Saturday, 29 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
So, back to the topic. Unlike most people, I was not 'shocked' by the size of it. Unlike most people I can comprehend the dimensions stated on the Asus website (after all that's what dimensions are for). The screen size is 7in. Whilst the resolution is good, the screen is still only 7in. This means that when you open a program for the first time, it is necessary to spend 15 minutes fidgiting around with the toolbars and settings until every unnecessary pixel is removed. By far the worst offender is Open Office. It is annoying that Asus did not think to customise the programs (which they supply by default) so that they were best suited to the product. I am currently in the process of finding an alternative to Open Office which is not only lightweight but which has a simpler user interface.
For me, the program I will (and have) use(d) most is the PDF viewer. CTRL+L is your friend (fullscreen). Viewing lecture notes during lectures and afterwards is effortless and almost as natural as reading the printed notes.
Thunderbird is great to use and probably the best email client for this device. The split pane can be counter-productive on a small screen but once again, messing around with the settings can help enormously.
Most screenshots you will see of the EEE PC will illustrate the 'Simple' mode, inwhich the traditional desktop and start menu are replaced by a series of tabs with large icons pointing to all the installed programs. There is no denying that this is the simplest way to navigate programs on the EEE but it is not necessarily intuitive to the average Windows or Linux user. Fortunately Asus made it easy to revert back to the core Xandros distribution with the familiar desktop/start menu/taskbar. There is even the ability to boot directly into this mode or switch between the two.
For those interested to know whats comming up soon on this blog...
- Infra red communication link tutorial. Following on from a recent university project, I have learnt a considerable deal about this subject and shall pass on as much as I can remember.
- USB and AVR programming. I hope to learn how to use firware to directly interface an AVR with a USB port.
- EEE PC Review. A down-to-earth review of my EEE PC and its impact on my life!
And for those who just want to look at photos:
Backwell Lake (hmm, ok Backwell Duck Pond then)
Some Cute Albino Ducks
Two geese, jealous of the media attention, approach. The Ducks are not startled
At first, on hearing news of the approaching avian flu, Bernard was shocked...
...But his existentialism soon kicked in.