The Acer Aspire One ZG5 is currently one of the hotter new items in the Hong Kong electronics market. It is a small (9.75″ x 6.75″) and cheap (3,400 HK$ or $436 USD) laptop running from a 1.6GHz Atom N270, 1gb ram, and an 8gb solid state hd. Out of the box it comes with a Linpus Linux opperating system (which looks like this). I found the OS to be functional but lacking a lot of what I love about Ubuntu, so I installed Ubuntu 8.04. The Aspire has no optical drive so you need to connect an external CD drive containing the boot CD. Ubuntu installs very easily on this device, the only problem I had was getting the the wireless to work for which I needed to follow these easy 5 steps.
Mine was purchased from Centrafield in the Golden Computer Arcade (one of the largest electronics markets in HK). To get to the market take the MTR to the Sham Shui Po stop, exit out of the D escalator, and look for this sign.
More photos here.
Huge love to my overly generous Chinese brother Neo for the gift.
Lady fi5e hooked me up with this early b-day present last night. The Nokia N810 is an internet tablet device that that runs exclusively in Linux. Besides Mozilla based email and internet (which come installed by default) it’s been really easy to get things like ssh, mPlayer, Tor, Add Block, and Skype up and running (really good link on that here). Looking forward to messing around with this thing and cranking my nerd meter up a couple of clicks.
“Throw some D’s on that shell”
Put it in your ~/.profile:
export PS1="\[\e[31;1m\][\[\e[35;6m\]fffff.at \[\e[0m\]\w\[\e[31;1m\]]\[\e[32;1m\]$\[\e[32;0m\] "
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