# Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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Here's a picture of exactly how large the Silverlight Twitterboard was at TNE was.


Wednesday, 25 November 2009 23:26:03 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The Microsoft Silverlight powered Twitter board makes another appearance in The New Efficiency launch event at KLCC today!

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And this time it's being projected on a HUGE projection screen on the wall.


Tuesday, 24 November 2009 17:27:04 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 21 November 2009

Behold!!

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I knew I was getting one of these guys when I saw them a few weeks back. What is it?

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It's a Lego Minifig Lantern! Sure there were more posable Minifig flash lights where their feet had lights in them, but I guess with this one WZ can pull off an Alone In The Dark imitation during the next blackout. Of course... he wouldn't be lighting any cursed trees on fire with this.

It's able to light up the general area in total darkness, not super bright or anything. Like all other LED lights, it can do it's job of giving you a light when you need it.


Saturday, 21 November 2009 22:25:39 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Behold my Windows Master Key!

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This petit little 16GB thumbdrive holds 3 essential things that makes it invaluable during system recovery or maintainence of a Windows 7 machine.

First of all, it contains a WinPE image that along with the usual system maintainence tools, I also included PhotoRec so it can be used in a situation to recover deleted files or disk partitions.

Second, it IS a Windows 7 install thumbdrive so it can be used to resetup a KO'ed system.

And finally, in cases of extreme emergencies. There's a VHD containing a Windows 7 OS that can be boot into and used. The performance of this cheap KingMax drive is surprisingly good! It's not necessarily faster than the SanDisk Cruzer I used in my previous VHD on USB adventures, but seems to be able to perform much better though.


Saturday, 21 November 2009 02:14:12 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 19 November 2009

Well, Silverlight 4 has been announced and the Beta tools have been made available for developers to try out. And you can grab said Beta tools from this location.

The new features have been nicely summarized here. It still doesn't have native 3D scene creation support ala WPF but it reads out like a laundry list of feature requests made by developers. Web cam support, printing support, full network library support. etc. etc. But to me... there's one little bullet point stood out that had me grinning non stop.

FULL TRUST Out Of Browser Application Support.

If you're familiar with Silverlight 3 you'll of course have heard about Out Of Browser (OOB) support which allows an application to be installed then invoked like a normal application on the user's desktop. There was just one little... deficiency in that feature. The application would be run through a sandbox with some tight security restrictions that limited the OOB app to be a FULL BLOWN application.

This was of course due to the people at MS not wanting to cause another hysteria that had people crying fowl over how much power plugin applications can have over the system. ala The ActiveX Incidents.

But Developers recognized the full potential of having full trust apps capability and I'm guessing a lot of people sent a lot of requests over to the Silverlight team about this. Also more importantly...

Adobe's AIR platform, which basically is also a deliver RIA applications through the Internet DID allow for full trust capabilities when it deployed it's applications. This gave Adobe AIR a BIG one up over Silverlight 3 because it could do things that users wanted, and developers wanted ie. Full access to user's drives and network resources (no cross domain, or site of origin needed) And it was a generally lightweight platform as well.

But of course, all that has changed now that with Silverlight 4, developers can make FULL TRUST apps. To me it means one thing, Silverlight 4 now has the potential to allow .Net developers to easily create RIA applications on both Windows and Mac platforms. With Silverlight 4, a .Net developer can now tell people that in addition to Windows Applications, Web Services, Rich Web Sites now they can also tell people they can make applications that run on the Mac! A whole new platform just opened up!

To me.. Silverlight 4 has the potential to be the new .Net Client Platform!

And I do believe that I'm not the only one who sees this. I wonder what's going on at Adobe AIR's department right now?


Thursday, 19 November 2009 22:13:42 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Well, my birthday was a few days ago. So let me just note down what I did for record keeping sake.

For my birthday this year I got myself a nice little notebook, the ViliV S5 as I did before with the U1010. I guess I like rewarding myself with small ass notebooks.

And that was it. Much less exciting things happen on your birthday when you have to keep an eye on a toddler.


Tuesday, 17 November 2009 22:45:11 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  | 
# Monday, 16 November 2009

Now that I'm actually running the 64bit version of Windows 7, I can actually answer some of the queries and concerns that people usually have about a 64bit OS.

If I have 4GB RAM or more, I need 64bit?
This is pretty much a straight on yes, a 32bit OS will never be able to fully utilize 4GB or more of RAM. While you can enable PAE or some other fixes on a 32bit OS to work with 4GB of RAM. A 64bit OS is the best  chance of using your RAM to it's full capacity if you have >= 4GB of RAM.

