I recently reviewed my blog stats and determined the following to be the Top 5 most popular posts here in TechnoCop for 2008:
- How to Sync Outlook across multiple computers please note that this was updated here.
- Netbook OSX
- Netbook OSX Redux
- Netbook Bags
- Skype and the Nokia N95
With three of the posts being netbook related, this only proves to show that 2008 (especially the second half) was the year of the netbook. I am predicting that this is only going to get better for the Netbook in 2009. I believe that the attraction for the netbook centers on three of its key features: 1. Its lightweight and small footprint;2. Decent processing power and battery life; and 3. Its low price point.
In my organization alone, a good number of our power users are now carrying a netbook, though mostly in XP. However a considerable number are installing OSX simply because of the latter's unobtrusive behavior. All it takes for them to install OS X is to point them towards the right direction (read: who can do the install for them). This is by no means intended as a Windows bashing. I still use a tablet PC with XP Tablet PC. Even this blog was written using a PC software (virtual XP under Parallels) which I am presently trying out - Zoundry Raven blogging client. Need I remind you that I was once a Windows only fanatic until I tried OSX in early 2007 after being fed up with Vista? Even my favorite mobile technology blogger, James Kendrick of JKONTHERUN, has decided to stick to a single OS to make things more simple - Apple's OS X.
I find that OS X rarely grabs my attention when I am trying to work which is not what I experience with Windows. Don't get me wrong, Windows is a fine OS and works well and I am not saying OS X is better or that Windows is not good. I am just saying that for the way I work, OS X stays out of my way better than Windows.
I second that, Sir James.
My 2008 data tends to show the growing interest of netizens in anything netbook, first, and the OS X, second. It is just too bad that the DNA of the people at Cupertino would not allow them to produce laptop's at the netbook's popular price point and configuration.
Finally, allow me to answer the question I posed to myself in a previous blog, "what happens to my netbook with OSX now that I have a new Macbook Aluminum?"
Had I not sold the old and reliable black Macbook that in turn gave me the additional funds to afford a new unibody Aluminum, I was more than happy with the Netbook. But lugging daily the ALUM in the very same bags that I used to carry the Netbook, I find that the bulk and the weight of the Alum is not too bad after all. You add to that the tremendous speed of the 2.4 ghz 4g RAM ALUM, for me, it was like bringing with me everyday the all too powerful and dependable MacPro desktop sitting at the THQ. And so, on the 1st working day of 2009, I will make a co-worker jump up and down with joy.
From the very words of Sir James, "See Yah!"