QuickTip: keyboard shortcuts

December 19, 2007

Several people have asked me about mapping shortcuts on the keyboard in Advanced mode, as things like Ctl+Alt+T no longer launch the terminal.

To map key shortcuts using a GUI, use Launch / Control Centre / Control Centre, and select General Settings / Key Assignments.

If you want to map a shortcut to a particular application, select the middle tab in Keyboard Shortcuts, called Command Shortcuts, and then follow the tree to whatever application you want.

Select the application, and, in the box below titled “Shortcut for the Selected Command”, change the radio button from “None” to “Custom”. In the ensuing pop-up window, press the key combination you want to use. That’s pretty much it 😉


Brando Eee PC Case Review

December 15, 2007

Eee PC owners have had to wait a while for the first cases to appear but finally they are starting to ship. The Eee PC is so portable that it simply must have a case because it is likely to be carried on a train, dumped in a briefcase and go through the rigors of it’s owners for a large proportion of the day. My ideal case must keep the portability of the Eee PC itself and thus act as a protective skin, without adding too much bulk.

The Brando case is designed to carry the Eee without adding any bulk, yet still affords good protection thanks to the fairly rigid leather structure. The front and back are protected well but there is little protection on the sides and back. To be fair, this is a logical compromise because the Eee has a lot of ports that the user will require access to and the Brando case leaves them all open for use when in situ. The ‘in situ’ ability of this case is what I like the most because I can use the Eee 100% with the case attached, as I am now, and I strongly suspect that the Eee will be spending 98% of it’s life shrouded in $38 of leather for here on in.

On the underside are 5 sets of air vents which is good to see. Those of you who own an Eee will know that it can get a bit hot during prolonged periods of use and thus ventilation is essential. The Eee is held in place by a strip below the keyboard that surrounds the trackpad with holes for the front LEDs, SD card slot and headphone/mic jacks. Fortunately this strip is thin enough to not interfere with the trackpad and actually feels more comfortable when resting your hands on it than the bare Eee PC.

When closed the case is secured by the now standard magnetic circular set up and is placed far enough in to stop accidental undoing when picking it up. It is difficult to write case reviews at the best of time because they are ultimately just pieces of leather designed to suit a particular device. If they are designed well, made of good quality materials and good value for money then they deserved to be recommended. In the case of the Brando case, I am pleased to say that it ticks all 3 boxes and would be a good purchase for any Eee owner. The inclusion of 4 SD slots and a slot for credit and business cards is an added bonus. I suspect my search for a case for my Eee is now well and truly over…

Available from http://shop.brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=02253 for US$38.00

Brando Eee PC case

December 15, 2007

My Brando Eee PC case has just arrived- expect a review tomorrow. First impressions are good value at $38 and Brando is offering free shipping until 8th January.

Brando Workshop Leather Case is made of fine genuine leather. The leather case offers high protection for your device. It features a slim, perfectly fit and stylish design.

PC World now selling the Eee

December 15, 2007

Just received this from Jah- “PC World now has stocks of the Eee PC at £199.99 in the UK.  My local store in Farnborough only has white ones.” Link.

UPDATE- “As soon as I read this I ran to my nearest PC World (in Fulham, London). Well I am very disappointed, it is the usual PC World mess and incompetence:

1. The product is not on display.
2. You’re not allowed to look at it.
3. You can’t even see the box.
4. After I spent a good 10 minutes discussing with a sales assistant, he eventually and reluctantly agreed to go to storage to check the box: the one they sell is the basic model (2G, no webcam) for £200.

Although I really want one, I didn’t buy it because I want the one with 4G and webcam (+ I would prefer black). With some patience, you can get double the memory, an integrated webcam and the color you want for only £20 more!”

Asus Eee PC book style leather case

December 14, 2007

PDA Hut are offering £5 off any Eee PC Case ordered before or on 10th January 2008. Hand crafted in soft leather, this beautifully custom designed high quality case is designed to fit your Asus Eee PC securely.
– Contains 2 credit card slot and 4 memory card slots.
– Magnetic closer for ease of use.

– White stitching compliments the case perfectly and has magnetic closer for ease of use.

Please note, first stock of these is expected to arrive on 7th January, 2008. Place you order today, your Credit Card payment is not release until stock is dispatched.

Order today and receive £5 discount.
At checkout, in discount coupon field, please enter “asuseepeeoffer” without quotes. Offer ends 10th January, 2008. Offer subject to stock availability.

Eee PC competition on the horizon…

December 13, 2007

Everex has confirmed plans to ship a UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) with a 7-inch screen, similar to competitor Asus’s EEE PC. A source close to the company revealed that the device — codenamed “Cloudbook” — will ship with the Google Apps-oriented “gOS” Linux distribution early next year.

According to our anonymous source, the initial Cloudbook model will be powered by a Via C7 ULV processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and come with a 30GB hard drive. It will ship in mid-January in two models, one of which will have a 1.2MP webcam. In general, the hardware appears to closely resemble Via’s Nanobook design.

Preceding the Cloudbook’s mid-January launch, Everex plans to ship a “Developer” version equipped with a touchscreen, our source revealed. That version will come with gOS source code and toolchains, similar to the gOS development board. gOS is an Everex-sponsored Linux distribution optimized for use with Google Apps.

Everex itself officially confirmed the Cloudbook’s existence Tuesday, when a press release on another topic alluded to a “Cloudbook” UMPC with a 7-inch screen. Our source suggested that Everex would likely launch the Cloudbook at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the week of Jan. 7, with consumer availability as soon as Jan. 15.

The Developer edition will launch earlier — possibly on January first. It was originally scheduled for earlier release, but was reportedly delayed by short supplies in the market for 7-inch touchscreens… Full story at Linux Devices. Thanks to Luca.

New leather case for the Eee PC

December 12, 2007

CarryMobile has now released a new leather case for the Eee PC. I was on the phone today to a colleage who advised that another one will be released just after Christmas. Exclusive details on that coming soon.

Opens and closes with magnetic studs,for ease of use.
White stitch finishing,making this case look more beautiful.

With 4 Memory card slot.
With 1 Card Slot.