Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Asus EEE

Once upon a time, I would've considered myself a real of those folks who go out and get the latest and greatest gadgets and who lusts after those things I can't have. But, as I've gotten older, I've discovered I'm not really one of those people. That, or I've just grown out of it. I've been quite happy with all of my electronics fora  while desktop at work, my work laptop, my cell phone even. Then came the newest "cool toy"....the "netbook". These sublaptops are smaller than a laptop but are fully functioning computers. I've seen and somewhat wanted one for a while, but since being in San Diego last week with other geeks and seeing them with them, I decided I would take the plunge and get me one. So, I convinced my boss to get me one and it arrived yesterday.

What can I say? It's awesome. 8.9" screen, weighing in at over 2 lbs it's perfect for traveling. I couldn't use it for work, but it does some really coolt things that I can't do with a full size laptop. Probably the biggest gripe is the smaller keyboard. I'm surprisingly able to type as normal but the problem I run into most is when trying to capitilize a key on my left hand and using the right "shift"'s smaller and the up arrow is where I naturally want to use it. Also, using the back space button isn't as easy as on a full sized key board. Other than that, I can't think of anything really bad about the keyboard.

The default OS that came with it is a Debian derivitive called Xandros. I wasn't impressed with it, so one of the first things I did was install "Ubuntu EEE" on it. Much better! The interface isn't my normal GNOME desktop, but it's much nicer than what was on here. Plus I'm somewhat familiar with Ubuntu.

I like that it has a webcam built in and the linux distro I'm using actually knows how to use it. If I had people who would actually want to see me, I could do that crazy video chat thing. I know that when Son (that's so weird to type) gets to be about 4 years old, I'm going to buy him one of these. This would be perfect, and, as it has a Linux OS on it, it would allow him to learn linux at an early age and be much smarter than all his classmates!

So far, I rate this 5 stars out of 5. And the envy I get from all the other people on my floor at work makes it a total of 6 out of 5!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Happy Election Day!

Obviously I have my preference for whom I want to see win...let's see if he can do it!