeks and find I really enjoy it. So what’s changed? I think it comes down to having the right product at the right time. The right time being the ability to take advantage of the Internet with built-in wi-fi and internet browser.

I think another reason for the popularity of netbooks is that they are not trying to position themselves as your main machine. They are really intended as a secondary machine that you would use around the house or office or to take when you travel.

I’ve been using the HP Mini 110 netbook with Windows 7 Starter edition. I’ve been using Windows 7 on my other machines and decided if I was to get a netbook, it should have Windows 7 and not XP that is offered on some machines. (The HP Mini 110 does come with XP and you can add Windows 7 for about $30 extra).

Here are the main features of my Mini 110:

  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor
  • 1 GB DRAM
  • 10.1″ WVGA display
  • 160 GB Hard Drive
  • Wi-Fi and RJ-45 Ethernet
  • Webcam with built-in mic
  • 5-in-1 Digital Media Reader
  • 3 USB Ports
  • External VGA Port

I have both Mac and Windows machines (desktops and notebooks) that I use on a daily basis so why do I need “another” computer? There is something wonderful when you get a new computer. It’s so fresh and new and fast. (Fast is not something I would associate with my netbook, but its not that slow). The key is managing its use and the programs I don’t put on it. From my experience machines slow down from “program bloat” — installing too many programs on a machine. These programs take up disk space, desktop space (icon shortcuts), and each one wants to hack away at your registry. All the things that cause the machine to slow down over time. I know there are things you can do to clean up your system, but it’s never the same as a new machine (or reformatted hard drive).

I plan to take a “less is better” attitude to what goes on my netbook. I use it for Internet browsing, Skype and general note taking. I have installed a few utility programs that I can use to remotely manage my client’s websites but I don’t plan to burden it with Photoshop (Elements), Word, or anything else that will bring it to its knees.

So far I’ve enjoyed the experience. From time to time I check in on a number of live video sites, TWIT and Geek News Central, and find the netbook is perfect for that. I can open a session and take the netbook with me as I go to different parts of the house and not miss a beat. If I keep it in the kitchen, it’s there if I need to do a quick Google search and doesn’t take up much counter space. (I don’t need a memory, I have Google :) )

After a few weeks, here are my pros and cons of the netbook:

Pros:
– Lots of built-in features: 3 USB ports, VGA port, SD card reader, RJ-45 jack, wi-fi, web cam.
– Long battery life: about 6 hours
– Nice keyboard
– Small size

Cons:
– Speaker sounds tinny. (I use a small portable speaker system when I need better sound.)
– Display is only  1024 x 576 pixels. The 1024 width is fine but the 576 height is a little short for some programs that assume a taller display. I have some programs that don’t resize and I can’t access buttons at the bottom of the screen.

I don’t think the netbook is for everyone and I wouldn’t recommend it as your only computer, but I think it does have it place.  So far this netbook will stay a part of my toolkit and I’ll keep you informed as I use it more.

Happy New Years to all!

73’s
Tom


GNC-2009-12-08 #534 OhanaSaurus Makes its Debut



Ok folks I give you the 411 on what happened on the last show. Plus we name the new Skype machine OhanaSaurus. Lot’s to share everything from the Podcast Awards to the 24hr Podcast and whole lot of Tech. You will not want to miss the next shows and our the events happening this weekend. Listen to win lots of cool contest going on as well.

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Amazon Kindle Extended Warranty!
Verizon and FCC or Fee Increases.
MagicJack Complaints #1
MagicJack Complaints #2
MagicJack Complaints #3
Amazon bringing stores to UK?
Jacks review on Antivirus Application reviews!

Show Notes:
Now this is a Plug Upgrade!
Boxee gets serious about Media Distro!
Boxee introduce D-Link Media Partner.
New portable braille device for vision impaired.
What Electronics have you broken Lately?
Draft 24hr Podcast Schedule!
Hawaii Clear Wimax not living up to Hype?
Sprint Wimax and horrible 3g Performance on U300 device!
What are your 2010 predictions?
Is Google killing companies?
Some cool Geek Gifts.
Large file transfer services overview.
10 Single Guy iPhone dating applications.
Windows 7 Family Pack RIP?
Canadian Artist go after money owed through lawsuit!
What exactly does Comcast Already own?
Did someone say 1 Gig WiFi?
Balloon Hunt Challenge MIT cleans up!
Electric Cars and no place to plug in?
Virgin Galactic 2
Hey lets do a 400k Fundraiser 2 Geeks to Fly?
Would you pay 200k to have 5 minutes in Space?
NASA iPhone Application a Winner.
Do we really trust Nielsen?
AT&T gives users way to complain via App.
JooJoo sounds like Matel Toy for my Kid.
WPA password cracking service?
Lets swap fingerprints?
FCC to go after closed cable settop boxes!
Is Science Fiction once more coming true?
See how the world provides funny twists.
Wired JooJoo review.
Twitter, Facebook, MySpace live Search on Google.
What will you remember when your 90!
Google Goggles!

