Netbooks: The Powerful Mini-Laptop

August 20, 2009

Netbook vs LaptopYou can’t look around in an electronic store or even watch TV anymore without seeing or hearing about netbooks. A netbook is essentially a smaller version of a laptop designed for a specific purpose: surfing the web, though that isn’t to say that’s all they can do by any means.

Here are the pros of netbooks. First off, they have excellent battery life. In fact, newer netbooks can get more than 10 hours before they need to be charged again. Standard laptops get 3 hours or so if you’re lucky. Netbooks are very small. They typically have screens from 7”-10”. Laptops are usually 13.3”-17”, though are are some even bigger than that. Because netbooks are so much smaller, and because they often have solid state drives (SSDs), they are much lighter. They most commonly weigh around 2 or 3 pounds. Because they are small and light, they are very, very portable and easy to carry around. They can fit in a backpack or purse relatively easily, which is why they are becoming a more popular choice for college students. They come with a built in wireless adapter as well, so they can connect to any wireless network. Also, there are linux based operating systems that are tailored specifically for netbooks. This is because netbooks often aren’t as powerful as laptops, which we’ll get to more in depth in the next section, and linux is a very quick efficient operating system. Lastly, netbooks are very inexpensive. You can get netbooks for around $200 or $300, but a more powerful one will be $500+. Read more

Solid State Drives: Are they worth it?

August 19, 2009

What are solid-state drives (SSDs)?  You may have heard of them.  You may have seen them and wondered why they are so much more expensive than traditional hard drives.  They have actually been around for quite a while.  They are essentially just like a USB-flash drive.  They have no moving parts, as opposed to traditional hard drives, which do have moving parts and can damage easier.  For example, if a laptop with a traditional hard drive is dropped, it can likely sustain damage because of the moving parts.  The same thing can happen if a computer is accidentally bumped or kicked.  Solid state drives do not have that problem as they have no moving parts, though that’s not to say they are by any means invincible. Read more

Cloud Computing: The Next Generation of Computing Power

August 19, 2009

Cloud ComputingThis article is a technical overview to Cloud Computing. Cloud computing is a very broad and technical topic. To discuss the specifics of how Cloud Computing fits into your organization, give us a call at Emerson Technologies today.

What is cloud computing? Perhaps you’ve heard of it. Cloud computing is really the next generation of computing power. Cloud Computing isn’t a new fad that will be around for a limited time. It’s a new way of thinking about your company’s computing needs. Cloud computing is essentially having various parts of your company floating out on a “cloud” somewhere on the internet. There are three different levels of cloud computing. Read more