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Upgrades in the works

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

So i’ve been a bit quiet around here lately.  Everything’s same old, same old.  That’s about to change soon.  Tonight i’m ordering the 1GB RAM upgrade for my Q1b.  Hopefully I can get a bit of news back to everyone on how that helps out in Vista.  Stay tuned!

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Intel and the State of the UMPC

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Now raise your hand if you were at least a slight bit apprehensive about the Ultra Mobile PC a little over a year ago when word of it first surfaced? Ok, if you don’t have your hand raised I think you may be lying. I’ll admit, for as much as I love the technology and the device, I was a bit skeptical. The new technology, along with the high price tag frightened me. So as of CeBit 2007 we have some great news. Steve over at UMPC Portal brings us the following news from Germany:

“Today, Intel announced that they will make a dedicated CPU / Chipset platform for the UMPC that, combined with advanced screen tech and low power radio components will get the average power of a UMPC down to SUB 4-Watt. The platform will be ready in 2008 and will mark the start of a massive push by Intel and its partners to bring not just 5 or 6 devices new devices to the market but tens of new devices.”

So what does this mean? This means many things, among others that the UMPC isn’t just a one hit wonder. With Intel putting a dedicated platform out there for the UMPC this is proof that the UMPC is something they believe in. Also Steve has shown us video of the Samsung Q1 Ultra running Vista and using Aero. For those of us who chanced the technology and are now the owners of one (or more… Hugo and Frank and Steve, I mean you!) UMPC models we have something that we know will be at least in part supported for a few more years. In terms of Microsoft, I think that we can look to our friends in Redmond for a few more pieces of UMPC software. Dare I say that the sky is the limit?

Intel giving the community a platform is like giving an artist a dedicated canvas. Now that we know people are supporting the hardware, the artists who create the software, the Origami Experience and other UMPC friendly tools, they can create to their heart’s desire. Couple that with the news of Vista running in prime form at CeBit on newer models, I’m thinking that sooner than later you will see software for the UMPC incorporating the Speech Recognition, and more “fun new features” that Vista gives us.

Bottom line, Intel’s news has me excited for the future of the UMPC.

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How do you describe Vista?

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

I was discussing Windows Vista last weekend with a good friend of mine.  He asked me an interesting question “Bells and whistles aside, how is Vista as an operating system?  Is it still just as functional?”

I had to think about it for a short time.  It’s got a slightly changed layout under the start menu, new skin for the startmenu…  The control panel is all sorts of changed around…  Then I remembered how slow it seems under a configuration which is perfectly snappy with XP.  The following was my response

“You walk over across the street to the bookstore, right?  Well lets assume doing that is like Windows XP.  Now let’s throw a 70lb weight on your back and have you do it.  That’s Windows Vista.  You can do the same things as before, but because you get some new bells and whistles you find out it takes you much longer, and is much more cumbersome than it was before.”

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Bluetooth Headset Can You Hear Me?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Ok so this issue of Bluetooth on the Q1 is well documented. I managed to get it working by uninstalling the default software, letting MSFT “find drivers” then installing version 6 of the Bluetooth drivers that Samsung suggests. Ok. So Bluetooth works…

My Q1 immediately found my phone. However it took a bit longer to find my Headset but sure enough it did! This now allows me to be even more mobile!

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