Sunday, February 10, 2008

eeePC dialing into maxis via bluetooth.

For real mobility, I needed to configure the Asus eeePC to connect to the internet via my e61. I basically followed the instructions I compiled back in May 2007, "Ubuntu dialup via bluetooth" which was configured for my laptop, with some corrections.

I have updated the post with the most current information. Items being:
  1. apt-get doesnt require blues-pin anymore.
  2. a bluetooth service needs to be restarted to register the rfcomm0 device

I got myself a AVF bluetooth adaptor, and its really slim - about 3mm thick. It cost RM39.00 which I thought was a great price. It also presents ample opportunity for it to be embedded within the eee PC casing if I were so bold as to solder it directly into the motherboard. heh. One of these days, I guess.


Saturday, February 02, 2008

Asus eeePC, ubuntu, firefox and the synaptic touchpad

Im playing around with the Asus eeePC and have since tried out different linux flavours on it. Ive settled with Ubuntu mainly because of familiarity. And after a reinstall, its fast enough.

A surprising discovery is that the synaptics touchpad features horizontal scrolling too. To enable it,

1) Go to System / Preference / Mouse
2) Click the "Touchpad" tab
3) Enable "Horizontal Scrolling"

Firefox will then become impossible to use, because the horizontal action is defaulted to "back" and "forward". So just like the Mighty Mouse settings, adjust these about:config settings:

4) mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action from "2" to "0"
5) mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.numlines from "-1" to "1"

And there you have it, vertical and horizontal scrolling on the little eeePC.

My thoughts on this device in a later post.