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have been reading up a bit on the Asus Eeepc.


Its around £200


CPU: Celeron M 900 MHz, L2 cache 512 MB

RAM: 512 MB DDR2 400 MHz

Storage: 4GB solid-state flash disk

Graphics Integrated - Intel 910GML series chipset with 400MHz memory bus

Screen: 800 x 480 7" TFT; external monitor can be driven up to 1600 x 1200 using the VGA connector

Audio: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FB/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04); Realtek ALC662

Ports: 3 USB2 ports, MMC/SD card reader, D-SUB out connector, 10/100 Mbit Ethernet port, Kensington lock slot, Headphone jack, Microphone Jack

Webcam: 0.3 megapixel webcam set into the bezel. 640 x 480 resolution

Battery: 4 cell 5200 mAH

Other: Atheros Ar5BX63 built-in wireless module for 802.11b/g wireless internet access


I reckon, its just asking to be ripped apart and put into a dashboard.


It runs Windows (xp) and also Linux, but I'm going to use VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org) as the only windows things I need are really Consult stuff - which runs a usb-serial adapter sweet.


Sadly, the screen is not touch. But, careful mounting of a thumbball or similar would make it a breeze it think. the keyboard is small - perhaps on the visor? the other good thing, as well as batteries is that the power input is 12v, and very low wattage. maybe put the webcam next to the reversmirror... stored music/movies on a external drive. Dunno about the sound quality, but an external USB next to the amp in the boot will probably be best.


all in all, looks like a good thing. Its powerful enough to play divx movies, run Tomtom, run video conferencing... list goes on.


for anyone interested, i'm working on adhoc wireless networking. Think- like a meshed network of 'friendly' nodes much like a spider web - that join and part when close to each other - to work alongside gpsdrive http://www.gpsdrive.de/

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