I’ve been playing with the HP Mini 1000 for 2 months already. I usually don’t have the luxury to review a unit for so long. This is just one of the exceptions and I’m enjoying it.
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The first thing that I notice about the HP Mini 1000 is the looks. The HP Mini 1000 got to be one of the best looking netbook around. The outer casing is covered with beautiful prints that makes the whole netbook looks like an expensive piece of device. The edges are curved to make it look thinner. But one drawback about the HP Mini 1000 looks is it’s glossiness, or rather, over glossiness. While the glossy finish makes the netbook look beautiful, it is also a huge fingerprint magnet.
The specification of the HP Mini 1000 is almost identical to most of the netbooks currently in the market. 10.2 inch screen (1024 x 600 pixel), 1.6GHz Intel Atom, 1GB RAM, 60GB (4,200rpm) running on Windows XP. Pretty normal specification for a netbook. The dimension is 26.16 x 16.66 x 2.513 cm and it weighs 1.08 kg. Pretty handy and lightweight. Comes with 2 USB slot, a well hidden ethernet port, a combo headphone/mic plug and a proprietary port for VGA.
The best thing about the HP Mini 1000 is the keyboard. I’ve tried several netbooks before and none of them come close to the HP Mini 1000’s keyboard. The 92% keyboard makes typing very easy and comfortable. It is so comfortable that you wouldn’t mind using it to type long emails or blog entries. In fact, I’ve written quite a number of blog entries using the HP Mini 1000. Love the keyboard.
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I had a great time playing with the HP Mini 1000 for the past 2 months. It’s super light weight allows me to carry it everywhere I go. Its a pity that there isn’t any built in 3G broadband. Given its size, it would be a perfect machine if there is build in 3G. Good thing is that it works perfectly with my 3G dongle. I tried surfing net while on MRT and the experience was great. And the HP Mini 1000 is an attention grabber. It never fails to attract a couple of envy stares from other patron at Starbucks whenever I’m using it. And all along I thought this sort of things only happens to MacBook users.
It took me a while to get used to the 10.2 inch screen. That’s because I’m being pampered with a 20 inch iMac at home and a 14.1 inch Thinkpad. The form factor is great. The HP Mini 1000 is small and handy that you can try holding it with one hand and typing with another. (Don’t expect to type fast on 1 hand). And after a while, I became the official movie ticket booker among my group of friends because the HP Mini 1000 is so handy. Here is a picture of me trying to book movie ticket while the rest camwhore around me.
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By the way, I discovered that Google Chrome is most suitable for netbook with such small screen. It has a simple interface and the taskbar only take up a small percentage of your screen, leaving you more space for the webpage. So if you got a netbook, why not try using chrome as your browser.
I love the keyboard a lot. (Oh, I’m repeating myself) It took me less than 2 days to get used to the 92% keyboard. If only the touchpad is just as good as the keyboard. I have no problem with the awkward positioning of the left and right button. But the button feels a little plasticky when clicked. Would prefer a more solid click.
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The curve edges of the HP Mini 1000 makes it look thinner. I love the curve edges but it make accessing the SD card reader impossible when the device is placed on the table. You need to lift up the device from the table in order to access the SD card. (Unless you have very small fingers) But since we don’t use the SD card frequently, this is not really an issue.
The HP Mini 1000 is currently selling at S$799.
In Short:
Stylish design, complete with a comfortable keyboard.
Likes:
Beautiful design with curved edges
Great keyboard
Windows XP
Dislikes:
Fingerprint magnet
Plasticky mouse click
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For more pictures, check out my first look at HP Mini 1000.
Many thanks to Binny, Melissa and Paul from Edelman and HP for passing me this HP mini 1000.

