QuickTip: make more of the screen

November 28, 2007

If you want to make more of the EEE’s 7″ screen, you’ll have already followed the tips about using the AutoHider add-on to FireFox. But what about the OS in general? Well, if you select Launch / Control Center / Control Center, and then Display / Panel/Tasbar / Panel, you can select the Hiding tab.

If you select the lowest radio button in the top frame, “Allow other windows to cover the panel“, your word processor, email application etc will be able to benefit from the full screen. Of course, you’ll want a way of accessing the panel again, so, the checkbox below should be ticked – I have it set to “Bottom Edge“, so, all I need to do to bring up the panel is touch the bottom of the screen with my cursor, and, there it is…

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You know the EEE is the way to go when…

November 28, 2007

… it takes 35 seconds to go from laptop powered off to full desktop environment ready and available in front of you.

I know my Windows machine needs some tinkering, but, with twice the RAM and four times the processing power, it must feel slightly embarrassed that I can boot the EEE, connect to my WLAN, or through my phone via Bluetooth, check my email, close the connection and be shutdown and switched off before the PC has even finished booting…


What reaction does your Eee get from other people?

November 28, 2007

Here’s a dull story… The other day I was typing away in the restaurant at work and in one hour, 6 people asked me what my small laptop was. As I demonstrated the Eee, every single one of them wanted to know where they could buy one. Compare this with the guy using his iPhone at the next table- no one gave a damn.

So, what reaction does your Eee get in public? good? bad? indifferent?


Asus releases source code: SlashDot comment

November 28, 2007

One comment on SlashDot tonight in respect of Asus’ release of the source code for the EEE entertained me, and, not for the first time, it struck me that, intentionally or not, Asus may well benefit from the slight delay in releasing the source code.

1. Release geek-oriented product nobody’s ever heard of
2. Make it very obvious it’s based on GNU/Linux
3. “Accidentally” screw up the GPL code release
4. Wait for Slashdot Story
5. Fix GPL code release
6. Trigger Slashdot follow-up story
5. Free advertising sells lots of product
6. Profit!

Well, the code’s out in the open now, so everyone should be happy on that front. And if Asus gets some more publicity for their Linux machine in the mean time, then, even better- the more people keen to buy a Linux notebook, the more manufacturers are likely to take notice.


Asus raises Eee PC sales forecast by two-thirds

November 28, 2007

Here is some good news, but not unexpected- “Taiwan’s Asus expects to sell five million new Eee PCs globally next year, a senior company official said on Wednesday. That figure is up two-thirds from a previous sales forecast.

Asus, which recently launched a child-friendly Eee PC, has said it hopes the new line of cheaper notebook PCs will vault it ahead of some competitors as it seeks to boost its market share in North America, where it has less than one percent of the market.

Asus is now selling around 20,000 Eee PCs per month, vice president Kevin Lin told reporters. Lin gave the new target for 2008 after the company said last month that it expected to ship more than three million Eee PCs next year…” Thanks to Gavin for the link.


XO v. EEE

November 28, 2007

Laptop Mag EEE / XO comparisonLaptop Mag has a comparative article, pitching the XO laptop (the device in the OLPC project) against the EEE. Overall, the article concludes with the EEE as the winner, although the XO triumphed in the design, price and connectivity departments – the mesh networking functionality does look rather good, but, not at the expense of a machine which reminds me of ET… However, the XO was not designed for someone sitting in an office*, whereas the EEE would easily fit into this environment.

While the XO and the Eee PC 701 were designed for different purposes, when comparing the elements that are common to both, the Eee PC 701 provides a better computing experience for the money.

*Other than perhaps the offices of the Early Learning Centre, I guess.


“Fresno Unified officials buy 1,000 wireless laptops that will fit on students’ desktops.”

November 28, 2007

So

    that’s

where all the EEEs have gone…

For nearly a year, Fresno Unified school officials searched for a laptop that wouldn’t clutter a student’s desk.

Thursday, school officials said they purchased 1,000 wireless laptops that fit on a desk alongside textbooks and notebooks, as well as give students the opportunity to build a digital portfolio of essays, drawings and other creations…

Fresno Unified’s endeavor is the first of its kind in the nation because the laptop maker, ASUS, unveiled the 7-inch creation just last week. What makes the ASUS laptop unique is its built-in keyboard, said ASUS project manager David Leung. Other small laptops have touch-screen keyboards, he said.

Fresno Unified was the first school district to purchase ASUS’ 7-inch laptop, Leung said.

Not sure that a keyboard is as unique as they claim, but, there we go…

More details here.