Those who never has seen an outdoor display won’t understand what we are talking about. This is something that you have to see it to believe it. The difference between an outdoor display and a regular display is like day and night. So, if you are an outdoor enthusiast or if feeding your family depends on using a mobile pc outdoor, I would recommend you to find a device with an outdoor display.
Once "inking" gets into your veins you will never be able to live without it. Frank J. Garcia
My Surface PRO 3 'Must Have' Accessories List
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Office Online Blog recently published an article from Bill Gates where he explains how useful is Office for him. The most important tool for him is Outlook, but look what he says about his Tablet PC and OneNote.
I always take a lot of notes about ideas to think about or things to follow up on. I try to bring my Tablet PC to meetings as often as possible so that I can use OneNote 2007 to write notes in ink that can later be searched or converted to text. Even if I forget my Tablet, I can scan a document or piece of paper and add that image to OneNote. One of the nice new features in OneNote 2007 is that it automatically recognizes the text in those scanned documents, so that it's easy to search for them later.
I love OneNote too.
Monday, July 27, 2009
If you don’t mind to be an AT&T customer for two years then you can buy a refurbished iPhone 3G for just $49. These units come with a 90 days warranty. So it seems to be a good deal. Check the details at BrightHand. I paid around $400 dollars to AT&T to end a bad relationship with them. It took me a while because they own the phone lines in my county but today my home is 100% free of AT&T! There is not way I’ll go back even if they give me the iPhone for free.
Yes, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Dell and Fujitsu Siemens, all of them already have Windows 7 RTM!
a handful of OEMs arrived in Redmond to pick up their RTM code. In the past when a Windows release reaches RTM, we have traditionally given some/selected OEMs the opportunity to come to Redmond and pick up the RTM code personally.
That’s good news. This does not mean that we will see right this week PCs from this brands shipped with W7, this means that the engineers from these companies have a lot of work to do in the next few weeks to have everything ready to start shipping their PCs with W7.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This is a good news guys. The Beta is over and soon we all we have W7 in our PCs replacing the Vista
As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed – sign-off for RTM can occur. Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.
When you are going to get it, all depend of what kind of user you are. You can find some dates here. The majority will get it in October. MSDN and Technet Subscribers will get it in August.
Wow! I can not hide that I’m really excited with this release. I have been using W7 beta since it first release and being part of this process allowed me to see how it matured in what we have now in the RTM. W7 is without any doubt in my mind the best Windows ever released. Still, it’s not perfect and as usual we will see a robust OS after the first SP1 but this RTM to me is the best one that Microsoft has ever released.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This is something that I have been noticing since a long time ago: The Sony VAIO UX being shown in many movies or series. Apparently I was not the only one that have seen that, here is what UMPC Portal posted today:
Over the years, the Sony VAIO UX series has appeared in a surprising number of films and music videos, often toted as a futuristic high-tech gadget, or a high-class luxury device. With the help of my compadres over at www.micropctalk.com, I’ve compiled a short-list of videos where the VAIO UX is featured and some screenshots of the devices in use from a few of the mentioned locations. I’ve also included Wikipedia links in case you are unfamiliar with the media (full list link)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
No comments from my side, just read this.
Microsoft COO Kevin Turner relayed a funny story about Apple. The Cupertino Mac maker recently called Microsoft and demanded that the software giant stop running its "Laptop Hunter" ads on TV. The ads highlight how expensive Macs are compared to PCs, and how much more choice there is in the PC market. That's a lot of chutzpah, even for Apple: Its annoying "I'm a Mac" ads have been running for years and often include inaccurate information about Windows and PCs.
Turner revealed how desperate Apple is to prevent people from realizing how much more expensive Macs are than PCs. "Two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying, 'Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices,'" he said. "They took like $100 off or something. It was the greatest single phone call that I've ever taken in business."
Finally, Microsoft had gotten to Apple. "I did cartwheels down the hallway," Turner continued. "At first I said, 'Is this a joke? Who are you?' We're just going to keep running them and running them and running them."
Turner noted that the ads work because they're the truth. He talked about reading an ad for an electronics retailer in the newspaper this past Sunday and examining the prices for different computers. "You can get a 13.3” Macbook for $1,199 from that retailer," he said. "Guess what? [From] that same retailer, you can get a PC with more RAM, a bigger hard drive, and almost a three-inch bigger screen for $649. This is...the Apple Tax."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I just installed the Technical Preview of Office 2010. Without any doubt the tool that I use most of the time is Outlook so it was the first one I checked. After a quick conversion of my 2007 file it opened and really impressed me with a new look. So, I want to share a few screen shots that will show what I'm saying.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
…posted the news about the latest Apple tablet computer rumor that has the 9.7 inch device slated for an October release for $800.
I decided to start this news with a quote taken from this article from Znet. Come on! Apple releasing a TabletPC is possible but for $800 is just unbelievable. Tablet PCs are usually more expensive than laptops. And Apple's notebooks are far from cheap.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The Viliv x70 is one of the best design I have seen in an UMPC later and the performance is not bad either. The only thing I don’t like is that is using XP Home instead of XP TabletPC 2005 Edition. But this is something that with W7 release can be fixed. You can buy this beauty at Dynamism where they are running some very good promotions.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Yes, that’s a really important news. Kindle price went down to $299. Still a little high but it’s 100 dollars less than what I paid for my first generation Kindle. Do I regret this purchase? NO. I have been using it daily and the only regret I have is not to have more time to read even more. I went from reading may be one book per year to more than 2 books per month. In my first year of ownership I read close to 50 books!
