Thursday, November 30, 2006
Chippy has once again performed as expected - outstandingly. this time reviewing the Pepperpad device, unique in may ways, he has submitted thought and image that should keep you entertained for hours - or at least 10 minutes anyway.
The review starts with this comment "The Pepperpad 3 is your Google-life companion!" and ends there too "The Pepperpad is an absolute pleasure to use as a sofa or bed surfing device. As a 'Google-life' pad it works wonderfully and if this style of thin and web-based computing takes off,"
I always appreciate the efforts Chippy goes to so if you get a moment head on over a have a looksy! Here are some of the thoughts I liked:
In the world of browsing the web and listening to music you don't really need much in terms of performance. Because there is no heavy weight graphical windowing system, all the applications start and run just as fast as you might expect them. If the Pepperpad has many applications open, you do start to see some slowing down but this is rare.
Heat and noise.
This section is easy. No noise and only a little warming after extended use. (Watching a video for example.) Very very nice.
Security is minimal on the Pepperpad because from a network point of view there is nothing to attack. Attacks through http pages should be very minimal and so I don't regard the lack of firewall or anti-virus solution as a risk.
Pepper support and community.
Here's an area the Pepper seem to have a good handle on. Their support process is very easy and pro-active. If you have a problem, you can submit a report via the Pepperpad itself or via a telephone hotline. Engineers and product managers always seem to be around in the Pepper forum too. Not only that but there are plenty of other users in the forum that are happy to help.
I wanted to let you all know that I have placed a permanent link to the Mobile Tech Roundup gang: James Kendrick (Houston), Matt Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia). I just love what these guys do and I want to permanently recognize their efforts. Thank you boys!
Thank you WC, Rob B, Denis and Matt. Your efforts push me past my comfort zone, and open my eyes often! I'm a big fan...
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tonight I want to give you an update that I only realized recently. Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be given a Samsung Q1 by Samsung Australia, with the lovely inclusion of the Organizer Pack [USB Keyboard and Leather Organizer]. Admittedly I was not as enamored with the Q1 when I met it in July this year as I am today (more on that in another post).
Today I want to share a development that we all might have overlooked, and it’s not PCB specs, but rather about a BAG! It seems that Samsung is being highly proactive, so much so that they have already reworked their Organizer Pack. How do I know this? Well, Dr. Neil, my good mate, came home from Redmond earlier this year with a Samsung Q1 and Organizer Pack. Not only were we both immediately taken by the shear practicality of this combo, but the benefits of owning a UMPC were now starting to become very obvious too. The only thing it needed was good battery life!
Dr. Neil proceeded to pull out his 6-cell battery (nice) but we both realized that the Organizer Pack was poorly designed and could not even accept both Q1 and extended battery at the same time. At that moment in time, 5 months ago perhaps, the Organizer Pack (OP) had a fault in it that did not allow the Q1 with Extended battery to be docked at the same time – futile I know! What was the point!!! Both Neil and I lamented the experience and past it off as another
5-months later and I have sat with my 3-cell battery, Q1 and Organizer Pack for 2 weeks and lamented the fact that my 6-cell could not be used in conjunction with my OP. UNTIL, I try it, that is!
To my surprise, and sheepish shock, it actually does fit. I called Neil; we compared OPs, and realized that Samsung, as one of the most proactive UMPC hardware developers in the world, had realized their mistake and reworked the bag. So this has been a rather long-winded way of giving Samsung a pat-on-the-back. I felt it was important to point it out as the Organizer pack is one of the compelling reasons to get involved with UMPC today.
I chose to outline the benefits of the OP here, my mate James Kendrick pointed it out here, and Denis Rice cleverly saw what I saw many months ago – that the Q1 lacks the Cursor joystick – on this video, which by the way is a non issue now with the advent of the Organizer Pack. Interesting.
Q1 with New OP sporting 6 cell
Close up 6 cell nicely in new OP
OP with 3 cell
This is an annual event that Linda puts A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT INTO. Not only does she get all "Christmassy" but she also manages to keep the entire affair very "Geekish," and we all like that don't we!
So without further delay Linda Legend spreads Christmas Cheer here, Tablet PC cheer here, Ultra-Mobile PC cheer here, and much more:
Good Job Linda, so much effort, so great!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Today I thought it important to define a "couple" of differences between the Samsung Q1 and the Samsung Q1b. At first glance they appear the same device with the later containing "b" generation benefits. While this holds true for a couple of the specifications it does not hold true for all. Because one of the most common questions I get asked at the moment is, "when will the Q1b become available Downunder?" I thought I'd help you all understand the differences.
So before we get too excited about Q1B lets look at the differences between the two...and it might interest you to know that the price should be "about" the same.
