Windows 7 Professional available at msdn academic alliance – for free

11 09 2009

MSDN Academic Alliance is a Microsoft program available to academic organizations, which provide different Application Programs, OS and Development Tools for the participating insinuate for an annually subscription fee. Students can use these program for without any charges for non-commercial uses.

and good news for those university student, whom university have academic alliance with the Microsoft academic alliance. Microsoft is now offering a final version of Windows 7 Professional ( build 7600) both in 32 bit and 64 bit editions.



So, just login to your MSDNAA website and grab a copy of it and save couple of hundreds of dollars. ( * only for personal non-commercial use.)



9 09 2009

Sony Ericsson Satio is coming to Sweden in October and you can preorder from at 6245 kr (850 US $). The Satio will be delivered to your doorsteps after 19 October. Until than i hope other stores will also start selling the device  with probably slightly less price.


Most Attractive Feature:

12.1 megapixel is definitely the strong feature of the device but i think most people are forgetting the the Satio is equipped with hardware graphics acceleration with OpenGL ES 2.0 support, which makes it first Symbian OS S60 5th Edition to comes with (via SE Developer World).

Till now i didn’t find any single application which support Open GL 2.0 for Symbian, and time will tell how SE is going to utilize this feature.

Acer Aspire One – 1.8” IPod HDD Mod

4 09 2009

Moving to new host

AA1 110 comes with Intel 8 GB flash Disk,  which uses the ZIF IDE interface. It can simply be replaced by any 1.8” ZIF drive, most commonly used in IPOD classic and IPOD Video player. These drive can be expansive due to limited availability and use but can easily be found at IPod repair shops. I found 30 GB Toshiba about 30 US $.

Toshiba HDD installation is straight forward, Just plug the ZIF ribbon cable into both ends of HDD and motherboard,  keep in mind Toshiba  use a different ribbon cable than Hitachi, the HDD end of the cable is slightly thinner then the other end and coated with white tape.

zif cable


I attached the hard disk into motherboard  by double sided duct tape, and two more pieces of white masking tape on tope of the HDD for more safety.

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