Thursday, August 20

Photos of Vampire flight!

Went for a little flight today - so I have photos to share. Click on each to make it larger.

Saturday, August 15

How to shave five seonds of PupEees boot time

And in less time than i use to write this post even!

It occurred to me that PupEee waits 8 seconds at bootup, in cause I want to issue boot commands. That is a long time... well, not really, but it's longer than I need. So I deided to see if I could shorten it.

If you navigate to /mnt/home (this is where your PupEee lives), you'll find the file syslinux.cfg - open this with a text editor. Find this line:
timeout 80

and change it so it reads:
timeout 30

Congratulations, you have taken five seconds of the boot time off!

You probably want to open the file boot.msg in a text editor as well and change the text to reflect the shorter time you got to enter boot options, just in case you forgets.

PupEee now boots in 53 seconds on my 701.

Thursday, August 6

Got my Galileoscope!


I ordered it in march, but with delays in manufacturing and shipping to Norway.. but it's here. I'm very excited.

The delivery guy had a dozen or so others in his car, so I guess I'm not the only one who's excited in the area today. Putting it together was remarkable easy, thanks in art to the excellent manual I downloaded from the Galileoscope website.

The tube and focuser was easy to mount - the trickier bit was the eyepieces (this 15$ telescope comes with three!). Again, the clear descriptions were of great help.

I can't wait to test it... off course, living in Norway means long, light summer nights, and working full time means I need to get up in the mornings... so it' have to be this weekend. Until that time, I just have to fire up the stellarium on my Eee and work out what I want to see.

Wednesday, August 5

Best Linux for (fill in blank)

Sometimes someone over at the EeeUser forums will ask along the lines of "Hey, whats the best Linux for my Eee?"

Off course, there is no correct answer - it all depends on what they want to do and what their needs are. However, I will summarise my replies to all those questions here:

The Xandros it possible shipped with? There is an unofficial upgrade avilable for it as well these days.

I have really good experiences with PupEee - a puplet based on Puppy 4.2 with all the drivers for the 70X and 900 series Eees ready loaded. It simply works as advertised, right out of the box.

Breeezy is an even more lightweight puplet for the 70Xs and 900s - I got good experiences with that as well, but like the more polished look and feel of PupEee.

Lately I've been having some fun with BrowserLinux (nee BrowserPuppy) - an OS with no frills and no thrills that has the drivers for the older Eees preloaded. If all you do is surfing the web, you can do a lot worse than looking at this 69Mb distro.

Off course, there are many more - even more than what that link mentions.

This blogpost may be added to in the future as I experiment - there are more distros out there I want to try out; Easy Peasy, possible eeebuntu, maybe firefly once they are out of beta. Got to love the Live Distros these days =)