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My Surface PRO 3 'Must Have' Accessories List
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
I'm looking for a good and cheap mounting solution where I do not have to drill any holes in my car. But so far no luck. Well, the other thing I'm looking is a good and cheap car navigation software but I have not had any luck with this one either.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
This keyboard was tested in Tabletkiosk eo v7110 and i7210 and it works in both devices.
I don't know but I think that's time to see better prices in these kind of accessories, 149 dollars seem to me too much.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
OnlyUMPC has posted a detailed review of the Asus R2H.
The Good: Clean design, great bundle of hardware & software, GPS, Extended battery & Finger Print Reader
The Bad: The finger print reader keeps prompting even
if you touched it by mistake (and believe me it’s hard not to touch it,
because of it placement). Not for those who think this is going to
replace their main PC (this being Celeron M 900 MHz)
There is one thing that I find weird, He is getting only 3:26h using the extended battery with WiFi Off and BT Off. It seems to me that he should get more out of it.
Friday, October 27, 2006
We were able to reproduce this problem. Our initial investigation indicates that something is misconfiguring the Tablet OS by turning off support for advanced text insertion into all applications. This is completely unsupported on a Tablet PC and we're working to track down how this setting got turned off. In the meantime, I'd like to confirm that this is the entire cause of the problem you are seeing.
Please can you check this setting:
Control Panel -> Regional and Languages Options -> Languages -> Details -> Advanced -> "Extend support of advanced text services to all programs"
This checkbox should always be checked on a Tablet PC. If it's not, please try checking it, rebooting and then see if the problem in IE7 evaporates.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
I've been struggling with poor battery life running Vista on my eo i7210. I've been averaging about 1:40 which is pitiful. Well, yesterday I made a change and have been getting closer to 2:30 (the advertised battery life) under Vista. I found that the indexing service was constantly running and reving up the CPU and memory. By disabling the service I am finding the unit runs cooler and longer on battery. Of course this means that I am not able to use Vista's built in search feature, but that's okay because I'm not a big fan of it anyway.The indexing process in XP has been all time a CPU Performance killer and I always have it disabled. I have not check it yet in my eo v7110 with Vista but probably this user is right, Indexing could be a bad idea.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Wow! I really like this concept. Soon you are going to see me, no just upgrading the HDD i my eo, but opening the HDD to upgrade that one too with bigger CF cards! Well... if the price of these babies goes down.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Ultranauts.com was one of those first pages opened and today still alive and even have got a new makeover.
I have been invited to write as freelancer in their new site. But this does not mean that I'm abandoning UMPCBuzz or this blog, this only means that I got another job! So, if you did not get enough from me here, now you know where else you can find me.
Friday, October 20, 2006
This is what Jeff says about this stand:
They [Tabletkiok] showed ... a folding stand for the eo v7110, similar to the one that comes pre-attached to the Q1 and the Intel models from TabletKiosk. This stand uses a thumb screw to attach to the back of the v7110 using the previously-mysterious threaded hole on the back.
Samsung's screen is so sensitive that your handwriting looks like the one of a 80 year old man with Alzheimer.
And I have been asked to explain more about this point. To do that have I have prepared two screen shots:
And this second is from my Q1 where I have marked those part where you can see clearly that lines do not look like straight lines.
The exterior design of Samsung Q1 is very attractive but to be honest I do not like how easy it get dirt with fingertips stamped everywhere. This is something that happens too in black color eo v7110s but not in the latest i7200 series from TabletKiosk and it's not that noticeable in white color v7110s like the one I own.
There are 6 features of Samsung Q1 that I like most:
6- Heat dissipation. Samsung's Q1 has the fan located in the top right corner and blowing the hot air from inside and away from the User .
The TabletKiosk eo V7110 has it in the left Upper side blowing the hot air right into user's left hand. And believe me that air get very hot in some occasions up to the point that it's uncomfortable to hold the eo with the hand on that way. The Q1 works a lot cooler than the eo v7110.
These 6 points would make eo v7110 a perfect machine!
