There’s a new Intel marketing blog launching next week. I’ll post a link when it’s ready, but I’ve been working with the folks doing it, trying to help them “do it right” – get other bloggers in the community involved, get stuff into the hands of bloggers to use and live with, so they can write real opinions of it, rather than just doing it the standard marketing way. Good stuff.
Anyway, as part of these activities, I’ve got an Asus Eee PC on loan for a week or two to play with. It’s a very small laptop that runs Linux, has a 4GB SSD (solid state – no moving parts) “hard drive”, wireless, a webcam, an SD card slot for expansion, etc. I’ve been on the fence about actually buying one of these for myself, since they’re so popular (people who have them almost universally love them), and cheap, too (the 4GB model with webcam is under $400).
I’ve only had it for an hour or so, but it’s already caused quite a stir in my cube neighborhood. As soon as I showed it to someone, people materialized out of thin air to come check it out. We were all geeking out, drooling, plugging it into and external monitor (which it handles beautifully), and putting it through its paces. Testing YouTube videos, web browsing, the web cam, Skype, etc. It was a moment of concentrated collective geek joy, and soon, we were all pretty much convinced that we needed one for our own. One guy even started shopping for one, right then and there.
So, it’s going to be a fun weekend. I’ll be putting the Eee PC through it’s paces, seeing where it works well and where it doesn’t. It’s not a laptop replacement, but it’s far more capable than, say, my iPhone, so it will be interesting to see how it fits into my gadget lifestyle.
Of course, I’ll be taking photos, maybe even video, testing out the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor), seeing how my 4 year old daughter Emma likes it, etc. And I’ll have more news about that new Intel marketing blog next week. Intel is making a big push around mobile devices like the Eee PC and MIDs, and I’m lucky enough to have a front row seat.
The best part is, they WANT me to blog about it all. Sometimes I feel like I lead a charmed life…