That Last Post: Back To Firefox For Me!

June 12, 2007

See?  Even though my Preview of the prior post showed blank lines where I intended them to be, once I hit Publish, it went onto my blog with all blank lines gone!


Apple Safari Browser For Win XP: Super Fast And Super Sick

June 12, 2007

So my jaw is dropping and bouncing on the floor trying out Safari. The speed of page builds is just incredible. I’ve never had page builds this fast. It really is like having a whole new Net connection!  (Yes, even on the rotten Time Warner Roadrunner!)On the other hand, in the first ten minutes of using it, I’ve already had two crashes!The first time I had three tabs open. I wanted to save the third one as a Bookmark. I right-clicked on the tab. But the only option I was given was to make a Bookmark for all three tabs! I hit Cancel on the dialog for that and CRASH!The second time I was looking to see if I could get floating info boxes for the icons to the left of the Address bar (a standard Windows feature; just hover the pointer over something). I couldn’t figure out what the asterisk-like icon was for. No floating info, so I just clicked on it. It seemed to be a problem-reporting feature. When I clicked Cancel on that dialog, CRASH!I’m not sure if I’ll make Safari my primary browser even though it kicks Firefox’s ass for speed. The thing is, I’m dependent on too many Firefox extensions. Plus, as I’m seeing right now, Safari lacks the built-in spellcheck Fox offers! (Boy, I hope I’ve caught the typos in this post. I am the Wurld’s Wurst Prufreeder!)Testing will continue.One thing though: Oh my god, the iPhone with Safari must really be something!Pre-post update: OK, this is Not Good. Safari just lost all the blank lines in this post during one Save and Continue Editing moment. Yecch.Back to the drawing board, Apple! I’m going back to Firefox for now.


Raon Digital Announces Vega Successor

May 31, 2007

It’s got a lot of buttons. I’ll say that for it.

JK on the Run coverage
Uber Tablet coverage
Raon Digital website

Previously in this blog:
Cheap Is As Cheap Does, So Don’t Buy Cheap!
Lust Lust Lust Device!
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
I Blame Him For The Lack Of An Updated Vega
Tech prOn: Digital Cube’s i-Station G43 UMPC
I Ask Myself: Why Not Get A Frikkin Mac?
Vega Gets Another Review
Tech Lust Pains
Vega Gets A Shrug
Hey Microsoft! “Bribe” ME! Puhleeze!! (Those pussies never replied! Pussies!)
TV Is So Dead, Really!
Lusty Vega Gets Anti-Lusted
Finally! Lusty Vega Gets A Blog!
Lust object


Spam King Busted: Just Give Him To Me!

May 31, 2007

‘Spam King’ suspect seized

[...] if he’s found guilty of the fraud, money laundering and identity theft charges in the 35-count indictment, he could spend decades behind bars.

Not good enough.

If this is the guy whose shit was responsible for hijacking this desktop PC, causing me to have to spend a straight week of 12-hour days regaining control from its covert spamming activities, just give him to me.

I will save our government a lot of money.


LifeDrive Notes: I Put A Hate On My MicroDrive

May 31, 2007

I wanted the extra portable storage it’d permit but it refuses to be formatted!

I followed the directions I noted here for using Disk Management.

Nope. Won’t be formatted.

Anyone ever find a way to do so?

Comment in the LifeDrive thread.


Samsung Q1U With Vista: I Wouldn’t Want It For Free!

May 20, 2007

Yesterday I went back to the Samsung Experience to again fondle the new Samsung Q1U UMPC.

They had two units up front and I fondled both. The hardware was identical, according to Control Panel->System.

The one on the left side of the entrance was hooked up to an external flatscreen monitor. I didn’t notice any performance difference because of that.

Here’s the bad news:

To fully populate the Control Panel with all of its icons in Classic View takes about twenty-three seconds! I timed it. This is totally unacceptable. This happened on both units.