Now, what I do not like.
The absence of a joystick mouse in Q1 kills me. In my eo v7110 I can hover on top of objects to get the hidden extra information like tips, links, etc and that is almost impossible when you are using the Q1. You have to click on top of the object to move the mouse and that sometimes ends kicking you to do something that you don't want or to a place where you do not want to be. The other thing that I don't like is the way used to implement the Tab and Hold or right click in Q1. In my eo I get that animated circle and then the contextual menu; in Q1 you just get the menu like in your PC when you do the right click.
These two issues - the absence of mouse and the high sensitive screen - make the experience of writing documents not that pleasant as in a TabletKiosk eo v7110. At least for me.
Now lets start comparing numbers.
My first test was the video Benchmark using 3DMark 2001:
- Q1=2979 at 800x480x32
- eo v7110=915 at 800x480x32
- eo i7210=3486 at 800x600x16
The Q1 can compete in this department with the TabletKiosk eo i7210 but the v7110 is not an adversary for these two UMPCs with Intel Processors and Video chips. While the 3D mark test was a very pleasant experience in Q1, in the eo, it skipped some tests because the video card did not support them.
To complete my tests I ran one of the best benchmarks you can find and the only one designed for VIA processors: COSBI Open Source Mark.
- Q1 = 493.3
- eo v7110 = 364
The Q1 performs around 30% better than Tabletkiosk eo v7110.
is this a noticeable difference in real life applications? No unless you are playing videos. I have been working in my eo in all Office applications, in Visual Studio 2005, part of this review has been written in this device, I have even installed Vista, and I find the performance of eo to be enough to handle all these tasks.
will the Q1 perform better in all these applications? Probably Yes.
So, is the Q1 better? No. There is not such thing as the best UMPC. The Q1 is good in many things but I find the button layout, the screen sensitive and the joystick mouse more important features for me than all those present in the Q1. I use for long period of time my eo holding it with my two hands -PSP style - something that I can't do with my Q1.
There are many things that each company could learn from each other, that's for sure.
The Q1 is the best multimedia UMPC while eo V7110 is a perfect working machine. The eo v7110 have a lot bigger selection of 2.5" HDDs that can be installed on it and they are a lot cheaper than the 1.8" used in Samsung's Q1. And it's a lot easier to replace the HDD in an eo than in a Q1. This probably will make the eo the option number 1 for any IT Manager in charge of any large Production Company.
Show people how to use it and they will buy it. Very Smart.
is not this cool? This confirm what I have been saying, eo v7110 is a perfect "working" machine, it's not designed for multimedia.
Another product that I find interesting is the new stylus.
I do not if I will carry the stylus in the way shown in the above picture but the fact is that I do not use the stylus from eo v7110 and neither the one that came with Samsung Q1. They are too small and too uncomfortable to use. This stylus looks more like a real pen and will be a lot easier and comfortable to use. A real must have for any UMPC owner.
What else I can say? I was glad to see in those pictures personalities from the Pocket PC World like Chris de Herrera. And I'm very sad with TabletKiosk decision to cancel the Fort Lauderdale event.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I am sending a new AV Station Now Restore Cd:
It is the latest revision BA46-04965A14
The following shows what have been changed to the Rev. 1.2 (BA46-04965A12) of AVS Now Restore CD for Q1.
- In order to support 1GB memory, MIO (Multimedia Instant On) Partition Size was changed to 2.5GB and Page File Size was set to 256 MB.
- Updated to resolve DMB related issues [Note: DMB stands for Digital Multimedia Broadcasting.]
- DMB Korean Market only
As you can see... there is a newer version. I wonder how Samsung is going to prepare an update for all users of the AVS Now partition Software.
And this is the Samsung Q1 Extended Battery with 6 cells I believe. Remember that UNIFIRM was working in an Extended Battery with 9 Cells.
