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So, what have you done so far with your new EEE PC?
 

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replying to this message. I'm at Tim's now.

The HDD is 2/3 full with the 4gb model. I have my SDHC card with my vacation photos in the SD slot, They play fine.

Overall, I'm happy with this bad boy, Not something you would use everyday but it's good for internet cafes, vacations, or anywhere is a hotspot.

Lots of s/w pre-intalled. Firefox for browsing. Thunderbird for email.

Women will love this since it fits easily inside a purse, plus they have smaller fingers.
 

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Those little computers are definitely useful. Just like James99, I use my Fujitsu U810 in exactly the same way. It's so incredibly convenient when compared even with the smallest notebook class computer currently available.

The eeePC 900 will probably become the benchmark for UMPCs to come. Already, the screen is just the right size and resolution for that class of device. All they need to do now is ensure there's enough processor power, memory and HD space for just about any OS and general purpose app available today.
 

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james99,
what OS are you using? Let me guess, Linux? ;)
 

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It came with Linux pre-installed. It's a custom version. I need to become more familiar with it so I can customize the PC. Not sure if it's possible or not but a few PC EEE websites exists for tips, etc.

I installed Opera last night. Works semi-fine but I have to hunt to the exe file in order to run it. Can hit Start, Programs, etc.

Opera also stalls when loading a page. Perhaps it works differently than Firefox when it loads a page.

So far I'm happy. You need to get used to the small screen. Not always easy but since some people surf the internet with cell phones and PSP, this guy is a beast.
 

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Here's a noob linux question: can it run certain microsoft programs using some emulator or something? If so, then that little pc would definately replace my pocket pc.
 

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Not sure. That being said it does have OpenOffice which has a spreadsheet and word program that reads MS Office files.
 

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Here's a noob linux question: can it run certain microsoft programs using some emulator or something? If so, then that little pc would definately replace my pocket pc.
It can be done for quite few programs, but WINE can require quite a bit of tweaking, which may be beyond the knowledge level of a linux newbie. What program or functionality are you concerned about? There may be a native linux program that can do the same.
 

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I didn't have any particlar program in mind. It's just that most of my library of program works on the MS OS. If I get this EEPC with Linux on it, I thought I could just run any program from MS without having to put the XP system which hogs so much ressources.

If I use this WINE program, by tweaking, are we talking major headache? Having gone through many different setups through my computer years, it surely can't be that mystical...:eek:
 

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WINE Platinum or Gold Apps for Eee

WINE is a mature product, so there isn't much tweaking to do if your app is on their lists of Platinum or Gold apps: http://appdb.winehq.org/ (in the Top 10 lists click on the word Platinum to see the whole list, and do the same with Gold). I think you'll be quite suprised at the quantity of Windows-based apps that perform flawlessly on Linux.

If your required app is on their Silver or lower lists or is something really oddball like a custom-coded CadCam app with a parallel port key or something like that, you aren't likely to get it running without a fair bit of tweaking if at all.

My advice is to check out which apps are already on an Eee and find out what they can do. Most or all of what you do is there for you already.

The Eee is meant to do what it is advertised to do. It is not meant to be a replacement for a Vista laptop.

I'm considering getting one for my son, the non-computer type who just needs his email/web/calendar/office apps to work with no viruses and with as few risks of security issues as possible.
 

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I had to get one

Well I took the plunge. I bought the black 4GB 512 meg with camera (701 I think??). I changed the ram for 2 GB and added a SDHC with 16 GB. I went on the net to find out how to make the XP version as small as possible while retaining certain useful functions. I thought you could make an nlite version of XP that would take about 600-700 gm on the SSD...well I failed. I managed to get 1.82 GB...I don't know where I goofed.

I didn't like Linux (nothing against it, just not my favorite, nor is XP but easier for me to handle:eek:) so I installed XP. This little guy is amazingly fast for its size. Like stampeder mentioned, it isn't to be used for everyday work but for on the fly browsing or remote assitance helping, this is perfect. I will now use my MYPAL 716 ASUS pocket PCP as a GPS. That one has served me good as well.

On a funny note, I bought the EEE PC with extra ram and SDHC card for $681 shipping ,taxes and whatever else the govt needs. When I tried to install XP last night, I took out my SONY DRX-510UL external DVD-Rom burner out of storage. At the time, that bugger was $649.99 without taxes!!!! Maximum CD Speed read on it was 32 and maximum write was 24. DVD read speed was 12x and write speed was 4x (2x RW)...wow. It weighs almost 10 pounds, 10 inches long by 9 wide and 2 inches tall. Talk about yesterdays technology!!!
 

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I'm keeping mine with Linux. I could add XP and if it was a everyday machine, I probably would.

You can also install an advanced version of Linux to get around the fixed format that came pre-installed.

Again, if it was a full time machine, I probably would.

I added 1gb of memory for $25 and that's all I'm doing.
 

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I have the 4G Surf (no webcam), I upgraded the RAM to 2GB, and installed ubuntu Linux on it. I am using it as my full time work/home laptop to replace a boat anchor 17 inch Toshiba laptop. My work agreed to give me two LCD screens (a 22" and a 17", one for each office) in return for the laptop. I love it, and don't really notice a difference (the laptop was a core duo 1.8). In both cases I use an external keyboard and mouse, so nothing changed there, and the screens are now bigger, so that's a bonus. The speed difference is barely noticable. I use an 8GB SHDC card for file storage. My boss has one as well and he installed VirtualBox and installed XP inside that, and it works fine, so that is an option as well.

Oh, I have also overclocked mine to the rated 900 MHz as well, no issues so far, knock wood. :) Next project is internal bluetooth!

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I've seen a forum about this little machine....my gosh some people have been going overboard with mods and hacks. One guy has almost $2200 in it with gadgets of all types. From bluetooth to hubs to more lights to shake a stick at...I tell you, the imagination is the only thing holding these guys back!!!

I installed Skype on mine and it didn't work well with the USB camera at first. I uninstalled the camera and rebooted. It "found" the camera and now, Skype works perfectly. I think I'm going to like this little guy. Great legtop.
 

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Everybody to whom I've shown my little guy (humm, something doesn't quite sound right with this bit), they just want to have one as well. They are all amazed that such a tiny PC can be so versatile. I like its ultra portability.
 

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Same thing has happened with mine -- everyone seems to want it. :)

As an update for you guys, the new 8.9" system will apparently be released May 12th, with a pricetag of $549 US. The Linux version will come with a 4GB SSD and a 16GB internal flash module, and the Windows XP version will come with a 4GB SSD and an 8GB internal flash module. Both will have 1GB of RAM.
 

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As an update for you guys, the new 8.9" system will apparently be released May 12th, with a pricetag of $549 US. The Linux version will come with a 4GB SSD and a 16GB internal flash module, and the Windows XP version will come with a 4GB SSD and an 8GB internal flash module. Both will have 1GB of RAM.
:confused: Isn't XP more space-hungry than linux? Or is this how they keep the prices identical even after paying for an OEM Windows licence? Don't get me wrong, as a linux user (some would call me a ******) I don't mind the bonus. It's just that inquiring minds want to know.
 
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