說真的,個人對於EeePC 701當初推出時的印象還是相當強烈,為此還寫了一篇「從補足Linux軟硬體最後一哩的角度看EeePC」稱讚。可是二年過去,線上販售的小筆電都只剩下Windows XP或是Windows 7 Starter了。

 

ZDNet甚至寫了一篇「小筆電可跟iPad學習的10件事」(雖然有一二點跟我這邊講得也有點像),個人覺得分析地很好,但是很諷刺的是,2007年推出第一台小筆電至今,為何到現在反而還要回過頭來學習iPad的優點?其實相關廠商裡面還是有做了一些努力,但是很可惜沒有持續,或是一些問題根本就沒有解決過。


1.介面的再進步

當年看到EeePC701 Linux的介面,就覺得是個不錯的嘗試,在當時第一隻iPhone剛推出還只接受Web App開發模式的時候,EeePC這樣陳列型的介面,已經可以使用許多桌上型軟體,但是在精緻度和易用度上,很可惜沒有繼續再做相關的改進。


再回頭看iPad/iPhone的介面,其實說明EeePC Linux的介面定義並沒有錯,其實也很好。只可惜是沒有延續,也缺乏改進和修正,相比之下變成像是一個介面的草型。

 

2.軟體/內容應用的缺乏

簡單講,就是沒有大家都在做的AppStore。不只Ubuntu把自己的軟體下載機制改變為軟體中心,甚至要推出自己的音樂商店。連Intel都想在Moblin(現Meego)內建軟體倉庫。但是當初的各家小筆電廠商卻幾乎都是跟某家Linux廠合作,弄個類似EeePC的介面就推出,等到Windows XP/7 Starter的殺價拿到了,就不再經營這塊市場。


而當初我買了EeePC 701使用時,除了對於小尺寸鍵盤的適應問題之外。再來就是有些軟體是使用Linux原生的解析度,就會出現一些操作的狀況,這也是缺乏最佳化軟體的狀況之一。


而目前有類似iPad模式的廠商,比較知名的就是Archos推出的Android平板(也不是小筆電),不過他們似乎內建的也只是自己的軟體商店就是了(問題似乎是出在AppMarket對於他們設備的解析度不支援,所以只好弄自己的軟體商店)。


3.二台電腦之間的同步問題

當初Nokia要做Netbook時,提出了一些小筆電的一些問題。一些資料同步的部份,或許可以使用像是Dropbox或Ubuntu One這類網路服務(還有For iPhone程式)(ASUS好像也有推自己的Vibe),當然更徹底的,是可以用基於網路的Chrome OS,可惜從去年到現在,由於系統本身也還尚未完善,所以也還沒有實際的商品採用。


小筆電好的產品在哪?

如果要輕小省電,我會選Sharp Z1,可惜台灣沒賣。


要講到有趣的創新應用,則是考慮litl Easel,因為的確是很有趣的用途,但是很可惜目前也是小眾。我曾經把EeePC轉成90度看漫畫圖檔,然後用空白鍵換頁,當時我覺得其實很方便。


其實當初小筆電在一般市場上的產品定位可以說是正確,很可惜最後還是為了要搶短利,而把小筆電當一般筆記型電腦在賣,並沒有持續深耕自己原來產品的內容。然後小筆電越來越大台,卻是還是用較低階的硬體配備。比較不懂硬體差別的使用者到最後根本很難理解,10/11吋的"小"筆電跟12/13吋的一般筆電差異到底在哪,就逐漸侵蝕掉原來的筆電市場。


接著看到Kindle或iPad才一窩蜂要做電子書或平板,但是說真的,比較能夠讓消費者願意嘗試新類型的產品,結果還是要靠微軟的Courier,或是等Intel/Nokia的Meego完成並有產品上市了吧。最後我必須說:是的,小筆電可以多工、可以看Flash。可是他讓我在已有筆電的狀況下,還是遇到很多問題。而這些部分的需求和答案,是iPad或者之後的其他產品才能夠解決的。而至於iPad的問題,還是先等到iPhone OS 4.0發佈之後再說吧。

 

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From the disappearance Linux netbooks to iPad-Talk about Netbook should improvements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really, the individual was first introduced for the EeePC 701 is still very strong impression, this has also written a "make up Linux software and hardware from the perspective of the last mile EeePC" praise. But over the past two years, sell online only left a small laptop Windows XP or Windows 7 Starter was.

