Friday, March 6, 2009

CamStudio 2 on the Acer Aspire One

I have been using Windows Media Encoder 9 to do some screen recording on the AA1, but have not been all that pleased with the results after being uploaded to YouTube. So I sought out another freeware alternative. I gave CamStudio 2 a go, and have found that it does provide better output, in the form of AVI type files, as compared to Media Encoder and the WMV format. The AVI files start streaming sooner when viewed as opposed to the WMV files that need to fully buffer before the video starts. CamStudio can be downloaded from at this link, along with CamStudio Video Codec. The additional codec is optional. Installation went well, with no special considerations required during the installation. The CamStudio documentation is good, but hardly needed as most options will be self explanatory to users. Below is a short example of the video CamStudio can produce.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Always Innovating: Introducing the Touch Book

Always Innovating: Introducing the Touch Book

This could be a interesting new design for the netbook experience. Lets hope it comes to fruition.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Testing GPS on the Acer Aspire One

Today, after weathering a head cold, I once again feel human. So this morning I added a few things to the AA1. First I added USAPhotomaps, a program that downloads USGS aerial photo and topo map data from Microsoft's free TerraServer Web site. This is a very nice freeware program, and can be downloaded from the authors site, along with his other work right here.

I tested USAPhotomaps with my two GPS devices. One is a Ambeon Bluetooth GPS receiver the other a Microsoft Pharos USB GPS receiver. Both receivers worked with USAPhotomaps with out a hitch. Here is a sample screen capture of this program focused on a local near by park.

After this test I went on to download Google Earth 5.0 to see how it would work with these same devices. Once again, both devices worked right off the bat with Google Earth, and the new version or Google earth also now encompasses Land, Sky and Sea. It keeps getting better with each revision.

Google Earth does warn you that the screen resolution of 1024x768 is less than optimum but it will let you continue and it will run just fine on the Acer Aspire One.

Here is a screen capture of the first screen on Google Earth after the initial startup.