University, Work, and Asus Eee PC

A new semester begins this week. Yeah, pretty boring. I know. Lucky for me though, this semester, I’ll be having a 3-day work week and 4-day weekend. Woohoo! That means, only 3 day of classes (about 3 to 4 hours a day on those days) and no classes on the remaining 4 days! Too bad for my mates in Psychology and Engineering πŸ˜‰ Hehe.

In line with the new semester, I have a new resolution. The resolution is to do consistent work towards my academic duties. To pre-read lecture materials, to revise afterwards, to read textbooks, etc. etc. Some of the things that I have failed to do during my time in uni so far. It’s a wonder that I’m still here. Oh, by the way, I am 100% sure that that resolution is going down the drain this time as well. Hehe.

Anyway, you might be wondering about what the title is all about. Asus Eee PC. What the heck is that you ask?

Well, it is this tiny lil’ computer that I bought yesterday.

Purpose? Well, I have been a Contract-for-Difference (CFD) trader for some time now. Most of the time during the week, I need computer and internet access. Previously, I have been carrying my awfully heavy laptop around campus. Too much hassle. So, I decided to get this Asus Eee PC. It weighs less than 1 kilogramme (0.92 kilogramme to be exact) and it has almost everything that I need to make my CFD trading activities a tad simpler.

I purchased it for AUD499 (approximately RM1,500) at Myer shopping centre.

Here’s what inside. The Asus Eee PC unit, the charger (looks like a mobile phone charger), a pouch, a set of manuals.

Fresh out of the box.

It runs on Linux (it is Windows XP capable however) which is a rather good thing. It boots up pretty fast and as I’ve been told, much less security problems. So, I’m not going to bother installing Windows XP.

The unit also come pre-installed with some open source software like OpenOffice.org and Mozilla web browser. A media player and PDF reader is also present.

Here are some of the specifications for the Asus Eee PC:

– 900 MHz Intel Celeron M
– 512 MB DDR2 RAM
– 4 GB Solid State Disk (The storage)
– 7-inch TFT LCD with LED backlight
– WiFi 802.11 b/g
– 10/100 Mbit Ethernet
– 3 USB 2.0 ports
– Memory card reader
– Keyboard, touchpad, 0.3 megapixel webcam, microphone
– Linux Xandros
– Other basic softwares like OpenOffice.org, Mozilla Firefox Web browser, Skype, and etc.
– 4-cell 5200 mAh battery

It runs pretty silent too.




So far, my only criticism is that the touchpad is rather tricky to be handled.

Battery life however, I have yet to test. According to some of the reviews that I read, it can last 3 hours plus if you use the Asus Eee PC conservatively.

Here’s a size comparison with my Acer 15.4″ Laptop.

And now a size comparison with Pumpy the CFD Trader.

Asus Eee PC actually comes in a variety of colours. Black (obviously the one I have), White, Pink, Baby Blue, Lime Green.

So, all in all, I am satisfied with my Asus Eee PC. Any other Eee PC users out there???

P.S. I might blog a bit more about the Asus Eee PC later on.

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Comments

  1. wow…pumpy is even bigger than eee pc!haha

  2. hey, that looks good and practical ya.. and best of all, it’s on Linux πŸ™‚

  3. hello dear, gratz on the new toy u got. my hubby stumbled at ur blog, and surprised to see my nick…hehe. haven’t update my blog, but all is well.

    We’re browsing about amanah saham didik, or any education plan available for my 13 days old baby girl. A bit undecided between insurance coverage and savings.

    any advice?

  4. Wow, it is really small and handy! I think Intel also have a similar product, something called “Classmate PC” but I’m not sure the difference between these 2. πŸ™‚

  5. ahhhhh, what a great idea!

    You might want to tell me more bout it, I think Im getting one too. The one that Im using now is Inspiron 1520 which is so heavy!

  6. @nadia

    Pumpy is cute πŸ™‚

    @sting

    yup, very practical indeed. Loved it!

    @ici

    Oh my God, you went into labour already?? Congratz!!

    In terms of planning for your baby, might want to do a bit more research on that. But I don’t think buying insurance for the baby serves any purpose at all. Well, it depends on what sort of insurance you are talking about. Insurance coverage is usually for people who have dependents. Insurance coverage for you/your husband would be great. Just in case something happens, then your baby is taken care of.

    In terms of savings, if you’re looking at PNB products, then best bet would be to go for the one that yields the highest returns, which is ASB. One level down is ASD. This is based on historical performance. But not too sure if babies can open up an account or not. Do share with me if you know!

    Apa-apa pun, don’t just listen to me only. Make sure you do your own homework and research a bit more yah? πŸ™‚

    Once again, congratz for the new baby!

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    @ChampDog

    “Classmate PC”? Really? Never heard of that one before actually. Hehe. When was that one released?

    @Raf

    I’ve just posted an update of my Asus Eee PC. Do have a look!

    Asus Eee PC is great but you might want to hold on to your Inspiron 1520 for standard jobs. To me, Asus Eee PC only works well as a companion laptop. Bringing it around campus is a wonder but reading PDF files on that small screen can be frustrating after a while πŸ™‚

  7. ASB account for children up to teenage years – maxed out at 10k only. It will only change once they turn 18 years old.

    While ASD – no limit.

    In terms of insurance, I was thinking education insurance at first. I can also include riders such as total perm disability/crit illness/medic card. But since I’m still working under the government, I’m getting some of the perks provided esp. on hosp admissions and fees.

    So I’m sticking with ASD πŸ™‚

  8. Salaam πŸ™‚

    I think I still remember back then when I had the ASB account for remaja. My mum controls my ASB account πŸ˜›

    Due to ASB giving higher return than ASD, I think it might serve you well that you fill the account until 10k first, and after that, start filling in ASD. Then at least, you will earn more with the first 10k.

    In terms of insurance, to be honest with you, I’m really not that familiar. Still learning! πŸ™‚

  9. Baru saja beli Asus Eee PC sebijik macam u punya except it comes with Window XP and intel atom.Bought it at the PC Fair di KL Convention Center last weekend. Harga RM 1750. Very handy…

  10. Great to hear that you’ve bought one for yourself.

    Acer just came out with their version of mini pc. Really nice. Should’ve waited for that one. Haha. Haih…. Manusia…. Tak pernah bersyukur… πŸ˜›

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