Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New kid on the block

Actually. Not so new...

Some time ago I got another netbook; Asus Eee PC 904HD, or "mini portable" as we call these laptops in my country.



At the time, when Asus introduced Eee PC for the masses, it was first of it's kind... kind of... Even there has been some tiny laptops before Eee-family. However Eee PC really started the low-cost, low-end, internet centered, semi-mobile hardware boom. And I wanted one of those, but never got enough spare money to buy one, even they were really cheap. And in the end, I didn't really need one. I was just fascinated about the idea of tiny net laptops.

But these days no one want's those underpowered wonders. and that's fine for me; Currently I own two netbooks and I've gotten both for free.

I installed The CrunchBang Linux (that is really light linux dstro) to my Eee PC and configured the web browser same way as I have done before.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Compaq mini

So... I got this Compaq mini 110 for free (150gb HDD version. So no SDD) and installed LUbuntu linux on it (it originally came with  windows XP installed)...


I intended to use it to do some internet browsing (Email, News, IRC) while on the road, but as soon I started Firefox, I noticed that many web sites are grown really resource hungry over past few years; For example Facebooks desktop version has grown to that big hideous bloated monster that brings those little innocent laptops in their knees, but on the other hand their mobile friendly version is really sophisticated... So lets do some tweaking;

As we know, this Compaq nettop can barely stand against modern, lower-end mobile tablet computers (in specs wise, with it's single core Intel Atom processor and 1 gigabyte of ram);
We need to tell to the mighty internet that we are using lighter mobile device, not fully featured laptop.

I have earlier experimented with even lower-end laptop with windows 98 so that experience came to good use now:

Here's what I did:

First I downloaded some extensions to firefox:

-Adblock or Adblock Plus (I prefer the ABP)  ...disabling ads may save some (=many) resources.
-Wmlbrowser ...Enables firefox to view WML formatted mobile (wap) sites.
-XHTML Mobile Profile ...Enables mobile browsing in firefox.
-Modify Headers ...with this extension you can easily edit firefox User Agent strings.
-(all extensions can be found from official firefox extension and addon site).

After installing all addons, I edited firefox user agent profile using Modify Headers extension, to tell websites that I'm using mobile browser:

Here's that UA string code:

Mozilla/5.0 (Android 4.0.3; Linux i386; Mobile; rv:26.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/26.0

Good tutorial to Modify Headers can be found from developers web site: http://www.garethhunt.com/modifyheaders/help/quickstart/

Some resources I used:


EDIT: Currently it runs XFCE based Xubuntu 14.04 LTS: XFCE desktop adapts to Compaq mini's odd screen resolution (1024 x 576) more flawlessly than Lubuntu's desktop solution.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Classic Macintosh

I got this old classic Macintosh SE/30 some time ago and it cost only 5€ to me.
It came with it's original memory of 1 mb RAM, but recently I replaced upgraded it with 4 mb to 5mb.
There is no HDD currently in this setup, but I can deal with it.
 
Macintosh SE/30
This is what i'm doing right now...


Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Nokia Communicator

Oh... Those were the times of innovative technology. I always wanted one of those. Particulary one of those earlier Nokia Communicator models, like 9110 or 9110i.

Recently I got one. The Nokia 9210 Communicator.

Nokia 9210 is so 2000 (Edit: or 1999) -even it was actually released at 2001. A cool gadget back in the day; Cell phone meets Pocket PC -Unfortunately it has little or no use today...

But there is one thing you can still do with 9210: THE TEXT ADVENTURES!
I downloaded Z-machine interpreter for Nokia Series 80 phones. And here we go; Now I am able to play all classic Interactive fiction adventures with real keyboard; And I don't have to sit in front of computer screen.

It would be interesting to get it back to internet, but that would take much more effort than playing simple text adventures...

BTW. It also plays Nethack!

So...
Get Lamp!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Poor man's eBook reader

Recycling old Palm-PDA devices as ebook readers.


I have couple of old Palm Os based PDA devices: Handspring Visor and Hand Era 330; Both of these are suitable eBook readers.


+Quite long lasting battery
+Can be used in daylight with no backlight
+Better than color display if you read lots of text-only books

-If you are in to comics; then buy iPad or Android tablet
-Nothing can beat good e-ink based eBook reader (really it's like paper)
-Usually have to convert your own books


Palm OS eBook Software:



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Getting ebooks with low end hardware

 
http://m.gutenberg.org/
Project gutenberg is mobile friendly ebook archive
 
http://www.manybooks.net/
Manybooks is more visual free ebook site
 
PS. there is also really good and light Pdf reader for windows: Sumatra PDF. It's special version (v0.8x 98) by Andrea Russo that works also on Win98SE should found with some googling...