23 posts • joined Monday 22nd January 2007 23:33 GMT
Mondo - many people
Would love to have the Touchpad to read e-books, watch a movie/episode of something, listen to music (it has the best speakers that any tablet has!), maybe play a game or 2..
And many people who plan to buy it wants an Android tablet. At that price, why not?
Give me a break
Mossad, MI6, CIA, and lots of other agencies creates those fake ID's for various purposes. Google it, see what ministers in Australia said, they basically on TV admitted it.
If the incident that happend with Israel and the terrorist was happening with another country, not Israel, everyone would have been forgetting about it 24 hours, but since it's Israel, then ... you see the comments here..
Did you really read the blog post?
1. You can't run GIMP because.. there won't be X/X11/Xorg. Google is going their way with "a new windowing system", so unless someone will port GTK+, tons of other packages which rely on X, there won't be GIMP.
2. Have you ever tried pixlr? (http://www.pixlr.com/app), you can do tons of stuff with it and it's much better then GIMP (IMHO). All you need is flash and it's much better then Adobe gives you.
3. Google wants to integrate some of their tech into their OS, namely Gears, O3D, Native Client etc. They don't want to compete with Ubuntu/Fedora/Pick you distro, they're building something which will leverage their tech with the hardware of the Netbook.
4. I really suggest to you to look into Dave Perry's GaiKai demo, specially the last part (where he shows Photoshop CS4 running) and think about that technology combined with Chrome and Netbook..
Here's an idea
Last year, I ordered a machine for myself and I specifically asked that the machine should be without any OS since I'm going to install Fedora on it.
Apparently, someone didn't listen to my request and I got the machine with Vista Ultimate trial for 30 days. I removed it and installed Fedora.
And thats my idea: vendors could install Windows 7 trial on the machine without adding the OS cost to the machine. If the user wants to use Windows 7, then he'll go to a specific web site, pay the price the vendor set, and he/she will get an activation number which upon activation, the OS will be unlimited, depends on which version he bought (Home, Premium, Ultimate, whatever).
That way, if I want to install my Fedora, or my friend wants to install Ubuntu or anything else, the user won't pay MS "TAX".
I heard that the N450 will have 64 bit support. Nothing in this fine article mentioned that. Why?
not to confuse?
The article confuses several times between 751 and 571.
I fail to see the logic about this VMedia "mini drive". 1GB per layer? Even if it's dual layer, double side, you'll get 4GB storage total. A simple SDHC 4GB SD Card costs around $7 these days, and you cannot read those VMedia cartridges anywhere unless you'll buy an external drive for it.
As for Quartics Q1721 Multimedia Coprocessor chip , there are dozen chips (from TI and others) which can not only decode H.264 in real time, but other codecs as well (VC1, Divx HiDef, even some wavelet compressions). NVidia has some solutions too (other than the 9400M).
Weird machine, weird decisions..
looks like the real thing
Slot loading blue ray drives are common these days, better processor manufacturing (45nm? 32nm?), and better air-flow design is possible. All you have to look is who manufactures the PS3. Looking at those pics, it looks like it was snapped on the place it manufactures the PS3 in China.
Well, there are ethings wrong with that
* Price: 100% is better then 70%. If a user can download it from my web site which I already have and paid for, then I can keep 100% of the money to me, compared to Apple which will give only "certified" apps the privilege to be sold.
* Restrictions: Forget apps like firefox, Skype, Opera, Java etc.. Why? because Apple decide "no no". With Android, anyone can port/write an app to the Android framework and give/sell it. (Keep in mind that Google hasn't revealed some central place for Android apps yet). If I can develop/port something which is better than Apple is offering, then I cannot give or sell it - quite a nasty limitation.
* Development Environment: I can code within Linux, Mac, Windows, even FreeBSD or anything with X86 processor that can run Eclipse, compare that to Mac only.
Those are quite big issues that limit applications availability to IPhone.
This computer going to cost a LOT!
8.9" LCD at 1366x768, ExpressCard, Mini-Firewire? these parts cost quite a bit of money, so I don't expect that this baby will be sold for anything less then 800-1000$. If they'll sell it for $600, I'll buy two!
