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Friday, March 31, 2006

Synchronizing your UMPC, take 2.

Yesterday I was mentioning some of the Synchronization possibilities for Origami owners. Today I decided to test the ones that I have not tested and see how well they work.

SyncToy and Total Commander work basically in the same way, you select two folders and you sync them MANUALLY. And I said that in upper case because that's where the system fails in my opinion; in one simple point: Nobody is going to keep track of when a Synchronization is needed and even if somebody try to keep track at some point the person could end with files updated in different ways in two different folders and probably without any possibility of mixing them.

FolderShare is really the best option but... Nobody is perfect, you need an Internet connection for this system to work! Why Microsoft makes thing sometime so difficult? Why the SyncToy team did not apply the same concept used in FolderShare but in an intranet environment? A program running in background checking and keeping synchronized two network folders, without any human intervention once the folder pair is created. In that way as soon as the UMPC device is connected to your home network the program will notice that and will sync the folder that just became available in your UMPC to it's pair in your Desktop PC.

Of course, we are talking here about file synchronization. Outlook synchronization is a whole different topic.

The Term Pocketable

UMPC Buzz has posted a wonderful article about the "pocketability" of Origamis.

Reading the article I started to count how many times I have put my Pocket PCs in my pant pockets. Never. Why? Because they are not really "pocketable". I wont say that I have not heard of anybody carrying a Pocket PC in a pocket but I can say for sure that I have heard many times about displays broken because of that. So, are really the Pocket PC "pocketables". I don't think so. I liked better the terms of PalmSize PC and after that HandHeld PC. They represented better the reality behind these devices.

So, why is that that all those Origami retractors keep saying that Origamis are bad idea because they are not "Pocketables"? am I missing something?

Everybody wants one

I was looking for news around the web and I found a note from Omar Shahine that I want to share here:

I got to play with an Origami a few weeks ago and was impressed. I was mum on the topic cause I wasn’t sure how much I was allowed to say about it. Anyway, I want one and plan to get one for my home/kitchen/roaming pc scenarios.

Anyway, today I was waiting for my flight back to San Francisco when my father called. He was screaming on the phone to me that he wants me to order him one as soon as they are available. For a while I could not even make out what he was saying cause I wasn’t listening for it (it’s not a word you hear every day).

If my Dad knows what the heck Origami is, and called me out of the blue asking me to get one for him, I know it’s going to be big. This is very uncanny for him. He calls me and mentions stuff about Microsoft about once a year.

Omar is a developer and he has released recently a freeware that allows to send RSS feeds to OneNote, something that could become a MUST HAVE kind of program for many people.

Note: The sentence in bold shows what usually happens to MVPs, they know about cool stuff coming from Microsoft but they can't talk about it.

Why Origamis came to Stay?

Darryl Burling is answering this question in a series of articles specially thought for companies like Toshiba and Dell, blind enough to no see what the market is looking for. In his Part I, Darryl says:

"The UMPC is smaller than a tablet, but bigger than a Pocket PC, thus it overcomes the Pocket PCs screen size obstacle, and the larger form factor of the Laptop and Tablet."

And I would add to this comment that they will come with a price right in between those two categories.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Soduko Source Code Released

I just read about it at OrigamiPortal. The source code of this game included in Touch Software Pack in Origamis has been released in MSDN.

Hum... This reminds me something that uncle Bill said the other day..."What ever it takes... Microsoft will be behind it". Source Codes releases, SDKs, etc, etc, etc... Oh yeah, we will see Origamis everywhere soon, believe me.

How to sync files between your Origami and Your PC?

Since Windows 3.11 I never have used File Explorer. I started using Norton Commander to copy, move and do what ever I wanted with my files. When Windows 95 came out I found a program for Windows 95 that worked in the same way than Norton Commander: Total Commander. Since that day I have been a loyal user of this program.

One of the features that I like from Total Commander is it's capability of comparing folders taking in consideration even the file content. And it's not just comparing, it allows you to synchronize two folders with the latest information in both.

Update: Wow, a few minutes after I posted this comment I received an email from one of the Origamis sellers asking me this question:

Since you are an ubergeek (a term I use with much affection), I have a question to pose.

One of the most important things, IMHO, to the success of the UMPC as a device will be the ability to synchronize files with one's existing Desktop, laptop or tablet PC. My question: What is the simplest, most flexible, least expensive (in that order) software program that will allow this to be done?

