No New Netbooks Until 2010

Apparently Acer and Asus have held off making new netbooks until 2010. According to Digitimes:

Asustek Computer and Acer will not offer any new netbooks in the second half of 2009, as Intel plans to push the launch of its entry-level products including the Pine Trail-M platform to the first quarter of 2010, according to industry sources.

Read the complete article here.

Asus Eee PC 1101HA Black unboxing video

This is the newest Eee PC Seashell netbook to hit the stands. Check out the unboxing video, courtesy of NewGadgets.

Linux doing well (in Germany)

Oh look. While we at MyAsusEee PC were actually mouring the soon-to-be demise of the Linux netbook, this little bit of news managed to slip past out radar.

Rico of The Gadget Blog has reported that sales of Linux laptops are actually rising; even topping the list in Amazon Germany.

Well, this little bit of news is encouraging.

Read his entire entry here.

T91 a dying breed this soon?

From EeeUser:

Asus are now saying what many Eee fans do not want to hear; if the initial T91 does not sell well, there wont be a T91A, T91Go or the T101H. With many Eee Users being keen to see how the Asus “test” release works and plays, just as many are holding back and waiting for the T91’s successors as the T91 itself does not feature many of the other great features that Eee Users were wanting and expecting.

Come on Asus, it’s too soon. We were hoping for more touchscreens from you guys.


The Weekly REEEcap

Okay, so every Sunday from now on, I’ll be posting the stories from last week just to give you guys a chance to catch up on the latest Eee PC and netbook news.

Surprise! Netbooks hurting Microsoft

Brad from Liliputing posits that netbook sales are harming Microsoft’s bottom line.

There are a number of reasons Microsoft saw a revenue decline this year (and please, before you shed any tears, bear in mind that the company is still making a profit, just not as big a profit as it did last year). Some of those reasons have to do with software: Windows Vista didn’t catch on the way Microsoft hoped it would, and Windows 7 isn’t available yet.

But the recession has also led to a decline in PC sales generally, and a surge in sales of low cost netbooks which run older copies of Windows XP which Microsoft is offering at a deep, deep discount in an attempt to provide an affordable alternative to Linux powered netbooks. And that’s led to lower profit margins for Microsoft.

Check out the rest of Brad’s (rather convincing) argument here.

What do you think?

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Microsoft Patches Linux. Whoa.

Okay, I know this isn’t a Linux blog. But we all know that Linux is a fairly popular OS on netbooks. And the Linux community has declared Microsoft to be their sworn enemy in the fight for people’s desktops, it really is unspeakable that Linux has been patched by [insert audible gasp here] Microsoft.

You may have already heard, but the unthinkable has happened. That’s right, Microsoft, the self-proclaimed enemy of Linux and free software, has announced that they will be submitting some 20,000 lines of code to the Linux kernel. Come again? Yes, Microsoft wants to get its code into the Linux kernel. You read that right!

It is important to note that this code has not yet been included into the official Linux kernel. The code has also not yet been thoroughly scrutinized by the wider community to see what the code actually consists of. Is it all code, or does it rely on binary blobs? Will the quality of the code make the grade, or will the community be expected to clean it up and maintain it?

Via Linux Mag.

Thanks, Cocoy!

Apple Netbook? Nope. Nada. Zilch.

So apparently Apple still hates netbooks.

According to Apple COO Tim Cook,

When I look at what is being sold in the netbook space today I see cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens. Quite frankly it is not a space as it exists today that we are interested in, nor do we believe that customers will be interested in.

So Apple still hates netbooks. Or don’t you want another product cutting into the iPhone’s space?

[via Alibaba]

More SSD upgrades for the Eee PC

Hey guys, remember those old Eee PC SSD upgrades I blogged about a few months back? Well, turns out there’s another bunch of SSD upgrades available for our favorite netbook.

EeeUser reports:

Active Media have added to their SaberTooth range a whole lot of newcomers specially made for the Asus Eee PC. Not only are they hard drives, they are solid state hard drives.

The SaberTooth-S and SaberTooth-SS solid state drive ranges are aimed to improve storage in certain Asus netbooks and offer storage of up to 64GB and boasting access times of near 155MB a second.

Anything that’ll extend the life of our beloved Eees, I’m all for it.

Eee PC My Life Contest: Have an Eee, win a 5-night cruise

Okay, I’m not endorsing this contest or anything, but I found it interesting enough to inform you Filipino Eee owners who might be reading my blog.

You see, there’s this ongoing contest right now for Eee owners. All you need is to submit your verified Eee serial number, and blog about your Eee experiences on the site.

Prizes are:

  • A five-night cruise for four on board Super Star Virgo
  • One ASUS U20
  • One ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1008HA

Check out the Mechanics Page for more details


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