Asus Eee: The New Timex-Sinclair?!!?

September 13, 2007

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The wikipedia entry is light on details. This sold like hotcakes back then. Spawned several magazines. Lots of accessories too.

Previously in this blog:
Asus Eee: OS X?!
Asus Eee: XP Runs!
New Asus Eee Article
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
Asus Eee: OK. Wait. What’d He Just Say?!!?
Asus Eee And Palm PDAs
Asus Eee = Flybook = RSI
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!

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Awwww…

September 13, 2007

The abandoned monkey who has found love with a pigeon

They’re an odd couple in every sense but a monkey and a pigeon have become inseparable at an animal sanctuary in China.

The 12-week-old macaque – who was abandoned by his mother – was close to death when it was rescued on Neilingding Island, in Goangdong Province.

After being taken to an animal hospital his health began to improve but he seemed spiritless – until he developed a friendship with a white pigeon.

Go see the picture, you heartless bastard.


Social Robots

September 13, 2007

Robot Maker Builds Artificial Boy

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) – David Hanson has two little Zenos to care for these days. There’s his 18-month-old son Zeno, who prattles and smiles as he bounds through his father’s cramped office. Then there’s the robotic Zeno. It can’t speak or walk yet, but has blinking eyes that can track people and a face that captivates with a range of expressions.

At 17 inches tall and 6 pounds, the artificial Zeno is the culmination of five years of work by Hanson and a small group of engineers, designers and programmers at his company, Hanson Robotics. They believe there’s an emerging business in the design and sale of lifelike robotic companions, or social robots.

Flashback to the American future.

Flashback to the Japanese future.


Asus Eee: OS X?!

September 13, 2007

InsanelyMac Forum / Homebrew Macs (Home of OSx86). / OSx86 Installation

i am going to get an asus eee, and knowing that the cheapest one has upgradeable ram, the only obstacle is this: storage space.

the cheapest model has 2gb of flash hard drive space. can osx86 be configured to install to that?

Hmmm….

Previously in this blog:
Asus Eee: XP Runs!
New Asus Eee Article
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
Asus Eee: OK. Wait. What’d He Just Say?!!?
Asus Eee And Palm PDAs
Asus Eee = Flybook = RSI
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!


Asus Eee: XP Runs!

September 13, 2007

Details Eaking Out on the Asus Eee PC

We just received a few tips from Carlos, a GottaBeMobile.com reader, on the Asus Eee PC. This tips come from a friend of his who works at Asus.

* Windows XP has been successfully installed on the Linux based Eee PC

* It will be close to a 300 Euros price point, but with better specs than the cheaper model

* The pricier model might include a bigger screen, and possibly a 16gb flash drive

Whoaaaa on two points there: running XP (my head spins over being able to use my desktop apps on the cheeeeep*) and the 16GB Flash (something kinda mentioned here).

If this machine isn’t total shit, if it can be hacked galore, if it is really affordable and expandable, Asus will have sparked an Apple-like revolution. Hardly anyone will care about the Foleo afterwards. Even Steve Jobs will be hard pressed to come out with a Foleo-like machine at $700.

How long will you torment us all with speculation, Asus?

*(Let’s all remember that battery life specs issued by Asus are based on their configuration of the Eee. Putting in a different OS, expanding the RAM or the Flash could drain the battery too quickly!)

Previously in this blog:
New Asus Eee Article
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
Asus Eee: OK. Wait. What’d He Just Say?!!?
Asus Eee And Palm PDAs
Asus Eee = Flybook = RSI
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!


So, No Microsoft Moon After All!

September 13, 2007

I’ve been carrying around this disgusting fantasy of the future in my head for a few years now.

Microsoft funds wee robot rovers to scurry about the Moon. They charge a rental fee for a few minutes time so people can do their own little bits of exploration. It’s all streamed on the web and people can monitor The Microsoft Moon Channels.

Well, it looks like Google’s neural-tapping equipment has finally hit my brain (are they good or what?).

Google will fund a moon rover!

Someday we’ll be watching the YouTube Moon Channels instead…

Update: Oh the irony of announcing on this date of all dates!


New Asus Eee Article

September 13, 2007

Unicap and UCView on the Asus EeePC

As said, disk space is limited on this device, so it is of special interest how much space the OS leaves to the user in the default installation. On the 4GB model I have, there are about 1.3 GB available to the user. The OS resides in a seperate partition which is combined with the partition for the personal data via unionfs.

My jaw drops.

Less user storage space than my LifeDrive!

On the other hand, it can use an SDHC card…

Go see the picture of it on top of a MacBook. Holy cow.

I like this bit:

The system is equiped with a 900 Mhz ultra low power Intel CPU

Yeah, some horsepower there. This will kick the ass of the Nokia Anti-Internet Tablets for web browsing. Are you paying attention, Palm?

— linkswipe via EeeUser.com

Previously in this blog:
Asus Eee: Increasing RAM Possible
Asus Eee: OK. Wait. What’d He Just Say?!!?
Asus Eee And Palm PDAs
Asus Eee = Flybook = RSI
Blog Notes: Yes, I’m Working On It!