Some time ago, a friend suggested I enter the YouOnTheWeb competition organized by Revevol.eu. All I needed to do was give my name, phone number, and email address to gain entry. So I did. The Jury would then google for all participants, and award the one with the best online presence with a Samsung NC10 Netbook.
I was told Monday that I had won, much to my surprise.
I am to meet the Revevol team on Friday next time I am in Paris, and there will be some picture-taking and formalities. I look forward to it, as Revevol is doing something similar to what I am doing: promoting the use of the Cloud in the enterprise. They provide services in adopting Google Apps and other SaaS vendors. I, with Cloud in Code, provide services in adopting Cloud Computing.
So I went home with my brand new Samsung NC10 netbook, wondering what I was going to do with it. It had Windows XP pre-installed. I thought to myself that I would keep it that way, since all I need is Firefox. 4 restarts later, I started downloading Ubuntu Netbook Remix out of frustration. It is amazing how three service packs later, Windows XP is still crap. However the Ubuntu page dedicated to the NC10 mentions some functionality lacking until the next kernel, so I’ll wait for 9.04 due this month (Jaunty Jackalope).
Incidentally, Mozilla Labs announced the general beta availability of Weave, a Firefox addon that lets you sync your Firefox profile across multiple computers (only available on Firefox 3.1 beta). This was a perfect occasion to install on both my MacBook Pro and the NC10. And it works, allowing me to get the same results on the Smart Location bar, sync open tabs, keep same bookmarks and passwords (I use a unique password for every site, a hash of the site url concatenated with a master password, a pain on mobile devices). Works great, highly recommended if you have multiple computers.