Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog:

April, 2008


April 30, 2008  7:49 PM

Skip Vista – you know it makes sense

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Dell, HP, PC, upgrade, vista, XP

With the first service pack now available, I wonder how many businesses are going to be upgrading to Vista? Not many it seems. Some businesses are not at all keen on Vista. Let's face it, what's the best way to break a modern PC...install Vista. All the tweaks Microsoft has made to make its...

April 24, 2008  6:50 PM

Mobile Internet woes on the eeePC

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Bluetooth, DUN, eeePC, GRPS, PAN

A trip to ExCel in London for the Outsource World show demonstrated a problem I faced with Wi-Fi and the eeePC. Wi-Fi does exist at ExCel but as I didn't have an OpenZone account I was unable to access the Internet. This meant that the article I had written about the show was stuck on the eeePC...


April 17, 2008  8:00 PM

Rebuilding the eeePC – Part 3

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APT, eeePC, PGP, synaptic

As I mentioned yesterday, I now had Advanced Desktop Mode working. Now for the fun bit. To make the eeePC really useful I needed to install software not normally available in the standard Asus...


April 16, 2008  7:25 PM

Rebuilding the eeePC – Part 2

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APT, eeePC, synaptic

So I now had the basic machine up and running. This took roughly ten minutes. Again I needed to setup Wi-Fi. Last week I was a complete Linux novice and it took the whole weekend to setup the eeePC. This time I took a different approach which had me up and running in under an hour. The first thing...


April 15, 2008  6:53 PM

Rebuilding the eeePC

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
eeePC, XP

This weekend, after I returned from my trip to Pau I tried updating the eeePC to see if I could install an open source video editor like Kdenlive. The eeePC has built-in webcam video camera which produces OGG files. I thought it would really, really neat if I...


April 14, 2008  3:45 PM

A week in the field with the eeePC

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Audacity, eeePC, GIMP

I have been using the eeePC for aboout a week. I set it up last weekend and took it over to Pau, South West France for a two-day event with Telecoms Sans Frontieres. The machine worked...


April 10, 2008  11:19 PM

Telecoms Sans Frontieres – Setting up a telecoms centre

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Earlier today I was out at an airfield near Pau in the south west of France to see how Telecoms Sans Frontieres trained its volunteers. The afternoon involved a simulation where the volunteers setup various pieces of satellite communications equipment to support humanitarian relief efforts. The...


April 9, 2008  4:24 PM

Vanuatu – The IT that coordinates emergency response at Telecoms Sans Frontiere

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
GDAC, Vanuatu

Today I was in the head office of Telecoms Sans Frontiere in Pau, France, which provides emergency telecommunications if there is a major disaster where communication links are severed. TSF's role is to setup satellite communications to allow aid workers to coordinate relief efforts and allow...


April 8, 2008  9:20 AM

Customising the eeePC part 1

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Applications, eeePC

The first thing is to find the applications you need. Asus has made this relatively straightforward: it provides repositories of programs, applications, tools and code libraries (a bit like DLLs in Windows) that can be downloaded from the Internet. However, some of the applications you need may not...


April 7, 2008  4:48 PM

Lost weekend discovering the joys of eeePC

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
eeePC, Linux, Wi-Fi, Windows, Xandros

I lost this weekend to an Asus eeePC. I blame it on my colleague, Ian, who had trouble gettiing Wi-Fi going on his. To cut a long story short, Ian needed a working machine for the RSA conference in San Francisco this week and since the Wi-Fi on his eeePC wasn't working, he had to get another...


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