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If you are a commuter, you probably have a thermal coffee mug. This is one of the most useful accessories of the daily commuter, and along with the stereo/radio, one of the most common. Without the thermal coffee mug, you would have the choice between chugging your coffee down while it is still warm, or sipping your rapidly cooling coffee until you wind up at work or school with a less then flavorful tepid cup of coffee remains.
The nice thing about thermal coffee mugs is that they are generally inexpensive. Most run under $25.00, and many can be found in the $5.00 to $10.00 range. Local stores almost always carry a nice variety of mugs, and if you use the Internet to find one, the selection is almost unlimited. even Amazon, known primarily for Books, CDs and DVDs has a huge selection.
Thermal coffee mugs are usually made of plastic or stainless steel, although glass and ceramic styles are available (these are not recommended for commuting though – they can break quite easily). The basic design is the same for nearly all mugs. they have a double wall construction with air, foam or vacuum between the walls. This provides insulation and keeps the heat inside the mug. Vacuum insulates the best, and thus keeps your coffee warmer for a longer period of time. This type of insulation is primarily found on stainless steel mugs, while air or foam is usually used with plastic mugs.
For commuting or traveling, thermal coffee mugs always have a lid of some sort, usually either snap on or screw on. Although both types are common, many people prefer the screw on type as it is less likely to pop off unexpectedly and make a mess. some lids are simple with just a hole to drink the coffee and others have complex automatic sealing mechanisms to prevent spills.
Other common features of thermal coffee mugs is a thinner base so the mug will easily fit into a standard car cup holder, a non-slip rubber base and a rubber or silicone band around the center to make the mug easier to grip. There are other specialized features available, many of which are just patented variations of the standard features, but the above covers the basic setup of nearly all thermal mugs.
Videos are great viral marketing tools that can attract a lot of traffic to your web site. They are similar to how article marketing is used to boost traffic to your web site. It is used not only as a marketing tool, but also as a tool for teaching online. Whatever its purpose is, business videos are great for supporting your marketing scheme, and is an effective way of advertising your website, enticing your audience to visit.
Ways of Profiting from Online Videos
A way to increase conversions and boost online profits, after driving traffic to your web site, can be done through the use of live video broadcasts, video emails, or video on demand infomercials by online businesses. This can add to the bottom line of your company.
People generally remember 10% of what they read and 20% of what they hear; but with the use of videos online, people can remember 50% of what they both see and hear together. People need time to process things before they can act on your message, that is why videos can help you increase their level of processing on what they see and hear, increasing your chances for profit.
Video broadcasts can also increase the response rate of people. If a call to action is actively delivered, with sincere enthusiasm and passion for your topic, then it is much easier to follow since they are especially more powerful action drivers.
Your time of building a relationship with your customers is also dramatically shortened since you can cut through the technological barriers of the internet, putting yourself online, allowing the people you do business with to know, like, and trust you better.
You can avoid spending unnecessary high costs for sending someone on the road to meet with your clients or to attend a meeting. The technology is readily available, and the effects of your savings are immediate and obvious.
You can also enjoy ‘soft’ cost savings that dwarf your hard dollar travel costs by sparing yourself the productivity drain and the physical and mental tolls travel takes on your employees, or even yourself.
How to Market Your Videos for the Most Traffic
Videos, when used effectively, can be a vital tool in improving your online business by using it as a marketing tool, such as advertising for your web sites. This can help entice your net audiences to do business with your company, depending on how effective it is as a marketing tool for boosting your site’s traffic.
One way of doing so is by taking advantage of free broadcasting. There are a lot of social networking web sites, as well as video broadcasting websites, that reach millions of visitors every day. You can take advantage of the sites’ free traffic and networking by uploading your videos to these web sites.
Use your video blogs to provide useful information to your visitors, just the same as when writing on a blog. You can pattern your videos to follow certain formats, such as a TV show, infomercials, or how-to videos, as long as you work around a topic that ties in your business. If your video is creative and useful, it has a higher chance of getting passed around to other people.
Do not forget to include your web site’s URL when editing the video. Place your web site’s URL somewhere during the playback. If possible, try to keep your web site’s URL on display or visible throughout the entire video. Placing it along the bottom of the screen is preferable, but at least display your web site’s URL at the beginning or the end of the video.
How to Make a Successful Video
Creating a quality business video for your online business is a difficult task, not to mention expensive. You need to make sure that you create the best video that will accomplish your goals.
One way of doing this is by determining the purpose for your video. Define the exact purpose of the video and state that up front to prevent the person watching the video from getting confused, especially if there are too many information packed into the video. You must have a single idea that you are trying to convey in your marketing video to avoid packing it with too much information.
Determine your target audience before making the video. Make your video pitch for whatever your target audience is. If your product is for the home, then let your advertisement pitch for the home. If it is more for the tech savvy, then you may need to use a different approach on the video. Keep in mind that your videos will be used by your online business to market potential customers, so make sure that your video will explain the virtues of a product by the company.
Make sure that your marketing videos are not overly lengthy. Keep the flow of information brief and to the point. Once somebody has decided to purchase or would like more information, then you could give them longer videos that will cover the details; otherwise, give information in small chunks.
