EeePC at work: Day 1, Post 5

More thoughts:

Wobbly – If the screen is opened to far the unit can become a bit wobbly…not bad but a bit wobbly.

Battery – I know the battery has lower spec on the $299 unit (which I am using currently) with that being said I am not overly impressed with the battery life.  I will run a real test shortly.

Keyboard – still not very proficient on the “small” keyboard.  I think it might be more the key placement than the size!?

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EeePC at work: Day 1, Post 4

Thoughts:

-Wireless works fine but MUST be manually reconnected each time…wondering if a more robust OS (Ubuntu 7.10) would fix this?

-The keyboard is small.  I am still not used to it.  Will be interesting to see how I feel at the end of the week?!

-Google Gears with FF would be great on this thing for Google Mail, Calendar, Docs…

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EeePC at work: Day 1, Post 3

The EeePC is a little slow coming out of standby mode but if I put it that way by closing the lid and opening and hitting the power button it does come back.  One major issue however, when I come out of standby mode after previously having been connected to an open wifi access point, the connection doesn’t come back.  I have to manually reconnect…not good!

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EeePC at work: Day 1, Post 2

Just had a emergency call from one of my Elementary schools.  Put the EeePC in standby mode hooked up to external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.  Tried to “wake up” EeePC at location with power button….unsuccessful.  Had to power down and up again.  The machine starts up in less than 30 seconds!

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EeePC at work: Day 1, Post 1

So I have decided, to really put the EeePC thru its paces I must use it myself.  What better way than to use it exclusively at work (REMINDER: I am the Director of Technology for Stonington Public Schools in CT, USA).  I have hung up my MacBook, attached a monitor, usb keyboard, and usb mouse to the EeePC, plugged into the wired network and I am up and running.

I will post a blog entry today and everyday this week with my thoughts.

Success:
-Up and running using web-based apps in firefox immediately
-Installed ScribeFire add-on to blog (using it to write this)

Failures:
-Didn’t recognize manually configured 1024×768 resolution immediately.  Had to set it 3 times to get it to stick.  Problem was that bottom OS tray was stuck in the middle of the screen still displayed for native 800×400

Need to test more/MISC:
-Because I am testing with the minimum specs EeePC ($299 model) the 512mb of RAM seems a touch slow.
-I don’t miss OS X yet….haven’t done any multimedia work….

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Why Linux is better than Windows (working draft)

I have been asked quite often over the past week why I went to a free and open source conference.  Usually I end up talking about Linux and usually I am then asked why I would use Linux over Windows or Mac OS.  This is why I am making the switch:

1) No proprietary lock in: will my music and video collection be free in the future?  I want to use free and open file formats
2) Security: better data privacy, no viruses, no spyware….and a community to stop all of this when it does come up!
3) Cost savings for software
4) Cost savings for hardware life extension
5) Cost savings (free Apps) when proprietary software (tries to) stops piracy
6) No degradation of system over time due to “bit-rot” (Users want a system that “just works” all the time)
7) Easier to install/maintain versus Windows (arguable) results in time/cost savings for users
8. System and App update system is centralized and practically (one click) automatic
9) No product activiation (see Windows Vista)
10) DRM (Digital Rights Mgmt) is anathema to the LInux ethos of user freedom (this means YOUR music and software can be moved, shared, copied, etc)
11) When I have a problem I have many, many avenues to find the solution both paid and free from the community
12) I can share my customized Linux distro with my friends (PCLinuxOS with mklivecd or Kubuntu with remastersys)

Please comment with your own thoughts!

NOTE: Many of these ideas were made clearer for me after reading Con Zymaris’s article on Computerworld.com called “Desktop Linux is a Reality Now”

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A week without an OS… or OSfasting

I am toying with the idea of stealing a page from the Chris Pirillio playbook and trying a week without _____. Chris tried a week without Google with mixed results. I want to try a week without using my OS. Now give me some liberty here. What I mean by life without my OS is that I want to try a weeks worth of normal tasks by only using applications that I can use thru the browser (not OS based clients). Examples will include Gmail, Meebo, Writely, Backpack, etc. The plan is to blog about the experience as I am doing it (using wordpress.com).

Therefore, I challenge myself to drop the OS and live in Firefox for one week..maybe on a laptop running a live LinuxCD so I can't cheat! (I will let you know when it starts)

NOTE: I will have blog posts specifically marked as OSfasting category and I will use my results to build a presentation for public consumption.