29 April 2008

Youtube can't stream with Maxonline

I really regret signing up for the Starhub Maxonline SurfLite. The speed is simply unacceptable after 7pm. Weekends is every worse.

In the past, I enjoy watching youtube videos over my wimax connection (512Kbps). Now, even with a 2mbps link, the speed is not even half of the wimax i had. Luckily I am paying S$29 a mth for 6 mths. I didn't want to commit a 2 yrs contract although I can get it at a cheaper rate of S$18 or so for first 11 mths and subsequently S$26.96 for the next 13 mths.

Do you think I should switch to Singnet ADSL 1mbps or 3mbps plan? Any Pacific Internet users ? How abt Mobile plans like M1 Broadband, BBmobile ?

20 April 2008

HD Streaming on the Internet

Want to try out some HD video streaming on the net. I just found this link which you want to take a look. The quality is pretty amazing considering that it needs only 768Kb/s

Here is the link. Open it using Windows Media player 9. Comment the quality as a response to this post.

16 April 2008

ASUS EeePC 900 versus HP 2133

A mere 4 months after the US debut of the first cheap Linux UMPC, the EeePC 701, we’re about to be swarmed by the second wave of new contenders vying for your dollars.

The EeePC 900 was officially announced this Tuesday by ASUS. This new EeePC model is expected to ship in Q2 and will improve upon the EeePC’s number one complaint: the 7″ screen. The EeePC 900 will ship with a 8.9″ screen while gaining only a couple of ounces and tenths of an inch in size. Otherwise many of the EeePC 900’s specs remain remarkably close to that of the EeePC 701 we all know and love, but with a higher $599 price tag (this is based on European pricing).

Much less is known about the HP 2133. Actually all we officially have are some slick looking pictures. Rumors however point towards this one coming in at $499, at least on the low end. HP is also rumored to be ordering 2 million of these guys from OEMs, which would seem to explain the $499 price tag.

Of note with both machines is that Microsoft still currently plans to stop selling Windows XP to OEMs and Retail customers June 30, 2008. This means that either company wishing to sell pre-loaded XP machines alongside Linux versions will need to ship with Windows Vista. This means at least a 1 Ghz CPU and 20 GB of HD all around. It will remain to be seen how the SSD-based EeePC 900 will face this potential problem.

The CLUMPC fight is just beginning. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Dell and others soon enter this growing arena as more and more consumers look for secondary laptops that don’t need to be powerhouses (or run Windows).

What about the current EeePC owners out there, are you going to be looking to upgrade already?