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# Tuesday, 10 March 2009

So I've managed to restore my P1610 back to 70% operation status, but I realize that it's only marginally faster than before. I guess the machine's 4800 RPM HDD might have something to do with regards to performance issues.

Oh well... at least it's a bit faster.


Tuesday, 10 March 2009 14:12:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 14 February 2008

I've been using Tablet PCs since a few years back, and I've gone through 4 of them already. And there was one similarity between all of them, I have not had a built in optical drive ever since I started using Tablet PCs. So I had to rely on external DVD drives, and there was always one little problem with all the drives I had. They had to be powered by an adapter, so I wasn't exactly fully mobile.

But now.. I found the LG GSA-E50L external DVD Multi Writer.

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It's your typical USB 8x MultiFormat DVD Burner, with one notable exception. It DOESN'T come with a power adapter. Finally I found a DVD drive which can be fully powered by a FULL POWER USB port (ie it'll most likely not work if you plugged it into an unpowered hub)!! Finally I can use a DVD drive with all my tablets, the U1010, P1610 and of course.. the eeePC! Also the drive has one more little trick...

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The drive is Lightscribe capable, I always wanted to try out one of these drives to see how well it works. Basically with special media (which obivously costs more than normal discs) after you burn your files, you flip the disc over and the the laser is used to burn the image onto the disc. Nifty... and is a nice touch when you need to make the disc special. It's definetly better than scriblling on the disc with a CD marker, and it's more convenient than printing and sticking labels.

This is highly recommended if you have a notebook without a built in optical drive, the convinience of not having to need a power adapter to work is immense! But you have to realise that if the USB ports are not full power ones you'll need to rely on the additional USB power cable provided in the box. MOST ports on notebooks are full power ports, but there are exceptional cases.


eeePC | Gear | P1610 | U1010
Thursday, 14 February 2008 23:51:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 05 April 2007

 

So I saw this little guy in the Sony Wings shop just now, I was considering this form factor when I finally decided to go with the Fujitsu P1610 that I'm using now. But this model UX27, which is what I would have seriously considered last time finally has that 1GB of RAM I look for in a system, it also has a slightly faster 1.33Ghz processor. But it sports a smaller 40GB HDD while my P1610 has an 80GB HDD.

Do I feel regret for choosing the P1610 over the UX27? Nope, 1st reason is of course.. hey, I have an 80GB HDD on the P1610 and 50GB is already used up! Is there that much of a difference between 1.25Ghz and 1.33Ghz? I don't think so! And the main reason why I would never choose the UX as my work laptop.... I can't do my work on it! Yes, the screen resolution is small but I could have configured Visual Studio to make as much use of the available screen real estate as possible, but after fondling the unit a bit more just now I realized that, there's no way in hell that I can write code with the THUMBBOARD on the UX27!!! The miniture keyboard on the P1610 is already slightly cramp inducing for me (that's why at work I need to get a REAL keyboad and display to work better) BUT.. I can still work on it when I'm away from my desk. I doubt I can use the UX27's thumbboard for too long before my thumbs cramp up.

Another weird thing about the UX27 is that, the thing has a touch screen, and it has Vista installed. BUT.. the drivers aren't reporting to Vista that there's a touch screen present, so Vista isn't enabling the Tablet PC functions such as the Tablet Input Panel, etc. etc. I wonder if it's just a bad install on their part or the drivers really aren't ready yet?

So if I DID get the UX previously I would end up still having to lug 2 notebooks with me when I go on trips, cause one would be for work and then one would be for.... errr... entertainment? Web surfing? nah.. no thanks... for a secondary web device THIS is what I'm waiting for... June/July 2007!


Gear | P1610 | Sony UX | UMPC
Thursday, 05 April 2007 23:05:34 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 08 March 2007
Here it is, the longest entry EVER posted on this blog, a pictorial guide to my new Fujitsu P1610

Gear | UMPC | P1610
Thursday, 08 March 2007 00:34:21 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
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