Cannon programs on a netbook
You can usually make your resolution 1024*768 on a netbook and then it will either fake it, or let you scroll around the screen to make it work.
That said, its a bit of a hassle. There are some good low powered netbookss with a slightly larger screen resolution that are a better bet if you havent bought it yet, eg HP Pavilion DM1, or newer equivalent models. There are also good 'real' laptops coming out now that are small, eg the 'ultrabook' specfication, if you're not too budget limited.