Daily Giz Wiz 447: Asus EEE PC

Episode 447 of the podcast

Subject: Review of Asus EEE PC
Released:Tuesday 20 November 2007
Length:about 19 minutes
Download file:dgw0447.mp3 (8.5 MB)

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Short info

It's turn the tables Tuesday, and Leo talks about his new two-pound Linux computer, the Asus Eee PC.

Detailed information

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From Asus, the largest motherboard manufacturer in the world, the Eee PC is a little hand-held computer with a 7" LCD screen (800 x 480), 4GB solid state disk (2.5 GB of which is taken up by the pre-installed software), Celeron M processor, 512MB RAM (DDR2), SD card slot (SDHC compatible), 3 USB ports, audio in and out, VGA port, Ethernet port, Wifi (b/g), full keyboard and touch pad, built-in video camera, microphone, and speakers.  No optical drive.

The OS is developed by Asus based on Xandros Linux, and it comes installed with applications such as Skype, Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office.  The desktop has 4 tabs: Internet, Work, Learn and Play, with individual application icons under each tab.

All of that in a 8.86" x 6.30" x 1.26" body, weighing 2 pounds.  An 8GB model with a 10" screen is expected.

Eee stands for Easy to learn, work and play; Excellent internet experience; Excellent on-the-go.  Leo had a good laugh at the Taiwanese Chinese again, after Episode 163, for the silly slogan.


After insulting the Taiwanese, Leo goes on to insult a listener.  He reads a letter from Anthony Devito Junior who writes in about the WalkStool.  Leo doesn't understand why he's written in and thinks it's a crappy letter.  The letter might have something to do with the EZ Swany Stick Chair (Episode 425) and it wouldn't have been so awful if not for Leo's crappy Italian accent.


Alessandro writes in about the OLPC, One Laptop Per Child project.  For the US and Canada, between November 12 and November 26, you can buy an OLPC and another one will be donated to a child in a developing country.

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