Question about RevMobile
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Sat Apr 10 19:59:45 CDT 2010
Alex Tweedly wrote:
> I thought the reason that netbooks were so cheap was because they were
> under-powered, or under-spec'ed.
> Do you find them (or it) adequate for general use ?
> Does it run the full Rev IDE reasonably (I know you use a fairly
> minimalist one most of the time) ?
It's not so minimalist these days, it just makes good use of resources. :)
I forked MC several years ago and have been building on it since; more
recently I've been kicking around the idea of a Netbook Remix IDE for
Rev - if anyone's interested let me know, it might be a fun thing to do.
Rev, MC, and my IDE all feel a bit cramped in 1024x600 (hence me desire
for a netbook-optimized design; IDEs simply take more space than most
software), but as far as performance goes even Rev with its massive
script editor runs fine.
And that's saying a lot given that my netbook is an EeePC 901, which I
chose because it's smaller and lighter than most (probably the smallest
one that still has WSVGA).
If I had to do it over I'd probably go a step larger in form factor to
get a full-size keyboard, but for the small size and weight the 901
takes some getting used to but it's not bad. In fact, since it weighs
less than a quart of water I'll be taking it in my backpack to an
archaeology site in the Mojave so we can run our pics through D-stretch
to see details in pictographs we can't see with the naked eye.
It's no match for my 17" MacBook Pro where I do most of my work, but if
I'm running a stack and I need to touch it up a bit it lets me get the
job done. Heck, it even runs Google Earth surprisingly well.
A couple of my clients have market segments well suited for netbooks, so
I'm spending more and more time with it as I prep those products to work
well in the smaller screen. Given that most of the work I do usually
treats 1024x768 as a minimum, it's only a loss of about an inch and a
half vertically to accommodate netbook users, usually easy to do if you
plan for it and use space well.
I like to think of netbooks as somewhere between a MacBook and an iPad -
not nearly as powerful as a really good laptop, but far more useful than
an iPad for general computing and even programming tasks.
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