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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:20 am    Post subject: Asus Eee PC Reply with quote

Is anyone here interested in the little thing? It seems like a cool idea, but a tad on the pricey side.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Asus Eee PC Reply with quote

scooper wrote:
Is anyone here interested in the little thing? It seems like a cool idea, but a tad on the pricey side.

I was, until I saw the price, the ides is nice and would be nice to have one of those with the RAM maxed to 2GB, but the SDD really drives up the price.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep.

But watching it go from a pre~release price of "UNDER" $200.

to $400... has kinda made me think twice.

The chip / clock speed isn't ever gonna set the world on fire; but at least it's portable.

As for the screen size.

I think the 7" screen sitting in that fat 10" surround, makes me feel that Asus are being tight-a*rsed about the whole exercise.

It's not as if they couldn't afford to drop in a bigger 9" or even 10" screen.

If they upgraded the screen size, I would seriously consider buying it.

But until then, I'll pass.

Besides which, the Apple Mini-Note-Pad-Thinga-Me-Jig (US version s called a Whatcha.M-Call.it) that is alleged to be in the pipeline, might make for a better 'investor..ment'. Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that this little machine was absolutely fantastic. I pictured myself installing an outliner program and being able to work on projects wherever I went.

Then I saw this in the 'Features' FAQ on the Research Machines (UK distributor) website:
Q: Can software be added to the set that come with the miniBook?
A: No, as the interface has a fixed number of icons which launch programs or go to web addresses.

Bye bye, outliner program.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
Bye bye, outliner program.


But I think you can install Ubuntu or even Windows XP on it, no? You could probably install all of those built-in apps plus some.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ASUS Website wrote:
Operating System: Linux, Windows XP compatible


It's intel?!?! Why not run Linux instead....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ASUS Website wrote:
Operating System: Linux, Windows XP compatible


It's intel?!?! Why not run Linux instead....


It actually sounds like it has a peppy little Intel Dothan-based Pentium M CPU. I could be wrong, but isn't that what Apple uses in the Apple TV?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weee, HackersMovie, you're absolutely right.

Here's a reviewer installing Gutsy Gibbon: http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10006278o-2000331777b,00.htm
Here's the unofficial fansite complete with links to screenshots: http://www.eeeuser.com/

Well, if I want to get one of these (Yes I do!) I had better find out which outliner progs are available for Ubuntu and start to learn a little bit of Linux (groan).
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Weee, HackersMovie, you're absolutely right.

Here's a reviewer installing Gutsy Gibbon: http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10006278o-2000331777b,00.htm
Here's the unofficial fansite complete with links to screenshots: http://www.eeeuser.com/

Well, if I want to get one of these (Yes I do!) I had better find out which outliner progs are available for Ubuntu and start to learn a little bit of Linux (groan).


Sweet links! I was wondering how much space would be left after an Ubuntu install. It looks you have just over 1GB left. I guess you have the SD slot to play with though. When is the 8GB model coming out? Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't mind having something really small like this to bring out to my workshop. The low resolution screen might get a little old though. I guess they went with the smaller screen to keep costs down. But it looks like they have room for a 10-incher in there. Is there talk of other models? I haven't been following it. I just saw it mentioned on Gizmodo a few times.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you know the good thing about Linux is it can run on just about anything, from mainframes to thumb drives.

Another good idea may be to install a minimum installation with a light weight window manager instead of gnome/kde, and add what you would need once you get wifi working.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weee, Devo, the best source for information and links that I have found on this machine is this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC

Ghostdawg - is the relationship between a window manager and Linux the same as Win 3.1 and MS-DOS? Am I on the right track here?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at this news. It sounds like they coming out with a desktop version of the Eee PC that is similar to the Mac mini in size.

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/11/09/asus_preps_desktop_eee_pc/
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhh, crap. Asus have done a deal with Research Machines to distribute in the UK. RM have been a company that sells to schools and colleges since the 1980s, and they still are:
Research Machines wrote:
The RM Asus miniBook is available to purchase from RM for use by anyone in the UK in full-time or part-time education. Parents purchasing on behalf of their children are able to do so providing their children are in full or part-time education.

Ah well, it was nice while it lasted...
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnnyBoy wrote:
Ah well, it was nice while it lasted...

I take it all back. I typed 'Asus Eee PC' into eBay, and if you're willing to pay the right price.....
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