The content of your video must be interesting in order to keep the audience’s attention, so you can get your message across. Some videos use humor and sex appeal, while others do not. If these are not what your video is aiming for, then focus back on your targeted audience and determine what they would appreciate from a video. Keep your information fresh and appealing to them.
You need to make sure that the audience can remember what they saw long after the video. Make the content interesting, yet memorable.
Videos are great marketing tools, especially for online businesses, since it can act like an advertisement for them. Making it accessible online makes it more prominent to your audience, especially if you carefully place it on certain web sites that can maximize its productivity.
Computer Support of Orange County today announced it has launched its next generation of Orange County IT Services.
Orange County, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2011
Computer Support of Orange County today announced it has launched its next generation of Orange County IT Services.
Some of the key features included with Orange County IT Services include Helpdesk Support, Network Support, Server Support, Cloud Hosting, Disaster Recovery, Onsite Support and flat rate pricing. Computer Support of Orange County is reshaping the market for Orange County IT Services by including all of these offerings into a simple and affordable flat rate plan.
The Computer Support of Orange County Helpdesk Support team is designed to be your first line of support. Knowing that their customers have a team of experts that are just one call away, they no longer have to worry about technology and IT support, they can focus on other more important aspects of business. The Computer Support of Orange County team of experts are available and ready to assist with onsite support, remote support and phone assistance. Computer Support of Orange County is the smart choice for Orange County IT Services.
The Computer Support of Orange County Cloud Hosting features servers on demand. This Orange County IT Service provides scalable, affordable, and cloud-driven platform of virtualized servers. Customize and spin up new instances in minutes, or take them down, all with full administrative access, easy-to-use management tools and Orange County local support.
The Computer Support of Orange County Disaster Recovery leverages a geographically diverse datacenter to ensure customer data is safe and sound, even in the face of a catastrophic event at one of the two primary datacenters in Orange County and Los Angeles.
About Computer Support of Orange County
Computer Support of Orange County provides live support via telephone or through the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customers can speak to a local employee here in the US if you have a problem. Computer Support of Orange County can fix most problems remotely, so that customers can be back up and running without having to wait for a technician to come to a customer’s office. Computer Support of Orange County can help with server, desktop and network issues. For immediate emergencies their engineering staff is available to respond by emailing info(at)computersupportorangecounty(dot)com or by calling (714)707-4070.
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E-Books & Electronic Publishing Drive Growth in the World Publishing Industry, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) September 2, 2008
Key factors wielding an influence on the world publishing market include favorable economic conditions, lifestyle trends, population growth, purchasing power, ethnic diversity and age composition, education standards, and foreign trade. Electronic publishing or on-line publishing is the fast catching popular medium for publishing books, newspapers, magazines, and other types of publications. There has been rising interest in the field of CD-Rom publishing with increasing number of publishers offering the CD-Rom version that enables convenient storage, search and retrieval. Due to the rising acceptance of on-line publications, several key magazines, local newspapers, regional newspaper and wire services have started offering on-line services.
The global publishing industry is highly fragmented with large numbers of publishers jostling for a foothold in the market. Besides commercial publishers, the publishing industry also comprises of non-profit publishers, university presses, and scholarly associations. In an attempt to retain global competitiveness, big publishing houses are seeking opportunities to achieve synergies in their operations through acquisitions and consolidation. Time Warner, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Random House and Penguin dominate the book-publishing market while Reed Elsevier, Thomson Corp, Wolters Kluwer, and McGraw-Hill take the lead in the professional publishing market. Reader's Digest Association and Time Warner represent popular publishers of magazines while lulu.com, xlibris.com, authorhouse.com, and upublish.com offer latest in dot.com publishing.
The United States and Europe dominate the global publishing industry. Book publishing market in the US is witnessing an upward trend and is expected to sustain growth in imminent years. Sales of elementary/secondary education and higher education books are expected to grow at a moderate rate in the coming years. Paperbacks and hardcover sales are also expected to increase across all the segments including adult trade, juvenile trade, and mass market. The scientific publishing market is composed of books, journals, and databases, and between the three, the share of journals continues to grow, while that of books and databases is stable.
Emergence of newer forms of information media and entertainment has adversely affected the traditional publishing industry. Widespread use of mobile phones, the Internet and increased patronage of “new used book” stores that offer newly published books at considerably reduced prices have beset industry prospects. Internet sales have thrown in new challenges to both fixed-price sales and supplies from publishers through the distribution agencies to retail bookstores. A host of online bookstores such as Amazon.co.jp distribute books directly through the Internet. Besides, the electronic versions are available at a substantial discount as compared to the paper versions. Major players in the book-printing segment are investing in novel technologies and equipment, in order to compete with electronic media and Internet.
In conclusion, transition of book, newspaper, magazine, and journal publishers from traditional to on-line publishing is a continuing trend in the industry. Online publishing market will gain a significant competitive edge over traditional publishing based on cost competitiveness, time saving, and quick access to mass market. AuthorHouse.com, iUniverse.com, CafePress.com, and Xlibris.com are the new-age publishers offering on-demand, instant publishing of books. Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Borders.com distribute books through the Internet.
The report titled “Publishing Industry: A Global Outlook”, published by Global Industry Analysts Inc, provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The research paper provides a condensed overview of the global market, and extensively enumerates the recent mergers, and acquisitions together with latest industry developments. The reader stands to gain an understanding of the macro picture prevalent in regional markets across the globe. Annotated with 4 market data tables, the US market is briefly summarized. Other synopsized regional markets include Canada, Mexico, Japan, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador among others. Also included is an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 616 companies worldwide.
