Posted by: travelrat | June 27, 2008

Asüs Report

 When I went on holiday, I took my Asüs eee with me. As I’ve already reported, it’s a wondrously compact and light machine, and is half the price of a more conventional laptop. True, there are a few things the Asüs can’t do that a laptop can, but they’re not features I really need. I can’t really think of anything I’d use such features for that couldn’t wait till I got home.So, the things that it will do that I need:

Text: I can make notes, or even write articles. The word processor is Open Office 2.0, which converts readily and automatically to MS Word when I transfer it to my ‘big’ computer by means of SD cards or memory stick (There isn’t a CD drive). However, I did find when I ‘copied and pasted’ into my blog, all my ‘white space’ disappeared, and I had to wait till I got home to rectify this. Big advantage was being able to sit by the pool and work.

PDF

:  I copied some PDFs before I left home, and was able to read them easily. In fact, this machine is the best ‘ebook reader’ I’ve found so far.

Pictures and video

: I’ve got a little ‘family album’ that I can view as a slide show whenever I like. And, I can read the memory card on my digital camera, and view my pictures. I can also store some video … this was especially useful when I wanted to show one to someone. A slight problem was that the sound-track ‘slipped’ slightly, but that I can live with. However, I have not yet found any means of resizing my pictures so I can email them or paste them in my blog; that, too, has to wait till I get home.

Sounds:

I can copy music and podcasts to it, or plug in my MP3 player, and listen to the tracks on it.

Internet:

The hotel I was staying at had free wifi, and was able to connect most of the time. Sometimes, it worked in my room; others, I had to come down into the foyer to work. I never could connect to my email server, but did manage to connect to my ‘secondary’ address, which I will have to publicise more if the issue isn’t with the local server. I couldn’t get YouTube, either … but, as you can see from the entries I made while I was away, I did manage to get into, and post to my blog.
There’s probably a few more bells and whistles, but I haven’t found … or needed them … yet. Further posts as and when … or if … I do.

 

 


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  1. […] cazewok1guy wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt  When I went on holiday, I took my Asüs eee with me. As I’ve already reported, it’s a wondrously compact and light machine, and is half the price of a more conventional laptop. True, there are a few things the Asüs can’t do that a laptop can, but they’re not features I really need. I can’t really think of anything I’d use such features for that couldn’t wait till I got home.So, the things that it will do that I need: Text: I can make notes, or even write articles. The word processor is Open Office 2.0, which converts readily and automatically to MS Word when I transfer it to my ‘big’ computer by means of SD cards or memory stick (There isn’t a CD drive). However, I did find when I ‘copied and pasted’ into my blog, all my ‘white space’ disappeared, and I had to wait till I got […] […]

  2. What excellent little machines they are. Thanks for all the info.

  3. I too only took my Asus EEE with me when I went back to Vancouver. As I wasn’t planning on getting any serious work done (hey, I was on holiday!), it was the perfect little machine for everyday surfing and uploading of photos.

  4. Did you get everywhere you wanted on the web? I can manage for a fortnight without YouTube, but not being able to access my email was a major pain.

    I’m wondering whether the problem was with the computer, the software or the server … or maybe even the site, because I was able to access my ‘secondary’ address all right.

  5. Really? I have no problems with YouTube and that’s just with the EEE out of the box. And I can access my email through ssh or through the web.

  6. Must have been something to do with the Tunisian server, then!

    I think I’m due for a trip to Greece in a few weeks; I’ll try it then, because I don’t have a wireless router at home.


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