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I did think about something similar as you can't beat a real arduino for testing stuff. I was thinking of using something like a serial port or something else I don't use as i/o connections.
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An Arduino isn't doing anything useful unless it's connected to hardware, so I don't see the point. What's the use of just echoing serial statements to yourself? If the code compiles without errors, it'll download OK. There's just an extremely limited set of situations in which this makes sense...and in those situations you probably don't even need an Arduino at all.
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If you dont mind taking a dremel to your netbook, you could make this even more useful by breaking out all the pins to an empty location on the back or side of your netbook...Just attach wires to all of the pins on the arduino, stick some female headers in a new hole on the side of your netbook somewhere, and label your connections.  smiley-wink
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How about adding a couple of sensors.  

I use a T101MT tablet/netbook and was thinking this one through the other night.  I was thinking along the lines of adding a teenyduino to the case and then a couple of piezo sensors attached to the underside of the case.  Tap Tap and have the knock sensors tell my web browser to go forwards and back.  

Its on my list of things to do when the warranty runs out  smiley
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I could see this being more useful it if was an xbee that you stuck in there. The lack of access to IO in your setup makes it a somewhat poor replacement for an arduino simulator.
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Hi all!

I have the same Acer netbook and know that my warranty expired the second I added RAM :'(! I was thinking of tankgirls "bluetooth" hack using the extra IO's and onboard power, but, this hack looks pretty tasty instead. When I travel, or am just bored, I play with one of my Arduinos, usually Pro Mini as it is easy to carry with. I like how you put it onboard even better!
It might not be able to utilize all the functionalities like when it is breadboarded to things, but, when you're just passing time, playing around. Nice!
I suppose I might drill netbook case holes and hotglue in LEDs hooked to the IO's to test. Then get home and run the program true on my breadboard setup for real.  

Still a reasonable hack! Thanks! smiley-wink
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Thanks all for the compliments and comments.  smiley
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If you have room to add a RJ45 punch down that would provide 8 ports. Using/creating a simple network cable with 8 jumper cables allows for breadboarding.  The port would also also allow you to make external devices that plug in.  
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