Q1: Intel® Celeron® M ULV (900MHz)
Q1b: Via C7 ULV 1.0 GHz (Ultra Low Voltage) VIA Processor (
Slightly faster than above, and slightly better battery life) [Update 28.Nov.2006: VIA Processor is in fact slower that the Intel Celeron. See comments below for more info.]
Q1: 7" WVGA Touch Screen
Q1b: 7" WVGA Touch Screen (280 nits, 800 X 480) (Brighter Screen)
Chipset & Graphics:
Q1: 915 GMS Intel, GMA900 (128MB)
Q1b: VX700 Integrated (I'm not sure on the technical difference here, anyone???) [Update 28.Nov.2006: C/O Long Zheng, VX700 here]
Q1: 2 Stereo Speakers (4w total), H/P out, Array Microphone and SRS Sound
Q1b: One Mono speaker (2W total), H/P out, and SRS Sound (Ouch...yuk)
Q1: 802.11 b/g, 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet, Bluetooth® v2.0,USB 2.0 Data cable
Q1b: 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth® v2.0 (NO ETHERNET)
Q1: 2 USB (USB 2.0), 1 Type II CF card, H/P Jack, VGA, DC-In
Q1b: 2 USB (USB 2.0), H/P Jack, VGA, DC-In (No CF Slot)*
- 3 External Drive choices w/Power DVD and Nero Express Software included
24x CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
Ultra-thin 24x CD-RW/DVD Drive
Super-Multi 8x DVD+/-RW Drive
With mouse "pointing stick" and left/right mouse buttons built-in
*The CF (Compact Flash) Slot in Australia will be (hopefully) replaced by a HSDPA (i.e. Next G) enabled card...COOL!
By the way, this post was proudly brought to you by my shiny new Q1 with Organiser Pack!!!
Sunday, November 26, 2006
With the first deliveries going out of the Samsung Q1 it was nothing but happy happy all round. It seems that Aussies were so excited about the arrival that they even drove from hours away to come in a pick up their orders. I was lucky enough to be around for some of these handovers and took a quick photo of one of the packages.
Later in the week ASUS announced the R2H and R1F in Australia and again I was able get a look, and spend a few hours with, the new little UMPC. In Australia it turns out that GPS, fingerprint and Camera were standard as usual but the package also seemed to contain a foldable Bluetooth Keyboard and External DVD RW too. From what I know the initial orders came in thick and fast and now the “happy-to-be” customers sit and wait for the first week of December to clock over for deliveries.
On Thursday I had a great meeting with one of the leading Media Groups in the country and performed my “Australian Tablet Guy.” What they needed was UMPC info, and what I provided was just that. It tirns out they were quite lucky as I had 3 out of the world’s 4 UMPC available, i.e. EO V7110, i7210 and the Samsung Q1. Not only were they very pleased but they received quite the information overload” that day too. If you’re interested here is a little copy of something I prepared for them – obviously missing all the juicy details. Let me know if you need something like this done for your people?
Well now I’m finishing off some pancakes for my son an beautiful wife, and I’m going to go join my son (who is on the TC1100) with my new Samsung Q1 with Organiser Pack. Luv ya later!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Welcome to Show 30
Staring Hugo Ortega
What is cool about Windows Vista?
- Start menu search
- Programs grouped in Start menu
- Sync Center - Dr. Neil's webcast next week
- Better TIP
- Splash dots when pen down
- Vista on UMPC
Happy Coding!Any other topics you would like us to discuss?
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
- Two cards proven to have "some" success
- Another contender
- Or, type PCMCIA into this website's search box
If that's not enough how about pairing your phone, and using it as a modem?
It seems the frutopia we're all looking for still alludes - or does it? Now some of you may have seen this but, as usual, I'm keen know your thoughts. Vodafone Australia has released a USB 3G Modem!!! No longer do we need to buy a PCMCIA modem, and a futile USB adapter. Now we have an all-in-one solution from one of the world's biggest providers. I know James Kendrick follows these developments very closely so I'm interested if James has something equivalent in the US of A??? Maybe my man Chippy can tell us about it in Europe?
Here are the details of the Aussie aproved card:
- 3G broadband with a maximum download rate of 3.6Mbps and upload rate of 384kbps
- 3G with a maximum download rate of 384kbps and upload rate of 128kbps
- GPRS with a maximum download rate of 49kbps
- 3G broadband/3G 2100MHz
- GPRS 900/1800/1900MHz
- Internal antenna
- Weight <>
- Dimensions 89 mm (D) x 43 mm (W) x 14.5mm (H)
- A PC with Windows 2000 or Windows XP
- 1 x USB port. USB 2.0 recommended
- At least 100Mb free disk space and 128Mb RAM Apple Mac
- Mac OS X 10.2.6 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.4.3 recommended
- 1 x USB port. USB 2.0 recommended
So, is the future in a dongle transferable from device to device? Or is everyone swaying to embedded sim card slots in our Mobile pcs? Maybe this is good enough, if not better??? Over to you.