All my old 32bit programs won't work on 64bit?
The answer to this question is a MAYBE. Generally if you ran a 32bit program under 64bit Windows, it should just work thanks to how Windows is designed. BUT... if the 32bit program does something funky with memory or assumes that it's running on a 32bit OS. Well, that's when bad things happen. General rule of thumb is that normal 32bit applications like office, most games, browsers will run normally under 64bit Windows. Anything that's system related like Antivirus, system utilities or certain online game copy protection root kits, will need specific 64bit versions.

All my old hardware won't work on 64bit?
This is a YES, only because in order for any hardware to work on 64bit Windows, you NEED 64bit DRIVERS. Hardware in recent years *should* have 64bit drivers already. But if you had something very very old, like say an old 10 year old Canon scanner. Well... that'd be a problem then. This is generally the biggest hurdle for people to go 64bit.

It's actually quite possible to go 64bit now because there's better driver and program support to make sure the things don't go crazy when running under 64bit. But if you have old hardware, you'll want to check to see if they do support 64bit first.


Monday, 16 November 2009 23:03:35 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 15 November 2009

How does a 2 year old figure out that putting his feet up on the table while playing games is relaxing?

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Ok.. he doesn't actually PLAY yet, but more of watching the game demos.


Sunday, 15 November 2009 01:52:47 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 08 November 2009

Well, the consumer launch came and went in Malaysia on 7th November 2009. Didn't manage to capture much pictures or video this time cause I was a bit distracted by other things. I'd say this went down better than the Windows Vista launch a few years back.

Most importantly because.. hey look there's a queue for people to buy Windows 7!

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That in it's own made it much better than the Windows Vista launch even if the queue didn't gain much momentum initially.

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But then again, most people won't buy Windows 7 on it's own, but rather get the PCs that come with Windows 7.

If we were doing a pure square footage comparison of the event area, the Windows 7 launch in Low Yat is much smaller compared to Windows Vista's launch in Low Yat. All Windows 7 gets is the atrium area in Low Yat.

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Where as Windows Vista got the whole front street of Low Yat. But this is a good thing for the Windows 7 launch for 2 reasons. The first being that it's the rainy season now, and boy was there a STORM on the 7th. The 2nd being that Low Yat was not the ONLY place that had a Windows 7 launch event, PJ, Penang and JB all had their own launch shindigs.

To help fuel the live excitement and activity in the launch events, there was also a live twitterboard that was displaying hashtag activity on site.

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On one column the results of a Twitter hashtag of #win7my was displayed and refresh roughly every 3 minutes, on the left column photos from the other launch venues were displayed so you could check out what was happening in the other venues even though you weren't there. And the neat little application was powered by Silverlight!

Here's a short video of the launch event that I recorded with my little Creative Vado

But the excitement of the Windows 7 launch still AIN'T OVER YET! There's still one more event for the industry which will launch Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010. The New Efficiency event  happens on the 24th Nov 2009 over at the KL Convention Center.

See you there then!


Sunday, 08 November 2009 23:50:02 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 02 November 2009
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Spotted in the Windows 7 Malaysia launch, a live Twitter hashtag display. Powered by Silverlight.


Monday, 02 November 2009 14:15:52 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 01 November 2009

Let me tell you the story of a man, who after seeing the Toshiba Libretto a long long time ago. Had his mind set that one day he'll get a computer which can fit into his pocket AND STILL be a capable machine. Through out the years since then, his adventures in finding the ultimate portable went on a wild trip from a 10" Acer C110 Tablet PC to an 11" Fujitsu P1610 to what is most commonly known as the smallest Convertible Tablet PC, the Fujitsu U1010. And the man was satisfied with the petit little machine.

But technology moves along. And a lot of things have happened in the 2 years since the U1010, processors got faster, more efficient. More features could be crammed into smaller systems. And then this comes a knocking..

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This is the ViliV S5. This is currently the SMALLEST PC. Let me just drive the point in. This thing has a 4.8" screen, it's running off an Intel Atom processor, it can run Windows 7 and it's DAMN SMALL

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This thing is almost pocketable, if you have deep pockets. And how were they able to make it this small?  The S5 has NO KEYBOARD.

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I placed a battery on top of the S5 so you can see how thick it is compared to a AA battery.

If I had a video playing on it, and someone saw it. They'd think it's a portable media player instead of an actual Windows PC. Heck.. it's about the same size as my first media player, the Zen PMC.