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GNC-2009-12-03 #533 Turn the Heat Down Dummy!



Reminder to oneself turn the heat off in the room before starting the show. Not good to record the show when its 80 in the room. The folks watching the live stream got to watch a meltdown. :) Full tech show for you tonight. Ready to head home plans for 24hr Podcast are progressing. I review names submitted for the skypesaurus email me your choice.

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Man controls robot arm by mind!
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
Distracted Drive Story #1
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Show Notes:
Playstation at 15!
HD Optical Implants?
Touch Screen for Cannon Cameras
Need more USB Charging Ports?
Have a Dell get your Updates!
Computer the size of two mouses.
Installation CD/DVD Please!
Gifts for those hard to buy for relatives.
Netbook Application Store.
Comcast and NBC Universal.
The 411 of the Comcast / NBC Universal deal.
Google DNS is this more Big Brother?
Will Google, Twitter & Facebook control logins?
FCC inquiry going after TV Spectrum!
Do we need a Twitter Clone?
Chrome Browser for Mac to be released soon!
Journalist get it way wrong on Black Screen of Death.
How fast is your Site Google wants webmaster to check!
Alex from Diggnation hints at cheap Apple Tablet.
Mars Odyssey reboots.
ISS down to two!
Quasar Puzzle!
Be careful of H1N1 emails.
Microsoft wants your Windows 7 Tips and Tricks.
AT&T and Verizon Kiss and Make up.
BBC shuts down Counterfeit sites.
Comcast roles out Bandwidth Usage Page.
Space based Solar power a go in Sunshine State.

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GNC-2009-11-30 #532 Live from Texas!



What does a GPS and a Traffic Jam equal? Detour! I think you will get a kick out of how my GPS saved me hours in my car stuck in a massive traffic jam in I35 in Texas. Find out how Julie wife of long time listener Ronald was able to score days off work by using GotoMyPC. I have a new contest you need to listen to win you have a few short days to act. My 2009 24hr Podcast Charity Announced!

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Hey Sprint the U300 3G/4G Card is a Piece of Crap!
Windows 7 Upgrade Help.

Show Notes:
Top Mobile Apps of 2009.
Crunchpad Dead before Arrival.
Apple Retail down Online Sales Up!
Malware Software Faceoff!
Hadron Collider cranks up the Juice.
ICANN no more Redirecting!
Solar Prices to come down 30%?
Get your wallets out for Hulu.
UK Newspaper puts up Firewall.
Hulu focuses on Search.
Who complains the most about companies and how?
Fix that Scratched DVD or CD.
NASA Prepared to take last Module to ISS.
FCC to go forward on White Space Database good for us!
Google Chrome OS on Macs!
Fake Lab Meat food of the Future?
Is your employer taking advantage of you?
Psystar only sold 768 Computers?
ASUS Motheboard lets you mod with Bluetooth.
Intel Chip Roadmap!
Perfect Band-aid!
Do you really want this in your car?
Small Towns + High Speed Internet = Increased Property Values!
What did you buy on Cyber Monday?
How to pick out the Perfect Domain!
iPhone to go to T-Mobile?

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GNC-2009-11-24 #530 Lots of Action on this Show!



I had lot’s of fun on this show.. Pile of things to cover. I am headed to Texas next week so will be taking the show on the road. I will be doing a Thanksgiving evening show so if your full of Turkey and still awake, I will try and knock out a show earlier in the evening Hawaii time. Drive safe and have a great holiday! Your trials of our sponsors products and feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Listener Links:
Special Contest Tonight.Click this Link for your Demo Account!
Gadget Buying Trends Black Friday.
Bing and Newscorp to shutout Google?
Father of Chinese Space program dead.
Hackers steal electronic data from top climate research center.
Video of Hadron Collider Firing Up.
The Current State of Windows Mobile.
Apple Better Ease Up At The Guard Shack.