For more details about this research report, please visit http://www.strategyr.com/Publishing_Industry_Market_Report.asp.
About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.:
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Internet: What are The Differences between T1, DSL, Cable Internet?
While cable, DSL, and T1 all offer far greater performance than using regular dial-up, they vary quite a bit in dependability, availability, and cost. All three are “always on” connections, meaning they are direct inter-network connections, also termed Wide Ara Networks (WAN). by comparison, a dial-up users calls their ISP, and connects to that network before being passed (via T1 or faster connections) on to the WAN. in internet parlance, this super-WAN is known as a “backbone”.
What is T1?Operating at 1.54Mbps, T1 lines are the most common high speed lines available. Prior to the Internet revolution, T1′s were the standard for telephone company access in medium to large companies. a T1 is capable of providing full speed, uncompressed video at the same time as offering digital and video services. T1 lines provide direct connection to data backbones, and offer the greatest degree of stability.
What is DSL?DSL is a common connection for small to medium businesses, or home users. Top speed is usually much lower than 1.54Mbps. Users of DSL rarely get throughput rates higher than around 25 times normal dial-up speeds. Also, because it requires close proximity to a switching station or a switching station’s relays, DSL is relatively limited in its availability.
A DSL connection’s stability can be affected by a number of factors, including rainy weather. The reason for this is that DSL is primarily used over the copper lines used by phone companies, which are often run underground. this makes them susceptible to moisture leaks which can reduce transmission speeds as data packets become corrupted and must be re-transmitted.
What is Cable Internet?Cable internet promises faster throughput than DSL, at a competitive price. The upper limit for cable transmission is 52 Mbps, but this limit is usually only available to ISPs or major companies. Fiber Optics are necessary to achieve top-end speeds. a little discussed drawback of cable internet is that the total available bandwidth is reduced as more users are added to the line providing the service. in areas with a great deal of internet access being put on the cable lines, transfer rates can be reduced by 50% or even more.
Another potential disadvantage of using cable internet is that cable itself is designed to be primarily one-way, with information streaming at high speeds away from the provider, but speeds returning to the provider are only slightly higher than DSL speeds, under the best of conditions. Keep in mind that high-use areas will reduce the speed even more.
What’s The bottom Line?Having T1 access is financially restrictive for most applications, but provides the most throughput and dependability because it is actually a direct connection to backbone services. Cable Internet provides the highest bandwidth available to a majority of users, placing them usually within 1-3 uplinks from backbone services. Lastly, DSL is the least dependable of these options, but is still sufficient for most home or small business requirements.
Article written by MyComputerAid.com
Once a business creates a brand new website and is beginning to develop a customer base the most common question is about how to maximize online sales. The most important factor in getting the most out of your online business experience is knowing how Internet shoppers think. The global market has expanded and the Internet has become the primary method of shopping for people all over the world. The consumers know what to expect from an online store and the only way to get the most out of a website is to give those customers what they demand.
Discount and Loyalty Schemes
Online consumers are always looking for a bargain and you will have to maximize their desires by giving discounts on various items and giving bonuses to loyal repeat customers so that they feel respected and you experience the maximum benefits with your online sales.
By incorporating well planned groups of items you should show your customers the items that they are most likely to be interested in as well as tagging related items to those preferred to give them the opportunity to purchase additional products while in your store. A website that is simple and easy to navigate is vital in online sales and you should thoroughly test your site to make sure that it is operating at peak efficiency before it is employed.
Security is perhaps the most important thing that customers look for. They may love the products you are offering but if they are not comfortable with giving their personal and financial information you will not be able to maximize your online sales. This is because they will be afraid to take that final step and purchase the items from your online store. Make sure that your site is fully secure by using 128 bit SSL (secure socket layers) and make that security visible to your customers to give them the peace of mind that will allow them to confirm their purchases.
Customers that shop through the Internet today expect instant gratification when it comes to communicating with you on specific products and desires. Therefore make sure that you are maximizing your online sales by creating easy to use contact programs built into the website. You should also develop other communication means to maximize your online sales with tools such as newsletters, blogs that are updated daily and so on. Customers love regularly updated blogs and search engines admire them. By maintaining a daily updated blog and constantly providing fresh content to your main web pages you will maximize online sales enormously.
Therefore to maximize your online sales you should build, maintain, and optimize your businesses website to provide good service to the customers. Such a well built and managed website will bring the universe to your doorstep.
Burning optical platters can be frustrating and time-consuming. show me a computer user who doesn’t have a trash bin filled with spent CDs and DVDs, and I will show you a user who doesn’t burn discs.
Linux users have several good CD/DVD burning apps available — and a pile of not-so-good choices. this column featured several from both categories. some of them have been constant companions to assist me in my optical storage needs. but I recently stumbled upon my new BFF in digital burning. Meet K3b, one of the easiest to use CD/DVD burning software packages available.
I’ve been a fan of Brasero for some time now. K3b is a hands-down better replacement. it has none of the user-challenging personality of Brasero. it is also more intuitive.