The date: Tuesday 28th
Where: Micrsoft Head Office, North Ryde, Sydney
Why: Becasue you love it!
Windows Embedded Technical Seminar
Microsoft is hosting another Windows Embedded focused technical seminar in Sydney at the Microsoft office on Tuesday, November 28, and then in Auckland on Thursday November 30.
Come and hear directly from Microsoft system engineers about what’s new in Windows Embedded CE 6.0 (Microsoft’s hard realtime operating system), the enhancements to Windows XP Embedded in Feature Pack 2007, what can be achieve in retail and hospitality devices with Windows Embedded for Point of Service, and finally the latest updates on the Specialised Server family for Embedded Server devices, such as Windows Storage Server.
If you work in the
- development of Embedded systems
- application development for POS, Kiosks
- or are looking to build devices based on the Windows Embedded family of products
For more info: Don Kerr
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Rob Bushway, of Team GottaBe, has done a thorough job of the new Fujitsu P1610. Since pricing was released last night for the device in Australia (and orders have already been taken) then I thought it only apropriate to let you all see the video (Ink Show as they call it). Well done Rob.
Well, it has been 24 hours since I received the Fujitsu P1610 Tablet PC, and I have to say I'm very, very pleased with it.
I'm working on an InkShow that should be up sometime this weekend, so I'm hoping this article will answer a few questions folks have until I can get that video shot. For a quick "First Looks" at the P1610, take a look at this InkShow I shot last week while at Mobile Connections. That InkShow and this article should keep you satisified for just a little while. By the way, all the pictures on this article can be clicked to view the larger image.
My mate Linda Epstein is at it again. This time with the Lenovo X60 she once again does a great job of showing off, and teasing us, with her thoughts on the new X60 device. If you’re a fan of Lenovo (or IBM for that matter) then I think you’ll be pleasantly suporised. I can just hear the bean-counters in Government and Education departments firing up the PO machine!
If you don’t know Linda, she’s the one with the Skier on her desktop (what’s that about Linda?) and also a fellow Microsoft MVP [Linda A. Epstein: Windows - Tablet PC].
Full review here
Linda is also one of Santa's little helpers. Linda, take it away: "The List for Santa is an Annual feature on my site, the link to TabletPc2.com's 2005 "List for Santa" is http://www.tabletpc2.com/ListForSanta2005.htm" 2006 list out soon.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
SO without further ague Tegatech Australia would like everyone to know that the Fujitsu LifeBook P1610, and the Fujitsu LifeBook T4215 are now on sale in Australia, and will be deliverable by the end of this month!
P1610 Improvements (View Flash 3D here):
- Intel® Core Solo ultra-low voltage U1400 Processor NEW
- 1.20GHz ULV NEW
- 80GB HDD (An upgrade from previous 60GB) NEW
- PCMCIA Type II NEW
- Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T7200 NEW
- 2.0GHz NEW, 2MB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB
- Ships with 2GB DDR2 NEW Standard
- 2.5" 120GB HDD NEW
- And, PRICE DROP from $3,995 to $3,799
As Australia’s Tablet Guy I couldn’t help but get involved – so if you’re going to purchase directly from Tegatech Australia just type “Uber Tablet sent me” in the comments section of the order and you’ll receive a free* extended battery for either model!!! Exclusive only to readers of this blog. Bloggers Buy P1610 here, Buy T4215 here.
*only applies to direct retail purchases coming via the UberTablet blog. Those customers near Tegatech Australia authorized resellers will be sent to purchase from there.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
From Neil's Blog:
MSDN Webcast: Overview of Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) Development for Windows Vista
A few weeks back Todd Landstad was a guest on my podcast. Tomorrow you can hear more from Todd on how to build great UMPC applications on Windows Vista.I can recommend attending this if you are in a timezone where the time is acceptable - hint hint...No need to register just head over here
Here is the offical blurb:
An ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) is a fully functional computer that is small, mobile, and runs a complete version of a Windows operating system (currently Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and soon Windows Vista). UMPCs present many new and exciting opportunities for application development. Although your existing knowledge and skills transfer directly to the UMPC, there are some unique circumstances to consider when you are developing applications for these devices. Join us to find out what is involved in developing for the UMPC, and learn how to create outstanding applications for these new devices.Presenter: Todd Landstad, Product Specialist, Microsoft Corporation
*Update 14th of November 17:26* These guys don't muck around...GottabeMobile Exclusive Video Review of the Lenovo X60 Thinkpad Tablet PC.
