Well this is something that hasn’t happened in awhile lately. I feel that I should post a proper entry on the new laptop. I finally decided to bite the bullet and order the Eee PC I have been wanting for awhile now. I have wanted one for awhile and I kept putting it off. Now that I finally have it, I can get rid of that Averatec. I will be leaving my Toshiba home a lot more now too.
I did a lot of changes though to it. For starters, Starter had to go. It now runs Ultimate, and it runs it great with only 1GB of RAM. I will still be upgrading it to 2GB soon but the thing is running amazingly. I can even run iTunes on it, and we all know how bad that program is when it comes to low end computers. I have all my main programs on here, and they all run fine so far.
That includes Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, iTunes, and Office all run fine without any problems so far. My Tetris game, S-Tris2 even runs great. They all fit into the 1024×600 resolution just fine too. Thunderbird has given me some minor issues with the height of some the setup screens. I just hid the taskbar for a bit and it worked fine.
The best part is that I can even run Aero. I love being able to use Aero because it looks great. I could save some battery life, and I will have to find a way to quickly disable it when I need the maximum battery life. The thing can get up to 14 hours of battery life, and if it gets even 7 hours, I would be happy enough running Aero. I will disable it when I need the most battery life I can get though.
I want to do some tweaking under services.msc and see what I can do to make it run even better. I would like to put off the extra RAM for a little bit since it is like 60 bucks for a stick of 2GB DDR2 now. It used to be nice and cheap online but they changed that I guess, since it’s the same price as it is in the stores now. I do like that in a way, since I rather buy it in a store and not have to wait for shipping, but I don’t like the price too much.
So, the hardware of the Eee PC is really nice too. I have adjusted to the keyboard pretty quick, and the touchpad isn’t too bad either. I am getting used to the button placement and the surface of it still though. The one thing that is annoying me is that the 2 finger scrolling isn’t working in Pidgin. I will have to see why that won’t work though. It is a little annoying, but it isn’t that hard to use the arrow keys.
There is something weird rattling around in the Eee PC, and since I don’t know to get it apart, and I don’t want to open it since it is still under warranty for a year. I will use it and if something happens to it under warranty, then I will send it in to be fixed. I am just hoping that it is a piece of plastic, and not a screw that will short something out.
I will be working on my book soon now too. That is one thing I have wanted a netbook for. The fact that it is so small and boots quickly with long battery life makes it more useful for writing then my Toshiba. I like being able to have a small laptop instead of one of my PDAs in this case since I have the keyboard on a laptop. I like being able to get the ideas down on a PDA but when I don’t have the folding keyboard, it’s a pain to get anything really done.
The book will be getting a few new things happening soon as well. I have some good ideas that I can and probably will end up using. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I hope that it comes out as good as I think it will. I want to try and do some things differently this time that when I had started writing originally I had planned out.
That is the good thing about writing on the computer. I can edit the document much easier then on a PDA. I like to break it up into chapters now, and this way I can add in a chapter in the middle with ease. I have done this before too. The first version didn’t include the new chapters 3, 4, and 5. These are the history chapters, and I will consider adding more history chapters in later on in the book.
When doing the book on paper, it is not as easy to just add stuff in to the middle of the book. I may end up doing another rewrite of all I have written as well, and try and work on some more details. The key to good science fiction writing to me is the details. It isn’t like with a TV show that you can just skip all that by showing the stuff, in a book you need to describe it.
Weather was nice today and tonight, into tomorrow and Monday we will be getting a lot of rain, about 2 inches worth. I won’t be cutting grass this weekend I guess. I had Old Country Buffet for supper today which I really enjoyed this time.