Samsung Intros The Q1U In NYC And Blows It: Doesn’t Invite Me!

May 7, 2007

Samsung, you eejits! Where’s your crack PR firm? How did they miss my posts about the Q1 here and my lust for it?

Hell, my write-ups of M. Dylan Raskin‘s two books got me on Barnes & Noble’s PR list for his appearance!

Look at you: Outdone by a book publisher!

Well, tough on ya. I wasn’t able to crash Samsung Experience to get a fondle and free eats, but I do have the printed press kit!

And I’m using the Apple Store to type this blog entry! I would rather have done it live on a Q1U. See how you screwed yourself, Samsung?

As usual, Samsung is sticking with buyer-hostile designations. They are: Q1U-EL NP-Q1UAY00, Q1U-XP, Q1U-V NP-Q1UA000, and Q1U-CMV.

What I find real screwy is that the Q1U-EL NP-Q1UAY00 (thank god for Copy & Paste!) lacks the SD/MMC slot! That’s right! Did they put something else in that unit? Nothing that I can find. What’s stranger: it runs Microsoft Windows Vista (get those 3 fekkin TMs in!) Home Premium! You’d think the XP one would be the one they screwed like that. But no. The XP one does indeed have the SD/MMC slot! Good! This low-end Q1U-EL NP-Q1UAY00 also has a 40GB HD. The XP one has a 60GB HD. This leads me to believe that the XP one will not be the bargain-price of $799, dammit.

Yeah, I just pulled out the pricing. Read it and weep:

Q1U-EL – “back to school” special @ $799.

Q1U-XP – $1,149.00!!! (Bastards!!)

Q1U-V – $1,199.00.

Q1U-CMW – HSDPA-enabled at $1,499.00.

Piss me off twice in one day, Samsung, after getting me all worked up over that $800 entry-level price!

Bloody hell!

Now I will piss off Samsung: If you want the official press material, go right here!

Previously in this blog:
Samsung Prices New Q1U To Kill Competitors!


Bah. You Disappoint Me. As Usual.

May 7, 2007

What was the fekkin title of this post?

So what do I get?

Kiss-kiss instead of kick-kick!

Feh!

I’ve locked it down now.

Next time do as I ask! If there is a next time…


The Future Is FAB!

May 7, 2007

Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty

PASADENA, Calif. — Sometimes a particular piece of plastic is just what you need. You have lost the battery cover to your cellphone, perhaps. Or your daughter needs to have the golden princess doll she saw on television. Now.

In a few years, it will be possible to make these items yourself. You will be able to download three-dimensional plans online, then push Print. Hours later, a solid object will be ready to remove from your printer.

Oh how I want this!

Ever since I read a book called FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication by Neil Gershenfeld, I’ve wanted one.

Just imagine:

– Don’t like the style of your PDA? Design its own casing!

– Need a stylus but it’s late at night and all stores are closed? Print one out!

– Need a weird shape for a patch job? Bingo!

And those are just prosaic examples off the top of my wee mind. I’m sure you out there can think of many more.

What I look forward to are — and here I coin a new term! — FABlogs, which feature patterns you can download and print out! Those who are adept at sculpting, 3D design, and modeling are going to be the Next Big Geeks. This will also give a new meaning to P2P — from Peer-to-Peer to Pattern-to-Print!

This is going to be so damned exciting!

Additional:
Desktop Factories
TED Talks Neil Gershenfeld: The beckoning promise of personal fabrication — embedded video
Neil Gershenfeld home page
PERSONAL FABRICATION: A Talk with Neil Gershenfeld [7.23.03]
ITConversations: Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms

Previously in this blog:
This Is What The Future Looked Like — And Will Look Like From NOW ON!
Philip K. Dick Called It A Printer


Samsung Prices New Q1U To Kill Competitors!

May 7, 2007

Look at what just $800 will buy: See this post and this post for an update.

7” WSVGA LED backlit 280 nits brightness touchscreen with 1024×600 (native), 800×600, and 640×480 resolutions

Intel Ultra Mobile Processor A100 running at 600MHz with a 400MHz Front-Side Bus, Intel GMA950 graphics using 128MB of shared memory, 1GB of DDR2 400MHz RAM, 1.8″ 4200RPM 40GB HD.

Split QWERTY keyboard, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 10/100 BaseTX Ethernet (RJ45, Fingerprint Reader (Authentec)

Front Facing – Video Chat (300 pixel) camera, Rear Facing – Video/Still (1.3 megapixels) camera, HD Audio via 2 1.5 watt speakers, Dual Array Microphone, SD/MMC slot.

8-Way Direction Button & Mouse Function, 4-User Defined Keys, Volume Control, Quick Launch Menu Button, Camera Shutter Button, 2 USB 2.0 ports, Audio Jack, RJ-45 Jack.