The latest version of K3b, 2.0.2, brings to Linux what Windows users have long loved in one of the leading CD burners of that platform, Nero. K3b is fast, simple to use, and has lots of options.
The only potential drawback involving K3b for some Linux users is that the app is part of the KDE desktop environment. but that is really not an issue.
You can hate the KDE Desktop and still love using K3b with the GNOME desktop. The installation package includes the necessary libraries for K3b to run as a standalone program. so you get the benefits of using K3b without the K desktop. K3b is among the best burning program I’ve used.
K3b is gaining in popularity outside the KDE desktop. so it more than likely is offered through your distro’s package management system.
If it is not there, you have two other easy options. Check the Synaptic Package Manager that is usually available as an alternative delivery system in many distros. or you can go to k3b.org and grab a suitable package for your distro.
Of course, you could apply the traditional, somewhat archaic approach and open a terminal window to issue the commands manually. Depending on your distro, use one of these:
sudo apt-get install k3b
yum install k3b
Installing K3b should be effortless within any distro. so is adding the nifty add-ons available to enhance how K3b works.
At least through the package managers, you can easily get extra themes, extra decoders, and a utility to create customized eMoviX/movieX/moviX2 cd images.
Another add-on adjusts the volume of WAV, MP3 and OGG files to a standard volume level. Also, there is a Swiss Army Knife of sound processing and a VideoCD (VCD) image mastering and ripping tool.
You can install these initially or go back to the package manager to apply one or more of the additions. Again, you do not need any of these add-ons to run K3b. but having them gives you much more convenience in how you control your CD/DVD-burning experience.
K3b’s graphical user interface aims to please both novice and advanced users. That type of description is usually idle hype in marketing parlance. Often, apps with that dialog meet failure at both ends of the spectrum.
But in this case, K3b is convenient for all levels of user experience. it has all the features an advanced user would need. The interface does not overwhelm novices.
More advanced users can tweak how K3b works for them. Newcomers to CD/DVD burning do not have to get their hands dirty. All they have to do is click and burn. The automatic settings and reasonable defaults provide a quick start that is fiddling free.
One of the features that makes K3b so easy to use is what I call its “smart technology.” Even when you attempt to set up preferences, you can leave one or more of those options blank. K3B is smart enough to pick the best solution.
Another cool feature is K3b’s ability to read your mind. All you have to do is plug in your desired media device — if not a plastic disk. K3b detects it and places it in the burning medium window in the session settings.
Part of this smart technology lets you left-click on a device in the tree window. K3b opens a specific window based on the media’s content. for example, left-click on an audio CD to get a list of the tracks that you can rip to any format supported by K3b.
It also automatically erases a rewritable disc. You do not have to manually do that before a burning session. see why I dubbed these features as “smart technology?”
K3b gives you a complete burning program for the Linux platform. it lumps together several tools that you probably get only by bouncing among two or three other burning tools.
You can use it to back up your data as well as create ISO images. Its features include the ability to burn multi-sessions and automatically erase CD-RWs and DVD-RWs when they are inserted. it also has a clever on-screen display.
K3b supports themes and CDDB configuration. for the uninitiated, this stands for Compact Disc Database, a searchable database to look up audio CD (compact disc) information over the Internet. this super app also has a DCOP interface that lets you control K3b from command line or another application.
K3b’s interface puts three elements neatly on display. The top left shows the file system tree. The top right shows the tree content along with a navigation bar above it. The bottom of the display window provides buttons and menus for all of the burning tools.
Four main options are available: New Data Project, New Audio CD Project, Copy Medium and More Actions. Click any of these buttons to reach a twin-panel action area. There you can browse the hard disk and drag and drop your selected files. You can rely on defaults or manually set the writing buffer size.
The File / New Project menu offers more specific options. these include the types of projects such as Mixed Mode CD, Video CD, Video DVD, eMovix CD, eMovix DVD. You can save the project and reopen it later to add more files.
Under the Tools menu you access options to copy CDs and DVDs, burn ISO images and erase rewriteables. You can also rip audio and video CDs and rip video DVD. Here you can view disc data and can Encode Video.
Click the Settings menu to configure K3b. this is mostly a process involving checking or unchecking the settings you want. The left side of settings panel shows various option buttons. The intuitive sub categories makes the process a lot less mind-numbing.
Much of the power within this burning app is found in the Configure K3b settings. The selection panels and categories makes it very simple to fine-tune and tweak this app to run your way.
The fine-tuning and configuration goes deep. but remember, these are options. K3b works just great even if you keeps your hands off the fiddling. The choices include configuring shortcuts within the program, configuring toolbars and panels. You can also pick and choice among various notifications to let you know when lengthy burning sessions are done.
K3b is one of the best CD/DVD burning tools I have used. it is packed with features and is easy to use without hand-holding and navigating a steep learning curve.
It even makes bootable CDs. this alone is a neat trick well worth switching from whatever other burning app you use.
I got a question where someone asked me how to “play movies on Apple computer”. The answer to this depends on what you mean by playing movies.
The reason I’m mentioning this is because the person who asked just said they wanted to know “how to play movies on Apple computer” and didn’t mention if they meant a DVD movie, a movie they’d downloaded off the Internet, or a video file (or movie) on a web page. Depending on which they meant, the answer is a little different.
