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  1.  (1115.1)
    What do you, futurists that you are, see coming in Moblie computing?

    Seems everyone on here is wired like a Gibson character, I'm curious to see what you all are working with, or perhaps what you'd like to work with?

    Just purchased and Asus EEE. I'm a Mac-head but I've been wanting to play with linux for a while and get something small and cheap to write on, do the internet with while out in the cold cold world.

    This is a very nice piece of tech. Light, cheap and easy as fuck to use. There's a community building around it, hacking it to run World of Warcraft and packing in bluetooth, wimax. Lots of people immediately dump the native OS and go to Ubuntu. For my purposes that's a bit beyond, but it's nice to have some options. Running XP on it seems like a step backwards.

    I'm not using the hard drive at all really, just swapping in 2 and 4gb sd cards and flash drives. I don't miss the DVD drive with a thumb drive full of videos and music. It even recognizes playlists off the ipod and runs it for you.

    I was pretty dubious of the little bugger to start. The keyboard is small but you get used to it, no worse than my first palm transition.

    350 for a fully functional mobile computer that does what I want and isn't crammed with shit I don't need.
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      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2008
     (1115.2)
    I'm tempted to get one of these, but I'd rather wait until Moore's Law catches up to flash memory and I can have tens of gig. I've already got a handheld with 80 gig, and this seems like that with less memory and a bigger screen.

    Though I may cave if I want a platform for coding or other things that don't require much memory. Or, hell, if I see the appeal of having a large smart monitor for my iPod. I'm not at the point where I feel I need a dedicated device for separate tasks, so I'm a bit turned off by its limitations at the moment. I like my laptops to be all-in-ones.
  2.  (1115.3)
    Running XP on it seems like a step backwards.

    Might seem that way to you, but running XP on it is the only way I'd ever get it to connect to the internet here.
  3.  (1115.4)
    Might seem that way to you, but running XP on it is the only way I'd ever get it to connect to the internet here.

    Is that a UK issue or just in your part of the country? I'd always been under the impression that the UK had better data and phone coverage.

    I'm not a platform snob (well, Vista is a bag of shit that microsoft lit up and dumped on the world's porch) but running xp with, all it's bloat, on something built for lightness and simplicity seems counterintuitive. I know some of the EEE community people are stripping their XP installs down to the baseboards to get the most mileage.

    Joe: I think flash memory is going to be dropping even faster. Apple just knocked thirty bucks off the ipod shuffle 1 gig. I picked up a 2gb SD card for 15 bucks when I got the EEE pc.

    I do have to wonder if who is buying the $4999 dollar 64gb flash drive. Sultans? Stupid Sultans?
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2008
     (1115.5)
    I'm totally down with wearing one of these: Zypad Wearable Computer.
    Zypad
    Because I've always wanted Leela's wrist computer from Futurama:
  4.  (1115.6)
    Is that a UK issue or just in your part of the country?

    Where I live, people think "wi-fi" is some new euphemism for a stolen stereo. Seriously, the nearest wi-fi hotspot is at least a mile and a half away. If I lived in London or Brighton, sure, there'd be wi-fi everywhere (I'm told). Around here? Forget it. The weekends when we drive up into Suffolk and Norfolk? May as well ask for magic pixie dust. If I'm staying at a vineyard where I've barely got two bars on the phone, then, believe me, there ain't going to be any wi-fi.

    Now, an Eee can be tethered to a mobile phone -- but I am reliably informed that if, like me, you've never been near Linux at all, you have two chances of achieving that. Fat and none. For my purposes, the only way I'd get an Eee online would be to install Linux and use a mobile broadband USB modem.
  5.  (1115.7)
    Those Zypads look interesting. Will they ever make it to consumer retail?
    • CommentAuthorradian
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2008
     (1115.8)
    Brighton is indeed wi-fi saturated.
    Even your nice out-of-the-way dingy bar probably has, or is in range of, a hotspot.
    Even before that there was a network of guys setting up hotspots in ther flats and posting guides to getting a better signal at a distance using pringles tubes to build an external antena. Good times!
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2008
     (1115.9)
    God I hope so. It has bluetooth and (i think) windows mobile. They need to make it a little sexier though, right now it looks a little clunky.