Well, I was telling in MS Origami Team forum that this question is a MUST HAVE in any FAQ about Origamis. The answer is not that simple. I was mentioning Total Commander as a solution, MS Origami Team seems to like FolderShare, a new online service from Microsoft that still in Beta stage. Since I saw Paris Hilton pictures and contact book everywhere online I do not trust these kind of online services. Another program to test is SyncToy a beta from Microsoft that I have not tested yet. And finally some people believe that the final solution to this problem is going to be in Windows Vista.

Samsung Q1 manual mistakes

One of the members of OrigamiProject forum pointed us to some mistakes in Samsung Q1 User Manual.

  • Page 19, dialkeys: "You can enter letters using the DialKeys by pressing a key on the screen with your thumbs while holding both of the lower corners of the computer with your hands."

  • Page 107, tips for using your computer: "The LCD has a polarized surface and can be damaged easily. To prevent damage, avoid touching the screen."

Touch Screens are made to be touched!

Toshiba will not enter Origami Party!

Toshiba has announced in an unofficial press release that they will not join Microsoft in this adventure.

You’ll know that Toshiba has a very strong partnership with Microsoft and will continue to push these boundaries to develop real productivity tools and easy to use consumer devices - said Matt Codrington (Toshiba Australia) and after that He added - "although a device like this is a possible extension of the next mobile platform, I’m not sure it meets a real need? Too heavy to carry in your pocket, and probably can’t be used for extended periods [outside battery life] with a 7” screen? So…I hope I’m not going to disappoint your readers when I tell you that although Toshiba is going to continue to be at the leading edge of technology there are no plans to bring an ‘Origami’ type UMPC device to market. Having said that things are always in the works……"

If you read our Yesterday comment about power it's not hard to imagine why Toshiba and Dell have decided to stay away from this project pushed by Microsoft and Intel. These two companies just are not ready for this challange. Plain and simple.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

eo V7110 Graphic Chipset

If you need more information about the VIA VN800 IGP Chipset here is a link that you should check.

Leveraging an advanced shared memory architecture, the VIA VN800 integrates the VIA UniChrome™ Pro Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) ensuring optimal performance for all multimedia, entertainment, and productivity applications. With an internal data flow equivalent to the latest AGP 8X graphics cards, a 200MHz 2D/3D graphics engine features dedicated 128-bit data paths for pixel data flow and texture/command access.

The 128-bit 2D graphics engine enables acceleration of high quality graphics features, allowing all productivity applications to run with the best appearance possible while not sacrificing system performance. The 128-bit 3D graphics engines features dual pixel rendering pipes for advanced 3D rendering, and is capable of two textures per pass with a triangle rate up to 4.5 million triangles per second, a pixel rate up to 200 million pixels per second, and a texel bilinear fill rate up to 400 million texels per second.

VIA Vinyl Multichannel Audio Suite: Delivering rich, warm surround sound at resolutions as high as 24/96 through up to six- or eight-channel outputs, the VIA Vinyl Audio 5.1 surround sound and VIA Vinyl Gold Audio 7.1 surround sound enables crisp, clear performance, representing the highest levels of audio quality in a mainstream integrated or onboard solution.

Key Features
  • » Full support for VIA C7-M processors as well as support for the latest Intel® Pentium® M processors

  • » Supports 800/533/400MHz Front Side Bus Settings

  • » Supports up to 4GB DDR2 or DDR Memory

  • » V-Link 533 MB/s high bandwidth North/South Bridge interconnect

  • » Full Featured Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) compliant with AGP 8X/4X

  • » Integrated VIA UniChrome Pro Graphics

  • » Optimized Unified Memory Architecture (UMA)

  • » 200MHz Graphics Engine Clock with separated 128-bit data paths

  • » 128-bit 2D and 3D Graphics Engine

  • » Chromotion CE Video Display Engine

  • - MPEG-2 Decoder

  • - Video Deblocking

  • - Adaptive De-Interlace

  • - Full HDTV support up to 1080p

  • » Two 8-bit Video Capture Ports

  • » Three 12-bit Digital Video Ports for connection to TV out, Video Capture In, and external TMDS transmitter

  • » Full Software support including Microsoft DirectX 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and Open GL support

  • » Support for VIA Vinyl Gold 8-channel Audio controller & integrated VIA Vinyle 6-channel Audio

  • » Serial ATA support for up to 4 devices

  • » Integrated V-RAID with RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and JBOD (SATA) support

  • » Parallel ATA133/100/66 support for up to 4 devices

  • » Support for up to 8 USB 2.0/USB 1.1 ports

  • » Support for VIA Velocity Gigabit Ethernet companion controller & Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet

  • » Advanced System Power Management Support including ACPI/On Now

  • » Hardware Display Rotation

Yes, it supports Display Rotation, that means that if the eo V7110 does not include any software to rotate the screen sooner or later somebody will create such software.

