theorycast.33 :: Hacking the Asus Eee (plus MojoPak!)


Topic: Hacking the Asus Eee • Show Guest: John Waller • Show Length: 25 mins

IT Manager, John Waller, show us how he “juiced up” his Asus Eee from a US$349 Internet appliance to a pretty full-fledged portable computer. Mods include adding 1gb memory, installing Windows XP over Xandros Linux, and adding more storage space for Windows applications (like Microsoft Office) using SD High-Capacity memory cards as well as MojoPak on his iPod.

While I’m a fan of UMPCs, they tend to be high-powered and very expensive. The Asus Eee is pretty dramatic, both in terms of physical size and price, for turning everyday consumers into hobbyists.

I was just telling John how I’ve noticed a trend where manufacturers are going into the long tail, tapping into the DIY, open-source niche crowd, by producing easily hackable consumer hardware. This courting of the hackers used to visible only for specialized devices, such as the Buffalo Kuro Box (a fully customizable NAS), or the Linksys WRT54GL (a Linux hacker’s router).

Now, besides accessible (low-powered, thus cheap) devices such as the Asus Eee, we have programmable devices getting mainstream, with prosumer choices such as the nifty Neo 1973 touchscreen cellphone running the OpenMoko Linux platform. I was just telling Dan Aiomi how I’d love to mod my cellphone to read barcodes / RFID so I can shop for deals more efficiently.

5 Comments

  1. nuMentally
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 7:19 pm | Permalink
  2. Posted December 11, 2007 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    MojoPak looks awesome! I’m definitely going to try this out. I’m planning on getting a Eee PC too and this is one fantastic solution to get it really usable.

    About the Eee PC, I hear a lot of people ripping out linux for Windows. Is Xandros that bad? Was thinking i could survive with it, but i get the impression that Windows is the best way for this laptop.

  3. Posted December 12, 2007 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Xandros offers a dashboard-like interface, makes your Eee look like a kiosk. You’d either want to install Ubuntu or Windows, or Mac OSX if you’re so inclined. ;)

  4. Posted June 9, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Great video, there is just to see that with some mods one can have a full running computer.
    I’m sure the 1GB ram helps alot in Windows XP.

  5. Posted June 19, 2008 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    What about adding a touchscreen or soldering in a usb flash drive?

    Those mods are cool but you can really do so much more to it that just that!

    Eee PCs last blog post..PDair Leather Case For Asus Eee PC Review

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