YouTube: I came to my blog, went to this post, and clicked on the link there to go to YouTube to play this video. It was a full-out disaster. The audio was loud (this time I did put the audio on the UMPC to max — good sound pumped from the dual speakers) but crackly and choppy and the video performance was just atrocious. It wasn’t just dropping frames — it refused to play at all at times! I tried it both live streaming and then stopping, hitting Rewind, then playing the cached video. Same result! I couldn’t try YouTube on the right-side Q1U because it couldn’t connect to the Net and I couldn’t find a way to make it (and that frustration is a whole separate issue for another time!).

I tried inking again. OneNote 2007 was on it. I called it up, and tried to do some on-screen handwriting. That was a disaster too. I didn’t feel the screen was responsive enough. I got skipping. For example, writing a capital T at my normal speed, I’d get the crossbar but no vertical line! It was as if the software was busy doing something else and only recognized the screen was being written on too damned late! I tried writing with a thicker pen line. Not much difference.

I called up Microsoft Reader. This blared Optimized for Origami on its splash screen. Well, I don’t know what they mean by that. The two triangle icons to page forward/back were much too small in my opinion; better suited for a PDA than for a device that is geared towards using a fingertip. Reader was very responsive, fast, and the type looked gorgeous at all the sizes I tried (using a Star Trek novel already on the hard drive). This was a bright spot. Except when I tried screen rotation with a page open. It was also slow. It took at least 5-6 seconds to accomplish. The on-screen fonts were still gorgeous. This was tested on the right-side unit. I didn’t try it on the left-side unit (someone else was fondling it).

I managed to again crash the Menu button. This time it didn’t go away totally, I got a center-screen dialog box stating it was refusing to respond. It eventually did. But it was slow.

The final bad news involves changing screen resolution. The Samsung Experience staff still don’t know how to do it. But one of them did uncover a new method: right-clicking (or tap-and-holding) on the desktop brings a pop-up menu with two Graphics choices, one of which leads to switching resolution. To review, Samsung itself claims:

7″ WSVGA Touch Screen LCD
1024 x 600 native,
800 x 600, 640 x 480,
LED Backlit, 300 nits

But even using this second method (the first tried during my initial fondle was via Control Panel), the only other resolution offered is 800×600! And when I tried that, I really didn’t see any difference except in the aspect ratio of the desktop icons. So, how to switch through all three resolutions still remains a mystery to me and to the Samsung Experience staff. This was done on the right-side unit (the left being occupied).

On the left side was a Q1 Classic. I opened Control Panel. BANG! It was there with all its icons instantly. It was breathtaking in comparison to the Q1U. And I went to System: This was using a 900MHz Celeron! I wanted to try the YouTube test, but I couldn’t. I’d forgotten that Samsung didn’t load any Flash player on their Q1 Classics, so YouTube was no-go.

My conclusion is that I’ve been down this road before and I’m not going to take it ever again. The Nokia 770 drove me mad with its slowness. The Q1U — running Vista — would do the same to me. Having to wait wait wait for things to get done — or, in the case of inked handwriting, not really get done at all! — is unacceptable to me at any price, including free. If Samsung were to contact me tomorrow and say, “Hey, look, why don’t we give you one for free, no strings attached, and you go ahead and keep it,” my honest reply would be: Piss off!

On the other hand, I still really really want to fondle one that has XP on it. I really do like the hardware (except for its CPU!); the weight distribution is just excellent for holding with one hand, and it just overall feels measurably lighter than a Q1 Classic. Plus, that screen is just so much better than the Q1 Classic. I’m really hoping the bottleneck in all this is Vista and not the CPU being underpowered.

