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ASUS EEE Keyboard – PC

The touch-screen

The touch-screen

Asus have come out with a really interesting idea here. At first glance, I thought it was just a fancy new keyboard from them to hook up to your EEE netbook which normally come with difficult to use keyboards. I was totally blown away when I realized it was a PC, complete with 16 GB space, 1 GB RAM, a few USB ports, Wifi, Bluetooth and HDMI/VGA outputs. On top of that, it also has a 5″ touch-screen on the side that probably acts as a mini-display of sorts.

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Amazing! I’d like to know when it is launching and for how much.

Somebody made a comment saying they should have called it the Asus kEEEboard.   🙂

Images courtesy of Engadget.

[Engadget link]

[Engadget gallery link]

[Gizmodo article]

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Bitten by Facebook

The Facebook bug has finally bitten me, and its bad! I find myself checking my page every now and then to see what’s going on. I resisted it for a long time but now I’m lost.

Frankly speaking, its a pretty good idea but I think they need to get rid of all those gifts/cards that people keep sending – it gets irritating real fast. If you really want to give me chocolate; I prefer the eatable sort.

Other than that, its great way to hook up with friends & family and to get a glimpse of what’s going on in their lives.

I recently read that the facebook guy (Mark Zuckerberg) is one of the richest self-made bilionaires in the world – Forbes [Link]. So I guess he must have done something right with it. By the way, he is only 23!

Note to self: Do something already!

I guess I should update the status on my facebook now to say that I’m done writing this post. 🙂

Google Chrome

Google has come up with a new web browser called Chrome. There’s a very interesting comic book style narration on how they went about it and started from the ground up, here. One of the features they describe is that each tab will have its own process which means that even if one tab crashes; the others won’t.

I’ve not yet tested it and not feeling up to it at the moment as I’m quite busy. However, I’m always interested in new stuff and will check it out soon. I’ll admit that it does look a little bland in the screenshot.

You can download the beta release from the link below.

[Download link]

My Asus EEE 900 review

We’re once again in Dhaka for 1-2 months and then headed to Lahore for a month. All this moving around lately has increased and due to this I decided to get a portable laptop for my wife, Maliha so she can chat and surf while I’m at work during the day.

Basically, we didn’t need to have another full-sized laptop to lug around and from this perspective; the Asus EEE series has been a real blessing. ‘Netbooks’ is the name awarded to the recent small laptops that are popping up everywhere.

I was going to order mine on Amazon, but learnt that Best Buy (fake one) was selling it in Hawally. I thought I’d check it out and after roaming around for a while I found a shop (a few shops before Best Buy) that gave me a pretty good deal at K.D.140 which is quite competitive to what I’d have paid to Amazon.

I got a black EEE 900 and this is the 20GB Linux version. The Linux based OS it comes with is decent but doesn’t give me sufficient flexibility. I formatted it and installed Windows XP instead. FYI, they also sell one preloaded with Windows XP for about the same price, but that has a 12 GB HD, so why lose out on extra space? It also comes with a very nice pouch to keep it cozy.

We’ve been using it for a month now (mostly her though) and its an amazing little device.

Maliha's netbook

Maliha's netbook

The first thing you notice is how small it is. At 225 x 165 x 35mm (WxDxH), I can place two of these back to back to have a footprint the same size as my 14.1″ HP laptop. The 8.9″ screen is pretty sharp and can go up to a decent 1024×600 resolution. The 1 GB RAM keeps things moving at a decent pace. The 1.3MP built-in camera performs really well with the IMs and the wireless network works like a charm. 20 GB of solid state space is sufficient and efficient for its purpose. What’s more; the touchpad supports multi-touch and gives you some pretty cool ways to scroll (using two fingers) and zoom in/out of pics by pinching. The battery life is decent and it gives around 2+ hours of usage.

Weirdly enough, the speakers are placed beneath the body, though I find this aesthetically more pleasing than on the sides like in the 700 series models. The only downside so far is that typing isn’t as convenient as on a standard laptop. The keys are small and it takes some time to get used to it.

Overall, I’d say this is a very impressive machine yet it serves a specific purpose. If you are looking for a power-horse, this is not it. If you are looking for something ultra-portable, light, that lets you do basic stuff and even watch movies and listen to music; you can’t go wrong with this Asus.

Monopoly Global edition – Vote now

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It seems that voting season is on. Hasbro is coming out with the global edition of one of the most popular board games in the world – Monopoly. Jerusalem, Israel was one of the earlier proposed cities to be in the game but a conflict has started. Hasbro has decided to take a neutral stance on this and let the people decide which cities should be included.

My vote: Dubai (unfortunately, Kuwait didn’t make the list)

Vote here

My Logitech Nano laser mouse

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I ordered the Logitech VX Nano laser mouse from Amazon a few weeks ago and got it delivered to recently from U Shop We Ship (these guys are doing pretty speedy deliveries). I had been searching for a good cordless mouse for a while now because my corded optical mouse was beginning to bother me and the cable just kept getting in the way.

After a lot of research I decided to get this one. It has a cool dual scrolling feature (it can be put in free spin mode for scrolling through long documents or the ratchet mode that is good for precision stuff). The scroll wheel also rocks to the left and right giving you two more buttons. Add to that two more buttons (other than left/right click) and a search button behind the wheel and you’ve got a good load of fully configurable buttons with this nifty device.

The overall ergonomics and performance of the mouse are great and I’ve got nothing to complain about. The mouse also comes with a handy pouch to store it in as well as a USB extension if you want to connect it to your desktop PC. It uses two AAA batteries which promise to give you about 6 months usage which isn’t bad at all.I’m saving the best feature for last and that is the USB receiver. It is so small that you can just plug it in your USB port and forget all about it. I’ve been using it with my laptop for two weeks now and haven’t had to unplug it once.

Flock – a new browser

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Flock is a new web browser and works on Windows, MAC and Linux. I’ve not really tried it yet as I’m pretty comfortable with Firefox, however, it seems to have some interesting integration features. In fact, they call it ‘the social web browser’ and it has inter-connectivity with a lot of the popular networking services (eg. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, etc.). It also has extensions similar to Firefox (though I’m guessing its not as extensive currently).

[Official website]

 


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