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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ubuntu 8.10 on the Acer Aspire One

I've replaced my eee 701 with an Acer Aspire One. Ubuntu works quite well on it, without a lot of the trickery I needed on the eee, and the battery life is stunning (I get upwards of 7 hours after tweaks).

I've created a site with tutorials on getting Ubuntu working optimally on the Aspire One. It includes a complete step-by-step guide for going from installation to awesome, based on the detailed notebook I kept in the first two days I had the machine.

The machine, incidentally, is smaller than the notebook. :-)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Amazon wrong; Acer Aspire One has no free mini-PCIe slot.

Amazon's product page for the Acer Aspire One claims that the machine has an available mini-PCIe slot for WWAN.

I'm holding it in my hands, and it does not -- the connector isn't soldered in place, just like earlier ones.

This is the first time Amazon's product descriptions have had a significant error in my experience, and I'm pretty pissed.