Origami Power Analysis

Steve Paine at Time for the Carrypad blog has published a wonderful analysis of power consumption in Origamis.

Better screen panel technology is the key at the moment. They are inefficient and we will have to wait until new panel technology filters though into the correct price range. Battery technology is obviously important and again, the new technologies need to filter into common use before they are affordable. Miniaturization of components will help to reduce case sizes having the advantage that a 5” or 6” screen wont make it look like a toy. Processor technology needs improving and complete integration of CPU and co-processors is needed. Its going to be a game of cutting down here and there and waiting for better pricing on new technoligies.

What is going on with the Q1 for USA?

Well, I have been reading the User Manual for the Q1 posted in the FCC site and I'm all confused. They do not mention the Antenna in there and what is for! The only time they mentioned it was to ask not to touch it while the device is transmitting or receiving. And my question is, transmitting and receiving what?

Another point is that the device that is going to be sold in USA uses an Intel Celeron processor and does not include GPS. So after all this, the Samsung Q1 does not seem to me in any way better than the eo V7110 from TabletKiosk.

Samsung Q1 gets FCC approval

According to MobileWHack, the FCC has approved the Samsung Q1 Origami, this means only one thing: Samsung is planning to sell the Q1 in USA.

Unfortunately MobileWHack did not posted any link to FCC where I could check the veracity of this information though this was an expected move after all the Microsoft buzz around Origamis.

Update: Confirmed! Here is the FCC link.

Source: UMPC Buzz

The Idea behind the Origami PC

Lora Heiny at WhatIsNew.com has captured in a series of pictures the whole idea behind the Origami PC: A small PC that can be taken with you and used in your daily life around your house, your garden while shopping or while you are in the car or in a park watching your children play.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

eo V7110 at ALLTP

ALLTP has updated their page with the list of different configurations of the eo V7110. Prices are the same than those found in the TabletKiosk website.

So we have now two online stores selling Origamis in USA!

1 GB RAM upgrade for eo V7110

I contacted today in the morning TabletKiosk asking about the possibility of getting the eo V7110 with 1 GB of RAM. Shortly after that I received the answer from Martin J. Smekal:

The eo V7110 is scheduled to ship to customer the last week of April (week of April 24th). The 1GB ram upgrade is a $265 option (from the base priced unit of $899), if you would like to have this option added to your pre-order please let us know and we will make the adjustment.

That means that the eo V7110 with 1 GB of RAM will have a price of 1164 dollars! If you want the 40 GB 5400 RPM HDD you should add 50 dollars more for a total of $1214!

Once again, in case you have noticed yet, TabletKiosk is taking orders for the eo V7110.

eo comes from Latin and means GO, no like somebody already told me that eo comes from Electronic Origami.

Origami Peripherals

JKonTheRun posted a link to one of his old articles that even after more than a year still good advice.

The Stowaway BT Keyboard can be found nowdays for as little as 113 dollars!.

Are you buying an Origami?

after all this buzz it seems to me that this is a good question, are you buying an Origami in the next 6 month or so?

Create polls and vote for free. dPolls.com

Monday, March 27, 2006

TabletKiosk Taking pre orders

TabletKiosk is taking pre orders of the eo V7110 now!

You can select between the Black and the White color and between 256 MB ($899) and 512 MB of RAM ($999).

In another hand Ultra Mobile PC has posted the following press release:

TabletKioskTM Introduces New UMPC Device eoTM offers exciting new opportunities for mobile computing users Torrance, CA, 3/27/2006

TabletKioskTM, a leader in Tablet PC and exhibit centric computing solutions, announces the much anticipated launch of their new Ultra Mobile PC, eoTM which will begin shipping the last week of April 2006.

eoTM represents the new generation of mobile computing. Measuring 9”W x 5.75”H x 1”D and weighing just under 2 pounds, eoTM is the most portable and convenient Tablet PC device for taking handwritten notes, accessing the internet, instant messaging, listening to music, viewing movies and playing games. eoTM enables you to connect, communicate and accomplish any task anywhere, any time, and be entertained and informed wherever life takes you.

eoTM, named for the Latin word meaning to go, advance, or progress, was developed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s highly mobile individuals by combining the power and compatibility of the full version of Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet Edition with a lightweight “carry-everywhere” hardware design. As part of Microsoft’s Ultra Mobile PC initiative, eoTM features enhanced touch-screen capabilities with handwriting recognition and a revolutionary new, on-screen keyboard. For convenience and efficiency, eoTM also offers a wide range of other input options including the enhanced touch-screen via stylus, stereo microphone with voice recognition, and hardware controls that are easily adaptable for left or right handed users.

