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 😉 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 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, 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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