As my first post for this site I wanted something good and something that wouldn’t completely alienate me from the rest of the world (being an Anarcho-Capitalist I spend most of my social networking time writing about economics, and people are either extremely impressed, or more likely just get pissed and block me).
I also wanted a site more about technology and hacking (and pirating) than just about politics and economics. So here this is.
I got a post-pre-order (fresh off the assembly line, but not fresh enough to get the ‘uber’ battery everyone was talking about) Acer Aspire One D150.
These bad boys use a 10″ ultra-unnecessarily-high-gloss screen, atom 1.6ghz, upgraded to 2gb ram, intel gma 950-ish video chip, gmaboosted to 400mhz, 120gb 7200rpm hdd with a mostly windows xp sp3 partition and an extra 20gb partitioned off for Ubuntu Netbook Remix as a backup / toy with OS (I appreciate linux for everything it’s worth and more, but I’m an IT professional and I need to use windows, since I’m still a Linux noob and need to have expert control of my OSes).
Now the main reason I got a netbook, the main reason why ANYBODY gets a netbook, is a 60/40 combo of portability / price. On my shitty freelance budget, I can barely afford anything. I also was using an Acer Aspire 9815whki before I got this netbook and if you google some pictures on that then you can only imagine the amazing feeling I had rush through me when I was able to pick my computer up and carry it with me all around the house – it is the greatest thing to someone who has been deprived of this his whole life. I felt (still do) like someone who just upgraded from a bag phone to an iphone.
I recently caught some pics of the new Aspire One 571 and shat bricks. I JUST bought this thing and it already feels ancient. The new upgrade is atheistically exactly the same, but it comes with 720p support (higher resolution screen AND faster video processing) with it’s Quartics Q1721 card, it’s also got a 1.66ghz updated atom processor, AND it’s got a prototype Vmedia blu-ray / umd hybrid thing that’s real cyberpunk looking but would probably flop and just add to the cost / take up space. If they had a Vmedia burner… then I would go sell some organs for that baby, but until I get my hands on the minimum $500 it’s gonna cost, I’ll have to settle for my crappy (still awesome) D150.
Now on to my new project idea.
Inside the (currently) new aspire one, which unlike it’s 8.9″ ancestor has access panels, we get ONE slot for ram, which I’ve heard is hardware (or maybe bios) nerfed to an arbitrarily slow clockspeed, ONE sata drive slot, and ONE mini-pci slot in a cramped little space which is currently occupied by the wifi card – meaning unless we go for a 2-in-1 card then we NEED to leave it that way.
I saw some kits on ebay that are just an adapter that you can solder a simcard port into and enable 3G HSDPA for your netbook, but I not only don’t use a wireless carrier that uses sim cards (I use Alltel, which just got bought by Verizon), I’m not really interested in paying for an epic data plan that I would use as much as I use now.
Instead I decided I would hack my netbook a badass wireless card.
I caught a glimpse of this card, and I’m very excited.
It’s an Atheros AR5008E-3NX
This really gave me a nerd hardon:
Supported Data Rates IEEE 802.11a 6 to 54 Mbps IEEE 802.11b 1 to 11 Mbps IEEE 802.11g 6 to 54 Mbps XSPAN 6.5 to 300 Mbps
IEEE WLAN Standard Over-the-Air (OTA) Estimates Media Access Control Layer, Service Access Point (MAC SAP) Estimates 802.11b 11 Mbps 5 Mbps 802.11g 54 Mbps 25 Mbps (when .11b is not present) 802.11a 54 Mbps 25 Mbps 802.11n 200+ Mbps 100 Mbps
XSPAN 300Mbps theoretical!! FUCK YEAH!
I’m gonna do as much research on this XSPAN shit as I can. I have a hacked Linksys router sporting DD-WRT but I’m gonna need an N router to get full service from this bad boy. This sounds sweet.
Since this is a tri-antenna N card, I’m picking up some of this:
and I’m gonna hook up one of my ridiculous antennas from my desktop apartment wifi hacking days and mount it to my new net-war-book.
I’ll post back when I get more research done on XSPAN and get some parts and plan my surgery.
Thanks for reading the first post to this site – more to come, definitely.