One often wonders why, with tablets taking more and more of the lower end of the networking market, a vendor would come out with a Netbook computer and the answer would have to be to save money while putting some reasonable computing power in the hands of its users.That would have to be the explanation and driving force behind the Hewlett-Packard Mini 1104 netbook. Another of the mobile devices that use Intel’s high-powered, dual-core 1.60 GHz low-power-drain engines for its processing power, the HP can be equipped with up to 2 GB of DDR3 memory.The additional memory helps to increase not only the available cache for the Intel 3600 graphics chip set so that graphics run more smoothly without any annoying buffering or updating which can often be the case in a system where there is not enough cache memory devoted to a high-powered graphics chipset.HP devotes about 300 MB of memory to the chipset so that its backlit WSVGA display and Clear View capability mean that you have a good video experience. No, it won’t top a tablet that has several GB of memory devoted solely to smoothing graphics, as well as handling of various subsidiary graphics and networking features, however, you will also not likely find a tablet with a standard RJ-45 port with which you can patch your Netbook into your home network so that you can use secure computing all the time.You will also find that you must make extensive use of a rather new development in the computer world – cloud computing. Actually more of a validation, “the more things change the more they stay the same,” at one time “cloud computing” was the sole means of writing computer code or data files and storing it on computers. This was when the world still made extensive use of “time-shared” computers as data was stored on “mainframes” and each terminal was linked to the mainframe via a separate computer line. Because you didn’t know where the data was actually stored – on which box it was actually stored because there were likely to be more computers in an IT facility than just the one one which your data was stored,” the paradigm used was the “cloud.” This extended to the world of AX .25 and UNIX several years later and now it is back as all computing seems to be either WiFi 802.11-oriented or peer-to-peer through either a router or server that acts as the router again storing your material somewhere in the “cloud.”Even netbooks take advantage of this, however, the HP adds something that tablets lack, a 320 GB local disk where not only is your Windows 7 operating system stored as are your applications or the applications you use that arrived with your Windows package so that you not only have quicker access to your applications, but you also have private storage if you want it. And, like other netbooks, part of the space on the disk can be configured as virtual memory (page and swap files) that allows you to store not only your data but any code you may have written on your disk but it is available if you have a data overflow on your netbook.In truth, the netbook computer can be called “computing light,” as it is small – quite conveniently sized, in fact – at 16.5 by 3.2 by 10 inches and about 4.5 pounds and it actually makes sense where you need to have more secure file storage as you can use the RJ-45 jack on the side to tie directly into your peer-to-peer network at the office. Or, if you are in the field, you can manipulate or make final changes to files to a file and send it to a printer on a local area network, you can do that. Of course, most tablets also offer printing, too, but it is proprietary and it may require a long trudge to the proper printer to find your print out.Netbooks are in a state of flux at the moment as they are feeling pressure from below and sublaptops from above, but as long as they remain conveniently sized with various input and output ports, then they will remain on sale for some time to come.