The Windows Vista™ operating system provides built-in support for a fast system startup experience that boots or resumes directly into media or other applications. This support, called direct application launch, is possible on PCs that are running Windows Vista by making simple changes to platform firmware and underlying platform wake circuitry. This paper describes the changes in platform hardware and firmware to support direct application launch that is based on button-press or wireless receiver events. It provides guidelines for system designers and firmware developers to implement platform support for direct application launch on PCs that are running Windows Vista.does this means that Samsung is getting rid of the AVS Partition in the net generation of Q1 with Vista installed?
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My Surface PRO 3 'Must Have' Accessories List
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
This unit is using again a VIA processor but running at 1.2 GHz.
BTW, thanks Steve for your nice words about me! I hope that many OEMs are reading you!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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It did not make sense to me that without HID Drivers, the Q1 was recognized by XP as a Tablet PC and now with Vista it was not. So a little search in the registry gave me the answer. The only problem right now is that these registry changes do not survive if you reboot the machine, but if you like me hibernate your unit the whole time then you are ok. Once in a while if you reboot your machine you will have to run the .reg file again and go to your Control Panel, Tablet PC settings and check again the option to learn automatically from your handwriting. If there somebody that can write for us a little service changing this registry key that probably will be perfect because the service should run before the system is completely up, and that's probably what Samsung did under XP.
Of course, with HID drivers things are going to work even better but in the meantime we have a workaround to trick the system letting the OS think that we have a Tablet PC.
So yes, that's the news, my Q1 is back in business!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Well, I got it back! How? Hacking the Registry!
Here are the instructions:
1- Open the registry editor.
2- Look for this key
3- Change the permissions of these key using this menu:
Change it for both users groups.
4- Once you have changed the permissions, unzip the following file and run the .vbs (VBScript File):
There is only one problem; these changes are not kept once you turn off and turn on the Q1. The permissions are kept but not the new values. One possible solution is to copy this VBScript file into your start up folder. (I´m currently looking for a way to run the VBScript file before Vista Log on Screen as a policy or a service).
As you can see Samsung, we will find a way to make it work with or without your help.
Friday, February 23, 2007
A spectrum analyzer is an indispensable tool for investigating and troubleshooting a corporate wireless network. Intended for use by engineers, installers, and technicians needing precise measurements under field conditions, BVS (Berkeley Varitronics Systems) has introduced its Bumble-Bee-TABLET spectrum analyzer.
That's a Samsung Q1p using one of those skins that I reviewed here. One thing, this is the first time that I have seen an application using the CF slot of the Samsung Q1!
[Source TabletGear News]
Thursday, February 22, 2007
What else I do not like? Well, in overall the design is good but it does not give you access to the Ctrl+Alt+Del hole in the Q1 top side close to the power on button. Another bad point is that the black skin does not give you a way to see the Status LEDs at the bottom of the screen and that for me is a very big problem. You never know if the UMPC is connected, it's ON or OFF, or what is the HDD status.
This skin is currently on sale at Boxwave for $35.95, a price that I consider extremely high for this kind of accessory. But if you work in an environment where your Q1 can get easily scratched or beaten this skin will bring you the protection that you are looking for.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
And like I said there "The only thing that I´m missing is how to get back the Ink Tool button in Office 2007, how to make Vista to learn automatically from your handwriting and the last but not less, how to make Flicks to work. If we can get all these things working then we will have a perfect machine running a perfect OS."
Where are the HID Drivers? Samsung...
Monday, February 19, 2007
This home made UMPC does not have only a exquisite design, it's loaded with a 7" touch screen, ITX M1000 motherboard, 512 MB of RAM, a 20 GB HDD and GPS Haicom USB. It's using Windows XP SP2.
Just awesome! This is the first home made UMPC that really looks like a real UMPC! Bravisimo!
Update: According to him, he spent less than 600 Euros in this "adventure".
Update 2: Sorry guys, after asking a few questions we have found that it´s not a UMPC as it was called by Manuel in his first post. In reallity it´s a carputer. What we see in this picture is just the screen. :(
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
I asked one of my readers at todoUMPC to run two tests: One starting to use the UMPC, once it's discharged connect it to his battery bank and once the battery bank is discharged to use again the UMPC. And here is the result: 330 minutes.
After that I asked him to run another test, using the Battery Bank until it was discharged and then use the internal battery of his UMPC, this time the total battery life was 391 minutes.
As far as I know, this is the first time these tests have been done even when many including me theoretically were recommending to use the battery bank with the UMPC full charged to get more battery life from the battery bank.
