If you’ve been following my CloudBook journey, you know that one of the first things I did with the CloudBook was log in to WordPress and write a blog post. I noticed, at the time, that I had to scroll a lot to see what I was working on and to perform simple WordPress tags, like inserting an image. Having to scroll a lot is not a problem inherent to the CloudBook; it’s a problem inherent to any computer with a native resolution of 800×480. These days, 480 pixels of height just doesn’t fit what it used to. JAmerican suggested in the comments section that I try running Firefox full screen to get more screen real estate. I hit F11 and noticed a sizable difference. I tried the same thing on the Eee PC and was surprised to see a noticeable difference between full screen Firefox on the two machines. Just look at these screen shots. First of all, let’s see the difference between the CloudBook’s Firefox in regular mode and in full screen mode.
As you can see, I can’t even view the top of the WordPress content area in regular mode. Now let’s take a look at the CloudBook in full screen mode.
Ahh, that’s much better. You can even see four lines of text and the first four categories in the category menu. Now, let’s see if Firefox on the Eee PC is any different.
You can almost make out a fifth line of text and a fifth category. That must be a good 10-15 pixels extra. Perhaps there’s a way of tweaking the appearance settings on the CloudBook to make up the difference but, by default, there’s a noticeable difference. With only 480 pixels to play with, every pixel counts!