First off, let’s assume that when they said “play movies on Apple computer” that they meant a DVD movie.
Well, that’s a very simple answer: any Mac (Apple computers are called Macs, with specific models like iMac, MacBook, etc.) made in the last several years can play DVDs. 99% of the time, just pop the DVD in the drive, and DVD Player will open automatically and start playing the movie.
Worst case scenario, you’ll need to open your hard drive, then open the Applications folder, then look for the file DVD Player, and double-click it, and the movie will play. It’s very rare for you to have to do anything more than pop the DVD in the drive.
So another possible meaning for “play movies on Apple computer” would be a movie you’ve downloaded off the Internet. There’s a lot of different types of video files (video just means moving pictures, just like a movie) that are sent by email, or that can be downloaded off a web site.
If you want to play a movie or TV show you’ve bought from the iTunes Store, iTunes itself will play the movie using Quicktime. Quicktime is a program made by Apple for both their own Apple Mac computers, as well as for Windows PCs, and it comes automatically with iTunes.
Quicktime can play a lot of different types of video files, so it’s one way to play movies on Apple computer. If you’ve got a movie file that you got by email, or that you saved from a website, Quicktime will probably play it, and it is already installed on every computer made by Apple.
There are exceptions, so if you can’t play a video file (movie) when you double-click it, and Quicktime gives you an error message, then another option is the free VLC Player.
VLC Player is a free program that will play just about any type of video file you can get off the Internet, personally it’s my favorite way to play movies on Apple computers. VLC Player is also available for Windows.
Lastly, if the person who asked how to “play movies on Apple computer” was talking about playing the movie on a web page, then again, Quicktime will work for a lot of these movies, and VLC might do the trick too (although I’ve had problems in the past getting it to play movies that are “embedded” in web pages).
One of the most popular ways to put videos onto web pages is in Flash format. Flash Player is free, and comes already installed on most computers. As time passes, though, this looks likely to be replaced by “HTML5″ which will let your web browser play videos without having to add Flash Player or any other extra “browser plug-ins”.
Nearly four years ago Asus launched the first netbook: a 2 pound laptop with a 7 inch display and a $400 price tag. While it didn’t come close to the $200 price Asus had initially promised, the Eee PC 701 was the cheapest ultraportable laptop on the market… and over the past few years we’ve seen netbook specs get better and better while prices have fallen lower and lower.
That brings us to the Asus Eee PC X101. Released in September, 2011, this is the first netbook to launch for just $200.
In some ways the latest netbook from Asus is a throwback to the original Asus Eee PC 701. in order to keep the price low Asus loaded the X101 with cheap flash storage instead of a hard drive and installed an open-source Linux operating system instead of Windows. But unlike the original Eee PC netbooks, the Asus Eee PC X101 has a 10 inch display and an Intel Atom processor.
It’s impressive that a company like Asus can cram a fully functional computer into a 2 pound case and sell it for $200. But the company made some sacrifices to achieve that low price, and you can get a whole lot more computer for not much more money.
So is the Asus Eee PC X101 worth its very low price? Read on to find out.
Asus loaned me demo unit for review purposes. This is the version of the mini-laptop currently available in North America, and it features a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom N435 single core processor, a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and an 8GB solid state disk.
The computer features 802.11b/g/n WiFi but does not have Bluetooth or 3G. it has a 3 cell, 28Whr battery. It’s user replaceable, but Asus will not be producing a higher capacity 6 cell battery for this netbook model.
The netbook runs a version of MeeGo Linux based on Linpus Linux Lite. The operating system feels more like something you’d see on a touch-based smartphone or tablet than an OS designed for a keyboard and mouse.
Most applications run in full-screen mode. Instead of a desktop, start menu, and taskbar, there’s a home screen with access to frequently used programs and updates for your social networks.
You can bring up a toolbar that lets you switch to social networking, instant messaging, or media functions by moving your mouse cursor to the top of the screen. And there’s an app store based on the Intel AppUp Center.
The Eee PC X101 is the thinnest and lightest 10 inch netbook from Asus. it weighs 2 pounds and measures 10.3″ x 7.1″ x 0.7″ at the thicket point. if you removed the battery bump it would look even thinner since the laptop is much thinner at the front.
Around the sides you’ll find two USB ports, a microSD card slot, a headset jack, lock, power port and vent. That’s it.
There are no VGA or HDMI ports and you don’t get a full-sized SD card slot or separate jacks for a mic and headphones.
The laptop’s black plastic case is covered with a textured pattern that looks sort of like a tight-knit weave pattern. you find this texture on the lid, the bottom of the computer, and the areas above and below the keyboard. The finish does a pretty good job of preventing the notebook from showing fingerprints.
On the bottom of the laptop is a single access panel. you can open it up by removing a little piece of rubber with your finger and then taking out a single screw.
Once the access panel is open you can remove or replace the RAM, solid state drive, or wireless card. The netbook should be able to support up to 2GB of RAM, and if 8GB of storage space isn’t enough for you, it looks like it should be extraordinarily easy to upgrade — but you’ll either need to clone your disk t the new SSD or re-install MeeGo or another operating system if you choose to upgrade the storage.
The computer has a matte display which doesn’t reflect much glare. it can still be difficult to see outdoors, but it’s much easier to view in direct sunlight than a display with a glossy screen.
