August 10, 2010

Netbooks you say? Well there’s a client for that..

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When people discussed the future of ‘mobile’ back in 1999, everything was WAP and cell phone Internet and mobile website development and thin clients. Well at least most of us remember how that ‘mobile revolution’ changed our lives, or, at the very least, our 401K’s.

Fast forward about half a decade and a company named Asus launches the ‘Eee PC 700′. At first the news of this new smaller notebook was a non-event; after all it is just a smaller whose main features are low weight and lasting battery life.

Fast forward again and it’s 2010 and netbooks sales are dwarfing traditional laptops, entire operating systems are being rewritten to fit our smallest best friends, and a new generation of ‘Pads’ are rolling out in the wake of the immense popularity of the cheap, lightweight and long lasting mini-laptops.

Netbooks and SpiderOak

At SpiderOak we pride ourselves in offering our service and client for pretty much every operating system imaginable and have supported netbook usage from the very beginning (now please don’t take this as an invite to start asking for Amiga OS support and tell us about how our client crashes on AS400 systems).

And with our new release we have resized, stripped, and customize our client for the sometimes quite low resolution on 7″-10″ netbook screens. We have also improved memory handling and a few other things so that you will get the best possible experience on your little sub-notebook friend.

The client auto-senses maximum resolution and customizes itself on installation so no ‘special download’ is needed just download the latest version of SpiderOak and you are good to go.

For those interested our complete list of release notes for the new release is available here.

  1. Great stuff! Moving that window around was getting on my nerves.
    It also shows that you pay attention and fix bugs.

  2. @tramsgar actually ripped out quite a few things in the 'netbook fix' and also worked on correct resizing, memory handling and the sync and share wizards. We also integrated local password protection for people like me that like 'accidentally sharing' their netbooks with fellow coffee shop goers from time to time..

  3. @Martin of course not. However, the elements that are automatically disabled/ripped during the installation process in a low-res environment cannot be disabled manually. Though there should be no need for this on a normal workstation.