Tablet PC Experience Pack Demo

If my comments about the Education Pack were not enough for you, here is a video of the Experience Pack that will leave you satisfied.

BTW, the guy in the video, Dustin, he is now member of the Microsoft Origami Team.

Ready to Explore Tablet PC Education Pack?

If you are a student hunting one of these new Microsoft Origamis you should take a few minutes of your time to watch this video.

TabletKiosk eo new pictures

Uber Tablet has posted some new pictures of the eo TabletKiosk Origami. A good piece of info comes from one of the pictures: the location of the battery!

Best WiFi Hotels

I'm sure that once you get one of these Origamis the next thing that you are going to do is taking it to a trip. And for sure, you will try to find a Hotel with a good WiFi connection. So, to save you a little time here is an article that I would recommend you to bookmark.

Korean Origami

Akihabara News has posted about a new Origami to be release in Korea. As you can see from the following picture, this device and the one from Founder are the same.

Sources: UMPC Buzz, TodoPocketPC.

Founder Video from MIX06

UMPC Buzz, endless source of information, has posted a video about the Founder Origami. This Origami is one of the best appealing designs that I have seen.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Meet Mobile PC Team

In MSDN Channel 9 you can find a video of the Mobile PC Team.

Meet a large portion of the teams that make the Tablet PC and laptop/notebook features. We have a wide-ranging discussion from how to make battery life better (developers take note!) to new handwriting recognition features coming in Windows Vista.

eo V7110 slideshow

UMPCBuzz.com has uploaded a little slideshow with new pictures of the eo V7110 from TabletKiosk.

No screen rotation in most of all Origamis

This is what Dustin from Origami Team said about it:

It is true that most of these devices won't rotate but ultimately it is something the OEM could choose to support. Windows however doesn't exactly work great in a resolution like 480x800 so on devices that do rotate you need to expect a fair amount of usability issues if you play around in the UI too much. I can image a lot clipped screens, etc. in a portait resolution on these devices. It is true the LS800 rotates I belive in 600x800 mode, but you do run into various issues when running in that resolution.

New Picture of the TabletKiosk eo V7110

UltraMobilePCs.com has published a picture of a white color TabletKiosk eo V7110 Origami.

Oh yeah! I want that baby!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

will be available Samsung Q1 in USA?

The answer is nobody knows yet. According to UMPC Buzz: "We have been asking the PR company for Samsung whether or not the Samsung Q1 will ship in the United States. To paraphrase the response: Samsung Electronics America is investigating how and if it will offer the Ultra Mobile PC to U.S. consumers. As of today, there is no launch date set"

Friday, March 24, 2006

TabletKiosk Origami has a name

Yes, eo V7110, that's the name of TabletKiosk Origami according to news posted at UMPC Buzz.


Today Lora confirmed us a rumor that I read in other sites. The TabletKiosk prototype does not have screen rotation! I can't believe that such easy thing was not implemented in the video driver for this device! Who ever is the maker of this device sold by 3 companies, listen to us, screen rotation is a big plus to have!

I hope this is just in this prototype and that they wont sell the device without screen rotation. :(

What ever it takes, Microsoft will be behind it!

When Bill Gate was asked recently about Ultra-Mobile PCs in MIX 06 he answered:

Well, it is a PC, and for a lot of people, it will be their second PC. And I'm a total believer in the tablet - I think it will be totally mainstream. Whatever it takes, Microsoft will be behind it to make it better and better. If I'm critical of us, I'd say that making it easy to have multiple PCs [and having] your "state" just show up on those PCs - that's been partly holding people back.

The Origami - you want to take it to meetings with you but you don't want to think about syncing before you walk out to that meeting. [The information] should just be there.

So Michael Dell, you better jump into this boat!

Source: JKonTheRun, Builder AU

Origami and your child

An UMPC could be the perfect toy for your child and if you have any doubt about it I invite you to watch this video filmed by Lora from WhatIsNew.

Update: According to some fellows the game mentioned in the video (see picture) is Zoo Tycoon 2.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Smart Caddie page updated!

The Japanese UMPC page has been updated. So far no too much of new there besides a partial specification page for the first time:

The new page also shows a 3D look of the device.

The OS that is going to be installed in this device is the Japase version of XP Tablet PC Edition, that is telling us that this device will not leave the Japanese market.

What is an UMPC?

If you still don't know what is an UMPC a very good place to start is reading this article posted in Computer World.

Toshiba could be preparing a nice UMPC!

Uber Tablet read an article in a magazine that could mean that Toshiba is coming soon with a UMPC device.

