Dell will preload software on its latest laptop that can only be used online, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The Inspiron Mini 9, expected Sept. 4, is rumored to be Dell’s answer to the cheap, tiny, lightweight Eee PC from Asus that is best used for working on documents and surfing the web. The software comes from Box.net in Palo Alto, Calif., and is used for storing and managing documents online. Box.net was founded in a dorm room in 2005 by two students, Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith, after Levie lost his jump drive and wanted to be able to get to his photos online. "We take any kind of media type and file format, put it online, and make sure that the right people have access to it," said Levie, who is Box.net’s chief executive officer. "Closed garden applications have lost." Charlotte Dunlap of Enterprise Strategy Group, a technology analyst, said she sees more medium-sized companies using software online because it’s cheap or free. So far, privacy and security have not been problems, she said, and neither have outages like the ones that recently plagued Google’s g-mail…

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