Saturday, 23 August 2008

A tiny Asus Eeee computer

Mobile computing has never been really mobile. Laptops heat up and weigh down the lap, and are hard on the shoulders to carry around. Mobile phones are impossible to use sensibly, even the few with QWERTY keyboards. There has not been much in between, since the days of the Psions which were fun but impractical.
This little computer costs only £150-ish and looks and feels like a tiny laptop weighing very little and with a decent screen. It is a US model, hence the low price. The software is Linux but it is just like Windows without the virus risk. The only drawback is the " and the @ keys are interchanged (the keys work as a UK keyboard but the marking is like a US one) and similarly the hash and the £ keys are swapped.
It has wifi and so connects to hotspots everywhere. This used to be academic for non-business users as the price was prohibitive, but BT Broadband and FON (the Spanish company) have teamed up so BT Broadband customers can use other people's routers worldwide, and also BT Openzone.They have 350 minutes a month which is plenty. So mobile computing has come of age and that is what I am using to update the blog this morning.
Outside the temperature was 9.5C first thing, so the Rectory started a little cold when Vicky and I enjoyed our bacon sarnies (traditional Saturday breakfast for us) but that is only the result of a clear blue sky and the sun will warm the air quickly now.
Today I have to think of taking some photographs of the church with the sun coming in through the windows. Probably I will use bracketed exposures and combine them into an HDR image to balance the interior with the stained glass windows.

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