I was reading this article from Computerworld where many analysts opined about what will happen to Apple after the release of Chrome OS. And I agree 100 % with this opinion:
If...[adds] a tablet-like device to its lineup and dropping MacBook prices ($700), Gottheil concluded, "Then I don't think Chrome OS is much of a threat."
In another hand, I think that Microsoft will feel more pressure and will be forced to create a Version of Windows more suited for the use in Small Factor PCs or what we know as Netbooks.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
If there is any company capable of competing against Microsoft with a big chance of success, that company is in my opinion Google. This is why the news about plans to release in 2010 an Open Source OS for x86 and ARM devices it’s something to be considered seriously by Microsoft and why not, Apple. Check what is going on with Android and that’s will give us an idea of what will happen when this new OS is released.
Building on their existing Chrome browser, Google Chrome OS is tipped to load and be internet-ready in seconds, be inherently secure from viruses and malware, and present no issues with hardware or software updates.
Switching to a new version of Windows is virtually a nightmare if you have to manage more than 100 PC. This is why I value a lot a tool like Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Beta 2. A tool that can be downloaded here.
MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for operating system and application deployment. New features such as flexible driver management, optimized user interface workflow, and Windows PowerShell™ can simplify deployment and make your job easier. MDT 2010 will support deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in addition to deployment of Windows Vista®, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Microsoft has released a Security Advisory about a vulnerability in Microsoft video ActiveX.
Microsoft is investigating a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX Control. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. When using Internet Explorer, code execution is remote and may not require any user intervention.
We are aware of attacks attempting to exploit the vulnerability.
Our investigation has shown that there are no by-design uses for this ActiveX Control in Internet Explorer which includes all of the Class Identifiers within the msvidctl.dll that hosts this ActiveX Control. For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 customers, Microsoft is recommending removing support for this ActiveX Control within Internet Explorer using all the Class Identifiers listed in the Workaround section. Though unaffected by this vulnerability, Microsoft is recommending that Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 customers remove support for this ActiveX Control within Internet Explorer using the same Class Identifiers as a defense-in-depth measure.
Monday, July 06, 2009
If you are not so sure about what version of Windows 7 is the right one for you here is a page that will help you in this task.
Now, with nearly fully-functional versions of each product edition available to the public, I thought I'd provide a series of tables comparing each Windows 7 product editon… …It's early yet, and things will no doubt change, so I'll be updating these tables as needed going forward. But even at this early stage, I believe these tables will help you pick which Windows 7 product edition makes the most sense for you, based on your needs and wants.
Paul Thurrott has done a very good job summarizing all the options available in each version.
There is not any doubt that Android will be one of the OS more used in the next generation of phones coming to market. The Sony Ericsson’s Rachel is one of the best equipped phones that I have seen so far with a processor running at 1 GHz.
…the phone is based on the Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chip, which means it can get speeds up to 1 GHz, and HSPA-speeds up to 7.2 Mbps.
There’s also an 8MP camera with auto-focus, a 3.5 mm jack, and a mini-USB at the top of the phone.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
We may see the Archos 9 TabletPC in this Christmas list of many of us. According to a Press Release, it will be sold in USA this fall.
The ARCHOS 9 features the new Z515 Intel® processor, Microsoft Windows 7® Operating system and an integrated multimedia platform that uses WiFi 802.11b/g connection and Bluetooth 2.1 for extremely fast computing anywhere, anytime.
This small Tablet PC has one of the most appealing designs that I have seen later.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Oracle stock price is going up since May when Oracle announced that it bought Sun Microsystems, one of the biggest distributors and makers of Linux and the creator of Open Office the biggest competitor against Microsoft Office.
Oracle’s stock price is currently $21.42 and Microsoft’s is $23.77
The fact that Oracle bought Sun Microsystems is to me a very strong indicator that the company is preparing conditions to start a full competition for market share against Microsoft. Oracle currently owns an Operating System, an Office Suite (Open Office) and the strongest database system in the market. Oracle is distributing also their own Virtual Machine, which seems to be stronger than Microsoft’s, their own ERP Solution (in fact 3 different flavors of it) which is also better than Microsoft’s Great Plain and a set of other applications including an universal file viewer and management system (AutoVue).
Oracle is giving away for free many of their applications (Open Office, Virtual Machine and Linux) only charging for Tech Support, this approach is becoming more often seen in the last few years when the world economy is not what it was in the late 90s. And many other companies are taking this in consideration to bring to the market products with a more competitive price. A proof of this is that currently you can buy a PC with Linux installed from Dell, HP or IBM. Stores like TigerDirect and others will install for you Linux in any server if you ask them to do that. Two years ago there was not any other option of Operating System available for you but Microsoft Windows.
Software Market is changing quickly and Microsoft’s days as only one company dominating it are over. Is this the end for Microsoft? I do not think so. But it will have to work harder to compete against all these other companies like Oracle (Linux), Google (Android, a flavor of Linux) and Apple (Mac).