Category: Announcements [A]


Permalink 08:01:35 pm, by neilb Email , 184 words, 4557 views   English (US)
Categories: Announcements [A]

Lid Manager

I like to use my 701 Eee PC as a portable music player. I especially like playing FLACs which is my music ripping codec of choice. The relatively bulky size of the Eee PC is not an issue for me as I throw the Eee PC in my backpack. The main pain is the shenanigans necessary to stop the closing of the lid from switching off the processor.

lidman on the taskbar

So to solve the problem I wrote a cool tool - aka lidman. Lidman sits in the EeePC system tray and with a click of the right mouse you can control whether shutting the lids switches off the processor - or not.

After a few months of testing, it has operated flawlessly. So now to release it.

I’ve put the downloads on a separate page. The tool is free – though a small donation is always appreciated!

I’ll be releasing the code as open source soon via my repo.

Please add feedback/issues as comments.

[Edited 2009-01-01 Note I developed this on the 701. Feedback I’m getting says it works on later versions eg 901. Let me know if you have any issues.]


Permalink 04:53:23 pm, by neilb Email , 229 words, 5121 views   English (US)
Categories: Announcements [A]

Adsense and EeePC : oil and water

As a recent upgrade to my EeePC blog musings I decided to sign-up for AdSense. The hit rates to the site suggested that I should just be able to cover my web costs. However, due to the way that AdSense integrates with a webpage, any one surfing to my site with a standard EeePC will not see any ads. So not only am I way late to the AdSense party, I forgot the beer and they won’t let me in. Of course to many the ads will be no great loss, but not good for me.:'(

The reason behind this problem is that AdSense uses iframes to wire up its context sensitive ads with a given webpage. Unfortunately the default firefox browser on the EeePC does not support this technique and consequently no ads appear to those who read my blog using an EeePC which given that that is the topic of my blog is not very useful. In the process I’ve discovered that about 10% of the people who do visit the site are not using firefox, so I’m still getting some page count revenue but not at the level I was hoping.

Now I need to figure out if there is a “google-legal” way around the issue.

Out of interest here is user-agent info on the EeePC default browser.

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20070914 Firefox/


Permalink 02:18:41 pm, by neilb Email , 82 words, 7116 views   English (US)
Categories: Announcements [A]

Eee Network Performance

Highly acceptable! Very subjective but here’s the scene: My trusty old Xbox with Xecutor 3 running xbmc wirelessly streaming a hdtv show off Eee via an SMB share as the Eee simultaneously wirelessly streams it off the web. Flawless.

Of course you might ask why not direct to Xbox? It doesn’t do a good job of simultaneous downloads and play.

Even better the Eee consistently streams faster from the web than my dual 3GHz XP box. Small amounts (few 10KB/s) but noticeable.


Permalink 05:03:17 pm, by neilb Email , 172 words, 4857 views   English (US)
Categories: Announcements [A], News, Cool Eee


Xara is a useful vector graphics editor. Even better it runs on the Eee.

Xara on the Eee PC

Cool huh?

To install is quick but needs some grunt work:

A couple of issues I’ve noticed are:

  1. On start-up you will get a warning that ImageMagick is missing. This is not problem (it simply means that you can’t save your files in formats such as TIFF) and can be safely ignored.
  2. The options dialog is chopped off slightly at the bottom of the screen. This is partly a consequence of slack of sliding dialogs in Xara – due to it being a port of a windows app.
  3. Toolbars such as the taskbar can become undocked. I’ve not yet discovered how to redock them!



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