Quote: Matt Codrington (Toshiba) is therein quoted: ...It will have Tablet PC functionality... and ...to use something that's smaller than a 7 inch screen all day every day is difficult... and ...the screen may support pen entry, but I wouldn't want to niche it into the current category of Tablet PC...

We wont see any Dell soon

According to news published at msorigami.blogspot.com, Dell is not planning to make any Origami soon.

When Michael Dell was asked about Origamis his answer was "We don't support all what Microsoft does"

Many Pocket PC current owners willing to buy UMPCs were hoping to see Dell's reaction to this new concept because Dell sells the cheapest Pocket PCs in the market. Well, now we know the answer, Dells is out!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

UK store selling the Q1

The UK store Play.com is taking pre orders for the Samsung Q1, price... 1397.58 dollars!!!!!!!!!!!

If this is the price that Samsung is thinking to use here in USA it seems to me that the whole Origamis Project for Samsung is going to be a huge failure!

Availability: 06/30/2006

Another picture of the Samsung UMPC

Here is another picture of the Samsung UMPC this time connected to a keyboard that is part of a case. A very good idea I would say.

what is this?!

This device has been sold in this Spanish Online Store since 2 month ago for the incredible price of 840 dollars!

It's running at 800 MHz, and with a resolution of 800x600. I have not found any other reference to this machine in any other place and I have to confess that this one sounds good.

Update: I found some info about the device in a forum (link 1, link 2). The maker is EliteGroup Computer Systems (ECS)

Update 2: If you still want to buy it, you can do it in USA here. Warning, this is not an Origami.

Size comparison with a DVD.


WhatisNew has published some pictures about UMPCs in this event.

PPC Owners talk about UMPCs

The PPC community is keeping track of Origamis project progress and if you want to see what they think about these UMPCs the better place to go is a forum:

PocketPcThoughts Forum

I believe that PPC owners are potential future buyers of UMPCs and it's always interesting to see what are their real needs.

Vista in January 2007!

"REDMOND, Wash. — March 21, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista™, the next generation of the Windows® client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to complete the product this year, with business availability in November 2006 and broad consumer availability in January 2007."

The full text of this press release can be read here.

Source: PocketPCThoughts

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Tablet PC Education and Experience packs

Initial testing of the Experience and Education packs has shown that many of the applications will work well on a umpc, but not all. For the ones that won't work well - the crossword puzzle for example - we are considering possible solutions as we recognize the content of these packs is useful. - Reports Emily, Program Manager from MS Origami Team.

When she was asked about Hexic Deluxe, another game part of the Education pack she replied "Hexic Deluxe works great. I just finished testing it out. It was so enjoyable actually that I got sucked into playing well after I had established it was "functional" on the Origami."

Multi Touch Screen

Imagine how many thing you would do if your UMPC could do this.

Forget about the keyboard, you don't need it!

Brown University and Microsoft Research are planning a joint effort to create the Microsoft Center for Research on Pen-Centric Computing, which will promote and fund research aimed at improving pen-based operation of Tablet PCs, Pocket PCs, electronic whiteboards and conventional desktop computers.

Another good news for Origami devices!
Sources: GeekZone, PocketPCThoughts

List of tested programs

According to Sears, Program Manager at MS Origami Team: "It'll take quite a bit of time/effort to get a list together, but we're looking into it. Maybe a blog post, a sticky forum post, and/or FAQ update. Stay tuned."

Such list will give all potential buyers a clear idea of what can be done or how can be used these new devices.

UMPC Early Adopter Program

jkOnTheRun is reporting that Microsoft has selected DyKnow as one of 10 independent software vendors (ISV) to participate in the Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC) ISV Early Adopter Program.

DyKnow is one of the leaders in interactive education.

Bobos, a new Origami

Today OrigamiPortal is confirming that the Taiwanese company Mobit will enter the Origami market with two devices from the series Bobos and that there is a 7" and interestingly a 5.6" variant.

Origami blog updated

Once more time Microsoft is trying to sell these devices as entertainment devices, this time using OrigamiProject Blog. What about work, what these devices can do for executives, developers, artists, etc? That's what I want to hear from you [Microsoft] guys.

It seems to me that Microsoft is having a hard time interiorizing that we don't need another iPod, what we need a real small and cheap(in bold) Tablet PC.

May be they [Microsoft] think that nowadays executive can afford a real Tablet PC. Well, that's true, but let me tell you a real life story. About 6 month ago the owner of the company that I work for asked me to buy him a Laptop. What was his main requirement? Weight! He wanted a Laptop around the 3 pounds limit! Executives and Businessmen don't want to carry 7 pounds around airports! And at the same time they don't want to pay around 2000 dollars for a companion PC.