    It goes into sleep mode when your arm is lowered! It's a brilliant concept.
  6.  (1115.10)
    I really wish people would stop trying to make wearable computers. It always ends up more awkward than something you can hold in your hand and play with. I mean I can understand say, music controls in the sleeve of your jacket or something, but most seem to ignore all the basic rules of ergonomics. In the case of the Zypad, not only would you have to remove it every time you took off your jacket, but sleeves in general would be an issue. Plus the fact that you have to move your whole arm if you needed to adjust the angle, and you have to hug your buddy to show him a video etc. And it has a stylus.

    I really think the ultimate mobile computing solution (for the essentials) is a just-about-pocket-sized, horizontal flip, multi-touch screen laptop/phone. OLEDs on the cover and inside, with basic functions (music player, phone etc.) accessible on the outside, and when opened, a touch screen QWERTY (or whatever is applicable to the current app) on one screen and your monitor on the other. And you could turn it vertical when reading an e-book, giving you that comfy book reading experience.

    Plus, I'm sincerely hoping cell networks go the way of the dodo, with wi-fi access everywhere, and VOIP taking over from every other type of telephony service. I'm pretty sure this could eradicate the line between text messages and email too... Connectivity all through the wi-fi too, just for the sake of simplicity and unification, maybe holding on to bluetooth for headset connectivity (I'm not sure if wi-fi would do that). That kind of wi-fi availability would also require that the EU make it legal for local and city councils to provide that service... Seriously, what the fuck?

    It also replaces credit cards, by scanning the phone, and typing in your pin.... (I'm sure Nokia are working on this...)

    Now I want to draw it...
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
     (1115.11)
    Friend just pointed to this post, giving a long list of ultraportables (tablets are apparently a different category):

    http://www.liliputing.com/2008/04/over-past-six-months-or-so-asus-everex_24.html


    Damn it, I want cheaper solid-state drives and better batteries now.
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      CommentAuthorm1k3y
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
     (1115.12)
    been contemplating an eeepc too, but i've heard it's wifi is flakey as. Thinking i'll wait for the second gen.
  7.  (1115.13)
    Inspired by this thread, I just ordered a refurbished Eee PC from Amazon. I've been wanting something lighter than my current laptop to carry to class for a while now.
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
     (1115.14)
    I was very very close in buying one of those eeepcs, but i couldnt justify buying one. Apart from the cuteness factor, there's no need. I have a laptop and a desktop PC, a palm TX for my ebooks, and a PSP for my movies when im outta town. Sure, it would be handy and smaller to carry around than lugging my lappy, but I dont know..
  8.  (1115.15)
    Yeah I've been wanting one of these too. The next gen is about to release with 9 inch screen from what I understand.
    • CommentAuthorBen Spivey
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
     (1115.16)
    I use a psp for games and movies, I have a Alienware laptop, but it's too big to carry...lame. So I still need a portable system, thinking about an Eee pc too.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
     (1115.17)
    Did those headset computers from Japan ever catch on? They looked cool, but I always wondered about their functionality.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
     (1115.18)
    "I really think the ultimate mobile computing solution (for the essentials) is a just-about-pocket-sized, horizontal flip, multi-touch screen laptop/phone. OLEDs on the cover and inside, with basic functions (music player, phone etc.) accessible on the outside, and when opened, a touch screen QWERTY (or whatever is applicable to the current app) on one screen and your monitor on the other. And you could turn it vertical when reading an e-book, giving you that comfy book reading experience."

    I'm holding out for a glasses-mounted virtual screen and a data glove that tracks hand motions relative to a virtual keyboard.
  9.  (1115.19)
    The only thing I don't like about the Eee is the screen size. It's probably because if the specific size not being available. Whatever the case, the Eee is definite a step in the direction I want to see computers going though, for sure. I'd like something between the Eee and iPod Touch. :)
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2008
     (1115.20)
    Before I was considering the MSI Wind or the HP 2133 Mini-Note, but now I think I may be jonesing for a Dell E or E Slim.

    Thoughts?