The one bit of glossy plastic on the netbook is the shiny black bezel surrounding the display. While the screen doesn’t reflect glare, the bezel does — you can almost use it as a tiny mirror.
Viewing angles are… not great. While I had no problem sitting to the left or right of the computer and reading black text on a white screen, the colors in pictures start to wash out as you move to the left or right of the screen or tilt the screen back too far. when you’re looking directly at the computer you probably won’t run into many problems, but I’m not confident that you can watch a video with a friend on this laptop easily.
Asus has been building netbooks with 10 inch displays for more than three years — and the company has generally done a pretty good job of using the small space available to provide a nearly-full-sized keyboard that’s easy to touch-type on.
For some baffling reason though, the Asus Eee PC X101 doesn’t have the same keyboard layout as other recent Asus netbooks. Instead it has a keyboard that’s virtually identical to the one on the new Asus Eee Pad Slider — a tablet with a tiny, cramped keyboard crammed onto a slide-out tray that hides behind the tablet screen while it’s not in use.
On a tablet, that space-saving design might make sense. I have no idea why Asus chose to use the same keyboard on the Eee PC X101 though, because it makes typing on this netbook a pain in the behind.
There’s no dedicated row of Fn keys, which means you need to hold the Fn button and press one of the number keys to maximize a browser window or perform other special functions. The center row of letter keys also serves double-duty as special keys for adjusting the volume or screen brightness or toggling the WiFi or touchpad.
The backspace and Del keys are both in the top row of the keyboard, right next to one another. I find I constantly have to hunt to find the correct key to delete characters.
The biggest problem I’ve had with this keyboard though, is that all of the key are a little smaller than on other Asus netbooks though. I often find myself hitting the wrong key — and sometimes I failed to hit a key at all. I’ve noticed while typing this review that punctuation marks regularly fail to appear on the screen when they’re supposed to — and I’m pretty sure it’s because my finger keeps falling between the keys instead of on the appropriate key.
In time, you can learn to get used to almost any keyboard layout. But I find this one particularly difficult to use. in a typing test, I scored about 72 words per minute with 91 percent accuracy. I’ve taken the same test using a number of other netbooks and I typically score between 90 and 100 words per minute with about 96 percent accuracy.
I’m also not exactly in love with the touchpad below the keyboard. It’s nice and large — but instead of separate left and right mouse buttons below the touch area, you simply click on the bottom left or right corners to register a click. you can also theoretically tap on the center of the touchpad instead of left-clicking, but I’ve found that the Eee PC X101 doesn’t recognize light taps. you have to press pretty hard.
Theoretically the touchpad supports multitouch gestures such as using two fingers to scroll up and down, but in most MeeGo apps I’ve found that this function simply didn’t work.
While the Eee PC X101 certainly wins points for its thin and light design and matte display, the poor keyboard and touchpad make the computer more difficult to use for text input than some other netbooks.
While the Asus Eee PC X101 isn’t the first Asus netbook to ship without Linux in order to shave a few bucks off the retail price, it is one of the first netbooks from any company to ship with MeeGo — a light weight Linux distribution designed especially for netbooks, tablets, and other mobile devices.
MeeGo is actually a user interface and a set of tools designed to run on top of another Linux-based operating system. The Eee PC X101 actually ships with Linpus Linux Lite with MeeGo 1.1. While the basic user interface is designed to be easy to navigate for people that don’t have a lot of experience with Linux, advanced users can also fire up a terminal, download and install software manually, and make other changes.
The basic MeeGo interface though, feels more like a smartphone or some sort of appliance than a Windows or Mac computer. There’s no desktop to speak of. And instead of a start menu there’s a home screen (called MyZone).
On the left you’ll see a customizable list of up to 9 applications, calendar appointments, tasks, and email notifications. you can go into the MeeGo settings panel to adjust what shows up in this sidebar if you don’t want your email accounts displayed on the MyZone page, for example.
In the center of the screen you’ll find social media panels for Facebook, Twitter, and other networks. To the right of these you’ll find large thumbnail icons for recently used media including photos and videos.
At the top of the screen there are tabs for switching to other pieces of the MeeGo puzzle. This toolbar will be minimized when you’re most applications, but you can bring it up from any screen by moving your mouse cursor to the top of the display.
The Zones tab shows thumbnail icons for currently running applications. you can bring up this menu to switch between apps — or you can press alt+tab on your keyboard for quick access to a basic application switcher.
Since most MeeGo applications are designed to run in full screen mode, these app switchers are pretty important because you won’t often see two apps running side by side on the same screen.
Next up there’s an “Internet” tab which you can use to search the web or view your favorite sites or currently open browser tabs. The version of MeeGo that ships with the Eee PC X101 comes with the Chromium web browser, which is the open source version of Google’s popular Chrome browser.
The Status tab shows recent updates from Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr. You’d think that this could also go in the “People” tab which is next on the list, but People is reserved for your instant messaging contacts.
The next stop on our tour is the Media Tab. from here you can view music or music stored on your device, or fire up the media players and search for online media.
The media player includes a few presets including links to the Amazon MP3 music store and access to the Internet Archive, where you can listen to thousands of recordings of concerts from taper-friendly artists.
The MeeGo media app can also handle video files… although thanks to the relatively sluggish processor in the Eee PC X101 you may have problems with files that have high resolutions or high bit-rates.
