Eee, day 2

22 December 2007

My second day with the Eee has been much better than the first. It has connected happily to every wifi network I’ve pointed it at, it stayed in standby overnight without problems (though that did drain 70% of its battery power), and although there is no Remote Desktop icon on the default menu, it is installed in the default OS, so a quick Home-T (to pop up a terminal) followed by a rdesktop -f 192.168.0.7 allowed me to connect to my media center PC and use the Eee as a glorified remote control. (If you use the command line above without having used an RDP client on Linux before, you should know that it’s control-alt-enter to exit full-screen mode and get back to the local desktop). It’s also happily displayed every web page I’ve visited, though the tiny screen has been problematic with a few – Google Reader is particularly bad.

The most positive thing?  I’m writing this post on the Eee.  While I’m still struggling a bit with the tiny keyboard, it’s usable – and getting more so as I adjust.

I think my next step will be to install some interesting development environments on it, so that I can play with them on the to go. I’m thinking Django, Erlang and Squeak. Is there anything else I should be looking at?