What would you use a small notebook for?

You know, the tiny PCs that are smaller than subnotebooks, but larger than the HTC Shift? You know, like the Eee PC.
I think I may have the perfect application – to take notes when you watch Discovery Channel, The History Channel, Discovery Travel and Living and National Geographic Channel. They throw so many facts at you, and while you’re sitting there being awed by the steady stream of revelations, you struggle to decide whether to store this tidbit of information into what’s left of the limited storage space called memory. And as the debate rages on in your brain, more info gets lobbed at you.
“Shit, I didn’t know the Chinese started using crossbows approximately 3000 years before it was invented in the west! Oh, and all 300,000 of the ancient arrowheads found in the tombs are exactly the same? That’s mass production, and it’s 2000 years ahead of it’s time! Ah, and they have the properties of a modern bullet? Oh my, amazing. Let me try to remember thi… what? They are applying modern military formations since the Ching dynasty? Oh wow. Which place… oh, and the concubines are doomed to die in the forbidden city?”
What you can do is to have this little beauty handy, and type away into little documents, which can be readily retrievable when needed.


  1. Everything that I would use a regular notebook for. Despite its small size, it does do all the things that a regular notebook does.
    My main uses are word processing, image editing, and web surfing.
    But one important thing is to install a familiar OS. That really helps.

  2. direstraits

    For me, I do a lot of audio editing, programming, installing lots of fun, cool free software, so for me at least the smaller machine would require some adjusting.
    However, I’ve been thinking recently that it would be idea for all the web tasks that my wife and I do after we’ve put the little one to sleep. It’s convenient to lug it around the house, send off an email or do a quick Facebook update.

  3. I just returned from 15 days in China, during which time I had my eeePC 900 with me to edit photos taken during the trip (resize, crop, add copyright mark), and to go online to upload them to my Flickr photostream.
    The eeePC did all the above very well. Its size and lightweight also drew a lot of questions and admiring looks.

  4. Very nice. Yes, I suppose a small notebook lends itself brilliantly to on-the-move computing needs.
    I know you enjoyed yourself amongst the pandas, Chet! 🙂

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