• Touch Book – nice little affordable slate tablet PC

    Always InnovatingAfter waiting for Viliv S7 for too long, as usual things go fast in semiconductor world and that is even faster on mobile computing. Today, upcoming ideal machine is coming. Close enough to all netbooks’ buzz with 8.9” screen; but if you may know Intel Atom which is considerably low power consumption on x86 world, it’s still by far to ARM CPU. Oh, yeah ARM on your mobile, PDA, or whatsoever is improving a lot lately. You will see ARM coming more and more I bet.

    Touch book The specifications of Touch Book

    • 9.4" x 7" x 1.4" for 2 lbs (with keyboard)
    • ARM Texas Instruments OMAP3 chip 600MHz
    • 1024x600 8.9'' screen
    • Storage: 8GB micro SD card
    • Wifi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth
    • 3-dimensional accelerometer
    • Speakers, micro and headphone
    • 6 USB 2.0 (3 internal, 2 external, 1 mini)
    • 10h to 15 hours of battery life

    That looks like netbook, right? Look closer in variety of view:-

    touch book -- always innovating touch book -- always innovating touch book -- always innovating touch book -- always innovating touch book -- always innovating

    Screen is completely detachable and works like a slate tablet PC. That reminds me of HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1000, hybrid tablet pc one. Although Touch Book is sort of  low power comparing to netbook or any UMPC, with $299 (or $399 w/ keyboard) price tag, it’s hard to beat. 10-hour battery life with no sleep/shutdown hassle—that looks like huge PDA replacement for me =)

    Stay tuned!! I might have a chance to get this for review later on if Pandora will not be released anytime soon hahaha.

    Check out more info or *PRE-ORDER* @ https://www.alwaysinnovating.com/touchbook/ & First hand-on by Gizmodo—over there there are such a nice set of photo and clip when Touch book ran. I think it’s quite impressive. If you ask me, I will take this over Viliv S7 I have waited for a while since battery life is more important than performance due to my usage.

    Touch book - Internal USB portOh I forget to mention internal USB port it features! Kind of very cool idea! Instead of hanging USB dongle outside, why don’t we put them inside the chassis??

    haha Logitech, with their nano receiver, might not think it’s cool though =)

  • Is Vista Home Basic enough?

    Vista Home Basic Badge One of the most requests in Windows 7 blog is to eliminate the least popular version – less features version. In the past, I had used Windows XP Home all the time and I had no single issue with it. No remote connection? No sort of professional utilities? Not an issue for me. It’s probably I didn’t play with network or things much. However, in Vista, Home Basic version is cut off the most eye-candy feature—Aero interface—out. What else has been cut off? Remote connection, Windows Media Center, tablet PC feature, domain network, Virtualization, encryption, and bla bla bla are not what regular folks use (or even know if they are existed) anyway.

    To see what Vista Home Basic has; pretty basic interface, system restore (w/o shadow copy service) and backup and restore center (w/o network capability). Missing Windows Media Center can be easily fixed by installing ffmpeg codec or using VLC. Therefore, only real missing feature is Aero!

    Well, after talking of only what we miss, is there anything we gain using Vista Home Basic? Yes! there is at least one—energy-wise. The basic interface really shines when using on the battery. About at least a watt less than Aero interface. No gain, no pain, huh? My GF who has Vista Home Basic on her Thinkpad won’t allow me to install left over Vista Ultimate license on because she doesn’t think that she would get any better (performance-wise) She has all she needs; that’s what she claims.

    If you don’t care much about transparent window border, Vista Home Basic is enough for you absolutely and so far I don’t see any reason cutting out affordable/cheap version. Just please make it cheap enough for 3rd world countries, hey! $100 in Thailand is almost 4-week paycheck for non-degree folks, if you like to know.

    Reference: Below is what Home Basic misses. [Full comparison matrix at mydigitallife.info]

    Feature Home Basic Home Premium Business Enterprise Ultimate
    Themed Slide Shows   Yes     Yes
    Windows Media Center with CableCard support   Yes     Yes
    Windows DVD Maker   Yes     Yes
    Windows Movie Maker HD   Yes     Yes
    Scheduled Backup of User Files   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Backup User Files to Network Device   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Network Projection   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Presentation Settings   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    PC to PC Sync   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Windows Aero User Interface with Glass   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Windows ShadowCopy   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Windows SideShow   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Windows Tablet PC Features   Yes Yes Yes Yes
    New Premium Games   Yes Yes* Yes* Yes
    Administrator Control Over Installation of Device Drivers     Yes Yes Yes
    Centralized Power Management through Group Policy     Yes Yes Yes
    Client-Side Caching     Yes Yes Yes
    Complete System Image-based Backup and Recovery     Yes Yes Yes
    Dual (2) Processors (Sockets) Support     Yes Yes Yes
    Desktop Deployment Tools for Managed Networks     Yes Yes Yes
    Domain Join for Windows Server     Yes Yes Yes
    Encrypting File System     Yes Yes Yes
    Folder Redirection     Yes Yes Yes
    Group Policy Support     Yes Yes Yes
    Integrated Smart Card management     Yes Yes Yes
    Network Access Protection Client Agent     Yes Yes Yes
    Offline Files and Folder Support     Yes Yes Yes
    Pluggable Logon Authentication Architecture     Yes Yes Yes
    Policy-based Quality of Service (QoS) for Networking     Yes Yes Yes
    Previous Versions     Yes Yes Yes
    Roaming User Profiles     Yes Yes Yes
    Virtual PC Express     Yes Yes Yes
    Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) Client     Yes Yes Yes
    Wireless network provisioning     Yes Yes Yes
    Windows Fax and Scan     Yes Yes* Yes*
    Internet Information Server     Yes* Yes* Yes*
    All 35 Worldwide User Interface Languages Available       Yes Yes
    Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications       Yes Yes
    Support for Simultaneous Installation of Multiple User Interface Languages       Yes Yes
    Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption       Yes Yes
    Windows Ultimate Extras         Yes
    Windows Anytime Upgrade Yes Yes Yes   Yes
    Remote Desktop Client Only Client Only Host & Client Host & Client Host & Client
    Simultaneous SMB peer network connections 5 10 10 10 10
    Maximum RAM supported with 32-bit processor-based system 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
    Maximum RAM supported with 64-bit processor-based system 8GB 16GB 128+GB 128+GB 128+GB
  • Firefox sidebar, the little productive area.

