Tag Archive for: eee

7” Eee Screen Resolution Tip

30 Jul 2011
July 30, 2011

I have a “classic” old Asus Eee 701 4G netbook that I like to dust off from time to time and monkey with. The size is definitely ultra-portable, and so is the keyboard which is, to be honest, why I don’t use it more often..

The biggest challenge with this thing though is screen resolution (well, and a 4GB SSD drive gets tight!). To that end, I did a bit of research and believe I finally have a solution that I’m happy with. Linux only though, Ubuntu NBR 10.04 in my case.

I’ve created two little scripts that both feature xrandr. The first is named “big” and contains one line:

xrandr --output LVDS1 --scale 1.28x1.28

The second is called “small” and looks rather similar:

xrandr --output LVDS1 --scale 1.00x1.00

I just keep ‘em in my home directory, but I did use the menu editor to add them to Accessories and then, from there, short-cuts up to Favorites for quick one-click access.

Big just makes things bigger. Basically scales the display from the default 800×480 to 1024×614’ish. I might squint a bit, but this is a much more usable resolution! Small just resets it back to the default.

Note, if you don’t want to squint, you could try the panning route instead. Try a script named “big-pan” with the following:

xrandr --output LVDS1 –panning 1024x600

Now stuff stays the original size, but you can pan around to get more effective screen size.

I have not had much luck combining scaling and scanning. Yet.

Looking for Exchange 2007 Linux Client

14 May 2011
May 14, 2011

So here’s a gap in the “Linux in the corporate world” thing…

exchange-boxI’ve been looking for a convenient way to access our Exchange 2007 server when not at my desk. Sure, I have a rather nice laptop… but it isn’t svelte and while at the office it is docked with a bunch of USB stuff and a pair of 24” monitors attached. I figure a smaller laptop that could just get me to my mail and tasks would be ideal, especially when out of the office.

To minimize licensing costs (OS and Outlook) I thought I’d start with Linux. I have Ubuntu on an older IBM ThinkPad and Ubuntu 10.04 NBR on my little 7” Eee netbook. Both are light, very portable and boot quickly.

Damned if I can figure out a way to conveniently connect to our Exchange server though!

Here’s the wrinkle: We don’t open a lot of ports on our Exchange server. No IMAP or POP3. We just use the HTTP connection options when out of the office.

First I tried Evolution. Turns out it doesn’t have the ability to access Exchange servers newer than 2003. Via Twitter, it was suggested that I try the Evolution-MAPI provider. This works pretty well when at the office but doesn’t make it through the firewall. Close, but no cigar.

Thunderbird? I didn’t find anything useful there either.

Outlook Web Access? Tolerable in a pinch, but the non-Internet Explorer experience is lacking. Good enough to check the inbox and send off a quick mail, but for longer term use – I use lots of rules that move mail to lots of folders – it gets a bit tedious.

Anyone cracked this nut yet? I really don’t want to have to fallback to opening up IMAP… surely someone has figured out “native” Exchange ‘07 from Linux?

Hamachi2 and Linux and Haguichi

02 Sep 2010
September 2, 2010

LogMeIn Hamachi2 imageI just realized that I haven’t written anything about LogMeIn Hamachi² here. Just like the predecessor Hamachi, Hamachi² is a peer-to-peer VPN service. Free version for non-commercial use and reasonably priced for commercial. I’ve been a fan for years – great way to link my various computers together.

Hamachi² changed things a bit by moving all the network management to a central web site and giving some more options to configuration. For instance, you can now configure “Hub-and-spoke” networks in which the clients can only see the servers (or the “hub”). Not quite as simple to configure as the prior version but I do like the additional security and configuration options so I upgraded last year. Always meant to mention it here, just never got the round ‘tuit…

When V2 was initially released it was only for Windows. Very disappointing. Happily, I recently noticed Linux and Mac beta versions on the LogMeIn Labs page – command line only, but better than nothing (and no, I have no clue when they appeared. Been a long time since I had checked the labs page!).

I installed it on my little Ubuntu Netbook Eee last month and have had no issues running it. Just pop to a terminal window and type hamachi –? to see your various options. It wasn’t too tough to sort out.

haguichi-64x64Today I discovered Haguichi. [hat tip to Web Upd8] A slick little graphical user interface for Hamachi2 on Linux that runs a lot like the original Hamachi for Windows UI but also supports Hamachi2 (as beta). I love it!

Start it up and it runs up in the notification area just like you’d expect. Single click and you get an easy to use interface to see your networks and their contents. Right click a machine and you’ll get some options. All very friendly.

I haven’t analyzed exactly how much space it uses… as a C# app built on the Mono framework there is bit of a footprint here. All I know for sure is I still have space left on the little 4GB SSD drive so I’m happy.

If you’re using this with Ubuntu Netbook Edition you’ll want to make one small change. By default, all apps are maximized when ran – that makes haguichi rather ugly… In a terminal window run gconf-editor In the resulting application, navigate to Apps and then click on maximus. On the right pane, right-click on “exclude_class” and click “edit key.” Now click the add button and type in “Haguichi” (this is case-sensitive, be sure that’s a capital H). Log out and back in and no more maximizing.

Trying out Ubuntu Netbook 10.04

18 Aug 2010
August 18, 2010

Ubuntu Netbook RemixI’ve been running Windows XP on my trusty Eee 701 netbook for about a year and a half now (last mention). XP worked fine and did the job. However, as time passed it slowly used more and more space. When you only have a 4GB SSD drive to work with, space is a precious commodity!

Today, while running updates, it ran out of space. And trust me, that’s with the bare minimum installed. Some Asus drivers, Google Chrome. Everything else — even .NET frameworks — uninstalled.

Seemed like a good time to try Ubuntu Netbook Edition (formerly known as Ubuntu Netbook Remix).  Downloading and installing went quite well thanks to some great instructions and I’m happy with how well it runs on this first generation netbook. Remember, I’m sporting 1GB of RAM and a 900 Mhz Celeron here… Boot times are crazy fast. I’ll have to get a stop watch out soon, but I’m thinking well under a minute.

Speaking of performance, the included Firefox browser wasn’t so great (nor was it all that great in XP on this thing) but installing Google Chrome was easily done. The chrome install didn’t add an icon to the menus, but that was easily done with the Menu Editor. Chrome runs great on this rig.

Primary use for this machine is to sit on my desk during the day and run a few monitoring web pages (connected to a 17″ monitor and slaved via Synergy+) and be my little “on the go” machine when I’m out and about. I look forward to seeing how well this fresh install works.