Random notes from mg

a blog by Marius Gedminas

Marius is a Python hacker. He works for Programmers of Vilnius, a small Python/Zope 3 startup. He has a personal home page at http://gedmin.as. His email is marius@gedmin.as. He does not like spam, but is not afraid of it.

Sat, 21 Jun 2008

Asus EeePC 900

I unexpectedly acquired an Asus EeePC 900 last weekend. Lovely piece of hardware.

The Xandros distro was okay at first (IceWM brought me fond memories of the year 2000, when I used it). Then I started longing for Firefox 3 and the aesthetics of GNOME applications. Finally, when apt-cache search told me there was no SSH server package available, I gave up and installed Ubuntu Eee from a SD card. The software selection is incomparable (Asus/Xandros: 870 packages available, according to apt-cache stats. Ubuntu: over 30,000 packages.) Also, yay rotating cube desktop!

Things I like about the Eee:

Things that are bad:

My workhorse, a 14" Lenovo T61W, now seems huge by comparison:

Nokia N810 on top of Asus EeePC 900 on top of Lenovo ThinkPad T61W

I'm not going to stop using my N810 (which fits in a pocket, has a much longer battery life, and is more convenient for e-books or NumptyPhysics). I'll stop lugging my T61W around instead and start leaving it at work. The EeePC is an almost-perfect travelling laptop.

The upcoming Asus EeePC 901 is going to fix the lack of internal Bluetooth and the battery life. I wonder when it will become available in Lithuania. (The 900 is displayed in almost every electronics shop here. Yay Asus. Boo Nokia for not doing this with its Internet Tablets.)

posted at 22:56 | tags: , | permanent link to this entry | 2 comments
The EeePC wasn't useful as a mobile device: it was bulky, underpowered, and had poor battery life.  It now serves as my home media PC, driving a 32" 1080p  TV screen, with a large USB hard drive.  Unfortunately its CPU is still woefully underpowered -- e.g. you can't watch 720p movies on it.
posted by Marius Gedminas at Tue Jul 20 22:38:18 2010
This EeePC came with two solid-state disks: 4 GB sda and 16 GB sdb.

The 16 GB disk died in less than a year (read errors in the place where ext3 journal lived).  I got it replaced under warranty and switched to ext2.

The 4 GB disk died yesterday.  The warranty expired a month ago.
posted by Marius Gedminas at Mon Jul 26 12:49:22 2010

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