My EeePC has arrived

At last, my EeePC arrived yesterday and I eagerly unpacked it. A glance at the quick reference guide and I had the battery in and the little thing on charge in no time. After all the waiting to get one of these I now had to wait a little longer until the battery is charged… but I couldn’t help turning it on briefly to have a quick look. I went through the initial setup, had a quick look around and decided I had better turn it off and le the battery charge fully.

The main reason for buying an EeePC (besides ‘I just want one’) is because I want to be able to backup photos from my digital camera when I am away from home. The idea is that I have a USB card reader and can copy my images from a compact flash card to an external 2.5 inch hard drive in the same way I do on my desktop PC, so I was quite keen to test what I need to do when these devices are plugged into the USB slots. To my surprise every USB device I have plugged in so far just works! When I plug any external storage device (hard drive, CF card in a reader or a USB flash drive) into a USB slot then, in a very MS Windows way, a little window pops up and asks what you want to do; open in File Manager or copy files etc. When I choose Open in File Manager I find the device is mounted and ready to go, easy.

On my desktop PC I use a Python script to copy files from my CF cards. The script renames the files to my own format, and copys the files to 2 hard drives. It will also separate out the jpg files from raw files if I have set my camera to take both. I was very please then to find out that Python 2.4 is already installed! Not that I suspect it would have been a problem to install Python (although it might) but it just means it is one less thing to do to. My Python script then will, with a little bit of modification, do the job very well. I will share both my Windows and Linux version of the script at some point.

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