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Asus Eee PC 701 Review - Internet Tab
Internet Tab


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There are 12 icons in the Internet Tab. Only the Web Mail option takes you to a further screen, offering links to Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, and AOL web mail services.

Clicking the Web icon unsurprisingly opens up the hugely popular Mozilla Firefox web browser (version 2.0.0.7). The icons iGoogle, Google Docs, Wikipedia and Internet Radio do not represent applications but merely links to websites (again using Firefox), the latter of which is a link to mediaU Player (mediayou.net). I would have anticipated the eBook icon to have started up an eBook reader application. Instead it starts up the KDE File Manager, navigating to the /home/user/My Documents/My Ebooks/ directory.

The Messenger icon represents the popular Pidgin application, a competent graphical Instant Messenger (IM) program that lets you sign on to AIM, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, and other IM networks.

Skype gives users the opportunity to make free phone calls via the Internet worldwide. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer, short message service, video conferencing and its ability to circumvent firewalls. The version supplied with the Eee PC isn't able to make video calls, but it can be upgraded.

The other icons (Network, Wireless Networks, and World Clock) are not ideal candidates for the Internet tab. The first two would be better placed in the Settings tab, as they are system utilities to set up wired and wireless connections. World Clock (KDE World Clock) also seems rather an odd choice for the Internet tab bearing in mind that it is an application that shows which parts of the world are currently in daylight, and which parts are currently in night, and doesn't actually require the internet to function.

Work Tab

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1. Introduction
2. Components - Part 1
3. Components - Part 2
4. General Operation
5. Software Introduction
6. Internet Tab
7. Work Tab
8. Learn Tab
9. Play Tab
10. Settings & Favorites Tabs
11. Additional Software
12. Final thoughts
13. Additional Screenshots
14. Appendix


Last Updated Sunday, January 13 2008 @ 11:13 AM EST


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