    sidebar-bookmark button in Firefox I have been such a long time Firefox users since primitive ages of Firefox. I really liked how fast it was at the time, but so far it is not that fast anymore. It, however, is still the very first choice of me and most people because of how productivity it is. It's like why Palm OS was great--a lot of flavors to add on. Foxmarks, adblock plus, grab and drag, and so on are such a nice addition to Firefox, but most folks is not realized how handy Firefox sidebar is, including me until I discovered the use of it.

    Weather Channel in sidebarBasically, it is just a narrow browser. (or another tab if you like) It's better than just another tab because it won't disappear: it will stick on the side at all time. The question is why we use such a narrow place while we have such a wider one already. Yes, we will not find sidebar awesome than any regular tab or anything; It's just good for fast scanning some info or keeping watching something like constantly change w/o sacrifice other tasks. It's easier to try out and see if this works for you and of course I have some to recommend:-

    1. Todo list from GMail – This is the one I use most; very simple todo list. I believe that you have to enable “Tasks” in GMail Settings | Lab first then add http://mail.google.com/tasks/ig?pli=1 in the bookmark and surely don’t forget to set it to load in the sidebar.

    Properties for bookmark

    2. Google Calendar: – show what is on your calendar – the gadget on still faces technical problem; if you like to do the hard way, here it is on LifeHacker.com. It’s just read-only calendar – agenda so far.

    3. Weather – pretty clean interface from Weather Channel.
    http://xhtml.weather.com/xhtml/hbhf/03811 << This is a link; all you have to do is replaced the zipcode; then repeat the same step to get it work in sidebar.

    4. Twitter – there is an extension taking care of this “Twitbin” – everything is automatic, but there is only one drawback, sidebar width will not be able to shrink narrower than 250px anymore. It might not be a problem with most people. Someone, however, like me who still like 4:3 screen will lose considerably a lot horizontal space.

    5. GTalk I think it is nicer to put here than sticking in Gmail all the time. It’s called Google Talk Gadget which is based on flash, not just javascript like the one in Gmail. I think this one has much better interface though. http://talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget/popout << this is the link !! it will work like a charm.

    6. Google Reader – This one is a bit awkward fitting in the sidebar; iPhone version works reasonably good although it’s too wide & uses too big font. You’ve got to try yourself. Actually there is PDA version, but I don’t think it would suit in here. http://www.google.com/reader/i/ << here you go.

    You will see that most of the sites suited using in here is PDA/Phone version. Since they all are  designed with the limited screen, esp. width, in mind. Putting their link in bookmark bar, check "load in the sidebar." You'll be all set. 

    Happy using what you like and get the most of it. This probably is the another reason why I couldn't switch to ie, chrome, safari, or anything else soon. If you find anything worth for you, please share since it might be worth for someone else too =)

  • It's about time--multi-touch on passive digitizer

    For old-day-PDA folks, we usually were obsessed by touch screen. Tapping on the screen with our nail to make it a precise touch is just great. However, once Apple released iPhone, it seems like capacitive digitizer rules everything else by multiple-input captured capability.

    Now it looks like passive (or resistive or whatever you want to call) digitizer finds the way back.

    Well done, now we would have precise touch + eye-candy feature at the same time. When the time is right, we will have a chance to try in person!

    via Engadget

  • Rest In Peace – Palm OS

    Due to webOS and Palm’s laziness, they finally confirmed that there would not be any Palm OS powered anymore at an investor conference. I don’t know what you guys think of this, but for me it’s real sad. It’s the only OS I feel comfortable using it as PDA. Although I gave up on Palm OS after getting Treo, I couldn’t find any replacement so far. Windows Mobile? Too complicated. Apple iPhone? Still not the right one for me. Android? haven’t had a real chance to try—G1 is a phone. I just don’t want PDA phone. I don’t need phone to be smart. Phone is just for calling/answering the ring. Indeed, I doubt that webOS would satisfy my need. We’ll see. I hope Pandora could be the one.

    Centro is the best Palm OS Phone ever, I can tell, and it IS the last Palm OS powered device. It’s fast like T|T3 or T|C which you couldn’t find from Treo 650/700p/755. It’s just damned too small and far too late to gain a market share. By all mean, Palm OS still has potential to serve all PDA’s need. Palm, however, just left it cold and was not even care die-hard PDA user. I hate you, Palm, Inc!!!

    I decided to resurrect my old Palm powered device list and comparison matrix. It didn’t cover all Palm powered device out there—esp. newer than T|T5, I guess. But it should have plenty more than you can imagine--you will see how much I love Palm OS! If the mood is right, I will update one last time. You may check it out below:-

    Good bye, Palm OS!