EeePC in the clouds

More on cloud computing…and an interesting one to watch for school, given the portability and price of the wee EeePC – especially for primary school.

Asus has just announced the latest addition to the Eee lineup, the in-the-cloud storage service appropriately named Eee Storage.

The newly launched service offers Eee users 20GB of online storage along with the Eee Download which currently features about 3,000 free software and game titles that users can download. Of course offering more items for download that need to be stored locally sounds a bit confusing for a cloud-based storage service, but I suppose now that all of your personal docs are in-the-cloud you may have a little room for more downloads. The Eee Storage service offers users a drag and drop interface, and can also be set up with a password and shared with friends or colleagues.

Initially the service will be available only to those in the Chinese market, however Asus has plans to eventually roll it out to the entire Eee user base.

Via Gadgetell August 9.


EeePC – Super portable personal computing

At last, personal computing is becoming portable ….
and I don’t mean the hand-held palm mobile variety. I’ve been waiting to here about the release of the ASUS Eee PC $US399 with a compact and highly-readable seven-inch display. Running on a customized Linux operating system, it is said to respond far more speedily than its Windows counterparts, but it’ll run Windows XP quite happily, if you like.

The EeePC offers two types of intuitive interface, to let you choose how you want to use it. Using either the “Easy” or full desktop mode, you can use the built-in WLAN connectivity to communicate on the run, share photos from your trip before you get home, or do almost anything else online. Flash storage keeps the weight low – without a hard drive, this micro-monster weighs in at 0.89 kilograms ! In a few weeks Asus will release the $US499 version that has more ram and an 8g drive

With the 40 included applications, onboard webcam, high-speed internet capability, and exquisite sound, the EeePC finally heralds a shift in the way we can use small computing to work big!!

I can’t wait till the day comes when I no longer have to lug a normal laptop computer around! This seems like a perfect tool for students and others ‘on the go’ – the tool to use when you are not at your desk!  This is a good addition to the small range introduced by the  One Laptop per Child program.

Test drive the EeePC program interface online. Be impressed with the raft of tools and Web 2.0 type platform!