Samsung Q1 Extended Battery Picture (Courtesy of Carrypad.com)
This new movie together with JKK's video about Vista running in a i7210 gives a complete idea of what to expect next January when Vista is finally released.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Warning: this site could be very addictive. Once you use it for the first time you won't go back to Google or what ever search engine are you using at this moment.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
This issue was known to me and I also knew that the solution to it was to enter in the boot menu pressing F8 and deleting the hibernation file. But for my surprise that solution did not work for me. Talking with Kevin Tofel from jkontherun he advised me to do a full restore of AVS Partition using the option for a full restore after having formatted the Hard Drive. He had the same issue and that was the only solution that worked in his case.
Well, that did not work for me either. At that point we started to compare what was different between his machine and mine and we found that in my case the AVS Now Partition had a size of around 1.5 Gb while his partition was around 2.4 Gb. That clarified why my AVS Now was not working: my partition was not big enough to hold the new hibernation file. I spent around a day or two looking for a way to resize that partition but without any luck. At this point I thought that only one thing could be different between Kevin's Q1 and mine: The AVS Now Restoration CD. And I was right, my CD is version BA46-0496511 while his is version BA46-04965A12.
He made an image of his CD (around 400 MB compressed) and uploaded it for me in a ftp site, from that image I created a new CD and restored the AVS Now. That fixed the problem!
I want to add that Yesterday I contacted Samsung's Tech support and they did not have a clue of was going on. But they were very "friendly"and promised me to look into this problem and to contact me with a solution Today. And They did it. When I was in the middle of downloading the 400 MB file I received and email from Samsung asking me for my Q1 Serial No to send me a new CD.
Of course, I have sent Samsung all this information.
Conclusion: The AVS Now partition will not work after a RAM upgrade from 512 to 1Gb. This issue can be fixed entering in the boot Menu pressing F8 right after turning on the AVS Now, and deleting the hibernation file. This solution will work only if the AVS Now has a size of 2502 MBs. If your Partition is not that big you have to restore the AVS Now partition using a CD Version BA46-04965A12. You have to select the option of Restoring after a Hard Drive Format. This option will destroy all your Hard Drive information, that means that you will have to restore the XP partition and reinstall the drivers CD too.
Yeah unfortunately TEO 3.0 just isn't cutting it. Put aside for a moment the fact that I feel like I wasted a year of my life developing it. I would have been alot more successful had I stuck to my original plan and spent the year working on the Sylantro software. But TEO was the product that was paying the bills so it had to come first. It's not that it isn't a good and useful product, just that I lack the ability to properly market it and support it. I wish there were more Tablet PC software companies out there because I'd love to sell it to someone who would give it a good home. (Link)TEO was one of the first programs I installed in my eo V7110.
Well, I hope he finds both things, a new home for TEO and a job as a consultant.
Note: I have been informed that TEO works in Vista RC1 and the latest version of Office 2007. That's a good news!
Guys, I need somebody with AVS Now Restore DVD version BA46-04965A12. I need an image of that DVD uploaded in somewhere where I can download it. That DVD does not hold the Operating System or anything. As far as we have been able to go deeper into this problem it seems that I have an older version of this DVD and my AVS Now partition is too small. Kevin from JKonTheRun has been able to get back his AVS Now restoring the DVD but he is using the latest version of it and that one created in his Q1 a bigger partition (around 3 GB while mine is around 1.6 GB).
Sunday, October 15, 2006
There was somebody claiming about a solution but the fact is that it worked only for a few apparently those that never booted in AVS before the upgrade.
Another amazing fact is that many of current owners have the same situation but they are happy with that.
I'm very disappointed to tell the truth.I'll start contacting Samsung about this situation on Monday.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
What do I think about it?
It's a good looking machine! Every detail, from the box up to the littlest button have been perfectly designed to attract buyers. In this point Samsung is a clear winner. If you are looking for a portable DVD player, an iPod or a communicator, here is your perfect device. If you are looking for a Car Companion PC... do not look any more, you have found it. If you are looking for a UMPC to take notes, work with Visual Studio, work with databases, Word, Excel, or any other office kind of application this machine is not for you. It can be used but the experience is not going to be as good or pleasant as in Amtek T700 or any other device with a joystick mouse and a less sensitive display.