Monday, March 20, 2006


Do you want to know more about DialKeys, the keyboard included in Microsoft Touch Pack? Well, then this is the link for the site that you must visit.

As you can see, the keyboard is full customizable via skins that can take any shape that you want.

All the buzz and now what?

After 3 weeks of growing expectations we all are waiting to see how Microsoft can keep the whole buzz alive for another 4 to 6 weeks until the first UMPCs hit the market. Any plans Microsoft Origami Team?

We want more...!

Source: OrigamiProject.com

Sunday, March 19, 2006

AMtek Origami

AMtek a taiwanese company founded in 2002 has published a new line of product: the T700.

From that above picture you can see that the Smart Caddie, Tablet Kiosk V700 and now the T700 are the same device. Who is the original maker of this device? I can bet that we have found it: AMtek. You can read the specifications of the T700 here.

Source: OrigamiPortal

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Fujitsu could enter the UMPC arena soon

Fujitsu is currently in talks with Microsoft for its possible launch of Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs)... Unlike flat-panel computers and notebooks in general, a UMPC is considered more like a high-end PDA and their sales will hardly threaten Fujitsu’s current eight-inch notebook offerings, said Foo. according to Digitimes

Friday, March 17, 2006

Install Software without an Optical Drive

James Radcliffe offers 3 ways to install software without an Optical Drive in this article at Tablet PC Talk.

I would add to those 3 methods another that in my opinion is a faster and better way: using a USB Memory Stick! Now you can buy a 2 GB USB Stick for around 100 dollars or less.

Asus R2H: more details

TrustedReviews has posted a very good article with new pictures of the Asus R2H and a more detailed specification of it.

In the above picture can be seen the GPS Retractable Antenna in the right upper corner.

UMPC Sites List

Here is a short list of UMPC relative sites:

Uber Tablet: a Tablet PC Talk Spot!: Via Virtual UMPC

More about the TabletKiosk UMPC

Lora, a MVP behind whatisnew blog has received a TabletKiosk Prototype and she is posting her experiences here.

After I opened IE to check out the browser experience, I installed Skype, MSN Messenger, Audacity, InkGestures, and the Music Composition Power Toy. Within a few minutes I was able to write, "Hello from an Origami," to my family and friends online. As I'm sure you can imagine the responses that I received were fairly excited. People asked, "What do you think? Are you using your finger or pen?" And, questions have continued through to right now.

I can use buttons, pen, or finger to navigate. Since I am proficient at using the pen on a Tablet PC already, I am trying to make a special effort to use the additional input methods. I'll give you an update tomorrow on how well I'm doing. So far, it's simple and straightforward.

More about UMPCs at Lora's blog here.

PBJ has updated their site

Yes, PBJ has updated their site but the only two good pieces of information that you can get from the update are a better picture of the device and a short line saying that the page will be updated again next March, 24.

OQO Model 01+ reviewed

BargainPDA.com has posted a review about the OQO Model 01+ that can be read here. The OQO is today the smaller PC running Windows XP in the market. Unfortunately, from what I can see in that review, there is a long way to go for OQO yet.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Visual Studio 2005 should run in Oragamis!

I have been trying to get this question answered for a while at Oragamis Project site and today I finally got a convincing answer:

Yes, VS 2005 should install on the device if you're in at least 800x600. I just tried installing it in a Virtual PC image of XP running @ 800x480, and it shows a message saying I should switch to 800x600 before continuing. I changed the resolution, continued, and all appeared to be fine (note: I didn't complete setup, I canceled out after the wizard started).

Sears is a program mannager in Oragamis Team.

He also confirmed that: When you hit the change resolution (aka auto-scale) button to go into 800x600, it's 800x600. Same as if you went into the Display properties and moved the slider over a notch to 800x600.

FAQ at Origamiproject updated

The FAQ page at Origamiproject site has been updated.
Here are some of the most important questions that have been answered:

Will UMPCs be compatible with Vista?
UMPCs that meet the Vista hardware requirements will be compatible with the new operating system. We are beginning to test the new UMPC devices with the Beta versions of Vista to identify any compatibility issues.

What software is compatible with the UMPC?
In general, if a program runs on Windows XP, it will run on the UMPC as long as the device meets the program's minimum hardware requirements. The smaller screen size and resolution may cause some clipping on programs, but the units support increasing the resolution, which in most cases will solve the problem. Some manufacturers may include hardware buttons to give you quick access to different resolutions. Standard resolutions include, but are not limited to, 800x480, 800x600, and 1024x600.

