I'll have to disagree. For me, at least, heat is not a distraction because it's not an actual flavor that can overpower other flavors. It's simply another dimension of the experience and makes certain foods more interesting. I suppose if you're not used to eating spicy food you might have a problem with it being a distraction, but I can assure you it's entirely possible to thoroughly enjoy subtle tastes and textures of even very spicy food.
What's wrong with having both? I have some ghost pepper salsa, for example, that has a very pleasant smoky flavor that goes quite well with nachos, among other things, in addition to being face-meltingly hot.
I can definitely corroborate your findings. I also have an Eee 900A (with the even slower 4GB SSD) that I use to do my engineering homework when I'm away from my desktop. It can't even run Windows XP SP3 to a useful extent, but Arch + KDE 4.6 is perfectly usable with all the eye candy turned on (except blur, which is a known bug with the Intel drivers, apparently). I don't see much of a performance difference versus Gnome, either.
Three hundred dollars? I mean, yeah, I'm sure a good number of hardcore gamers will spring for it, but I can't imagine the masses are going to be too thrilled at that price point. Even if it ends up releasing at $249.99 in the States, that's still a big chunk of change for a handheld. That's the same price as the PSP was at launch, and... well, it wasn't exactly the resounding success that Nintendo is used to from its handheld systems. I'm sure they've done their market research and everything and decided that that was the correct price point, but it seems like a pretty ballsy move, especially for Nintendo.
I find that eight characters fits the vast majority of length requirements. Occasionally I run into one that requires a non-alphanumeric character or something, but there are only a few of those that I have to deal with, and I can remember a handful of passwords for those.
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I also have an RT2500 chipset and had the same problem. I found that forcing it to 54 Mbps (i.e. with "sudo iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M") makes all my connection and speed issues go away.