Eee PCs for Dummies
Due to the strange patterns of availability at certain shops that sell DVDs, I’ve been unable to acquire a copy of The Bourne Supremacy, the sequel to The Bourne Identity (which I reviewed here). However, I have been able to review the sequel of the sequel, The Bourne Ultimatum, and, using that and the Wikipedia plot summaries, I’ve been able to make an educated guess at where to join the dots.
So, with that in mind, here’s my technically-minded review of The Bourne Ultimatum. As before, spoiler warnings here, so please don’t complain to me or send me hate mail. You have been warned. In case you missed it, here it is again in big red letters.
I was speaking to someone earlier today who mentioned that he was considering buying a computer. He was of the older generation, and was very confused by the jargon, and even the basic concepts of computers.
This is, sadly, typical of people who haven’t used computers before. They are, in a way, scared off by the jargon and are so utterly confused that they end up never using a computer.
The reason is that they are sold without any explanation, as if intended to boggle the buyer. I witnessed someone in a branch of Currys.digital (their formatting, not mine) who was asking about a computer. The assistant nonchalantly went up to each computer in succession, saying their specifications almost robotically. “This one… one gig ram… Vista home premium… 1.8 gig dual core 64-bit CPU… I’ll take your credit card number…” (OK, I made the last bit up.) Either way, the potential buyer looked bewildered, and I think he left the shop having not bought anything.
One could argue that PC books provide help for users who are inexperienced. I find them to be quite patronising a lot of the time. True, there’s books like PCs for Dummies (Dan Gookin, published by John Wiley) which are excellent in that they inform readers and also throw in a dash of humour at the same time, but then there’s other things.
Like Computers for the Over 50s and PCs for Seniors. I find it confusing as to why the seniors need a separate ‘beginner’s computing’ book to the rest of the population: they generally speak the same language as the general population and are no less intelligent. True, they tend to be less proficient with computers, but patronising your audience is the worst thing to do in a book.
I am bewildered as to why there aren’t guides available that will teach the user how their computer works, what sort of computer to choose and exactly how to operate it. There should be tutorial videos and DVDs available, explaining the jargon in laymen’s terms so that people can make informed decisions about what sort of computer to choose, and how to use it afterwards.
So, after just over a week with the Eee PC, I still haven’t reviewed it.
This is partly due to my heavy workload, however, I can give you an update.
The machine has been christened Hammond (guess why) and Eeedora has been swapped for Eeexubuntu, which has had Xfce replaced by GNOME. (I only just got round to switching over the splash screen).
My iMac (Welchman) is now incapable of connecting to the wireless network,
so I’ll either have to buy a wireless bridge or a new Mac. Irritating, I know.
I might be able to write a review of the Eee in the next week, and maybe also a HOWTO make it completely not suck. But that very much depends on my workload, and how far I progress with the new theme.
So, blackmail charges have been brought against a man who tried to blackmail a member of the Royal Family, by producing a tape with scandalous claims that said Royal Family member performed oral sex on a member of his staff.
While watching and listening to the coverage of this story, I realised that, to my knowledge, no present member of the Royal Family is openly homosexual. I may be wrong, but it is interesting.
What would the public’s reaction be if a high-profile member of the Royal Family came out as being homosexual? What would happen if it emerged said high-profile Royal Family member had a partner and they intended to marry?
The Daily Heil would be furious, one imagines.
I have been unable to see the Ben Stein movie Expelled. Yet. If I do, it’ll be as a comedy film, and I would plan to immediately microwave the disk and (probably) burn the DVD player as well. Then burn all my clothes and take an antiseptic bath.
Put simply, it’s Bible Belt phoney Christianity in a package that ceased to be trendy as soon as Busted separated. I can’t be bothered to write any more about it because it is undeserving of my time, but I strongly recommend Expelled Exposed, a Web site debunking the outrageous and insulting claims made in the film, which include:Darwin was an atheist. (No he wasn’t, he was an agnostic.)Hitler was a Darwinist. (He CLAIMED to have been Christian, but was almost certainly self-worshipping, considering himself to be a demigod.)Intelligent design research is being ignored or repressed by mainstream science. (What ID research?)Darwin was racist, and his book The Descent of Man indicates that he was racist. (Oh no he wasn’t: the text is cleverly misquoted to give this impression.)Evolution is a hoax. (It’s not.)So there. (Feck off.)
My Eee PC arrived today. It’s working fantastically. Well, apart from one small detail.
The included Xandros-based Linux doesn’t like WPA-PSK networks, so I’m having to install Eeedora on the Eee. It’ll certainly improve things, because Fedorawill connect to WPA-PSK networksDoesn’t change the hostname on each bootupGenerally doesn’t suck
So the review will only be of the (excellent) Asus hardware, and not of Xandros’s (awful) bundled OS. And I might review Eeedora as well, if I so choose.