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.

 

 

Objectsroot revamp of posts

Hi all, dear readers (and spammers too… you delight me with your poor tatics)!
Because my job is getting very very boring, and my private life is full of fantastic nights, I have decided to write a bunch of new articles, and stack them on objectsroot.com.

But Because too much to read is bad, the article will be published in a timed way, and you will be able to see the stack and the publish date on the "Recent Posts" column.
And by the way, you needn't to pay for that future articles, like some other nerd sites are used to do….

 

Modena e Padova twin trip

Hi blog readers! Your trip master has just come back from a win trip done in the swap of the year. We have been in Modena in December and in Padova, this month. We have done one-day-trips, fast and furious as usual. I have done about 6 photos to Modena. I liked a bit more Padova, which needs at least two days to be seen. Padova has a lot of beautiful and nice churches to see. Consider only the Scrovengi’s Chapel, very well known.

Take also a look to the photobook of my friend on Padova.updated

Never less, Padova is also a very green city, with two big gardens in it. And tipical biscuits are very good :) So give it a try.

Celeste

Celeste

Celeste is a mail reading and organizing program. The name “Celeste” is a reference to an earlier mail reader named Baba, which was written at Xerox PARC by Steve Putz and John Maloney.

Nowadays, Celeste is maintained by Giovanni Giorgi (me).

Latest Feature

A new revision is planned for the end of September 2006, and code name will be “Sonic”.
Sonic will include a smart mailing-list filter and a better “leave message on server” option.
I implemented years ago an auto-filtering system in AppleScript.
The filtering engine used the
RFC2369 and some other tricks to detect yahoo mailing list.
Sonic will have also an auto-filter for google mailing list too.

The leave message on server option is quite bad now. It creates a lot
of duplicated messages.
The new implementation will avoid dowloading twice a message, using
a mix of messageId and timestamp to detect duplicated messages.

Version policy

I have found a misleading versions for celeste.
Celeste uses a “versionString” to mark a version in every sent email.
versionString labelled something like
2.currentChangeset.

As far as I started mantaining Celeste, we used a lower version (for example 1.23).

To avoid confusion I have started to renmbering all the stuff starting from revision 3.0.

Anyway, the version name is the first thing you should consider. I plan to do very few releases.

Celeste Auto Filter Capability (BETA)

Some busy users subscribe and unsubscribe to a lot of mailing list.
Managing them with filter is possibile, but can be done only by hand.
Worst, email programs tend to be very slow if a single folder is full of stuff,
and this can be true for Celeste too.

The Celeste Auto Filter option will enable a smart archiving system,
packing the email in seasons.
For instance “2006Q1-squeak-dev” will contain all the emails of squeak-dev of the first three month of 2006 (=the first quarter).

The Auto Filter will understand YahooGroups, Mailman and GoogleGroups mailing list, auto-dispatching them to the right category.
The filter will be enabled by default.

Downloads

You can find released versions on SqueakMap and development versions on SqueakSource.

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