Previously in this blog:
I’m Beginning To Think There Isn’t A Single Tech Site That Can Be Trusted
Blogroll Changes: Tech Sites Removed
Someone Else Fondled The Samsung Q1U
Samsung Q1U Simulation Video
Excellent Samsung Q1 Classic Video Demo
Samsung Q1U Hardware Topped
Samsung Q1U Fondle
What The $800 Samsung Q1U Will Lack
Samsung Intros The Q1U In NYC And Blows It: Doesn’t Invite Me!
Samsung Prices New Q1U To Kill Competitors!
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
Tech prOn: More About The Samsung Ultra Ultra MPC
Tech prOn: Samsung Q1 Ultra Ultra Mobile PC
Reference: Samsung Q1 Accessories
I Thought So: Samsung Is Gonna Break My Heart!
This Has Been A Test
Flipstart & Samsung Add To Upgrade Season Choices
Nokia: Samsung Is Gonna Kill You!
James Kendrick: Professional Fiend!
NYC Tech Trawl
Samsung, You Slay Me!
James Kendrick: Professional Fiend!
Digital Life: Loose Ends
This Is A(nother) Test!
This Is What The Future Looked Like — And Will Look Like From NOW ON!


OK, Intel, I’m Almost Slightly Impressed

May 11, 2007

Like James Kendrick, I’m not enthusiastic about the planned Intel Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Having been deeply scarred by using Linux on The Biggest Piece Of Shit Known To Man, I’m not eager to try it again. Plus, there are several must-have programs I use with XP that I doubt have equivalents for any flavor of Linux. Without those programs, using the Internet is like looking through a store window and not being able to buy anything.

However, tooling around the Net this morning, I finally got trapped into viewing a YouTube video demonstrating a MID.

The UI certainly is very nice. It’s what Microsoft should have given the UMPC. It’s similar to what the Pepper Pad 3 offers.

YouTube video performance looked better than what I experienced on the Samsung Q1U. But really, how long will that last? What if there’s a change to the Flash format and Flash 10 for this flavor of Linux is delayed? Or the if CPU in this particular device can’t keep up with the change? That makes it basically disposable. And if it’s going to be that, the price should reflect it. Will it?

I really, really like the size of that device, head-on. It looks to be about the size of a Sony Reader, which is what I think UMPCs should aspire to be.

Previously in this blog:
Intel To Go Linux — Maemo Linux?!


Samsung Q1U Simulation Video

May 11, 2007

Steve aka Chippy over at UMPC Portal has yet another video up, this one using a Samsung Q1P simulating a Q1U running at 800MHZ:

UMPC News : Samsung Q1P at 800Mhz. A Q1-Ultra simulation. Video

Again, I suggest the WMV version of the video.

This time, I must strongly disagree with Steve. As one of the Comments pointed out:

Steve, that test is far from showing how the Q1U for two reasons: I did not see you switching to 1024×600 and the Q1 does not have a 945 video chipset. I could add on top of that a few other things like that you are not running Vista and. Aero.[;)]

It’s also playing a humongous HD video very smoothly.

As I pointed out in my Samung Q1U fondle:

Eighth, I went to YouTube and played a video. It was a wee bit choppy. I’ve just played the same clip — Gerry Anderson UFO: Exposed — on this black MacBook and it was absolutely smooth. OK, this tells me that the Q1U won’t be the absolute best for video. On the MacBook, it was streaming and smooth. On the Q1U, it didn’t matter if it was streaming live or playing after I’d allowed a good portion of it to pre-load, the video just wasn’t 100% smooth. Was it bad? No. It’s acceptable. But if you are thinking of using a Q1U for video, you might have to change your plans.

So, I can’t believe his simulation is any indication of what the Q1U is like playing video simply because it contradicts my own hands-own experience playing an embedded YouTube video that wasn’t even bumped up to full screen!

Everyone will know what’s what in a few weeks as units start making their way into reviewers’ and buyers’ hands. We’ll see then if there is any difference between shipping units and the one I fondled at Samsung Experience. Personally, I doubt it.

