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Back to Linpus on my Acer Aspire One

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Well… Windows 7 has had its day, as I move back to Linpus on my AAO.

Why? Well… I wanted to try the next-gen, multimedia, touchscreen, all-singing all-dancing experience on my netbook… but if I’m honest, I don’t really need it. With Win7 installed, there’s precious little space for extra apps… which would be Windows bloatware, usually at additional cost, and with all my media stored on the SSD.

I just want to browse the Web, review/upload photos, maybe with a bit of editing, and do it quickly and simply, without worrying about page files, battery life, write-optimisation, etc. And I had that already with Linpus, along with all the Open Source stuff like GIMP, and I could practice my Linux too.

I might try Ubuntu netbook edition at some point. But I only use the damn thing about once every three months (I have a Dell monster for work), so I’ll take my time.

Acer Aspire One charges via USB in Sleep Mode

March 10, 2009 Leave a comment

I’ve discovered an interesting trait with the AAO. I left a few USB devices plugged in and charging off it, and then put it in sleep mode.
Strangely enough, they continued to charge.

This is handy for me, as I have a 6600mAH battery for it. Hence, it can charge my iPod, TYTN II, and two backup batteries, and still have enough for 4 hours of use. On my recent backpacking trip, it meant I could go for a few days without a power socket.

The laptop is completely cold in this state, so I assume it’s consuming little power itself.

However, although this works for my mini-USB TYTN and batteries, it doesn’t work on the iPod unless the laptop is actually switched on. Perhaps the notoriously tricky iPod requires a signal rather than just a voltage?

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