Ganapati Bappa Morya!
I completely forgot what a stress reliever blogging can be. Just typing the simple things and backspacing them is so much fun!
Completely random, but what the hell. I could go on record and admit that I would even kill someone if that helps me hide behind a better, faster, reliable, low-latency and torrent-loving internet connection in my part of the world. Of course, unlimited one at that, with absolutely no connectivity to local cablenet hubs. Someone come to my rescue and surprise me, I’ve lost all hope.]]>
Here’s the kicker: only 60 seconds to wait before pointing to a new download. Well, what can I say, good luck Rapidshare – you’re well on your way to soar higher in this list. Also, you have 1 less premium user to worry about now.
It’s hard to accept that a bot would be doing all this. Best guess – someone/somebot has been following my blog extensively and drawing logical conclusions. Most of it is all there on the blog anyways: Eee PC, Mumbai, GIS, iPhone, etc. Except for the fact that I hate rains. But that figures if you’ve spent some time here.
So, the big question, am I being stalked? Hmm…]]>
This one’s special. I’ve long wanted to have a super-small laptop which I can carry around with me in college everyday. The normal laptops, though portable, are still bulky and it took me some time to realize that they just can’t be carried everyday in my backpack.
But the new Eee PC from ASUS is different. I’ve been travelling for the last couple of days and this thing has come in very handy. Ofcourse, the Reliance datacard played its role. Some may call the Eee PC under-powered, some may even crib about its miniature 7″ 800×480 display, but I found it to be just perfect for some on-the-move computing and even blogging! This blogpost is teh proof.
I prefer Windows XP over the pre-installed Linux distro. After being a regular laptop user for 4 years now, the Eee PC still managed to surprised me. The Celeron M 900MHz CPU could handle Opera, PowerPoint, WinAMP, uTorrent and even Photoshop all at the same time. Some of the reasons why I’d give first preference to Eee PC over a normal laptop:
It would’ve been great if this Eee PC came with a 1024px width screen by default. The new Eee PC 900 series has those but having the same on 7-inch LCD sounds perfect. I could even gripe about the storage restricted to 4GB and even the plastic body. But you can’t get everything you want.]]>
A lot has been happening around to keep me busy. The most important part: Just 5 more tests of the final semester and I’m out of college for good. First one didn’t go so well, so here’s hoping the rest of them do. Can’t believe in a matter of a few months I would graduate with B. Tech (Civil) degree.
Dad and bro have now realized how easy things are with a laptop. More importantly, lesser worries. Except for a couple of office PCs, all systems have been replaced with laptops. Looking forward to buy a WiFi router after the exams to surf wirelessly anywhere in the home.
I’ve been kicked out of my room again. This time around I’ve shifted to the store room on the second floor. Took quite a bit of renovation but it turned out great. The room still looks empty but that will soon change as I move my stuff to this place slowly. Would upload some pics later.
More updates coming soon. Just rushed on this one to ensure minimum 1 blogpost/month on this blog.]]>
Selecting my next laptop wasn’t so difficult as the previous time. It had to be a Dell. Discrete graphics was not a priority as I am no longer interested in gaming. I finally decided in favor of the funky new Inspiron 1525 from Dell. The deal maker was the slim design, cool looks, great bundle of accessories and the option to configure it online according to my needs.
So, this sucker is powered by Core 2 Duo T5450 Processor; 2GB Memory; DVD Burner; 15.4″ 1440×900 WXGA+ display; 802.11n WiFi. You may want to check out the pics now as you read along.
I use the laptop as the main PC so all the accessories do come in handy. With the new Dell, I got the travel remote and Creative EP630 in-ears. I already had the TV-out cables from my previous laptop so that will again come in handy. The other great thing about this particular model is that it offers the HDMI port to hook up a large screen LCD TV. I do intend to buy a LCD TV in the near future (when the prices drop MORE). For now I can resist myself from it. Other small things include, dual line-out ports so that I can use speakers and headphones simultaneously. The card reader is right at the front of the laptop which is where it should be in ALL laptops. This particular model has a wedge shaped profile which makes it look even more sleek. With the 9-cell battery, I get around 4.5 hours of battery life (with a bit of audio and video playback, word, surfing and photoshop activities) which I feel is excellent.
And before I miss this, Dell offers a few options when it comes to the lid design. I liked the all glossy “Street” which comes with a few zebra stripes.
The nylon backpack is quite spacious too. Rest of the laptop including the touchpad, keyboard, palmrest and the LCD bezel are SILVER. I had my reservations about this color but after using the laptop for some time, I’ve started to like it. The keyboard is excellent, really I mean it. There’s absolutely no flex. Just the right amount of ‘click noise’ and ‘presssure required to key in’ to make you feel at home. The touchpad is unique too, it is nearly flushed with the laptop chassis and feels a part of it. But I continue to use the external mouse primarily.
My only gripe with this notebook is the stacking up of USB ports one above the other. It can get extremely irritating when you have a few wired peripherals being used simultaneously due to this. Ethernet could’ve been Gigabit but too bad, Dell doesn’t provide that in consumer laptops.
The total damage was around 40k. Got the laptop delivered within a week after placing the order & realization of payment.
I guess that just about sums everything up. A few touch-sensitive multimedia keys here and there, 160GB HDD, Bluetooth 2.0 module and Windows Vista. Also the 2-Megapixel WebCam (Please never ask to enable that on IMs. I like it being disabled in Device Manager). Oh, for the records the first thing I did on the laptop was install Windows XP. Yay!
The long and short of it is that I’m super excited working on this new laptop. One reason is that it’s faster and has lot more stuff of great utility for me. Also a bit of good looks, improved design and longer battery life didn’t kill anyone.
PS: Breaking this post into two parts: my views and pics as this turned out to be a pretty long post.]]>
Nevermind the LQ pics and poor PhotoShop work. I’m really pressed for time right now. Will update this space with other details and description if I feel the need.
Click for HQ on this one:
And guess what? This is MADE IN INDIA. Okay, not quite but surely assembling in India should count for something