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English Announce:

We are happy to announce all the content of blog.objectsroot.com has been migrated to Gioorgi.com.

blog.objectsroot.com was  discontinued on August 2008
A total of over 80 articles written from july of 1999 to August 2008.For easy access use the ObjectsRoot.com Category

 


Annuncio in Italiano:

 

La redazione di Gioorgi.com è lieta di annunciare la migragione delgi oltre 80 articoli scritti sul sito blog.objectsroot.com dal luglio 1999 all’agosto 2008.

blog.objectsroot.com  è stato dismesso alla fine di Agosto 2008, ma i suoi contenuti sono ancora disponibili su Gioorgi.com

Per un accesso immediato, vi suggeriamo di servirsi dell’apposita categoria. La migrazione ha richiesto circa 2 ore di lavoro scarse, grazie al buon design di django che ha consentito query ad oggetti immediate e facili da migrare.

Ad oggi vi sono 180 articoli pubblicati su Gioorgi.com. 

Le letture suggerite:

Perché le libere opinioni possono cambiare il mondo.

Site redesign

This article has been retained for hisorical reasons. In this article we refers to blog.Objectsroot.com a site discontinued on August 2008

After some time, I have decided to start redesigning the content and the look of ObjectsRoot.com
I have slightly reduced the tags section, over-simplifying the access to my huge set of articles. With over 100 posts, there is no need of so much tags.
The search engine will help you to find old articles: do not worry anyway, permalinks will remain valid for a long time!

For a short introduction to the new site look, follow this link

In the next weeks you will see a new site look too, clean and clever… like no one before. Stay tuned!
Updated 14 May 2008: Site redesign is in progress. You will find the new site for the 23th of May. Comments are always wellcome!

Updated 21 may 2008: The basic look is finalized, and will not change.

Updated 6 June 2008: Suggested resolution is 1024×768 or higher. The page is dynamically rendered, anyway an 800×600 resolution is discuraged. Fixed some broken links

Asus EEE-PC better then Mac Air?

Finally I managed to buy a Asus EEE PC 700  this week. I would thanks a lot Next Store and its kindly clerks, which I will prefer in future to Mediaword :)
If you are at Milan and you plan to buy it, Next Store is a good choice.

There are a lot of sites and articles around the net about the EEE-PC, because it is a very new article in the IT consumer world.

The EEE PC is the First  full featured PC sold at 300 euros. The Register tries also to compare it with the Mac Air, and we'll see why this is not a so crazy idea.
In these days in Italy was launched an overpriced version (320 euros) with Windows XP preinstalled. We are waiting also the more powerful version (EEEPC 900) at 400 euros. Anyway, what do the product is the 300 euro price: powerful and richer model at an higher price are no so stunning as the EEE PC 700.

Introduction: the hardware

The Asus EEE PC come with 3-usb 2.0 ports, and one SD Card reader. It is expandable a lot, considering it has the same usb ports of my Lenovo Thinkpad R60.  It has no DVD reader, but it is very small and tight. The  battery charger is similar to that of a GSM phone, and it sounds great because of its reduced weight.
The screen is tiny, but very very bright, so it can work if you are not too much greedy as me.

Even if the keyboard is too small, and the fan is noisy, for the rest EEEPC looks well.
With an external monitor&keyboard attached,  your trouble are reduced, at least at home.
You can compare it to a Mac Mini, sold at 600 euros, which has a similar but powerful hardware: so having half the ram for the EEEPC is not a surprise.
But the EEEPC 701 is easy to expand, and on Internet some guys managed to install 2Gb of RAM.
And it is not shipped by deafult with windows but with a linux operating system… another big news, isn't it?

 

Games
I code every day. So in my spare time, at home, I have two priorities: my girlfriends, and games.
And EEE-PC come with some funny games like Frozen Bubble, so it is definitively a very good machine.

 Vodafone & EEE-PC

In Italy, Telecom Italia sells a branded version of EEE-PC, with its USB connect key. If you have a Vodafone Connect Key, I have found an italian article to try to connect it. I will do some tests, and then translate it in English if it is worth of it.

The Software…

The operating system is a commercial version of Linux. Anyway it is well packaged, and it is reasonable fast. The File Manager does not start in a snap, but it could be worst.

…the ideas

Because ObjectsRoot.com is  heavly focused on software development, I am searching a set of article to how build a small cluster of EEE-PC, for doing small distributed computing. The cluster should be easy to set up, with no installation of new operating system, and should have decent performance.
I will report  my experiments in the next month.

Hacking it [Update on 11 june 2008]

Ubuntu has relased a specilized version of ubuntu linux

Conclusion: Why it is great

All these stuff fit in about 300 euros, and there is no decent PDA  at this price…even a good Nokia GSM phone is difficult to find for a such price. The EEE-PC weights less then 1 Kg, and it is very easy to carry on. The webcam is good if you have sufficient light to give it, and you can record at 44.1 khz your voice.
Skype comes preinstalled, giving you a lot of freedom with its VoiceOverIP technology.