EEE's selling point is it's price $400 for an ultra small simple PC without parts that costs a lot. If Asus will replace the LCD with an 8.9" LCD at 1366x768, then expect EEE price jump to around $600-700, not less
"not buying from Israel".. oh dear..
Take your digital camera, open the part which hold the SD Card.. do you see "SanDisk" written on the SD Card? San Disk was an Israeli company until it bought M-systems [also an Israeli company] and moved to USA. Their CEO and half the management - Israelis..
And thats just a tiny example...
If you want to disqualify a product "because it was invented in Israel, which kill Palestinians", then at least make sure you know the facts correctly, and bear in mind that most of the video footage that you see on your TV are simply a propaganda which filmed by Palestinians which shows only 1 side of the story.
If you want to judge phone, then judge it by it's capabilities, advantages/disadvantages, and not by it's country's politics.
60 years ago, the British people gave guns etc to the Arabs to kill Jews (our Independence war, 1948). Should I stop reading El Reg because it's based on UK?
A guy from Israel
Few notes about this machine
If you thought that EEE has crappy mouse, then take a look at this machine, it's "pad" is above the keyboard and maybe works great if you have baby fingers, but adult fingers won't work well with this micro-tiny touchpad.
2nd, 1.2Ghz VIA C7-M is NOT faster compared to whats inside EEE. Go ahead, benchmark them and see for yourself.
Looking at the machine itself, EEE looks WAY better, while Cloudbook looks .. bulkier..
Regarding SGI and NT
(answering the AC)
The NT from SGI was running on X86 machines, but with SGI chips which required some heavy modifications of NT, they were the Visual Workstation 320 and 540. You couldn't just slap an NT on them (heck, there wasn't even a standard BIOS on them if I recall correctly).
Google is already participating in the LinuxBIOS project. How much work do you think it will take to add Frame Buffer, TinyX, FireFox, Skype and even Xine to put inside? my answer: not much. A good engineer could do this within few days, and can even use FS like cramfs ot other compression based filesystems.
The biggest problem currently with SplashTop is that you cannot access yet your favorites and other media files from your local hard disk, not mentioning that you cannot write to the hard disk yet.
SplashTop is nice, but integrating BIOS configuration right in should help a lot to introduce it to users.
Good luck, DeviceVM
1. The description of the screenshots is wrong IMHO: the PSP picture is smaller than the W800i? shouldn't it be the Oppisite?
2. I'm not sure many portable devices can play MPEG files directly, it's too bad that they didn't have alternative codecs (MPEG-4 variants comes to mind)
Not ready yet
Yes, Solaris is great on big machines, specially if they have a SPARC processor inside. It really kicks ass there..
But lets install Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris on my Thinkpad T42.. what do we got... OMG - it's CDE! That ugly thing from the days where we had Windows 3.x! but wait.. we have GNOME now! Do you love KDE? do you? well, good luck getting latest KDE on SPARC, there's version 3.5.1, but the latest official KDE 3.5.5 is not available, just wait till someone will port the bug fixes to Solaris..
Next - how about some 3D? Oh damn, your shiny expensive graphics card is supported like Trident 8900 PCI Card (or in simple words: great 2D, crappy 3D performance), so all those dazzling new 3D window managers cannot really run even on my humble Radeon 9600, nor NVidia's 5xxx,6xxx or later cards.. no sir..
Audio: Having a new Creative sound card? good luck with that card, cause you ain't gonna get any 5.1 or 7.1 sound if you (god forbid) decided to watch some DVD..
Patching the OS: oh boy those headaches that Sun has given me with those patches numbers and crappy updates methods. It really makes you wonder if someone at Sun hasn't ever seen either UP2Date, Yast, Yum or APT which makes the living of any admin WAY easier than maintaining a Sun server..
I could go on and on, how any ANCIENT Red Hat Enterprise 3 beats the crap out of Solaris when it comes to applications, device support, community, compatibility is WAY ahead of any solaris including the latest and greatest Open Solaris.
As I said at the beginning - it's great on the big servers, it sucks on workstations and Laptops, so I prefer to stick with Linux until someone at Sun would really wake up.