Thursday, January 31, 2008

Windows Vista SP1 Review

I have been testing Microsoft Windows Vista™ SP1 for the past several months.

Windows Vista SP1 is a worthy compatibility and optimization pack to Windows Vista. It is NOT a replacement for Windows Vista.

Contrary to the either uninformed writings of some so-called tech pundits, and the unprepared CYA rants of lazy IT administrators, it was NOT necessary to wait for SP1.

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Iomega Zip Drive, PS2?

An online site, in two teardown reviews, bring us the innards of the Sony PlayStation 2, and today, the Iomega Zip drive.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday, Windows Vista

A year ago, the 'WOW' was born.

Windows Vista was released into general availability.

The rest is history: about 100 million units sold, new sales records, etc, etc.

Happy Birthday, Windows Vista.

After 6 weeks...the cast is off!

Today, six weeks after breaking my leg, the cast (orthopedic boot, actually) came off.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

John III is 5 today!

Happy birthday, John.

Five years!

Love you always.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Edwin Eribo, MD, 1929-2008

My father-in-law, Dr. Edwin Eribo just passed away.

A very great loss, to my wife, her siblings, and our combined families.

He infused his children with a deep belief in God and a great sense of duty.

We will all miss him.

Edwin Osa Eribo, May 8, 1929 - January 25, 2008.

Rest in God's Peace.

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1st Quad-core review system at SmallBizVista.com

Today, I received my first quad-core review system, a Dell PowerEdge 1900 server powered by dual Intel Xeon E5310 processors.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Tale of Two Laptops

A few days ago, St. Steve of Jobs revealed the latest from the minds of the loops at 1, Infinite Loop, the Macbook Air.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

HP tx2000z Preview Review

At the 2008 CES, I was given an opportunity to test a production HP Pavilion tx2000z Entertainment Tablet PC*.

What a delight!

The exclusive HP case is replicated here. Dubbed ‘Echo’ this black, high-gloss, imprinted finish is aesthetically pleasant, a departure from the mostly utilitarian choices out there.

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Logitech WiLife system

At CES, I was briefed on the Logitech WiLife, a Windows-based video security system.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Windows 7 in 2009?

On the heels of Gizmondo's extremely stupid remedial pranks at CES 2008, comes news that some sites are proclaiming that the next release of Windows, currently dubbed Windows 7, will be released in H2 of 2009.

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Idiocy reigns supreme in the EU

Seriously, when is enough, enough?

When Microsoft capitulated after that incredibly imbecilic decision by the milquetoasts at the stupidly misnamed Court of First Instance in Europe, I sounded the alarm. (I even delivered an ode to that kangaroo court.)

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My Microsoft wishlist 2008 - #16-23

16. Set a credible baseline hardware requirement for functional UE scenarios.

17. Create a series of reference designs

18. Use data collected by crash reports or the CEIP to create a database of programs to be SoftGrid’d.

19. Use the same data to expose bad software OEMs, either directly or using a proxy.

20. Expand the role and visibility of the Microsoft Solutions Accelerators program.

21. Improve and increase the current SkyDrive offerings.

22. Improve the stickiness of the Windows Live

23. Re-do Windows Search completely.

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My Microsoft wishlist 2008 - #7-15

7. Innovate, truly innovate, with both the user interface (UI) and the user experience (UE) from a consumer standpoint,

8. Integrate application virtualization (SoftGrid) into every version of Vista.

9. Improve the usability of the default applications.

10. Sign OEM distribution deals for Windows Live applications.

11. Make a definite push towards native 64-bit applications for Microsoft products.

12. Stand fast on signing requirements for 64-bit apps.

13. Make Home Premium the most basic model of Vista, killing Home Basic most unmercifully.

14. Truly create a family pack for Vista

15. On-demand paper manuals.

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My Microsoft wishlist 2008 - #1-6

This is my wishlist from Microsoft for 2008. Apart from #1, they are in no particular order.

1. Tell your own story! For the past several years, probably since the advent of the spate of antitrust lawsuits against it, Microsoft has let others tell spin The Microsoft Story.

