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RAM

My awesome little netbook is the MSI Wind U100.  It comes with 1GB of RAM installed, and supports up to 2GB of RAM and has a little slot for the right size chip (in this case, I needed a 1GB DDR2-5300 SODIMM)  I just removed the battery, unscrewed the back, popped it off, popped in the RAM, screwed the back on, replaced the battery, and turned it on.  I didn’t have to worry about shock too much:  I live in a place with 80%-90% humidity every day.  I grounded myself off a light switch screw, then got to work.

There is a notable decrease in

  1. Boot time from a shutdown
  2. Boot time from hibernation
  3. Program load time
  4. Lag when I have a lot of tags open

Sweetness!  A really good deal, and really easy too.

MSI Trackpad scrolls!

I love my little netbook, the MSI Wind, except for three things: 

First, the built-in speakers sound horrible (which can’t be changed without quite a bit of work or potentially not at all)

Second, you can’t vertically or horizontally scroll by sliding your finger on the side of the trackpad, or by using two fingers like on an Apple.

Third, you can’t middle click.

Well.  I recently discovered that you can scroll using the trackpad, just not in the normal fashion.  Tapping just below the upper-right corner scrolls up, and tapping just above the lower-right corner scrolls down.  I’d been lugging around a wireless mouse that’s pretty nice, and I still prefer it to trackpads for accuracy, but at least my trackpad scrolls for times when I’m, say, reading an ebook (like now) and I don’t really need to be accurate, I just need to click and scroll.  w00tingness commences!

If anyone knows how to middle-click on the MSI Wind’s trackpad, please let me know in a comment or at robert.perce@gmail.com.  Thanks.

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Whoa.  I type up blog posts on Windows Live Writer (which is, may I add, an awesome program) and it has a built-in red-squiggly-line-under-misspelled-words function.  However, it seems to think that ‘w00tingness’ is an actual word.  Odd.  Maybe typing it with zeros instead of O’s threw it off.