Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Asus EeePC... Warranty voided...

Update 080514:
Photo below shows my mods. The 8GB SanDisk Cruzer 8GB drive is on the lower right. The wires going to top right is for the bluetooth module. The bluetooth module is placed on the left side of the LCD unit. Few hours of troubleshooting leads me to believe that the USB points on the spare ePCI slot CANNOT be used for bluetooth... no logical explanation... my module just not detected... if I put a thumb drive there, it worked fine so it's not a wiring issue... I end up swapping the spare USB connections... the one on the spare ePCI is used for the thumbdrive and the USB near the WiFi card is used for bluetooth... problem solved... :-)

For those installing WindowsXP onto the EeePC, this link outlines step-by-step process for smallest footprint using nLite freeware.

Original post:
I just couldn't stand not having bluetooth built into the EeePC so... the internet saved the day again... after going through several sites on how to mods the EeePC, I took the plunge as well... While at it, I added additional 8GB of USB drive inside the unit too... As for the USB drive, I used SanDisk Cruzer Micro 8GB... A quick speed check shows that the Cruzer is almost as fast as the built in SDD... only about 15% slower... Should be able to run apps from the USB drive as well... I will be adding my photos of the mods later but for those keen on doing the mods, here's a good reference site... Asus EeePC References

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Asus EEE PC... my new toy...

I've been lugging the Sony Vaio TR3 notebook for the past 4 years. It has served me well and I have nothing much to complaint except that the webcam failed after 1 year. I don't use it anyway so I didn't bother to get it fixed.

My friend 9W2AFY brought the subject of Asus Eee PC for special uses... After doing some study and looked at the unit, I fell in love and bought it last weekend. It was loaded with Xantros Linux and have about 40 applications built-in. Since I have been a Windows user for along time, my familiarity and gadgets are all windows-based. I reinstalled the system with Windows XP Professional the same night... It worked with no problems and surprisingly fast for a Celeron 600MHz system.

Spend the last few days installing other applications including Microsoft Office, MapKing, some utilities and some of my must have applications for my hobby (MikroC, PicKit2, etc). My first thought is that the 4G SDD (Silicon Disk Drive) is kinda small but when you consider the applications you intend to load on it, I still have more than 1G of free space... The small screen limits the type of application you can run (screen is 7", 800 x 480 display).

Pictured below is my Eee PC next to my trusted Sony Vaio TR3 and behind it is a 19" LCD monitor... It's tiny, less than 1kg in weight... no moving parts... decent battery life...


Some link on Eee PC for those who wants to take the plunge...
Asus EeePC Website.
Eee PC News, Mods and Hacks.
or just google "EEE PC Mods Hacks" if you're into mods and hacks (like me)...

For those fellows out there who think I'm crazy... check out this link... and you'll realise that I'm much better that some others out there... :-)

Friday, May 2, 2008

A2ZCNC Monster (mini)Mill...

They started out as making upgrades for the Sherline mill... giving extra travel... ballscrews... riser blocks... etc

Now, if you were to put all the possible upgrades together, the only original parts remaining are the stepper motor mounts and the spindle assembly... I guess very soon that will go away too...

And here's the 1 million dollar question... who's gonna sponsor the upgrade for me... :-)

The A2ZCNC 'monster' mill...

Here how the tame little Sherline creature looks like before the metamorphosis...

9M2DS 77th Birthday Gathering...

In honor of his iconic role to the amateur radio community in Malaysia, the local gang in Klang Valley area held a small yet cheerful birthday gathering for 9M2DS, passionately called Pak Dollah, on his 77th birthday. We all wish him a great live for the years to come...

Some photo from the event below: