Review: Eee PC 701


I finally got my own time.

The EeePC

Most reviews say that the EeePC is good and I can just easily agree to that. From a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, it’s an easy 15. No kidding. It’s really a good kinda net.

The price is so right. It’s not much of a powerhouse of a notebook but even if it is that cheap, it still boasts a lot of good stuff within it.

Quick start-up? Check. Quick shut down? Check. It can start-up and shut down almost twice as fast as other devices of the like.

The EeePC is really very portable. Lightweight, less than 1kg. The kind of notebook you can easily bring anywhere you want.

The notebook has more than 40 learn, work, and play tools pre-installed. It’s really worth the price.

The built-in camera also has a good resolution and can take decent pictures.

Speakers sound good. None of those scratching noise crap. And It’s built-in. Another bonus.

Connectivity is not an issue. LAN is plug-and-play. Wireless connectivity is out of the question, too. It can find wireless networks easily and can connect just as easily.

The screen might be small at 7 inches but most computer users can deal.
Resolution’s got two options. You can go for 800 x 600 or you can choose 800 x 480. It’s not that 800 x 480 does not fill up the whole screen, it does With 800 x 600, the screen is scrollable. But mostly you’ll go for 800 x 480.

Ports include 3 USB ports, 1 port for the microphone, 1 port for external speakers or headsets, 1 memory card slot / reader and the DC port.

Battery life is as good as the official Asus EeePC website says – it can last for 2 – 3 hours or so depending on whatever you’re doing.

Compatibility to some programs is not an issue, too. If you can’t work well with Linux, you can install Windows XP.

The only downside I can see is that mostly the available ones are the 4G models. After installing Windows XP, Microsoft Office and Mozilla Firefox only about 800 mB was left.

The inside of the EeePC

Mostly I can say, in a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being th highest, it is an easy 15.

Camera can see through clothing

LONDON (UPI) — Developers of a specialized camera that can help police detect weapons and drugs under clothing say they will show it off in England this week.

The camera, which can see through clothing at distances of up to 80 feet, could be used by authorities in such places as railway stations and airports, The Sunday Times of London reported.

The newspaper reported that while the T5000 system can detect objects under clothing, it does not show anatomical details. It works by detecting and measuring terahertz waves, or T-waves for short.

Because each object emits different wavelengths, the camera can distinguish, for example, between sugar and cocaine, the newspaper reported.

The technology, originally designed for use in spacecraft to see through clouds of cosmic dust, was developed by ThruVision, an English company.

“Acts of terrorism have shaken the world in recent years and security precautions have been tightened globally. The T5000 dramatically extends the range over which we can scan people,” said ThruVision Chief Executive Clive Beattie.

The camera will be showcased at the Home Office scientific development branch’s annual exhibition at an airbase in Buckinghamshire, the newspaper said.

From Arcamax Science and Technology e-zine, 03-11-2008

Robots may someday operate without doctors

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — U.S. engineers say the world is moving closer to the day when robots will perform surgery with minimal or no guidance from a doctor.

Duke University researchers say their feasibility studies may represent the first concrete steps toward achieving such a space age vision of the future.

For their experiments, the engineers used a rudimentary tabletop robot whose “eyes” used a 3-D ultrasound technology. An artificial intelligence program served as the robot’s “brain,” taking real-time 3-D information, processing it and giving the robot commands to perform.

“In a number of tasks, the computer was able to direct the robot’s actions,” said Stephen Smith, director of the university’s Ultrasound Transducer Group. “We believe this is the first proof-of-concept for this approach.

“Given that we achieved these early results with a rudimentary robot and a basic artificial intelligence program, the technology will advance to the point where robots — without the guidance of the doctor — can someday operate on people.”

The research appears online in the journal IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control. A second study, published in the April issue of the journal Ultrasonic Imaging, demonstrated the robot could successfully perform a simulated needle biopsy.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

from Arcamax Science and Technology e-zine, 05-11-2008

Space Tourism

Space tourism: the next frontier?

NEWARK, Del. (UPI) — U.S. and Italian researchers predict outer space will become a frequent tourist destination during this century.

“In the 21st century, space tourism could represent the most significant development experienced by the tourism industry,” said University of Delaware Professor Fred DeMicco.

DeMicco, along with Professor Silvia Ciccarelli of the University of Rome — a consultant to the Italian Association of Aerospace Industries — said while there are global policies to be determined relating to private ventures in space, the technology to make space travel safer and cheaper is moving forward.

Ciccarelli said suborbital trips will likely be available to tourists by 2015, while tourism in space hotels is predicted to become a reality by 2025. She also noted the low-gravity of space will make possible novel recreational and sports activities that are impossible on Earth.

The study is to appear in the journal Hospitality Educator.

from: Arcamax Science & Technology e-zine 03-12-2008