Kudos to the family at GBM. Not only do they bend over backwards to get content that is meaningful and insightful, but on this occassion they've got themselves a scoop. Lenovo, previously known as IBM, has gone and given the GBM Team an exclusive look at their latest Tablet entrant, the X60; kind of like handing a monkey a gun really. :-)
Well, we are pretty excited at GottaBeMobile, and we have got some great exclusive video for you! If you have been folowing our site for the last week or so, you may have seen several references to a secret mission we have been mentioning, and we can now bring you information on what the big mission is all about. Well, the mission is officially over, and it was a raging success! Here’s the scoop on what all the fuss is about.
The specs look good, especially the 4GB of RAM??? What the!
Snipping (or, click here to go straight to the show):
Marc Orchant and James Kendrick sit down for show #32 and have a look at the official Office 2007 release, talk about the Blue Man Group, discuss the affect Vista will have on the UMPC and give shouts out to the creators of some cool videos. Are UMPCs fully functional Tablet PCs? You bet and we tell you why on this show. Plus, according to the Tablet PC duo, get ready for some great Vista devices early next year (think CES 2007). There is a lively discussion about the convergence of communications with computing devices and smartphones and the impact that will have on mobile technology.
Enjoy the show!
Links of interest from the show:
- Jensen Harris' blog
- Office 2007 UI Bible
- Asus R2H UMPC video on GottaBeMobile
- Asus R2H unboxing video on TinyScreenfuls
- JK's day in the life of a Samsung Q1 SSD video
- Comparison video of Samsung Q1 and TabletKiosk eo i7210
Special thanks to Tiedye Keith for the great song "Vulnerable" with vocals by Tony Lindsay of Santana.
When I was emailed a photo of the Elektek Fabric Keyboard by a friend in England I couldn’t help but be intrigued. Shortly after posting a picture the manufacturer sent me an email and said, “hey, I’ve got one with me and I’m in Sydney.” I just love being Australia's Tablet Guy!!!
So a few coffees later and here we are; I must admit I am a fan. Not only does it function but it also looks funky. Be warned though…don’t tear or pierce the fabric as the circuitry will die! Stay tuned to hear more about these sort of devices; and ask me anything you may want to know as I too am interested.
In regards to Bluetooth regrettably this in an interface that we will not see in this device; if you want to know why you’ll be unpleasantly surprised. The reason is licensing…too expensive to buy the rights to Bluetooth so you won’t see it happen…lame I know!
Watch the Video:
If you live in Australia or New Zealand and are interested in purchasing some Ex-Demo Fujitsu Tablet PCs (both Slate and Convertible) then read here. From what we know Fujitsu is reboxing them (as new), re-imaging them, and supplying a brand new 3yr warranty with each device.
So if you've ever thought of owning but had no excuse - check out this PDF. (there's 2x P1510s available).
Saturday, November 11, 2006
This is how this Month's issue of CRN decided to Title a front cover photo...of me. You see, they called me several weeks back wanting to know just how any business in Australia could afford to call itself "Tablet Specific." They were so shocked because their belief was that Tablet PC was not a substantial market here.
The article is "well" written however I am concerned about the amount of grammatical errors throughout the double page spread. Either I can't talk, or they can't spell; and either one is surprising if you follow my blog, or their magazine. Kind of reminds me of Frank Arrigo every time he gets quoted, he too analyses how he is portrayed.
In case you're interested head on over and read the article here:
Australia’s tablet PC guy By Byron Connolly,
30 October, 2006
Hugo Ortega, self-described misguided geek and CEO of Tegatech, says he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his reseller business until he saw his first tablet PC and realised the need to distribute the product.
In 1999, Ortega came up with the Tegatech concept after a two-year stint with the United Nations. He came back to the country with no idea what to do, however a love of everything IT led him to create the company.
Nice to see that Dr. Neil got credit where credit is due i.e. I can thank him for meeting my first Tablet.
Here is another session of Dr. Neil'sNotes (with Hugo Ortega). This was recorded last week and worth a listen as we tackle active digitizer vs. passive/touch...and more.
Dr. Neil's Notes 26
Welcome to Show 26Staring "UberTablet"
- News - Hugo plays with ASUS devices
- Dr. Neil off around the world again - DevConnections
- Digitizers - touch, active, external:
- What does it mean to the user?
- What does it mean to the developer?
- How should applications behave?
Any other topics you would like us to discuss?
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Not only as a friend, but as an inspiration, Dr.Neil has again attained another milestone. From Frank Arrigo's blog comes an amazingly pertinent announcement for Microsoft Australia - and all of us involved here:
We now have 3 excellent RDs downunder.
Welcome to the family Dr Neil !
[And yes, this is the same Dr. Neil from Dr. Neil's Notes.]
In case you need more info...hw's this from the Horse's Mouth (so to speak)...
"Update: A number of people have been asking if this means I am no longer an MVP or if I am now 'employed' by Microsoft. The answer is no. I am still a Windows Live Developer MVP and I am not what 'softies call an FTE (full time employee) or a Blue Badge. You can find out more about the Regional Director program here."