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By ucblockhead (Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 10:36:59 AM EST) (all tags)
It's been a few weeks since I got my new toy.


A coworker has the old 7" version, which would drive me nuts. The 9" version I have is quite reasonable, though. The OS-for-grandmas is a little annoying, but possible to fix. I wish Asus would do so in a turnkey manner, but once tweaked, it makes a nice little laptop. It does take some getting used to. Normally, I turn up all the widgets, but with the small screen, the opposite approach is best, so it is a matter of removing/changing all the various taskbars so that you can get as much of the raw app on screen as possible. That's really my biggest complaint...that for a power user, it takes a bit of work to get the OS into a reasonable shape.

It looks like I may have bad hardware, though. The internal SD card reader appears borked, and corrupts things it rights to, or tries to boot off of. I'm debating what to do as I don't really want to send it off, and the little USB SD card reader I have works perfectly.

I've found it to be a bit slow for video. It's awesome as an ebook reader, though. It's essentially completely replaced my work Windows laptop as a "carry everywhere" laptop.

I've tried running Ubuntu on it, and while it has more packages, it has enough annoyances (like crappy wireless) that I've given up and stuck with the Xandros that came with it. (With extra repositories.)


In "I'm on a diet" news, I got one of those new spiffy body-fat measuring scales, and am a bit puzzled. It claims that I am roughly %28.9 fat, 34.9% muscle, %47.8 water and %3.7 bone. I guess to fix those numbers, I'm going to have to give it %110. Also not confidence inspiring is the way the percent muscle and fat can vary by %1 in successive weighings.
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For great justice by marvin (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 10:46:19 AM EST
and higher accuracy, nothing beats deboning the subject, grinding the subject up and completing a full suite of chemical and physical analysis.

Of course, you might not want to become a puree, but think of the decimal places to which we could then measure your water, bone, and fat content.

confidence by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 12:09:35 PM EST
the fact that the numbers you quote add up to well over 100% is also somewhat scary. What are you, superhuman? 115% man?

(I guess the explanation for the numbers, if you didn't mistype any of them lies in the fact that water makes up half of your bone weight and most of your muscle mass anyway).
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Yeah, that was really my point (nt) by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 12:35:59 PM EST

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another issue by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 01:16:41 PM EST
depending on your actual physique is that the bone measurement seems way of. An average human being is usually around 20% bones (of which up to 50% is water).

Then again it doesn't really surprise anybody seeing as home bf% measurement equipment is usually one step removed from black arts with a dash of voodoo...
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I've managed over 50% bone. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 04:51:59 PM EST
Man, I wish that were an innuendo, not the truth.

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I have a bodyfat scale which I never use by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 12:47:46 PM EST
The tipoff was in the manual, how it said that it is an instrument which is "highly precise, so you must always measure in the exact same circumstances or the measurement will change."  Which is sort of the opposite of precision.
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Accuracy versus precision by marvin (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 03:35:26 PM EST
The target analogy is burned into my brain from time spent studying instrumental analytical chemistry.

The scale as described sounds precise. It is only accurate and repeatable under controlled conditions.

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"Controlled conditions" by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 04:10:38 PM EST
It's a cop-out with this particular scale. I can get on it, get a reading, get off, get back on, and get a reading that is more than 1% in either direction.
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Measures resistance by marvin (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 04:43:15 PM EST
with your legs as the conductor. So are your feet going into exactly the same spot? Same skin moisture level on each foot every time? It sounds like those machines are as much of an art as a science, at least when it comes to converting the resistance into a body fat percentage.

Why get hung up over such minor variations? All that matters is the long term trend anyways.

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Yes by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 05:51:20 PM EST
I was just hoping for something more accurate than weight...this really isn't.
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Try your local university by mmangino (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 03:37:37 AM EST
If they have a human performance lab they can probably do a hydrostatic weighing. Mine used to cost about $40. I did it every 6 months and felt confident about the results.

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Doing it in a month by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #18 Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 07:02:45 AM EST
The local gym has a truck that comes by. One time isn't helpful for tracking purposes.
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True by mmangino (2.00 / 0) #20 Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 07:05:27 AM EST
It's definitely much better for long term tracking. I enjoyed watching mine fo from 22 to 14, but you don't get quick feedback.

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Yes, I had the target analogy in mind as well by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #23 Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 04:00:40 PM EST
My whole point is that it's not actually precisely measuring what it sets out to measure.  I didn't state my point very well because Internet.
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I mean basically what I'm saying is by fluffy (2.00 / 0) #24 Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 04:27:10 PM EST
it's purporting to measure one thing with a lot of precision but when a teeny tiny change happens in a different thing it gives highly different results.  Which means it is not, in any definition of the termm, "precise."
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stuff by Big Sexxxy Joe (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 04:56:46 PM EST
I saw one of those in the store.  The keyboard was too little for my fingers though.  Do they make one with a slightly larger keyboard?

I have skin calipers, but I don't know if I'm measuring in the right place.  It turns out I'm between 20 to 28 percent fat.

I'm like Jesus, only better.

Keyboard by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 05:51:54 PM EST
It's taken some getting used to.
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there is by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #13 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 08:31:27 PM EST
a 10" version out there with  bigger keyboard.

When I'm imprisoned as an enemy combatant, will you blog about it?

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Those scales are not useful for snapshots. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #14 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 09:30:43 PM EST
They are not precise enough.

But they are useful to check trends, unless the scale is completely and utterly broken you should be able to see if the different measurements remain static, go up or down.

Eee PC: great travellng machine. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 09:36:43 PM EST
I really hated the move from normal laptops (most of them heavy enough) to desktop replacement monsters. At some point I could not find much else but these monsters in local shops (I know, buy in the Intarweb ...).

Now when I travel the Eee PC (original model) comes with me.

Something that thrills my evil me is the jealousy it clearly causes in all those artsy fartsy, iBook poseurs you find on every coffee shop or airport. Of course I am not a poseur, I have important things to do all the time.

Have you tried it on webkinz by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #17 Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 05:52:45 AM EST
and club penguin? The girls are already scheduling use the laptop for this weekend.


I must be out of it by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #19 Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 07:04:09 AM EST
I don't even know what those are.
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You will by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #21 Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 07:06:43 AM EST
they're aimed at school age children, soon enough th Webkins demand will ring out.

Unless you send FOML to a real crunchy school


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I knew by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #22 Fri Aug 15, 2008 at 07:07:13 AM EST
Sending him to the hippy school was good for something!
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