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Dell showcases a new 10-inch Windows 7 tablet
Just showcased today from Dell, their new prototype of a 10-inch Windows 7-based tablet, due out later this year. This from engadget today . On a side note, there's also this on Dell's new Streak 7 . Nice form factor.
8 Feb 2011
Windows 7 Tablet PC, Kindle or iPad? The "why" behind the "buy"
The other day I mused about What to buy: an iPad or a Windows 7 Tablet PC? I offered a few suggestions, but wanted to provide more on the "why" behind the decisions. I think that the challenge comes to whether or not you plan to just consume information and entertainment on a device and then those...
13 Jun 2010
What to buy: an iPad or a Windows 7 Tablet PC? Here are a few suggestions
I saw this evening that my friend Beth (aka techmama ) is considering a new tablet for general computing, like surfing the web, editing her blogs and (no doubt) tweeting. I mentioned that she should consider getting an inexpensive Windows 7 convertible tablet PC vs. an iPad. There are lots of nice...
11 Jun 2010
Updated tips on buying a new PC
With a nod to my previous post with tips on buying a new PC , I thought that it's time to update the advice (just in time for "grads & dads"). As I posted on Twitter today , PC Magazine provides an update to their regular feature on How to buy a laptop by Cisco Cheng. This follows the helpful...
4 Jun 2010
Heading down to SXSW this year? Consider taking a travel power pack
Heading down to SXSW this year? Long flights? Worried about not finding a power outlet when your devices are running on low? I have to recommend the Energizer XP8000 Rechargeable Power Pack . (And no, I'm just an energizer customer, not shilling for Energizer. But in the interest of full disclosure,...
8 Mar 2010
New Tablets, Slates, and Pads: oh, my. 2010 will be an interesting, touch-fueled year.
Today's been a busy day, what with work and getting pinged with the press on the new tablet products coming from Silicon Valley, as noted here with an inside look at the HP Slate (the model that made its debut at CES). None other than HP's CTO Phil McKinney shows off the the Slate in a "History...
27 Jan 2010
Our new Microsoft Signature PC arrives, and I like what wasn't included in the shipment
As noted on Twitter , even Microsoft employees use the MicrosoftStore , especially when there's a sale on some of the latest PCs around. Needing to replace an older model (tried and true) Sony Vaio that is headed to the repair shop, I ordered a new PC from the Microsoft Store last week , a new HP Pavilion...
22 Jan 2010
Tablets & Slate PCs in Steve Ballmer's CES keynote? The debut of Apple's new iTablet? Dunno, but the Kindle DX does wireless worldwide on Jan 19th
CES is off to a great start with plenty of new product news… and we haven't even had the keynote kickoff! As I noted last month (all of a week or so ago) I decided to get on the ebook reader bandwagon and finally ordered a new Amazon Kindle. I was torn on the size: the 6" appeared best for my needs...
6 Jan 2010
Dell's new Inspiron Zino HD: ZDNet says it's "Dell's answer to Apple's Mac mini."
Of interest is the new Dell Inspiron Zino HD which ZDNet calls " Dell's answer to Apple's Mac mini ." "The Zino HD is an interesting machine because Dell has managed to cram a lot of power into the Mac mini-esque 7.8 inch by 7.8 inch footprint of the system. Buyers can choose from a selection...
18 Nov 2009
More help and tips in finding that perfect laptop computer, this time from Rob Pegoraro of the Washington Post
Over swim lessons today, I read Rob Pegoraro 's article "Tips to boot up your laptop hunt" (which was picked up in today's local paper) for users looking for new laptops (as I Tweeted today )… "… many users — college students among them — still need laptops that survive away from desks and power...
16 Aug 2009
Your questions: what do I like about Windows 7? Hardware home pages with Device Stage
John Swenson has an interesting article covering Device Stage in Windows 7, as he describes as "a home page for select compatible devices and printers. It’s a simpler and faster way of finding and using your devices with Windows." "You don’t have to be a gadget geek to know that it can...
9 Jul 2009
Get ready: New Acer Aspire Windows Home Server appears on Amazon in the States
OK, geek moment before the start of the long weekend here in the States. I'm very excited as the new Acer Aspire AH340-UA230N Windows Home Server is outfitted with 2GB of memory and a 1 TB Hard Drive, leaving 3 open slots for additional hard drives to be easily added. Full specs (thanks, Mark): ...
22 May 2009
The latest Microsoft "Laptop Hunters" commercial: "I'm a PC and I got exactly what I wanted."