While you can access some applications form the MyZone page, the Apps tab is where you can find a complete list of programs installed on your device. There’s a search box where you can pull up apps by name. or you can browse by category. Apps are sorted into Accessories, Games, Internet, Media, Office, and system Tools.
For some reason the Internet Tab is always open when I visit the Apps tab. I don’t know if there’s a way to change the default settings here, but if you don’t plan to launch the web browser, email app, or other internet utility every time you visit the list of apps, this can get a little annoying.
You can drag any application icon to the Favorites section on the left side of the screen to change the apps that are shown on your MyZone home screen.
Included apps include a file browser, text editor, a few games, a photo viewer and webcam app, Adobe Reader, a calendar, and OpenOffice.org.
There are also disk usage tools, a system update utility, and a Terminal applications.
In the Accessories section you’ll find the Asus app store, which is basically a rebranded version of the Intel AppUp Center.
The app store presents the easiest way to find, purchase, and install apps that support MeeGo. you can search for apps, browse by category, or look for new releases or staff picks.
Unfortunately, the selection of apps is pretty awful. there just aren’t many high quality apps available at the moment. You’ll probably have more luck installing apps by firing up the Terminal and using the command-line Zypper utility. For instance, in order to install the GIMP image editing application I typed “sudo zypper install gimp” without the quotation marks.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that once I installed GIMP it automatically showed up in the “Media” section of my Applications menu.
Your results may vary, depending on which applications are available in the default repositories. Advanced Linux users may be able to install additional repositories to access additional Linux applications… but I suspect advanced users might be more interested in wiping Linpus and MeeGo altogether and using a different operating system.
The final tab on our tour takes us to the Devices and Settings menu. from here you can adjust the volume or brightnes, view battery stats, or access various folders including your media folders, documents folders, and downloads folders.
If you plug in a microSD card or USB flash drive it will also show up in this area.
Most of the system settings available on this screen can also be accessed through keyboard shortcuts or by scrolling your mouse over the battery icon.
You can also bring up the “Networks’ menu to enable WiFi and connect to a network by hitting the little icon in the navigation bar that looks like two computers.
For the most part I’m kind of underwhelmed by the MeeGo experience. on the one hand, I suppose it makes sense for most apps to run in full screen and for the navigation bar to disappear when you’re using an app. on the other hand, the use of a tabs-based system instead of a more traditional start menu or app dock makes navigating through the netbook’s various functions feel more complicated rather than simpler.
You have to remember whether to click on Status or People to resume a chat session, for instance. And if you don’t plan to use the Facebook or Twitter integration on the MyZone page, there will be an awful lot of wasted space on your home screen.
MeeGo is an interesting project, and I suppose it’s designed to make it easy for anyone to pick up the computer and start using it without fear of accidentally tweaking some setting and ending up with a useless piece of plastic. I have to confess that when I first started playing around with Linux distributions such as Fedora and Ubuntu 7 or 8 years ago I often found myself reinstalling the OS from scratch because it seemed like the easiest way to fix some problem I had inflicted on myself by not really knowing what I was doing.
Many desktop Linux operating systems have gotten more user friendly over the past decade, but I get the feeling that part of MeeGo’s raison d’etre is to prevent users that don’t know what they’re doing from borking their computers.
Still, the operating system is limiting enough that it will likely frustrate power users. on the other hand, there’s another way to think of the Eee PC X101 and MeeGo. It’s kind of a low-cost alternative to a Google Chromebook. While most laptops running Chrome OS carry starting prices of $349, the Eee PC X101 is smaller, lighter, and cheaper. oh yeah, and it runs Chromium.
If you don’t care much about native applications, you can use the X101 to fire up the web browser and surf the web or run web apps to your heart’s content for just $200. As an added bonus the mini-laptop boots more quickly than most Windows-based netbooks and it can run some third party native apps.
Unfortunately it’s a little sluggish when surfing the web with multiple browser tabs open, and it doesn’t handle resource-intensive web apps such as online video very well, but I’ll go into more detail in the performance section below.
MeeGo is a project that’s had the backing of some big names. up until recently Nokia was one of the largest contributors to the project, and Intel is still backing MeeGo. And since MeeGo can run web apps just as easily as Tizen, the Eee PC X101′s software won’t necessarily be obsolete as soon as Tizen launches.
That said, it’s not clear how much support we’ll see for the operating system in terms of bug fixes or new features in the future.
Fortunately, the Eee PC X101 has fairly standard netbook components including an x86 processor, so if you don’t like MeeGo or are worried about its future you can always install Ubuntu, Windows, or another operating system.
Just bear in mind that if you install Windows 7 or Windows 8 you won’t have much free space left on the 8GB solid state disk. you might want to consider buying a larger SSD if you plan to go that route. Windows XP uses less space, and you can save even more room on your SSD if you use nLite or a similar tool to trim features that you don’t need before installing Windows.
Performance and Battery Life
It’s hard to compare the performance of a netbook running MeeGo Linux to one running Windows 7. although you certainly can install Windows, it will eat up most of the computer’s 8GB of storage. Asus will also offer an Eee PC X101H model with a higher capacity hard drive and Windows 7, but that model will cost more than the $200 Eee PC X101 with MeeGo Linux.
