Originally Posted by beginner99
which most certainly was due to the crappy hdds those netbooks shipped with and not atom itself.
That is probably part of the story, but not all. I replaced the hdd with an ssd and it was still pretty awful. Had about the same subjective effect as bumping the memory up to 2gb from 1gb.
I think there have also been memory and igpu improvements. This coupled with Win8 leads to a big boost in subjective performance.