There's a new Laptop Hunters "You find it, you keep it" Microsoft PC television commercial out with Lauren (a new law school student) and Sue (her mom) … Video: Laptop Hunters $1700 – Lauren and Sue get a Dell XPS 13 Tags: articles , what I read , I'm a PC , Microsoft , Windows . Clubhouse...
14 May 2009
Windows 7 Release Candidate now available, with more info on what's new in the RC, MED-V, and improved SSD support
Lots of news today (as noted in the news today ) on the availability of the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) . Remember, only download the Windows 7 RC from a trusted source – via Microsoft – to save yourself the security risk . As noted on MSDN and TechNet, the RC is an opportunity for enthusiasts,...
5 May 2009
Thinking about preparing for Windows 7? I'm thinking it's time for a new hard disk
Sitting through lunch today between meetings and mail, I thought about what every self-respecting geek waiting for the release of Windows 7 : what should I do in order to prep one of my older computers for this new OS? Today, I thought I'd start with one upgrade to consider (and a point of failure...
17 Apr 2009
Thinking about the Windows 7 upgrade experience, have you backed up your files lately?
This week the Windows 7 team posted on delivering a quality upgrade experience for Windows 7, noting that many people are running the Windows 7 Beta full time just as many of us do daily at Microsoft. And the team is encouraging users to revert to an earlier Windows Vista image on their PCs and perform...
9 Apr 2009
The latest Microsoft Windows commercial: "I'm a PC because I'm picky."
The new "I'm a PC" commercial, with Giampaolo… As noted on Engadget … "Armed with a $1,500 budget, he walks out of Fry's with an HP HDX 16 that features a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB drive -- raw numbers that would cost you $2,499 from Apple...
5 Apr 2009
Advisory: 30GB Zune issues noted today, related to time and the leap year
First it was questions about whether or not we'd have to worry about the coming Leap Second , then today after our power came back on, customer questions about the Zune 30. As we have a couple of Zune 30s in our home going strong, I was surprised to see a post on the Zune Insider blog WRT the 30 GB Zune...
31 Dec 2008
"What kind of a computer should I buy?" with suggestions from Tony Hoffman of PC Magazine
(See an update to this article in " It's nearly back to school time: here's info on buying a new PC ", Aug 14, 2009) As per my previous Tweet , I recently updated my answer to a popular question around this time of year: " What kind of a computer should I buy? " I noted that there is something for...
17 Dec 2008
Windows Vista, Windows 7, conferences and other things taking up my time
Generally the lack of posts in October is directly related to the (growing) amount of work on my plate at the office. It's been very busy, as we increase efforts in advance of PDC and WinHEC, and the efforts we have currently on track. It was with interest that I read today in the Seattle Times...
26 Oct 2008
Dude, I'm returning a Dell: the hard drive failed on our new PC
I wanted to share a very frustrating story with you that happened to me last weekend, one that I shared with Dell's customer advocate folks. You may've read my post on the poor customer experience at my neighbouhood Best Buy (the good, the bad... you get the picture). I was in search of a new laptop...
13 Sep 2008
My Labour Day Best Buy and Apple Store Customer Experiences
(Note 030609: A thanks to Rob Pegoraro's Tweet today . You should also read my follow up to this post, "Best Buy Revisited: Buying a PC at retail isn't as bad as I first found" . In this economy retail needs to shine. See more in my Apple Store experience post: http://tinyurl.com/c28vuf . ) I twittered...
2 Sep 2008
Mac vs. PC laptops: Yeah, right, they're more than twice as much
A quick post to provide some pricing perspective on Windows vs. Mac PCs, as we look to the upcoming back to school sales. Last week, Joe Wilcox posted a piece on Microsoft Watch noting that the regarding pricing on Vista PCs "These Prices Are Insane!"... "Nearly half of retail Windows PCs now pack 3GB...
14 Aug 2008
Of interest: Windows Vista Compatibility Center launched
Not long ago I posted information on Bill Veghte's letter with "An Update on the Windows Roadmap" with facts on Windows Vista, in which he noted that... "Today Windows Vista supports about 77,000 components and devices, which is more than twice as many as we supported at launch... [and] 98 of the top...
17 Jul 2008
Coming Monday? Sony teases for Centrino 2 notebooks (Electronista)
The kids are getting ready to open the its-80-degrees-and-time-for-lemonade stand, so a quick break whilst they mix up a batch. Thanks to the email me link on my blog, I have this tidbit from Electronista: new Sony VAIOs expected on Monday, July 14... "Sony today posted a teaser confirming...
12 Jul 2008
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