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Now that sure brings back some memories.

The ViliV S5 build quality makes it feel like a solid brick, when you hold it in your hands it feels like a well built device. And as mentioned, the design echos a PMP, so on the top of the S5 are the volume controls, and an earphone jack.

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The little indention you see on the left is for the TV Antennae.

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Before you get overly excited, this is not for analog TV, this is for DMB TV. And.. I *think* only the antennae is included, not really sure if I can get it working here. Interesting thing to note though, when I was buying the device, the salesman kept insisting that this was the GPS antennae. Yes, the S5 has a SIRF Star III GPS chip in it.

On the right side of the S5 is the power switch, which also act as a hold switch to prevent input from the touch screen and buttons. That's a useful feature for a notebook trying to be a media player. You can also find the battery latch here.

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Removing the battery and there's another surpise awaiting.

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Yes, there's a SIM card slot underneath the battery. The ViliV S5 has a built in 3G modem that you can use for data communications.

Underneath a rubber cover on the left of the S5 is where you'll find all the connection ports.

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From the top, you'll find a reset button, a multi IO port (where all the video connections live... cable not included in the package though), ONE USB port, and one USB client port. The USB client port is to allow a folder in the S5 to be accessed like a thumb drive when connected to another computer. The fact that there was only ONE USB port made installing Windows 7 a very interesting experience for me.

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Didn't help that I crushed the USB hub when trying to bring it back home from the office. And the bare innards were exposed during the installation process.

Then we come to the side where the action is. The front.

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First on the left you have the directional pad, and a menu button.

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The DPad maps to the arrow keys, and when you press it, it's equivalent to pressing the TAB key. Below that is a menu button which maps to the Windows key. Pressing and holding the menu button for a few seconds switches the DPad to act as a mouse instead. And the little sticker below the button is still protecting the IR port for the OPTIONAL remote control.

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On the other side of the 4.8" 1024x600 screen you'll find this trio of buttons.

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The OK button works as the ENTER key in keyboard mode, and the LEFT click in mouse mode. The C button acts as a RIGHT click in either mode. And the last button with the funky graphic? It invokes the S5's software keyboard.

Oh.. and the grill openings on the top of both sides are the speakers. I don't know how to grade a speaker but I'll say, this thing is loud.. but I feel it's not loud enough to pass the Chinese Wedding Dinner scenario.

A carrying case came with the S5 when I bought it. It's a simple clip on cover that snaps onto the indentions on the S5.

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It doesn't WORK PROPERLY! the main reason being that the only thing keeping the clip in place in the groove on the S5 is FRICTION.

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And the clip isn't made from hard plastic, this means it can just flex when you're holding it and out comes the S5. And that would be a very very bad day indeed!

So I decided to look for a replacement, and I found this.

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This is a RM5 water bottle holder which I found in the Daiso RM5 shop at the Curve. It fits PERFECTLY as a slip cover for the S5.

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I left a little bit of it sticking out but it goes into the case fully and PERFECTLY, and once it's in the case it fits PERFECTLY into my Docker's side pocket! I just need to remember the warning about not using hot items in the case and make sure the S5 isn't piping hot when I put it in... think the thing will melt or something.

And that's the physical look on the S5, I guess I'll get to other things like performance and driver support in another post since this is quite huge a post already.

But I guess I can say this, if you're looking for a PC which can almost fall into the pocketable category. This IS IT! If you don't mind the comparatively lower spec'ed 1.3Ghz Atom processor. If you don't feel intimidated by how small words look under 1024x600 on a 4.8" screen. This IS IT! If you need full PC capability on the move in a small package. This IS IT! If you need to try out how well Windows 7's touch enhancements work on such a small device.

This is ABSOLUTELY NOT IT!

Cause Viliv dropped the ball on this one, the most important aspect of their touchscreen driver and they screwed it up. Basically the touchscreen driver doesn't tell Windows 7 or Vista that it is in fact, a touchscreen. And thus, Windows doesn't enable the touch features that would have helped A LOT with manipulating such a keyboardless PC. I'm hoping that since it's just a driver issue, this can be fixed by ViliV releasing a new driver.

But seeing how Viliv expected the users to install the Windows 7 driver, I'm kinda skeptical at their ability to deliver such a patch. :P

So, while this is a COOL device, the lack of proper support for Window's touch features stop me from labelling it as an AWESOME device and telling everyone to get it.


Sunday, 01 November 2009 16:12:19 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [2]  |