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Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix on HP Mini 1000

by on May.17, 2009, under Technology

A couple weeks ago I installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) Netbook Remix on my HP Mini 1000.

I tried tried UNR (Ubuntu Netbook Remix) a few months ago on a virtual machine and really liked the interface.  Installing it on my netbook took some consideration because I believe it voided my warrenty (I didn’t get any kind of extended warranty, so just the standard warranty).  In the end, I decided I liked the interface enough, wanted to use the new EXT4 file system (which is supposed to be faster on solid-state drives) and everything else 9.04 has to offer.  Most importantly though is always being up to date.  With HP MiE, I assume I was only getting updates after they tested them, found no problems in the existing infrastructure and decided to release them.  Overall it’s probably not a big deal to be a bit behind the times, but not when it comes to Firefox security updates and the like.

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[UPDATE]: It’s probably worth mentioning that out-of-the-box sound does not work through the speakers (it’s noted here).  There is an official bug submission related to the issue here, and possibly a fix some where.  I haven’t gotten around to looking into this yet; sound works through the headphone jack and I guess sound through the speakers is just not something I require in a netbook. 🙂

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HP Mini 1000 (1120NR): Week 3

by on Mar.14, 2009, under Technology

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve got my HP Mini 1000 (1120NR) FedEx’d in the mail.  Here’s what I think so far:

Tweaks I’ve Already Performed

Synaptic Package Manager – Although not in the Harbour desktop menu, it is installed on the computer.  It can be assessed from the Run Command windows (ALT+F2) by typing “synaptic”.

GSynaptic – I installed this application to turn off the “tap” feature on the touch pad.

Gnome-RDP – One of the reason I decided to buy a netbook over a traditional laptop is that I don’t need another computer.  I have–and probably will always have–a nice desktop computer.

What Doesn’t Work

Dashboard Mail – It still says “Not Configured” even through I’ve followed the directions and set up my e-mail account in Thunderbird.  I’ve posted questions on two forums (no response) and e-mailed HP Support about it.  Their response thus far has been “we’ll look into it”.

Firefox add-ons – Although the computer is Ubuntu 8.04 with Firefox, when I go to Tools > Add-ons, this is what I see:

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I can still install add-ons by going to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/, but this helpful integration menu doesn’t appear to work.

Firefox Version – Since all the Linux software comes from HP’s Linux repositories, getting the 3.0.6 update was a little late.

Overall Likes

Size – It sure is compact.  Looking at it, closed sitting on a table, one might think it’s one of those things you put your credit card so the waiter can go swipe it.

Overall Dislikes

Size – It sure is compact.  It’s taking a little bit of getting used to.  Although the keyboard is 92% a regular laptop keyboard, when you’ve only been typing on a couple sizes of keyboard for 20 years, it takes a little getting used to.  After two weeks though I’m no longer hitting TAB with my pinky when it’s going to A.

Performance – I’m a serious multitasker and have noticed a little lag when I’m remoted to two different computers and have 7 Firefox tabs open–but nothing bad.

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VirtualBox’s “Seemless” Mode

by on Mar.14, 2009, under Technology

VirtualBox has a “seemless” mode.  In the scap I have my Windows XP and Ubuntu VM’s running.  You’ll notice my Windows Vista start bar at the bottom, and right above that the Windows XP start bar from the virtual machine.  Across the top is the Ubuntu “start bar”.

The wallpaper and desktop icons are from the Vista machine, and there’s three calculators open–one from Windows XP, one from Windows Vista and one from Ubuntu.  I’ve also got 3 file manager windows open too.

Pretty neat, huh?

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Purchased: HP Mini 1000 (1120NR)

by on Feb.24, 2009, under Technology

I just received my HP Mini 1000 (1120NR) from HP.com!

This is a netbook–which differs significantly from a traditional laptop.  When first heard about netbooks a few months ago, I found myself a little infatuated with the idea: portability, with a reliance on the “cloud”.  As I started reading reviews and shopping I began becoming something of a netbook purist.  It shouldn’t have a big hard drive–because it relies on the Internet; it doesn’t need a DVD–because it relies on the Internet.  I began modeling something of a methodology: I want my next computer to be an extension of the Internet.

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Overview of Stats

  • Screen size: 10.1″ (resolution: 1024 x 576)
  • OS: HP Mobile Internet (Mi) software built on Linux
  • Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor
  • Hard drive: 16GB solid state drive
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Keyboard: 92% of standard size
  • Weight: 2.45 lb.
  • Thickness: 1″

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