EEE PC, Episode 3: the Long Flight

Before I left for the US, I bought a 16GB SD card (550rmb) and transferred my mail folders, some TV series, and my blog drafts on it: plenty of space left. I knew that this computer is not very good at battery life, so I was hoping the airplane has a working electric outlet.

When the moment comes, I first tried the BlueFish editor. Overall, not a bad editor, but the preferences dialog is too big for the EEE PC screen! I realized that the screen resolution is 1024x600. Many dialogs are designed for bigger screen and won't fit! This means the inability to click the OK button that is typically at the bottom of the dialog. What a crippling flaw!

So I wrote this blog, on an airplane, with that cramp keyboard, with a new editor that I cannot configure, and half distracted by trying to remember X Windows resources.

Then I simply click on the video file on the SD card. Surprise. The full screen playback came up and the start playing. Cool. The display was sharp and crisp. The sound was clear (with my earphones). I was soon into the show and forgot about the computer.

I feel the end of the try-out. This is not a computer for everyday use unless connected to external keyboard, mouse, screen, and power. When used in travel, the light-weight is offset by the short battery life. The screen resolution and cramp keyboard cannot sustain a full-day's use. <script language="JavaScript"> TagStart() Technorati("EEE PC") TagEnd() </script>

Comments:

"preferences dialog is too big for the EEE PC screen! "

All you have to do is hold Alt key while dragging bigger windows by clicking with left mouse anywhere

See http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=716

Posted by guest on June 12, 2008 at 02:33 PM CST #

LOL! I was searching for a much harder solution and the easy one is right under my nose.

Thanks a lot.

The need to search for solutions, however, for such simple task, is a problem.

Posted by Sin-Yaw Wang on June 12, 2008 at 02:45 PM CST #

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