Show Notes:
We are still here no big bang!
How GotoMyPC saved me last week!
Photoshop App now on Android!
Serious iPhone worm for Jailbroken handsets!
Apple Exec makes excuses for iPhone App Store Process.
Is Apple Evil or Not?
Spotify no works on Symbian Phones.
Firefox and Mozilla Foundation appear to be doing good.
Roku adds Limited content from Select Partners?
Apple deals now and on Friday!
Windows 8 Roadmap.
Telcos mad at Harvard Berkman Center?
1000 Mph Speed Attempt!
Is Adobe doing enough about Security?
The Evil Empire Strikes back at Verizon :)
Man Not in Coma just Paralyzed for 23 years!
Prepare for Cyber Monday.
New PogoPlug!
AOL had some kids in for new Logo Design.
Windows 7 Security!
Intel I9 Six Cores
Drobo Goes Enterprise.
Apple makes Single Use Monitor?
ISS work goes Great!
Bing to buy Fox Traffic?
This is what I want for Christmas (Not).
AT&T Data Connect Day Pass!
Radiation repairs eyes in Blind!
Target Black Friday Ad.
Newegg Black Friday Ad.
Walmart Black Friday Ad.
Sewell Display Link Adapter good Reviews.
Altona Wireless VGA.
New Sony Pro XDCAM
Full or Partial feeds you be the Judge.
Browser Compatibility Web testers.
Chrome Extensions Coming Soon!
New Facebook Worm!
Wikipedia Loosing Free Help.
What are you doing with Ssesmic?
Smoking Voids Apple Warranty!
Gmail Creator says email not going anywhere soon.
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GNC-2009-11-20 #529 Get ready for the 24hr Podcast



I have announced my tentative date for the 24hr Podcast, lots to cover between then and now. But as always it is my pleasure to do that 24hr show. Need to pick a charity for this year. Suggestions are welcome. Production of the video portion of the show is really improving, have a few more things to work out but I am happy with process. Back to a normal show flow next show.

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A Few Tips on Short URL’s
Look at this proposed Laptop design! Want One! Call Hotline 619-342-7365
Apollo 11 Landing Site!
Which Browser is the Riskiest?

Show Notes:
Why Microsoft has lost the mobile phone market!
Are you using Dropbox I want to hear your opinion!
It is time for Personal Servers in fact it’s overdue!
Sony rolls out its own Music, Movie store.
Apple needs to really ready this!
Captions on YouTube
Extra Benefit of YouTube Captions.
Google Phone.
PeerNews launching in Hawaii!
Shuttle at ISS all is well.
Yahoo to Index Twitter Immediately!
14 Free Mac Developer Apps.
Apple and Others Quality Control.
FTC going after Fraudulent Check printer.
Azure comes out of Beta Jan 1st!
Are these folks stealing from you?
Pirate Bay Alive and Well!
California to add Border checks for TV’s
The REAL Mars research game!
Smile for the Camera Please!
What are you doing is no What’s Happening!
Hypocrites!
Going Free doubles a companies Business.
Senate to put Hammer down on Phrama, Professors and Book Publishers!
Walmart new Copyright Police!
The destruction of Live Music in America!
Tradeup to Bluray for $15.00?
Hackintosh back in Action on Atom!
Windows 7 Sales Explosive!
Check WiFi on American Airline Flights!
Google Chrome the Announcement!
Google Chrome OS do I really want this?
Will this list support Google Chrome OS?
Windows Home Server Update Coming!
Pandora has amazing conversion rates!
Sprint 4G you gotta get better than this?
EFF Goes after Podcasting Patent in Big way!

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GNC-2009-11-17 #528 Little Rough Tonight?



Never let your Audio recorder start doing a Virus Scan in the middle of the show. 15 minutes had to be re-recorded tonight which sucks.. You know me no editing but when the audio was blank I had to do it twice. Probably better the second time around anyway.

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Samsung DualView is pretty crazy.
Congrats to Richard!
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Show Notes:
Cisco and Logitech Get serious about Video Conference!
Google Hires Don Dodge!
Some Online companies to get congressional spanking this week.
Who do your Believe NYT or Computer World?
Windows 7 Tricks and Tips on Explorer.
Paul Allen Lymphoma announcement!
Windows 7 Zero Day Threat!
Unfriend Word of the Year!
Twitter to tweak Suggested User List.
10 Black Friday Tips.
Apple Post printer driver updates.
SSL not so Secure?
100 Million Core Computers by 2018?
FreeCreditReport gets over 1000 domains in ruling.
MPAA/Sony reverse course on small Muni Wifi.
American Airlines fires considerate employee!
Shuttle to ISS.
Progress docks at ISS.
Water on the Moon!
Where goes the programmers goes the Money!
The Future of Super Computing!
Does AT&T have egg on their face?
Apple and Evil Patents!
Apple rumored deals on Black Friday.
iPhone Apps now reviewed by Computer.
Find dining that fits your diet.
What are the odds?
What is Twitter really for?
Startup Dont’s
Has your world changed?
Google Translation Services significantly approved.
Chrome Extensions Site Launch?
15 Chrome Extensions!
Apple Tablet yet a reality?
Windows Mobile dying off fast!
Psystar Guilty Guilty Guilty!
Psystar Crushed!
Viacomm Lawyer relates P2P Lawsuits to Terrorism.
Multi-Track recorder for iPhone.

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