Some months ago I got an Asus EEE PC 1000 HD netbook. I got it so that I could always have a notebook on hand for writing. I have been writing books for 13 years now but I am having more and more difficulty to concentrate on what I am writing as my 6 year old son does the possible and impossible to ensure that I can’t get any work done. :-)
Running Morfik Fx on a NetBook
The netbook concept of a second computer seemed perfect for me and having used a 7 inch EEE PC for a week before I knew that the computer was powerful enough for what I wanted. It had a keyboard that was way too small to do serious writing. I decided on an Asus model with a 10 inch screen which had a correspondingly larger keyboard.
Right after I started using the netbook to write my latest Morfik book, I started to miss having the Morfik IDE available to check on things as I was writing. That was a problem however, as the little computer came with Linux. I thought about if for a while and wondered if it would be worth the trouble of switching from Linux to Windows just to run Morfik as didn’t really expect the Morfik IDE to perform well on such limited hardware.
I guess I was a bit biased in my thinking as I have a pretty fair notion of how many things the Morfik compiler and IDE do at the same time by running a considerable number of threads. In the end I was extremely pleased to discover that Morfik Fx 2.0 runs just fine on the little computer. Since the CPU is a 900MHz Celeron, it takes a bit longer to do a full build of a project, even a small one, but the incremental compiling runs that you normally do when making and testing small changes are quite okay.
I would not recommend that anyone try to design an application’s interface in a tiny netbook screen, but even that works okay. I have a problem with the Styles tab of the inspector panel not having a scrollbar, which is quite limiting in a 600 pixel high display. This is, however, a bug as this panel is still not fully visible on the screen of my MacBook which has a regular 1200×800 display. I hope this little issue gets fixed soon as it will make using the netbook more productive, but all in all the experience is already pretty decent.
Having the ability of running Morfik on netbooks seems particularly interesting for people who have to spend a lot of time on the road but only need to do small fixes or adjustments while traveling. Just as with most computer tasks, it is great to be able to do it on such a small and light device, but you would not want to do it there full time.
If you have a netbook running Windows, I suggest you try it yourself.