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# Saturday, 20 October 2007

Here's a quick video to demonstrate the U1010's imperfect but still great palm rejection passive touch screen.

Gear | U1010 | UMPC
Saturday, 20 October 2007 09:01:29 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 05 April 2007


So I saw this little guy in the Sony Wings shop just now, I was considering this form factor when I finally decided to go with the Fujitsu P1610 that I'm using now. But this model UX27, which is what I would have seriously considered last time finally has that 1GB of RAM I look for in a system, it also has a slightly faster 1.33Ghz processor. But it sports a smaller 40GB HDD while my P1610 has an 80GB HDD.

Do I feel regret for choosing the P1610 over the UX27? Nope, 1st reason is of course.. hey, I have an 80GB HDD on the P1610 and 50GB is already used up! Is there that much of a difference between 1.25Ghz and 1.33Ghz? I don't think so! And the main reason why I would never choose the UX as my work laptop.... I can't do my work on it! Yes, the screen resolution is small but I could have configured Visual Studio to make as much use of the available screen real estate as possible, but after fondling the unit a bit more just now I realized that, there's no way in hell that I can write code with the THUMBBOARD on the UX27!!! The miniture keyboard on the P1610 is already slightly cramp inducing for me (that's why at work I need to get a REAL keyboad and display to work better) BUT.. I can still work on it when I'm away from my desk. I doubt I can use the UX27's thumbboard for too long before my thumbs cramp up.

Another weird thing about the UX27 is that, the thing has a touch screen, and it has Vista installed. BUT.. the drivers aren't reporting to Vista that there's a touch screen present, so Vista isn't enabling the Tablet PC functions such as the Tablet Input Panel, etc. etc. I wonder if it's just a bad install on their part or the drivers really aren't ready yet?

So if I DID get the UX previously I would end up still having to lug 2 notebooks with me when I go on trips, cause one would be for work and then one would be for.... errr... entertainment? Web surfing? nah.. no thanks... for a secondary web device THIS is what I'm waiting for... June/July 2007!

Gear | P1610 | Sony UX | UMPC
Thursday, 05 April 2007 23:05:34 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 08 March 2007
Here it is, the longest entry EVER posted on this blog, a pictorial guide to my new Fujitsu P1610

Gear | UMPC | P1610
Thursday, 08 March 2007 00:34:21 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 11 March 2006

So.. MS has came up with a set of device specs for Ultra Mobile PCs. But of course they themselves aren't making the devices, like the Tablet PC, MS is just providing the software and leaving the hardware specs and stuff to the experts in hardware developement. So what is a UMPC? It's the thing that's formerly known as Origami.

A lot of people out there must be thinking, this is old technology, Here's MS copying other people's ideas again, A small PC, how original!

But MS isn't presenting it as a new idea, the UMPC is a hardware standard like the Tablet PC. So that when a OEM wants to make a device based on those form factors they can choose to use the OS and other software which MS has that makes using those devices easier for the user.

So what did MS do for the UMPC that no one has done before? Let's take a look shall we..

Ooo... look a program launcher that's designed to be operated via a touch screen. Nice... but this is nothing special, just another launcher.

A Windows Media Player 10 skin that's better suited for touchscreen operation.. nope.. nothing too special here.

And then there's this... The errr.. touchscreen thumbboard. Seeing this screenshot and design shows that MS isn't just making up another product why? Because usually whenever someone makes a keyboardless, touch screen tablet style device that runs Windows XP they don't think about implementing any sort of new input functionality, instead all they do is to just make the builtin software keyboard pop up on screen..

And yes.. this thing works but.. you need to take out the stylus then hunt and peck with it.  Where as MS actually looked at the design of the devie and came up with a solution that allows you to enter text conviniently without having to hunt for the stylus everytime. Turns out that it wasn't MS that created the DialKey, but rather another company check it out here I'm a bit bummed that MS didn't come up with the idea, but props to them for bundling it with the system!

Why the word circular design? here take a close look at a UMPC.

Now think again why the circular design was used, of course I do believe not everyone would be able to use it depending on the size of your hands. That's why I'd love to find out what other options you can set on the interface.

In any case.. this is a sweet piece of gear... I'll need to take a close look at it when it decides to arrive here.

Saturday, 11 March 2006 23:36:09 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [3]  | 
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