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Every single person in the world knows that I'm a big fan of the Asus Eee PC. Well, at least the 4G 701 model that I bought late last year. But as I alluded to in the Acer Aspire One blog post, further down the page, it's becoming increasingly hard to understand Asus's product strategy. Life was great when we had the 70x and 900/1 models -- the former was cheap, the latter a tad more expensive but with the larger screen that some demanded.

Compiz con Fusion

I've just compiled and installed the latest git version of Compiz. Now, I love eye candy. But I do wonder where those Compiz developers are getting their tea!

Edit: Just found a bug! I thought it would be cool to try the 3D window rotate thing on the desktop background. It doesn't work. In fact, after you hold down that particular kung fu keyboard combo, nothing works!

Hands on with the Acer Aspire One

I've just spent ten minutes with the Acer Aspire One, a Linux-powered subnotebook with these specs: 9" screen, 512MB RAM, 8GB flash storage, 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, three USB ports, 2 SD card slots and an Ethernet port. It's running Linpus Linux 9.4 Lite -- based on Fedora -- with an Xfce desktop for added snappiness.

When the cat’s away…

...the mice go to Argos.

Here's something ker-azy: Argos has a special offer for My Word Coach DS, a vocabulary trainer for Nintendo's handheld console. If you buy it, you can also obtain an 'Action Replay Cheat System' for 1/3rd the price. (Click here and then 'Special offers'.)

OK -- that may not be so odd. Presumably Argos is offering the cut-price Action Replay with loads of games, right?

High adventure that’s beyond compare

Tomorrow is the last day at Linux Format before I leave. No, I'm not resigning or moving magazines (sorry!), but I am going on sabbatical, and that means 64 days away from the office. I've spent the last few months doing all the work I would normally have done during that time - staff appraisals, budgeting, flatplanning and, yes, even a little bit of writing, so I'm sure LXF will be all smooth sailing while I'm away.

IMPORTANT: Overseas subscription price update!

OK, folks, listen carefully: the subs team has now finalised the subscriptions offer for overseas peeps. It's only available for a month, so if you miss this chance then you've missed it for good. Please pass this offer on to anyone you think would be interested - friends, family, LUGs, forums, mailing lists, etc, because it really is only available for a short time.


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Subscription price offer

If you live outside the UK and are thinking of subscribing to Linux Format, hold fire: our subs team is working on a special limited-time subs offer for all overseas readers. It won't last long (that's why I'm warning you in advance!), but it will be a significant price cut that you absolutely won't want to miss. I'll post more details as soon as the deal is finalised, which should be Monday morning.

LXF108 - Cock-ups galore, prizes to be won!

Every cloud has a silver lining, right? Right? I know a lot of you really hate it when LXF's built-in spelling system goes awry, so I wanted to come clean: LXF108 may well make your blood boil. In fact, if even the occasional error makes your head hurt, then LXF108 may cause you to self-destruct. Thanks to a small series of production mistakes - namely a number of wrong pages being sent to press by accident - there are some mistakes in LXF108 that are comically bad, and I apologise for that.

Monome 128

After several months on a waiting list, my Monome128 arrived last week. A Monome is a hand built walnut wood and aluminium box with 128 buttons lit by 128 LEDs - designed primarily for making weirdy electronic music. All Monomes are built by a couple of guys in Philadelphia, who promise economic and ecological sustainability in their design and production. Everything is open source, from the firmware to the PCB schematics, and many people create their own. You can even build them from an Arduino.

Community Conversion project update

A little while ago we announced the LXF Community Conversion project, where people could volunteer to convert PDFs of LXF tutorials into wiki text to help expand our wiki - if you'd like to help, visit this link for more information.

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