Today and Straits Times both run an article on the Association of Bloggers (Singapore) today. In case you are still unaware, I’m one of the 8 bloggers who quit. (Straits Times: 8 already lah, not 7)
Serene from Straits Times contacted me a couple of days ago for an interview but I politely declined. Reason being that I’ve left the Association and it is inappropriate for me to comment. Although Alicia from Today didn’t contact me, I would have given her similar response if she did. Judging from my short blog entry about me quitting the association, one might have guessed that I don’t want to comment much about it.
I still keep my eyes on blog/plurk/twitter/forum/newspaper that talk about the association although I don’t actively participate in the discussion. I still know what is happening around. And I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the 2 newspaper trying to imply similar things.
Quotes from The Straits Times:

But The Straits Times understands that another key (resignation) reason is the storm of protests unleashed by the blogosphere after the group made known its plans to charge membership fees, vet potential members and impose a code of conduct.

Quotes from Today:

The sudden departures mostly stem from the negative response to the association…..

I’ve clearly stated my reason for resignation on my resignation letter to both the President and Secretary. While I do not wish to reveal the reason for my resignation here, I would like to clarify that it has nothing to do with the negative comments from the blogosphere. Yes, there are tons of negative comments. There are also people who poke fun of the association. While I admit that these comments can be distracting sometimes, none of these contributed to my resignation. I also believe none of the committee members left the association because of negative comments from the blogosphere.

This is one of those cases makes me shake my head and sigh at the sorry state of our local sporting scene.

SINGAPORE’S top male and top female triathletes have been slapped with a competition ban for being caught alone together in a hotel room at the Asian Beach Games in Bali last October.
Mr Mok Ying Ren, 20, and Miss Dinah Chan, 22, were told of their punishment late last week following an investigation into the incident by an inquiry panel, a Triathlon Association of Singapore (TAS) spokesman said yesterday.
Although the duration of the ban is unknown, it is unlikely that the duo would be prevented from competing at the major races this year – the first of which will be the March 27-29 Mekong River ITU Triathlon Asian Cup in Thailand.
The athletes had arrived on Oct 24 and were staying in separate rooms at the Mercure Resort Sanur hotel near Mertasari Beach, the venue of their Oct 26 event.
Sources said that Miss Chan, a National Institute of Education post-graduate student, feared for her safety – the athletes had allegedly been informed of bomb threats – and could not sleep well on the first night. So she went to Mr Mok’s room, which was in another block.
The duo – widely speculated in the triathlon fraternity to be dating – are believed to have been caught, although not in a compromising position, when national coach Guo Weidong visited the room that night.

I don’t really see what is wrong with a guy and girl being in the same hotel room. Like the article mentioned, they are not in a compromising position. Even if they are, both of them has already reached legal age. So why the ban? OK, they broke a code of conduct for athletes which forbids male and female athletes from sharing a room. Wouldn’t a warning be good enough? It’s not as if they took drug like Michael Phelps . Come on! Stop wasting our money on sports if you going to ban the athletes for such minor issues. Who still want to be an athlete after this?
Sometimes really no eyes see the things that Singapore Sports Council is doing.

The Google Street View project is filled with controversy. A Google street view car hit a baby deer at Five Points Road, New York and recorded the whole incident. The photos were uploaded to Google Maps for everyone to see. Nobody noticed it until recently and it resulted in a mini uproar in the internet.
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Google released an statement on their blog. The driver did hit the deer. He stopped the car and called the local police but the deer managed to move before the police arrives. Google has removed the image of the deer and even use this opportunity to give driving tips on deer encounters. Good job.
I wonder when will Singapore’s Google Street View be ready.

This is one of my favorite song from Beyond. I like other Beyond classic like “Love”, “光輝歲月”, “海闊天空”, “Armani”, “喜歡你”, “情人” etc etc. I guess this song is not as famous as other songs by Beyond.
Been playing this song quite a bit lately. Sort of reflecting my mood. Everything is too noisy already. Sometimes I wish there could be some peace. Perhaps I should go for a short holiday.
Beyond – 声音

太多人说
我却什么也没听懂
太多人吼
吵得我脑神经衰弱
难道就要声嘶力竭你才能解脱
天花乱坠
别人只看见你的嘴
口沫横飞
别人把你当作梦魇
难道就要张牙舞爪才能辨是非
我听过最美的声音
那就是宁静 不要骗我感情
我听过最美的声音
那就是宁静 不要对我说道理
不要再吵 不要再闹 不要再吵