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Budget Dual Core Battle: Athlon II 240 vs. Pentium Dual-Core E5200

Posted in CPU, Uncategorized by QuietOC on February 26, 2010

Computers have quickly gone from single processor cores into multiple cores, but most software still doesn’t benefit from the extra cores. Still the dual core processor has become standard for PCs, and, yes, two cores are beneficial in ways not measured by most benchmarks mostly by more smoothly handling background tasks.

Both AMD and Intel sell dual core processors that cost more than their cheapest quad core processors. That doesn’t mean there is a good reason to buy a $300 Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 or even a $100 AMD Phenom II X2 555. There are much cheaper deals for basically the same thing–specifically the Pentium Dual-Core and the Athlon II X2. (more…)

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The Evolution of the Microsoft/Intel Netbook: Three generations of mini Windows laptops

Posted in Uncategorized by QuietOC on February 12, 2010

The Eee PC 1000 and Gateway EC18 form factors

A couple of years ago I was shopping for something simple to take notes on during class and for writing in general. I remembered seeing people use small keyboards with PDAs to take class notes. So I first thought of getting a PDA and a keyboard. A few PDAs were still available, but they weren’t all that cheap, and I also discovered that keyboards for PDAs were actually pretty expensive. However, I found out about another type of device that Microsoft had developed called the Handheld PC. Handheld PCs (HPCs) were basically PDA electronics in a mini notebook form factor. I soon purchased one of the last HPCs, a used NEC Mobile Pro 900C.

NEC Mobile Pro 900C running Cmonex v2

NEC Mobile Pro 900C running Cmonex v2

A few months later ASUS released the original Eee PC on the unsuspecting world market. I wasn’t too envious of ASUS’s new device, but there is something to be said for x86 compatibility. What I really wanted though was x86 Windows compatibility–the first Eee PCs shipped with Linux. I did find my old NEC useful mainly due to its active user community and upgradeable firmware. I was soon running a user-modified OS that allowed most newer Window Mobile apps to run alongside older software on the device.

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