PD. is no it good to have a personal translator telling about all these interesting things that are happening at todoUMPC - the biggest forum about UMPC after OrigamiProject.com? BTW, the Second Issue of todoUMPC Magazine is coming mid March with more pages and a very interesting Interview that will be posted here in English!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Steve at OrigamiPortal has received some drawings of a UMPC that could be in the market soon if somebody likes the design and make it.
I really like the amount of buttons on this device, the 7 inches screen and this new design that allows you to have the UMPC laying on your desktop and the screen in a comfortable angle. That means that you will be able to write on this device using this keyboard with a Keyboard Speed Coefficient of about 0.8!
.Power Save - 5/6 FPS
.Super Performance - 43/44 FPS
.Power Save - 13/14 FPS
.Super Performance - 44/46 FPS
As you can see, Vista has a better graphic performance than XP. One interesting point, the result when the test is run on battery shows Vista with 2.5 better performance than XP, and this probably shows partially why the battery life shorter than what XP gave. The Power Saving Profile in Vista has been tweaked to have enough power to guarantee a good overal performance running Vista.
Of course, the overall machine performance is not just dictated by the graphic performance but it plays a very important roll on it. In my experience if you disable many of those fancy features of Vista, this OS works as well as XP in UMPCs using Intel processors. I do not say all UMPCs because Vista processors do not support some DirectX features and as result the graphic performance in these machines is not good in certain tasks.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I took a lot of pictures of the whole process so you wont need any translation to understand how I made it. But... that's not all. In that same thread my friend Domenec posted how he made one using a fishing line and a lead pencil!
And guess how he called his invention: the fisherman stylus!
One thing is for sure, they are more comfortable than the original stylus shipped with UMPCs and PPCs.
Update: The fishing line that match a 0.7mm lead is the 50 pounds line.
Thank you for contacting Samsung E-Mail Support.
•We have tried to develop software updates for most of our products. Unfortunately the available device drivers for your product does not support Windows Vista. Consequently, your device and Windows Vista are not compatible
•To secure best performance and compatibility of your product, we would like to advise you to use the operating system that supports the drivers for you product. (consult Compatibility overview).
•Under no condition Windows Vista incompatibility can be claimed as a product defect, product quality issue or improper performance of the Samsung product or Windows Vista operating system.
•There are various operating system (like Mac OS, Unix, Sun OS, MS Windows XP or MS Windows Vista) on the market today. Inherently, each operating system will set specific conditions regarding compatibility.
•Incompatibility is not a defect of the product (nor the operating system). It is solely a limitation of system convergence. The absolute cause of this limitation is not addressable to a specific product. It is a property or consequence of the set-up as a whole.
I really do not understand the words "incompatibility" when it's relative to products like the Q1 series because it's proven that Vista works in these devices. To me there is not anything worse than to know that you can use a new OS that is a lot better for your specific device and not be able to use it because somebody has taken that decision for you.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
In August of 2005 the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which changes the dates of both the start and end of daylight saving time (DST). When this law goes into effect in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November) than what had traditionally occurred.
You can find a Summary of all changes needed and what files to download here. Users with Vista Installed do not have to do anything. These changes affect users in Canada and USA.
Monday, February 12, 2007
The Tablet PC and UMPC fan base is often referred to as a community. This is why I am reaching out to the online Tablet and UMPC fan base so that we can all respond in a unified front.
On Sunday, February 11, the TabletKiosk warehouse in Torrance, CA was robbed. The thieves stole a considerable number of Sahara Slate PCs, eo v7110s and eo v7210 units.
We are working with the police to catch the perpetrators and retrieve the stolen units and are exploring every possible avenue. This is why we are asking for assistance from the Tablet and UMPC community who often uncover significant information about Tablet PCs and UMPCs online.
The stolen units are both pre-configured and configured units as well as some customers’ personal machines.
If you find information about any eo UMPC or Sahara Slate PCs for sale which seem too good to be true, I would appreciate if you would send the information to my attention. A reward will be provided for the person who provides us with information leading to the culprit.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
I have to say that I'm very impressed with the kind of support that Alltp brings to it's customers: seminars, newsletters, road shows and trainings!
What am I supposed to tell them Samsung? At least I have an answer from TabletKiosk saying that they are working on that. Keep in mind that Samsung and TabletKiosk's providers are in the other side of the planet, that means that a ship navigating in a calmed sea takes about 3 weaks to reach us, and do not ask me why not by plane because I do not know why things coming from that side of the world take that long to reach us.
