Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I bought a Samsung NC10 Netbook (black) today. I wanted a new toy for xmas, and I sometimes want a Windows machine (like for web site testing), and it seemed very charming and economical. And so far I like it a lot. It runs Win7 smoothly too*.
(Though it took a loooooong time for the machine to get up and running the first time, installing software etc etc. Must have been like two hours. You'd think they could just ship the disk like it is after it has all been installed.)
I thought, though, that a machine like this, which runs a full OS and has a virtually full keyboard, would be called a sub-notebook, not a "netbook"?
Though I wish I'd known about the blue version, I must say it's a very good looking machine. And it's telling of the times that you now can get a machine this advanced and this compact for so little money. (It seems to have everything, including webcam.)
Hmm, doesn't Windows have an auto-login setting, so I don't have to type in a password on reboot? I can't find it in Controlpanel. [Update: Jeff gives the answer: leave the password blank.]
What I also can't find, bizarrely, is how to change the desktop background! Searches of Control panels reveals no such thing, it does not appear on right-clicking the background, and selecting an image in IE as new background does not work...
[Update: Steven tells me the Windows "Starter Edition" refuses to do that. I think that's a really lame example of "cripple-ware". I paid a pretty handsome premium to get Win7 instead of XP, I think putting up my own desktop background is the least I can ask for!]
* Well, by "smoothly" I mean at acceptable speed, not without hitches. Seems the blue screen of death is black these days... The machine seems to crash when woken up from sleep-with-closed-lid.