Asus Guide for Netbook Ideas

Updated: 21 Dec 13

Like me, you may have recently bought one of those cheap but handy netbook computers. Small enough to carry around but not powerful enough to replace your main PC. Of course the idea of a net book is for networking such as the internet including web access, email, instant chat and may be a bit of office work.

But there are many other things you can use your netboot for and here is a short list:

Roberts

1. Radio

Yep, you can use your netbook to play Radio channels such as your favourite local channel or the ever present BBC channels. Just make sure your wireless router is on in the morning, boot up your netbook and browse to your radio web site.

e.g.
Pulse of West Yorkshire
BBC Radio
Virgin Radio
Radio Station Guide

Harpoon Lagoon

2. Classic Gaming

Your netbook cannot play the latest 3D games but you can still play the golden oldie games or web based games such as those written in Adobe's Flash Player, Shockwave or Java.

Finger Time
Miniclip
Free Arcade
Pogo
id Software
Portable Apps

If you have a game on CD or DVD that will work on your Netbook, it install it you could create an ISO file using a tool such a ImgBurn on your main computer and copy it to your Netbook and use a tool such as MagicDisc and Virtual Clone Drive to mount it on a virtual CD/DVD drive.

iTunes

3. Music sharing

If you have a main PC with iTunes installed you can share your main library with your Netbook and play your music on your Netbook over your local network. To do this:

a) Load up iTunes on your main computer
b) Select Edit, Preferences
c) Click on the Sharing tab
d) Enable 'Share my library on my local network'
e) Select 'Share my entire library' or which bits of your library you want to share.
f) Click OK.
g) Now open iTunes on your netbook
h) Look for 'Shared' libraries in the left hand list to view your shared library
i) Copy and/or play the music from the shared library.

Book

4. Electronic Books (eBooks)

Do you love a good book? If so then you can read eBooks on your Netbook. All you need is an internet connection or if you want to read off line then you can download your book and read it using software such as Adobe Digital Editions, Amazon's Kindle for PC reader or CoolReader for EPUB files.

TV

5. Television

You can watch television on your Netbook over the internet using just your web browser. Typical web pages to try are: BBCs iPlayer, ITV Player and Sky's Player (if you have a subscription). If unsure what to watch, check out the Internet Movie Database for information of all film's released and acters and characters in them.

If you want to watch live digital TV, just connect a USB TV Tuner to your computer, such as the WinTV USB devices from Hauppauge.

6. Video and Films

If you have either a built-in DVD-ROM drive or an external DVD-ROM drive connected by USB, you can watch your favourites films using VLC, Nero MediaHome, Windows Media Player or iTunes. Films are now released as Digitial Copies, so that you can download them from disk onto your hard disk and watch it without using the DVD drive.

7. Portable Applications

If you do not want to 'install' full applications you can use Portable Applications which are smaller and self contained.

8. Upgrading the OS on your Netbook New

If using Windows XP, you can replace it with a newer OS such as Windows 7. Do not try Windows 8, as the Windows Store app in inaccessible on small resolution screens lower than 1024x768, which may be required to install various apps (unless you connect it to a monitor). Also you can try some flavours of Linux such as Ubuntu, MacPup, Jolicloud or Peppermint distributions.

 

 

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