Wednesday, July 02, 2008

EeePC is here !

It's obviously the most desirable gadget of the moment. The ASUS EeePC with it's 7" screen, small but complete keyboard and it's beautiful 'Pearl-Shine' white finish. And it's also a real computer. 900Mhz Intel Celeron, 512 MB RAM, 2 Gigabyte flash hard disk, WLAN, Ethernet, VGA output and 3 USB connections make this little box a full fledged PC with capabilities one could only dream of a few years ago. It comes with a Linux OS, and it boots in something like TWENTY seconds. It has many pre-installed apps, like the complete OpenOffice suite, FireFox and Thunderbird, so 90 to 100% of your daily work is covered. And that's what it's for. I think if you buy it as a'multi purpose' desktop PC replacement and expect to work exactly like your WindowsXP machine you're missing the point (and you get rants like "I hate my EeePC"). Nobody complains about his multi media phone not being able to run OpenOffice. That's not what it was designed for.
On the other hand, if you are a geek like me and are tempted by the possibilities of this platform then there is plenty of room for experimenting. But I'll keep the original setup intact because that's really ideal if you want to get some work done in confined spaces like an airplane chair on a low cost flight..

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