ASUS Eee PC For Dummiesby Joel McNamara
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What can you do with your Eee PC? Find out how to get the most from this mini-laptop with Asus Eee PC For Dummies. It shows you how to get things done—using the Linux operating system and applications, navigating the tabbed desktop, adding hardware and software, backing up and restoring the Eee PC, and more.
You’ll learn how to set up Windows, take advantage of all the pre-installed software, ensure that your computer is secure, and even run your Eee PC on solar power. You’ll find tips for configuring printers and changing touchpad settings, techniques for making Skype phone calls and listening to Internet radio, and advice for adding storage and peripherals. It also helps you:
- Take full advantage of this exciting, ultra-portable “netbook” PC
- Set up your wireless connection
- Make free Skype phone calls and video calls
- Use OpenOffice.org, Thunderbird e-mail, Mozilla Firefox, and other included applications
- Use the versatile OpenOffice productivity suite, including Writer for word processing, Calc for spreadsheets, and Impress for presentations
- Compare the advantages of Windows vs. Linux
- Discover the science, language, math, and art functions that kids can enjoy on the Eee
- Enjoy built-in games, watch videos, play music, organize and view photos, and more
- Boost storage and memory with SD cards and USB drives, go Bluetooth, and add a GPS
- Get the scoop on backups, explore the advanced desktop, and customize the user interface
The Eee PC makes it simple to surf the Web, play games, work, and more. Asus Eee PC For Dummies makes it easier!
Meet the Author
Joel McNamara is a writer, technology consultant, and outdoor adventurer. He has worked in the computer industry for 25 years and advises international humanitarian organizations on safety and security issues. Joel is also the author of Geocaching For Dummies and Secrets of Computer Espionage.
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I always have a crush on Willowkit once until Whisperkit came in my life. She was one of the best kits I always wanted. I can tell that Whisperkit loved me the moment I saw her locked deep in my eyes. But then Brightkit...came in, trying to steal me from Whisperkit. I have three crushes that day until I ran away from SunClan. Whisperkit and Brightkit followed me. I couldn'd decide what to do. I love all three of them; Willowkit, Whisperkit, and Brightkit, but I didn't know that choosing would be so difficult. Then I spitted out the words right in front of Brightkit, "I love you most!" Brightkit was about to kill herself if Whisperkit's brother, Wolfkit, stopped her. Willowkit wasn't on though so I thought that StarClan answered me. But it wasn't on the same night. That night, Whisperkit will be a Med. Cat apprentice. She also said that Brightkit will get her brother and Shadowkit, who is Willowkit's other crush, will have Willowkit. Then I realize...I'm nothing now...Whisperkit was more awesome than anyone else. I felt like I'm nothing after that. But what matters most to me is being the best of them all. My heart was shattering to peices. I never felt this feeling before but what was it? Hatred? Mad? Even cold-hearted? All of them was mixed to one...I won't find another one like Whisperkit again. But a few days later... END!!!!!!
The author of this book understands the Eee PC: what it is, what it isn't, and what it can do. These little computers are amazing tools, and people sometimes see them as either toys or simple Internet appliances, neglecting to explore their full capabilities.
Structurally, this is the classic ¿Dummies¿ book; it starts at the beginning and addresses the material clearly and directly, in logical sequence, starting with charging the Eee and turning it on, through connecting it with a network, using the pre-installed software, customization and troubleshooting.
It will be particularly useful to novice Linux users with Eees running the Xandros OS. The Linux Eees are highly useful right out of the box, using the underrated Easy Mode tabbed interface, and this book provides a complete introduction to working with this fast, simple, rock solid setup. But there is also plenty of information here for users with an experimental bent to get started adding software and customizing their Eee's interface. All the Linux basics are included (at the beginner level) but the emphasis is on working specifically with the Eee, which can be a quirky little beast. The book also offers clear introductions to all the preinstalled software packages, from the Open Office applications to the games, and tips for avoiding common problems in moving data between Linux and other operating systems.
But the XP Eees are not neglected. While I think the author is safe to assume some familiarity with the MS operating system, there are plenty of specific details about how XP works on the Eee. And of course the useful tips and tricks for getting the most out of the Eee's compact hardware apply to every user.
I've noticed over the last few years that computer writers seem to assume that all users have access to broadband Internet that is always on, and the author of this book seems to make the same assumption. I noticed at least one set of step by step instructions for a process that requires the Eee to be online to download files, and that is not mentioned. Sorry, but as the sole remaining dial-up user in the world, I notice these things.
In general, however, this is a very useful book, highly recommended for anyone who owns an Eee, and particularly for those who are thinking of acquiring one. (The section comparing the different models, and the first steps for the new owner are both first rate.) I suppose one could make the argument that most of this material is available online at no cost, but nowhere else is it so easy to find and use, or so well organized. Or so accessible when your Eee is having wireless trouble and you can't get on the Internet ...
I certainly wish this book had been available when I first got my Eee, and I'm very glad to have a copy now.
(Written on an Eee 701, running ¿out of the box¿ in Xandros Easy Mode.)