Yesterday, I was in total geek-out mode after discovering that a USB keyboard and mouse combo made the already sweet Eee PC computing experience that much better. It was so smooth that I wanted to add an external monitor to the mix, but then I realized I was getting ahead of myself just a bit. As much as I like and appreciate Asus’ easy-to-use Xandros operating system, I’ll be the first to admit that the large icons are a bit “in your face.” Do I really want them blown up on a monitor? No. No, I do not. I recalled someone telling me (or perhaps I had read it online) that there was a way for Eee PC users to quickly and easily change the desktop layout, so I did a quick Google, which once again brought me to the Mecca of all things Eee PC, the aptly named Eee User. As someone who hasn’t inputted any code since the heyday of BASIC and the almighty Commodore 64, I was a wee bit intimidated as I didn’t want to brick the lappie. Nervously, I took a sip of my Coke and Redbull (aka geek nectar), and went to work. And it was far easier than I had imagined.
The original desktop booted up. I clicked the Settings tab, and then Personalization. I changed the Login Mode to Full Desktop. I once again restarted the Eee PC. The Eee Pc took about 10 seconds longer than usual to boot up, but I was presented with a spanking new windowed interface that I immediately tricked out with a sweet Linux wallpaper. Pimp!
My girlfriend labeled me “the biggest geek in the universe” when I e-mailed her a screen of the new desktop in a bout of bliss. Maybe she’s right! As I deleve deeper into the Eee PC and learn of of its flexibility, I realize it’s going to be hard to give this beaut back when Asus comes a-knockin’. Until then, I’m going to see if there are any hacks available that will give the Eee PC a Mac-like dock.