Can I play Halo on this device?
Lots of folks saw the Digital Kitchen video that showed someone playing Halo on what looked like a UMPC. The video, which was intended for viewing by Microsoft employees only, showed our ultimate goal of running all Windows software on this ultra-mobile form factor. However, in this first release, youll probably be primarily limited to casual games.


Microsoft has released a Quick Start Guide for Developers at MSDN site.

Gottobemobile.com Interview with Martin Smekal

Martin Smekal is the CEO of TabletKiosk, a company that you may know already because they are the maker of one of the announced UMPCs.

A few days ago Gottabemobile.com published an interview with him that I think should be read by anyone thinking about to buy their UMPCs or Tablet PCs.

Here is a fragment of this interview:

"I feel the first challenge is to make consumers aware of the benefits of the platform rather then the perceived weakness. There has been a lot of hype/speculation around an instant on, 1024 x 768, 5-8 hour battery, GSRM enabled, sub 2 lbs solution that would cost $500 - reality will not be able to meet these expectations. This is the first generation of this platform, and as technology advances this platform will mature as well to a point we all hope will meet these lofty goals.

What has been developed and announced is amazing by itself - a true 900Mhz - 1.0GHz PC that utilizes the Windows XP Tablet extension set, has wireless capabilities and is under $1000 - before the UMPC was announced the closest you could get to something like this would be based on a 8.4" screen and carrying a price closer to $2000 - and people were raving about these units. When you consider how an average user might utilize the UMPC in their daily life to compliment their primary computer, you quickly recognize the value proposition is enormous."

I have contacted him about a few questions that I have and I hope that I can post back here his answers soon.

Scott Eckert, CEO of Motion Computing talking about UMPCs

In case you don't know, Motion Computing is the maker of LE1600 Tablet PC and LS800 ultra mobile tablet pc. The LS800 is one of the best and more powerful of the ultra mobile TabletPC currently in the market. Unfortunately the price of 1600 to 1800 dollars makes them hard to justify for a companion PC.

At the beginning of this month Gottabemobile published an interview with Scott Eckert where he did not answer a question about UMPCs. Two days ago he did it. If you want to know what he think about MS UMPCs click here and read the comments at the end of that page.

What are the compatible software for UMPCs?

I openned a thread yesterday at Microsoft UMPCs web site about this important question. Some users quickly answered that all programs are going to work fine and I explained to them that there are some limitations to be considered: "Considering - I said there - that the screen resolution is just 800x480 that list could be a lot less than what you think. If you add to that that UMPC use DirectX 8, you will have another lot of programs that wont be able to run on this one, add to that that they have a processor that it's not that powerful like the one in Desktop PCs and you will have another bunch of applications that you wont be able to use."

Later on in the same thread answering to another question I added: "Could be that the processor is no powerful enough for these two latest version of it [DirectX]. I don't know the answer to this question but I believe that the answer is relative to the hardware configuration in these devices. That's one of the reasons why I opened this thread. MS team knows about it but has not participated yet and I believe that the main reason is because their test devices have been reassigned to one more important area: Marketing!

Well, I should remind Microsoft that the earlier adopters of these devices are going to be no the "beauty housewife" neither the important "VP". The earlier adopters are going to be IT professionals and geeks and if they do not have clear how good these devices are, just few of them will risk their money in this first generation. These earlier adopters are the continuation of their marketing campaign; they are the ones that are going to post reviews (objective reviews) everywhere in the NET. I was talking yesterday with one guy from one of the online stores taking pre orders and he told me that they are having a hard time doing that, and it seems to me that the main reason is because the potential earlier adopters do not have a clear picture of what good these devices are going to be in the real world. The idea of paying 1000 dollars to do some browsing, show pictures and draw with Paint is not really appealing. We need to know more about practical uses for these devices. What programs have they tested, what are the limitations beside the screen resolution? How good the auto-scaling is? Can programs like Photo shop be used in a bigger resolution using the Auto-Scaling feature?
If MS team demonstrates us here how well these devices are going around some of the limitations that we can "guess" they have I really believe that they are going to see an explosion of units sold in this first wave.

I hope that they are reading these lines and learning from the real world what the market is expecting, something that could be far away from Otto's fantasies ;-) Now is the best time to learn from US real users what are our needs. "

If you are insterested to know if your favorite program works in UMPCs, please feel free to participate in that thread. It's the time to show Microsoft what the real market needs.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Price is gone at ALLTP

Early this week I posted that Allegiance Technology was taking pre orders of the TabletKiosk Ultra-Mobile PC. Well, I checked their site again today and now the price has been replaced by a refundable 100 dollars deposit to guarantee the place in line.

