Archive for March, 2013

Netbook Review – Get one you can upgrade to 2 GB RAM

March 24, 2013

I’ve had my Asus eeePC R11 CX netbook for a few days now, and I’m in a better position to discuss its pros and cons. The best thing about this netbook is its value. For under about $280, you get an Internet-capable computer that runs basic programs online and off. The cons about this computer is that it’s slow, that is, it’s not as a responsive as a standard laptop, that retails at around $700.

The RAM is the main problem with this particular machine. It’s only 1 GB, and most computers require around 4 GB for normal performance. Also, it’s *not* upgradable to 2 GB, as many of the other Asus eeePC netbooks, so this is a serious limitation. Also, my machine temporaily freezes for a minute every once-in-awhile. I attribute this occurance to whenever I do something that is processor-intenensive, such as working with images or trying to view and online video.

In a way, despite all of the disadvantages of this machine, this is a good one for me to use on a regular basis. I have to spend my time doing simple work such as writing, or programming simple JavaScript. With all of the distractions of video and photos eliminated, I can focus more on writing essays and writing code.
My recommendation for the ASUS eeePC is positive in general. However, I recommend getting a netbook that is upgradable to 2 GB RAM, such as the Acer One or an upgradable ASUS model. to give you better responsivness and a little extra room to work with.

Finally, I’d like to point out that ideally, on a netbook, all master files should saved in the cloud. I’m trying to keep my local files stored primarily in DropBox, so that I will have my files accessible on multiple computers, especially a full-powered desktop. If this computer is ever broken, lost, or stolen I will still have my files that are stored remotely.


Windows Netbook v. Chromebook

March 20, 2013

Last night, I decided to purchase a discontinued Asus eee PC, instead of the Google Chromebook. My reasoning was that I did not act quickly, I would miss the opportunity to purchase a tool that is “ just right”. I’ve owned a Asus eee PC netbook for almost 5 years, and it’s still running a 10 year-old operating system, Windows XP and a 10 year-old productivity software, Microsoft Office 2003, quite well.

So, since Asus is no longer making eee PC netbooks and Windows 7 is being phased out by Windows 8, I felt like this was my last chance. Hopefully, it turns out to be a good investment. I was looking at the high-end Chromebook, and it was priced at $1,200. The Samsung Google Chromebook is $250 – about the same price I paid for the eee PC.

My plan for the netbook is to use it as my primary JavaScript coding computer. I’m thinking of loading MS Office 2013 on it, but my opt just to keep it as a Netbook with as little on-board software as possible. I was initially planning to purchase a Chromebook, but after reading one review of what life is really like using one on the road – I decided that having a netbook that could function effectively off-line would be a smarter choice. I’ll check-in later after the computer arrives with my assessment.


The Future of TV

March 11, 2013

My topic for today will be “the future of television.”  It’s difficult to predict what is exactly going to happen.  However, some observations.

  1.  More online tv.  I have a TV in my office.  I watch whatever programs that will stream to it.  At this moment, I’m using it to view random photos on Google Picasa.
  2. Mobile TV and second screen TV seem over-rated.  I can only pay close attention to one thing at a time.  Therefore, being able to glance at “tickers” is an easy way to check-up on things when I want to take a break from regular TV.
  3. 3D can be a sleeper hit.  Stereoscopic photos and movies have been around for a long time – as early as 1838 for stills, and 1915 for movies.  About 100 years later, so what?    I believe stereoscopy *is* a gimmick, but one that makes the normal photo “otherworldly”.

So to avoid wasting time, check-out video on-demand (VOD), hopefully without commercials, and the quick-glance apps.  Also, lookout for photos that are special.  I may do a project that’s 2D on one shot and 3D on another, just to do a side-by-side comparison.

TV Market Maps

March 7, 2013

I found this website, that has a great tool for viewing counties across the US and what TV Market they’re in. This is helpful to see where tv households really are.

IMF – Interoperable Master Format

March 2, 2013

Here’s a great presentation about work being done on IMF at SMPTE,  by Annie Chang, VP of Post Production Technologies at Walt Disney Studios.