Now that you've got a netbook, it's time to find out how to maximize all of its capabilities. This hands-on guide explains how you can keep your netbook running at peak performance by limiting how many programs you run concurrently and what you download. Learn the best ways to connect to the Internet, secure your system, install software, use web-based programs from Microsoft, Google, and others, add memory, and troubleshoot your netbook. You'll also get helpful tips for working with Windows and Linux operating systems.
Secure your netbook, set up a firewall, and protect it from viruses, malware, and other threats
Connect to public wireless networks, Wi-Fi hotspots, and wired networks
Configure your web browser to run quickly and cleanly
Connect to printers, USB drives, backup devices, and other hardware
Install software stored on a CD or DVD
Configure and use the built-in web cam
Expand your netbook with accessories
Take advantage of Office Live Workspace, Google Apps, and other free web-based applications
Use Open Office on a Linux-based netbook
Learn how to use Windows 7
About the author: Joli Ballew, MCSE, MCTS, MCDST, is a technical writer, technology trainer, and website manager. She is the author of How to Do Everything with Windows Vista Media Center, Hardcore Windows XP, and other books.