 

ZDNet even wrote a "small electrically with the iPad to learn 10 things" (although there are 12 points, spoke with me here a bit like ), personal feel of nicely, but it is ironic that, in 2007 introduced since the first small power, why it should instead go back to the advantages of learning iPad? In fact, of the firms in which there made some efforts, but unfortunately did not last, or simply some of the issues had not been resolved.


1. Interface further progress

Then see the EeePC701 Linux interface, the feel is a good attempt at that time also just launched the first iPhone only accept only when the Web App development model, EeePC display this type of interface has a number of desktop software can be used However, reliability and ease of use in the refined degree, it is a pity not to do related improvements.

Look back iPad / iPhone interface, the interface actually shows the definition of EeePC Linux is not wrong, in fact, very good.Unfortunately, there is no continuity and the lack of improvements and fixes, compared to become like a prototype interface.

2. Software / Application of the lack of content

Simply speaking, is not everyone doing AppStore. Not onlyUbuntu software download mechanism to change their center for software , even launching its own music store . Even Intel wants the Moblin (now Meego) built-in storage software. But the original manufacturer various small power almost all Linux works with the cooperation of a home, the idea of holding such EeePC interface to launch and wait until Windows XP / 7 Starter of the bargain got, this market is no longer operating.


And when I bought a EeePC 701 uses, in addition to the small size of the keyboard than the problem of adaptation. Again that some software is to use the Linux native resolution, there will be a number of operating conditions, and this is the situation of lack of optimization software.


At present, a similar pattern makers iPad, more well known isArchos launched Android flat (not a small laptop), but they seem to only their own built-in software that stores it wants to (the problem seems to be out for their equipment in AppMarket The resolution does not support, so we had to get their own software store).


3. Second, the synchronization between computers

When did Nokia do Netbook, made some small power problems. Some data synchronization part, may be able to use like Dropbox or Ubuntu One such network services ( also For iPhone Programming ) (ASUS seemed to have pushed their own Vibe), of course, more thorough, it can use network-based chrome OS , unfortunately since last year, because the system itself is not yet complete, so it has not used the actual products.


Small electronic products where good?

If you want to light a small power, I would choose Sharp Z1 , a pity not to sell Taiwan.


Want to address an interesting, innovative applications, it is considered litl Easel , because the purpose is indeed very interesting, but unfortunately is currently the minority. I have to turn 90 degrees EeePC read comics picture files, then use the space bar for page, then I think that is actually very easy.


In fact, when small electrical products in the general market orientation can be said is correct, it is a pity that the last attempt to seize the short interest, or rather the small power notebook computers when the general sale, and not continue to cultivate their own original content of the product. Then more and more small power station, but it is still a lower-order with the hardware. Do not understand the hardware differences compared to the last it is very difficult to understand users, 10/11 inch "little" laptop with 12/13 inch difference in the general notebook Where is, to gradually erode away the original laptop market.


Then rush to see the Kindle or iPad only do e-books or flat, but really, compared to consumers willing to try new types of products, results or rely on Microsoft's Courier , or other Intel / Nokia's Meego completed and have a product listing instead.Finally, I must say: Yes, small electrical work can be more, you can see Flash. But he let me have notebook the situation, or encounter many problems. Some of these needs and answer, after a iPad or other products will be able to solve. As for the iPad the problem, or first wait until iPhone OS 4.0 was releasedthen.

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