EeePC ate my girls iPods

EeepcI recently joined the ranks of EeePC owners, well my daughters did actually. I purchased two of the 900 Linux versions with 20GB drives and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. So after a cursory “Cor thanks dad” off they scurried to their respective bedrooms, the next day I was presented with two disgruntled teenagers a pretty scary scenes ask any father.

NanoDad our ipods have lost all its music! We followed the instructions in the the Laptop manual and it copied our music over but now we cant play our ipods and iTunes says it cant read them either“. I tried the so called Restore feature with itunes but that failed I looked on the apple support page which was pretty useless next I tried Google with varying levels of success eventually I mailed the people at Wolves-Lug.

The general consensus was that the ipod’s db file was corrupted and that deleting it or at the very least cutting and pasting it somewhere then re-syncing it would solve the problem. OK that worked although its not as straight forward as that when I get a bit more time I will write a short howto suffice to say you’ll need another machine that does not have iTunes installed as every time you plug the ipod in itunes takes control which means you cant delete or move the db.

How Cool Is That!

I’ve have a number of RSS feed subscriptions one of which is the VM blog. This little nugget dropped in my inbox, while it was in relation to running a virtual machine on these Laptops (Which even after reading the blog I couldn’t really understand or see the point of) I had heard of these so call $100.00 laptops before the idea being that Computer Technology is more available to less fortunate country’s and individuals. The One Laptop per Child association (OLPC) is a Delaware based, non-profit organization set up to oversee The Children’s Machine project. I’m ashamed to admit that I want one even though they clearly aimed at children I think the design is really cool plus it runs Fedora.

The specifications are;

The Children’s Machine
Manufacturer Quanta Computers
Type Laptop
Connectivity 802.11b/g /s wireless LAN
3 USB 2.0 ports
Operating System Fedora Core-based
Camera built-in video camera (640×480; 30 FPS)
Media 512 MiB 1 GiB flash memory
Input Keyboard
Power NiMH battery pack
CPU AMD Geode GX500@1.0W + 5536
Memory 128 MiB DRAM
Display dual-mode 19.3 cm diagonal TFT LCD 1200×900