This tab offers a collection of system tools.
Anti-Virus scans for viruses, worms and trojans and allows you to
remove any infected files. Clicking the volume icon brings up
the volume and mic mixer (which can also be started from the taskbar).
Clicking Instant Shutdown gives the user the option to select the Task
Manager, put the machine in standby mode, restart the system, or
turn it off. It's easier just to hit the power button. The Printers
icon lets you add local
or network printers. System info lets you know basic information
such as the BIOS version and date, software version, and the amount of
Date & Time is a simple graphical front-end which allows you to
change the date, time and timezone. Personalization lets you
change your password, desktop theme and keyboard layout.
Add/Remove Software is worth discussing in a bit more detail. This
application intelligently doesn't list packages that
form part of the system installation. Instead, it only
lists upgrades for installation or removal. At the
time of this review, the only upgrades available are for Skype,
Touchpad and VoiceCommand. They are fairly minor upgrades
e.g. Skype is updated from version 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52.
Touchpad lets you alter the sensitivity of the touchpad, alter
tapping time, enable vertical, horizontal and circular scrolling. Disk
Utility shows a graphical representation of the disk
space consumed by the system and user. The Diagnostic tools icon, as
one might expect, runs system tests and reveals important system
Attach an external monitor to the VGA connector, and the
Desktop Mode icon is called into play. This allows you to view the
display just on the Eee PC, or on an external monitor, or even on both
screens. I attached the Eee PC to a couple of LCD displays,
with a maximum resolution of 1280x1024 being achieved. This
functionality could enable the machine to be used as a primary computer.
The final icon is VoiceCommand, software which allows some
applications to be activated by voice command. However,
starting applications in this way is slow and unreliable. For example,
command "Computer Mail" often started a different application! Humming
the theme tune to Red Dwarf even started the Music or the Movie
application. This is certainly one application I'm
never going to use.
Favorites is the last of the application tabs. It lets you
choose icons from the other tabs to be displayed in one single tab.
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Last Updated Sunday, January 13 2008 @ 11:19 AM EST