I'll write more about this unit from Samsung and it performance in next notes.
Friday, October 13, 2006
And this is what Jeff says about these cases:
EO SLIP CASE :
It is big enough to fit the eo with the Extended Battery. The only and biggest problem with this case is that it does not bring any protection to eo's screen. It has the the EO logo and it's made from grey color fabric and it looks elegant.
EO PORTFOLIO CASE :
The portfolio is more rigid but there I also feel that the screen is not enough protected. They should have inserted metal or hard plastic plate in the side toward the screen to protect it. The eo with Extended Battery does not fit to well in this case . The EO portfolio is elegant and it's black with a embroidered TabletKiosk logo in green.
I am overall satisfied but it's a shame that the screen is not protected enough in both cases. But something is better than nothing. I feel that a thin metal or plastic plate inserted between the layers of fabric in the case would have done a very good job protecting the screen.
The Second good news and right on time is that Kevin at JKonTheRun got almost every thing working in Vista Running in his Q1. So, I'll play with my Q1 for a few days and the next thing I'm gonna do is install Vista. No in a second partition but in the main one.
Firt of all, Matthew David got in his hand two of current UMPCs before he settled to write his review: Samsung Q1 and TabletKiosk eo v7110. And second of all, he found the hidden sense behind these sort of PCs: Real Mobility.
First, you have to figure out what the problem really is. It lies in what we have being trying to accomplish for years: becoming mobile. We've all seen the TV commercials of people happily sitting in cafes, watching their kids at the playground, or sitting on sofa with their laptop or Tablet PC and happily communicating with the outside world. But have you really ever done this?
Thursday, October 12, 2006
I want to thank Handango and Microsoft for organizing Handango UMPC Application Contest! To have the eo v7110 and now the Samsung Q1 will give me the opportunity to compare both devices in the daily use and write about it in here and in other pages!
This revue no only shows in full detail this device but it compares it with other devices in the market showing the pros and cons of each one of them.
The i7210 is in my opinion one of the best UMPCs currently in the market but as you can see from that review this one did not escape either from the wave of minor issues that have been present in all Origamis that have been released at this time.
Like somebody said in that movie from the 30s: Nobody is perfect.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Another interesting fact is that using the IP address from this log, I contacted the ISP of these guys and reported this abuse and so far I have not heard from any of these providers, like BellSouth, Concast, Earthlink, etc, etc... Those same companies making huge TV campaigns about their efforts to fight Spam with tools installed in their users machines. But the reality is that they do nothing to stop spammers.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Today, Kevin at JKonTheRun has published a nice article about his experience installing Vista in his Samsung Q1. And He posted Vista Performance Score for his device.
And here is Vista Performance Score for my TabletKiosk eo v7110:
Vista's score for both machines is 1.0 based in the smaller score that is the one for the 3D graphics. But I have a different way to analyze these scores and that's calculating the Average Score. In the Samsung Q1 it's 2.6 and the eo V7110 is 2.36
No a big difference as you can see. But keep in mind that eo's score in my case is higher thanks to a HDD running at 7200 RPM while Samsung's HDD runs at 4800 RPM. One point that got my attention was the Memory score where the Q1 scored 4.5 while my eo scored 2.3 if the eo had that score the average score would have been 2.8
I can't remember now what kind of memory I installed in my eo but one thing is for sure, the one used in Kevin's Q1 is a lot faster. And also without any doubt, Samsung Q1 is a faster machine compared to a "regular" TabletKiosk eo V7110. I'm glad that I opted to install the 7200 RPM HDD that makes a big difference.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Thanks for the information and update – we’ve been watching the boards on success on running Vista on the eo platform and rest assured we intend to have the whole eo product line support Vista once it is released to the public. We’re taking note of the problem being identified and are working to have patch’s available if required when the final Vista build is released to OEM’s.
Martin J. Smekal
President & CEO
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Torrance, CA 90501