Waking Up To Wi-Fi Problems
After I woke up and did the normal morning scrubbing and grooming, I made like a bullet to the Eee PC in order to check my e-mail. I encountered a problem, however; the Eee Pc would not connect to the Web via my secure home network.
I tinkered with the system’s Wi-Fi settings, and after 10 minutes of withdrawl symptoms, hopped on my MacBook to search for a solution. I stumbled upon the Eeeuser.com forums, where a quick search revealed that many, many Eee PC users experienced similar frustrations. I learned that one of the quick and dirty fixes is to delete all preferred networks and enter a Wi-Fi set-up manually, which I did. After a quick reset, I was connected and a happy camper. At least for now.
Multimedia Fun With the Eee PC
I have most of my digital music backed up on an external drive, so when I wanted to listen to some tunes while ironing my clothes, I simply attached it to the Eee PC via USB 2.0. I transfered only a dozen or so songs to the Eee PC as I wanted to preserve some free space on the 4GB solid-state drive. Although the Eee PC’s music player isn’t exactly easy on the eyes, it offers a nice array of options like the ability to create playlists, listen to the most frequently played songs, and subscribe to podcasts.
I was pleasantly surprised with the sheer volume that the little guy could pump out; I actually preferred the Eee PC’s integrated speakers over my MacBook’s. The speakers flank the display, so audio is shot directly at you. Cool. Then in a moment of genius, I pulled out an old set of Logitech 2.1 speakers and connected it to the Eee PC via the headphone jack-WHOA. My floor began to vibrate as bass and drums of Sound Garden’s “Black Hole Sun” kicked in.
While in a multimedia state of mind, I decided to transfer over some photos and video with a SD card, which, by the way, made me realize just how much Apple stiffs owners of the consumer MacBooks. How is it that this $349 mini-notebook has an SD card slot and my MacBook doesn’t? Seriously, Apple, step it up. Video, for the most part, looked solid on the 7-inch, 800 x 480-pixel display, as did photos. Nothing spectacular, but not too shabby, either.
Takin’ It To The Streets
I usually have my 5-pound Apple MacBook in tow when I head out for some good times, just in case I want to check e-mail, find a new comedy spot, or write a piece in a pinch, but today I opted for the Eee PC. Typically, the MacBook would go into a notebook bag, but with the Eee PC’s small footprint and light weight, I carried it in-hand with no ill consequences.
While riding the subway to meet a friend at a coffee shop, I’d reckon no one noticed that I was even carrying a notebook until I opened it, powered on, and began to play several of the bundled casual games; it was then that I could feel the curious stares from the people sitting across from me. One of them made eye contact and asked if the Eee PC was a new version of the Nintendo DS, to which I gave him a run down on the system. I don’t think he knew what Linux was, but he seemed pretty awed by the machine as I gave him the explanation.
At the coffee shop, my friend Lauren was completely enamored with the built-in Solitaire. For her, the Eee PC is an oversized Nintendo DS. I guess the same could be said about our waitress who asked us about the “cute toy.”I kindly delivered another explanation, and began to wonder if I should charge Asus for all of this free marketing. It should be noted that I had no problems connecting to the Web using the shop’s open Wi-Fi.
More Home Networking Problems
After I arrived back home, I decided to jump online to check show times for the new Rambo flick, because, after all, nothing ends a day like mindless the violence issuing forth from someone old enough to be my gramps. Once again my home network would not play nice, and once again I jumped on my MacBook to find a solution. This is getting very, very irritating. Very irritating.