We have to TRUST OEMs. That's the message from Microsoft at this point. According to them, they have given to OEMs all that is needed for HID Drivers. But it seems to me that OEMs do not know what to do with that material. HID? Drivers? Vista? Money! You got my point, OEMs have hard time understanding the concept of multitasking... When they are releasing a new product the background task dies for the lack of resources.
Oh... I know... they are waiting for Vista SP1! You see, they are not that bad. ;-)
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Sahara Slate PC i412T is the entry level touch screen model featuring a lower power, lower cost Intel® Celeron® M ULV 423 processor. The Sahara Slate PC i412T sports a wide-angle view passive resistive touch screen, perfect for accessing menu driven software such as Point of Sale applications and kiosk-based systems, and comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows XP
Professional, Windows Vista Business or Linux.
For a more powerful touch screen solution, the Sahara Slate PC i440T features Intel® Centrino™ Duo Mobile Technology with an Intel® Core™ Duo LV L2500 processor, the same wide-angle view touch screen and also either Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business or Linux. For maximum productivity, the Sahara Slate PC i440T is the most powerful slate style touch screen Tablet PC currently available.
For the ultimate Tablet PC experience, the Sahara Slate PC i440D, powered by Intel® Centrino™ Duo Mobile Technology with an Intel® Core™ Duo LV L2500 processor, features a revolutionary new input screen that converts from a pressure-sensitive active digitizer to a resistive touch screen at the push of a button. The Sahara Slate PC i440D will be available with the new Windows Vista Business OS which elevates the existing Sahara Slate PC brand into new performance territory.
is a 5 inches UMPC on the way? Who knows...
Monday, February 05, 2007
January 30, 2007 - ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs (UMPC) Released!
ArtRage 2 is now available in a version specifically designed for UltraMobile PCs. This new version of Ambient Design’s stylish and natural painting application has been enhanced to make it easier to use with small form-factor portable PC devices. For the ultimate painting and sketching experience ‘on the go’ ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs gives you style and ease of use.
UltraMobile PCs present two unique challenges to graphical software. Firstly the screen resolution is typically lower than a desktop or notebook computer. UMPC displays are typically around 800 x 480 pixels in size. This means there is less space to contain both the user interface as well as the working area of a project.
And secondly UltraMobile devices are commonly used with fingers as input devices meaning the user-interface elements have to be larger and easier to press. Typically UltraMobile devices are used while they’re carried in the hand rather than being placed on a level surface, so it can be more difficult to press user-interface elements even when using a stylus on the UMPC screen.
ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs overcomes these challenges:
- Increased the size of small UI elements: The smallest UI elements from ArtRage 2 have either been increased in size or made their ‘clickable area’ larger in the UMPC version. This makes them easier to press with fingers or a stylus.
- Controls and panels get out of the way: Panels in ArtRage 2 get out of the way while painting. In the UMPC version they more actively minimize when not being used, and leave a more easily clicked control to bring them back.
- Panels and controls hide when ‘Enter’ is pressed: UltraMobile PCs have an ‘Enter’ button mapped to a physical button on the front of the case. When this button is pressed while using ArtRage 2 all the User Interface controls and panels hide completely. So it’s very easy to work with all the panels and controls visible with one button press, but hidden completely while you’re working. This leaves the entire display surface available for painting and sketching.
- All the features of ArtRage 2 Full version!: ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs has all the tools, features and style of ArtRage 2. There has been no compromise on features!
ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs is also still only US$19.95 to purchase! For more information about ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs including full features, screen shots, and comparisons with other versions of ArtRage: http://www.artrage.com/artrageumpc.html.
ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs is currently only available in the English language versions, for Windows XP operating systems. ArtRage 2 for UltraMobile PCs is recommended for use on small form-factor portable devices with a display resolution around 800 x 480 pixels.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
In Vista things got a lot better with [digital] ink and speech but by the next release there will be a much bigger bet. Students won't need textbooks, they can just use these tablet devices. Parallel computing is pretty important for the next release.
Oh and I forgot to mention more efficient drivers for our UMPC including HID Drivers. I know that that's OEM responsibility but I have seen many 3rd parties drivers in my life and if somebody can make them that's Microsoft.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Microsoft does not need your team to evangelize the world about what is a UMPC and what are the advantage of it. That's the second point. Bloggers are doing that already and... for free! This is the reality... Cruel.
The good point is that you still at Microsoft and you have now a new project, probably as good or interesting as the Origami Project was at the beginning. So I which you all the best from the bottom of my heart. Without your team opening the eyes of the world we would have been in the same place where Sony was with it's U series 2 years ago. Your team has opened a space in the market right between Pocket PCs and sub notebooks that was not there and everybody want it there. Bravo Origami Team!