As a result, the public gets information filtered through the biases of the storytellers, usually wrong, and almost always pushing some agenda.

The perception of failure those erroneous tales dump on successful products, and the dreadful stigma of that stench of failure rankles. For goodness sakes, every 0.01% market share gain by Firefox is greeted by shouts of joy, while the news a few days ago that Internet Explorer 7, or IE7, had become the dominant browser was hidden several levels deep!

What I want to see in 2008 is Microsoft being proactive with telling its story, become more aggressive in debunking stupid myths and downright untrue stories, and attempting to get back to loving the consumer side of its businesses.

I would also like to see the company re-engage Microsoft and Windows evangelism with renewed vigor and fervor, empowering committed evangelists and enthusiasts with the tools needed to battle the lies.

2. Participate in the 700 MHz auction.

3. Simplify the EULA.

4. Reduce CALs fees.

5. Sunset Windows XP and lower with the next release of Windows.

6. Definitely make a HUGE consumer marketing push.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Friends

When afflicted with some infirmity, you start to know your friends.

I was re-introduced to my friends at the recently concluded 2006 International CES, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In their own ways, these friends made my broken leg a non-issue during the hustle-and-bustle there.

From Chris who wanted me to rent a mobility scooter – which I eventually did, to Terri, who always made sure I was comfortable, to Mike who guarded my leg in the crowds, to Steve who helped carry my coat, to Nick, to Eric, to Geoff, etc.

Friendship, they say, is wealth.

People, I am very wealthy!

One Love to all my friends.

I couldn't have done CES 2008 without you.

Thank you.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

CES 2008: Microsoft Partner Pavilion

Sunday, January 6, 2008
Microsoft Partner Pavilion, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

In what is fast becoming a Pre-CES Sunday tradition, members of the Microsoft Windows Featured Communities were given an advance (totally NDA’d) tour of the Microsoft Partner Pavilion.

While we cannot talk about the new products and technologies we saw there, I can safely say that for the second year in a row, I saw Bill Gates.

Pretty cool.

Canon HV20 HD Camcorder

I just received a Canon HV20 high-def camcorder for review.

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Zune 8

I am the recipient, through friends at Microsoft, of a new Zune 8, in a beautiful red color.

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Saturday, January 5, 2008
Chin-Chin, New York Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Geoff Nelson and Chris Aarons of BuzzCorps welcomed a few of us to CES with an impromptu dinner at Chin-Chin.

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CES 2008: CES Unveiled

Saturday January 5, 2008
Sands Exposition Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
CES Unveiled is the press-only registration and meet-and-greet soiree held before the opening of the event allowing press attendees to hobnob with each other, and gives them the opportunity to get an advance view of products due to be announced at CES.

Steve Hughes and Eric Hicks, both of Boston Pocket PC were there.

At CES Unveiled, I was able to speak with representatives from AMD, Parrot, Pro-Clip, etc.

As time permits, I will update this post.

Now, I’m off to dinner with friends.

CES 2008: Logitech

Saturday, January 5, 2008
Aquaknox, The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada

Logitech just announced some products at a press luncheon here of which two of them are desirable to yours truly, the Harmony One remote control, and the diNovo Mini,

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Friday, January 04, 2008

2008 International CES

January 4, 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
Weird trip here

Meetup with Mike Reyes (HardwareGeeks) and Terri Stratton (TheTabletPC.net).

Had dinner with Terri and Mike at Cravings at the Mirage Hotel & Casino (sponsored by SmallBizVista.com).

Psyching myself into getting ready for the zoo at CES tomorrow.

Memo to self: look into electric mobility scooter rentals tomorrow if this broken leg does not hold up.

(Chris Aarons (of BuzzCorps), Terri, and Michael had asked me to look into a scooter rental right about the time I broke my leg.)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

HP iPAQ 310 Travel Companion

I am in receipt of this device which marries a touchscreen GPS, contact manager, and a portable media player.

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HP announces tx2000z Tablet PC

Just ahead of the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas, Nevada, HP announced a space of new products including a update to my favorite lapper, the HP tx2000z Tablet PC.

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