Problems connecting to Zonbu online storage?

October 30, 2007

I’ve been having problems all morning logging in to my Zonbu and then once in, connecting to my online storage via the Networking wizard.  I’m writing this from the Zonbu, so my IP connectivity is fine.

Is anyone else seeing any issues connecting to online storage?  I’ve had some WiFi issues lately but clearly that is resolved, since I’m here.  This is the first problem I’ve had with accessing my storage account in three months.

-Mr. Zonbu

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Linspire review – running on a Koobox affordable PC

October 29, 2007

Koobox MiniDesktoplinux.com is carrying an interesting review today of the Freespire 2.0 release of Linux.

The tester installed in on some low-end PC hardware from Koobox which is based on a mobile Pentium chip (lower power, lower heat) and also uses an Intel 915 graphics chip (if it used a newer chipset like the 945 it would mean things like Compiz should work on it and the video challenges Zonbu has been wrestling with won’t be present). In fact, the MiniKoobox looks like Zonbu’s big brother, with a built in DVD drive and a faster processor (but less memory): http://koobox.com/minikoobox.php

It’s a great review and it goes to show that there are many roads that will lead to the same place – affordable desktop linux running on low power devices…

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Next Zonbu Update? It’s that time of the month…

October 29, 2007

Zonbu Beta LogoIt’s that time of the month, around the 30th, when Zonbu pushes out their software updates. At least if history is any indication.

As we understand from their commentary during the last update, the next update we see should be the final “stable” release version (whereas we have been in beta up until this point). In addition to the historical timing, I’m thinking we may see the final stable release in the next few days as they’ll need to get it out to garner some press momentum going in to the key Christmas selling season…

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40K Mr. Zonbu page views and some stats…

October 29, 2007

Just a quick note to let all of you readers know that we hit a milestone mid-last week; the site crossed the 40K page view mark. A substantial achievement for a personal blog about such a specific topic.

Also of note, we are now part of the page one results for a “zonbu” Google search, as well as ranking highly on Technorati and various other sites.  We are the number one site for independent Zonbu info and discussions.

If you want to see what interests our readers, I’ve included a list of the most accessed pages in the last 30 days after the jump…

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Timezone database incorrect?

October 29, 2007

I just noticed that my clock was reading an hour behind actual time (which was a change, it used to be fine).  I manually reset it to current time and then it occured to me that the timezone (TZ) database may be out of date on the Zonbu.

Has anyone else noticed their clock jumped back on them already?

-Mr. Zonbu


Zonbu’s Firefox kicks butt against Ubuntu Firefox

October 21, 2007

Just a quick observation: It’s easy to dismiss how much subtle tweaking and optimization is present in the Zonbu Firefox config. The layout, the icon sizes, the fonts being hand picked to make web pages look as “normal” as possible for someone coming from the Windows world… the colours, the extra plug-ins. Everything.

Go ahead and try and use Ubuntu Firefox for a few days and you’ll find yourself constantly interupted by requests to download and install add-ons, codecs, plug-ins or other piece of software. Over and over again. Ditto for Firefox and Internet Explorer on Windows…

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Should Zonbu ditch the VIA processor/graphics for Intel?

October 21, 2007

Intel LogoThe more I dig in to the Zonbu the more I like it. However, the more I use it, the more I run in to the frustrating wall of the relatively weak performance of the Via processor and the lack of quality drivers and acceleration for the Via CX700 graphics chip under Linux.

Don’t get me wrong, for most day-to-day stuff, it performs acceptably well, but (for example) if you start visiting any PC gaming sites that make heavy user of flash and embedded video, expect stuttering and 100% CPU load.

I’m starting to wonder if Zonbu may not have the right idea about the over-all end-user experience, but that the Via based hardware isn’t the right way to deliver that experience…

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