Previously in this blog:
Excellent Samsung Q1 Classic Video Demo
Samsung Q1U Hardware Topped
Samsung Q1U Fondle
What The $800 Samsung Q1U Will Lack
Samsung Intros The Q1U In NYC And Blows It: Doesn’t Invite Me!
Samsung Prices New Q1U To Kill Competitors!
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
Tech prOn: More About The Samsung Ultra Ultra MPC
Tech prOn: Samsung Q1 Ultra Ultra Mobile PC
Reference: Samsung Q1 Accessories
I Thought So: Samsung Is Gonna Break My Heart!
This Has Been A Test
Flipstart & Samsung Add To Upgrade Season Choices
Nokia: Samsung Is Gonna Kill You!
James Kendrick: Professional Fiend!
NYC Tech Trawl
Samsung, You Slay Me!
James Kendrick: Professional Fiend!
Digital Life: Loose Ends
This Is A(nother) Test!
This Is What The Future Looked Like — And Will Look Like From NOW ON!


Excellent Samsung Q1 Classic Video Demo

May 11, 2007

Steve aka Chippy over at UMPC Portal has done a wonderful video demonstrating battery life versus video-playing power of two flavors of the Samsung Q1 Classic: the Q1B, powered by a VIA chip and the Q1P, powered by a Pentium M chip.

UMPC News : Samsung Q1P/B UMPCs. Head-to-head Intel Vs VIA video.

While an embedded Flash video is offered on the above page, I recommend going for the WMV version. My desktop for some unknown reason could not properly play the Flash version but had no problems with the WMV one.

The conclusion is as I had imagined.

Previously in this blog:
Samsung Q1U Hardware Topped
Samsung Q1U Fondle
What The $800 Samsung Q1U Will Lack
Samsung Intros The Q1U In NYC And Blows It: Doesn’t Invite Me!
Samsung Prices New Q1U To Kill Competitors!
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
Tech prOn: More About The Samsung Ultra Ultra MPC
Tech prOn: Samsung Q1 Ultra Ultra Mobile PC
Reference: Samsung Q1 Accessories
I Thought So: Samsung Is Gonna Break My Heart!
This Has Been A Test
Flipstart & Samsung Add To Upgrade Season Choices
Nokia: Samsung Is Gonna Kill You!
James Kendrick: Professional Fiend!
NYC Tech Trawl
Samsung, You Slay Me!
James Kendrick: Professional Fiend!
Digital Life: Loose Ends
This Is A(nother) Test!
This Is What The Future Looked Like — And Will Look Like From NOW ON!


What The $800 Samsung Q1U Will Lack

May 8, 2007

- SD/MMC Slot
- Dual Cameras
- Fingerprint Scanner

You tell me: Does having those — and a previous-generation OS — justify the ~$350 difference between the $800 “back to school” special and the $1,149.00 XP version?!!?

Yeah, OK, the XP one also has 20GBs of more HD space. And the XP is the Tablet version.

But still!

Samsung, you’ve got to push these prices lower, dammit.

I guess I should be glad they’re offering an XP version. I’d still rather have XP over Vista (and, no I will not do all three trademarks this time, dammit!).

Still, I am crushed by the XP version’s price…

Update: The $800 special is also 600MHz vs 800MHz for all other models. I need to have caffeine in me before I post!

Previously in this blog:
Samsung Intros The Q1U In NYC And Blows It: Doesn’t Invite Me!
Samsung Prices New Q1U To Kill Competitors!
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
Tech prOn: More About The Samsung Ultra Ultra MPC
Tech prOn: Samsung Q1 Ultra Ultra Mobile PC
Reference: Samsung Q1 Accessories
I Thought So: Samsung Is Gonna Break My Heart!
This Has Been A Test
Flipstart & Samsung Add To Upgrade Season Choices
Nokia: Samsung Is Gonna Kill You!
James Kendrick: Professional Fiend!
NYC Tech Trawl
Samsung, You Slay Me!
James Kendrick: Professional Fiend!
Digital Life: Loose Ends
This Is A(nother) Test!
This Is What The Future Looked Like — And Will Look Like From NOW ON!


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