Some folks have installed Windows, Ubuntu Linux, or other operating systems on the Eee PC X101. But since I’m working with a review unit which I need to return — and since most customers are probably unlikely to change operating systems, I decided to stick with MeeGo.
But while my usual raft of benchmarks may not apply, there are a few simple ways to compare the overall performance of the Eee PC X101 with MeeGo. I tested the battery life, attempted to watch online video using the web browser, and ran the SunSpider benchmark which tests browser performance.
All told, the Eee PC X101 is a bit of a mixed bag. on the one hand the user interface feels pretty zippy when you’re switching between running programs or navigating the MeeGo user interface. The computer also boots very quickly — taking about 20 to 25 seconds to go from completely off to a fully usable desktop.
On the other hand, there’s no denying that the computer feels slower than most other netbooks I’ve used over the past few years. It’s not entirely clear how much of that performance dip is due to the slower processor and how much (dis)credit should go do the operating system and web browser — the version of MeeGo that ships with the Eee PC X101 uses Chromium 11, an older, open source version of the Google Chrome web browser.
When surfing the web with more than 4 o 5 browser tabs open, I’ve noticed that the computer seems to slow down a bit.
While 480p videos from YouTube look decent when you click play in a browser window, the video playback gets very choppy if you try to blow up the video window to full-screen mode. in fact, the only way I could watch YouTube videos in full screen was to switch to 240p resolutions — at which point the videos looked horribly pixelated.
Online video site Hulu was pretty much unwatchable.
The computer’s speakers are reasonably clear, but not very loud. I sat and listened to music from the laptop for a couple of hours one day, and while I could certainly hear the audio in a reasonably quiet room there wasn’t much base and the volume wasn’t really high enough to watch a video or listen to music if the laptop is placed on the other side of the room.
Given the limited number of third party apps available specifically For MeeGo Linux, the web browser is probably the most important app on this netbook, since most casual users are more likely to use web apps than to dig through the tools available to install third party apps that aren’t available from the AppUp Center app store.
Fortunately the web browser can render most web content and act pretty much exactly like the Google Chrome web browser for Windows and Mac computers. unfortunately it doesn’t do those things very quickly.
I ran two different battery tests on the Eee PC X101. in the first, I used the computer to surf the web, edit photos, and compose blog posts until the battery died. During this test, screen brightness was set to about 50 percent, “high performance” mode was enabled,” WiFi was on, and the screen was turned on for the whole test. The battery died after 3 hours and 10 minutes.
In the second test WiFi was on, screen brightness was set to 50 percent and the screen was left on — but I wasn’t actively surfing the web. Instead I just streamed music over the internet until the battery died 3 hours and 33 minutes later.
With a 6 cell battery this netbook could probably run for 6 to 7 hours… but Asus doesn’t make a 6 cell battery available. Hopefully a third party manufacturer will step up to the plate, because 3.5 hours is pretty disappointing for a 2 pound ultraportable computer.
It takes about two hours to fully charge the battery using the supplied power adapter.
Despite the low power processor and solid state disk, the the bottom of the Eee PC X101 does get rather warm when the computer is on for a half hour or longer, and the computer will blow hot air through the vent on the left side of the case. The fan isn’t particularly loud, but it is audible in a quiet room.
If Asus has released the Eee PC X101 back in 2007, it would have changed the way we think about computers, portability, and pricing. Instead, Asus released the Eee PC 701… which still did all of those things, even at $400.
But a lot has changed over the past two years, and while the Eee PC X101 is the only 10 inch netbook with an Intel Atom processor to launch for just $200, it’s actually not the only mini-laptop available today at that price. if you follow our Daily Deals section, you can regularly find refurbished (and sometimes new in box) netbooks for prices as low as $180.
These low prices are typically available models that have been around for at least six months. some are a year or two old. But these cheap netbooks often have Windows 7 Starter Edition and 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processors that in my experience at least feel a little faster than the 1.33 GHz Atom N435 chip in the Eee PC X101.
While the under-$200 netbooks usually come with low capacity 3 cell batteries that provide 2-4 hours of run time, you can often find higher capacity batteries that will offer extra battery life if you need it.
Against that backdrop, it’s hard to recommend the Eee PC X101 when you can find a more powerful, more versatile netbook for a similar price — especially given its cramped keyboard and finicky touchpad.
That said, there are still a few reasons you might want to consider the Eee PC X101:
- At just about 2 pounds, it’s one of the lightest netbooks available.
- It’s also one of the thinnest, measuring just 0.7 inches thick.
- The solid state disk isn’t necessarily any faster than a hard drive, but it does offer sturdier storage. if you drop the netbook you’re not as likely to lose data.
- The access panel on the base of the laptop also makes RAM and SSD upgrades easy.
Also, while it’s technically possible to pick up a netbook running Windows for even less money than the Asus Eee PC X101, if you’re an open source enthusiast and you simply don’t want a Windows licensing fee to be included in the cost of the netbook, the Eee PC X101 is one of the few 10 inch netbooks that comes preloaded with a Linux-based operating system instead of Windows.
Asus will also offer an Eee PC X101H model in some regions with a hard drive instead of a solid state disk, as well as a Windows option. that version of the laptop will have the same basic design, but it will be a little thicker and heavier. some models may also include faster processors.