Li-Ion (Prismatic) battery life of “over 4.5 hours”

Dimensions: 8.96”(L) x 4.88”(H) x 0.93” (D), 1.54lbs

Operating System: XP Tablet

MSRP: $799.00

Specs filched from GottaBeMobile

That’s just $100 more than a Pepper Pad 3 and $200 more than an iPhone!

This not only effectively kills the Pepper Pad 3, but it also torpedoes those awful Linux-based Intel Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) that were announced. Who wants to dick around with Linux? Why settle for fewer apps and a ton of aggravation in trying to install them? Who needs those kinds of headaches? No one, that’s who!

Samsung is going to not only sell a ton of these, they will wind up defining the UMPC market.

This low-end model offers XP, while higher-end ones offer Vista. I like XP.

I think this will be my next machine!

Previously in this blog:
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!


Gerry Anderson: Origins On Google Video

May 7, 2007

Gerry Anderson ORIGINS

This is a little over seven minutes and is just wonderful! It’s the first time I’ve seen footage from Torchy the Battery Boy. It ends abruptly. It seems to be part of a longer piece.

If, ahem, someone were to upload the entire thing on to, say, YouTube, let me know.

Additional:

Gerry Anderson category in this blog


Hmmm… A Reverse Switcher

May 7, 2007

He used Mac OS X, but it crashed on him in a bad, bad way.

So he tried Vista (OK then: Microsoft Windows Vista — gotta use all three fekkin trademarks).

And he raves about it.


Congratulations To Author John Straley!

May 7, 2007

I’d been wanting to do this post for some time, but I needed online validation first, and today — thank you, wikipedia! — I got it.

Author John Straley was named Alaska State Writer Laureate!

If you don’t know Straley’s work, you should.

Although I hate hate hate comparing one writer’s stuff to something else (that’s the only way eejits in Hollywood can understand something: “Uh, what’s it like?”), I’m going to do so. If you were a fan of The Rockford Files, you will fall in love with Straley’s Cecil Younger series of mysteries. The books are filled with the realism, humor, and atmosphere of that classic TV series.

Here are some examples:

[. . .] Calvin bent down over me and smiled.

“You really disappoint me. man.”

His breath was in my face. It was warm and smelled sweet, like bacon. I tried to sit up, without luck. My head felt like a collapsing melon. I lay back down. He squatted down next to me on the floor and stared at me, grinning.

“I’ve been studying white people for years, and I am bitterly — I mean bitterly — disappointed.” He gestured toward the TV. “Look on television. Private detectives are not supposed to be like this. You people are supposed to be in charge! You are supposed to have a cool apartment and a fast car. Man, you are supposed to be following beautiful women and making deals. I mean, what I see of you guys on television and what I’ve got here now are . . . inconsistent.”

The hatless one came back toward us. “Hey! Here.” He handed Calvin a rectangular piece of marble, smooth on one side and rough on the other.

“Yeah, thanks.” He looked back down at me. “And look at you . . . drunk. I see so many of your people drunk. It must be the pain of running the world. Is that it, Kemosabe? The pain of running the world? I mean, I’m smart enough to know that you don’t walk around like pilgrims with three-cornered hats and big buckles and shit. I’ve seen TV, man. I know what you are supposed to be, but you . . . you’re a mess. Where did Auntie find you anyway?”

I looked up at him and he was still smiling sweetly.

I made it up on one elbow and said, “I am fucking in charge. Just tell me where I am, who you are, and if I have a broken nose or not.”
–The Woman Who Married a Bear; pg. 179

And:

She [Hannah, his ex-wife] reached out and touched my hand.

“Hey, Cecil, you don’t have a handgun, do you?”

“You know I don’t have a gun.” I looked at her puzzled.

“What kind of private detective are you, man?” She scanned the café. The graveyard shift of workers was starting to come in. Her long blond hair was lifted by the wind that gusted through the open door. The underside of her chin was a soft concave valley and I wanted to lift my hand and smooth her hair.

“I don’t know, Hannah. I just don’t want to shoot anybody.”

“What if somebody wants to shoot you?”

“Then they’re going to have to bring their own fucking gun.”
–The Curious Eat Themselves; pgs. 75-76

And:

“What makes you think I would do anything like that? I’ve seen a few too many corpses in the last several days.”

“You’ve got shit for a reputation, Mr. Younger, but I think you can handle this simple errand.”

I was searching for that perfect comeback that I knew I would think of days later; that concise phrase that would turn his arrogance to curdled milk and reflect the fifty thousand dollars my parents spent on my education. But the words jumped out unedited: “You can blow me.”
–The Curious Eat Themselves; pgs. 197

John Straley kicks ass. Go to your favorite online bookseller and get yourself his books. You’ll love them.

Additional:
John Straley’s website