The initial price posted at that site was 899 dollars for the UMPC with no memory neither HDD upgrades. I should point that the same day that Allegiance Technology (ALLTP) started to take pre orders at their site, TabletKiosk told JKonTheRun web site "that they have not confirmed dealer pricing to ALLTP so there is no way the prices on the ALLTP web site can be stated as final."

Despite all this, ALLTP has won a good reputation within the Tablet PC community and thanks to their Happiness Guarantee.

Update: I have been in contact with ALLTP since I posted this news and I received a note from them today saying that "people can call their toll free number to make a deposit if they want". As far as the initial price of 899 dollars, it has been restored back but... remember "pricing on units, memory and hard drive upgrades has not been finalized, but the numbers you see should be very close." I have to add that I'm very pleased with the quick responses I'm getting from these guys!

Vista ready this November

According to Windows for Devices Vista, the XP successor could be released this next November.

"Microsoft Watch editor Mary Jo Foley quoted the blog post Tuesday morning as saying "Yes, Vista will be released in November of this year." By Tuesday afternoon, however, the November date had been replaced by the "second half of this year" language."

Many news media have criticized Microsoft for putting the UMPCs in the market before Vista was released; and many potential buyers of these new devices are asking the same question over and over: will be upgraded with Vista when this one is released late this year this first generation of UMPCs?


Here is the link to CNN web site where they are talking about the new Microsoft Toy!

Asus on Video

Asus on Video
A video about the Asus UMPC can be seen here

It seems that the model displayed at CeBit is a little different from the one displayed at MS web site. The one in CeBit has an integrated GPS antenna in the back righ top corner.

Samsung Q1 in Samsung Website in UK

Samsung Q1 in Samsung Website in UK

Samsung has officially posted the specifications and pictures of the Q1 intheir web page for UK.

It seems that MS was right saying that this device should be thefirst to hit the market in April. The point that it has appeared in UK site alsoconfirm rumors that this device will be released first in Europe and after thatin USA.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Samsung could win the time race

Samsung could win the time race

According to Microsoft UMPC team blog, the Samsung UMPC could be the first one to hit USA Market in April.

“Samsung realistically will be the first units available to purchase in the US, most likely in April. I'm sure you'll see it posted here as soon as we find out they're available. Keep an eye out for availability of other units too such as Founder, ASUS, PaceBlade Japan and others.”

PJB SmartCaddie


The Japanese company PJB has opened a new page for their UMPC: SmartCaddie.jp.

Monday, March 13, 2006

UMPC Video

UMPC Video

I found a video where the Samsung and the ASUS can be seen in full action. It’s just amazing the speed opening programs and new Windows. The Program Launcher just looks great!



Let me try to prepare a list of UMPCs that have been announced and try to update the list with new comings.

  • TabletKiosk v700 or eo V7110:  This is the first preproduction unit to be reviewed by an independent web site. There is a web store currently taking preorders.

  • PBJ SmartCaddie (This device looks very similar to TableKiosk v700, both devices use a VIA processor)

  • Samsung Q1 : probably will be sold for around 1190 dollars according to some sources.

  • Asus RH2: This one uses a Intel Celeron at 900 MHz.

  • Founder Mr Mininote: A Chinese UMPC it comes with Pentium M and Celeron M. A complete list of models and possible prices can be read here. It seems that the maker of this device in reality is ECS: ECS H70.

  • ECS H70: This one will be release in two versions, one with Pentium M and another with Celeron M.

Some of these devices look almost the same and it could be because Intel have been behind the whole design of UMPCs providing no only the processors that's the case of the Founder and ECS UMPC. The same applies to VIA devices like the v700 from TabletKiosk and the PBJ SmartCaddie. So far only ASUS and Samsung have designs that we could call unique.



ECS has announced a new UMPC in CeBit 2006 according to news published at Tech Digest.

This new device will be “Powered by a choice of either the Intel Pentium M ULV 1GHZ FSB 400MHZ with a 2MB L2 on-die cache or an Intel Celeron M ULV 900MHZ, FSB 400MHZ processor with a 512 KB L2 on-die cache, the H70 features a  7-inch WVGA TFT LCD touchscreen display and a "slip proof" to stop you dropping your new toy on the move.”

Input Methods

Input Methods

JkOnTheRun as posted a wonderful article about the difference input method that can be used in a Tablet PC. I have checked all of them and I don’t see any reason why they can’t be used in the next coming UMPCs.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Tweaks2K2 PC Edition

Tweaks2K2 PC Edition

My first post in this my new blog about UMPCs should be of course to announce that Tweaks2K2 PC Edition fits perfectly in the UMPC screen!