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Intel AppUp Webpage Browser Hostile?

I wanted to try the Intel AppUp beta for Windows 7 netbooks. So, I pointed my Google Chrome browser at…

http://www.intel.com/Consumer/Products/appup.htm

This resulted in partially rendered web page and Chrome attempting to use all available processor resources. I had to use Windows Task Manager to terminate Chrome.

Next up was Firefox. It rendered correctly and did not cause the processor to rev up. However, I could not download the AppUp EXE file using Firefox.

This forced me to use Internet Explorer 8 which takes forever to startup (why is that). The AppUp webpage rendered correctly and let me download the EXE file.

Thanks for the terrible user experience, Intel!

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Windows 7 is a Great OS, But it is Not Touch Screen Ready (video demo)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer demonstrated HP’s soon-to-be-available Notebook Slate (no physical keyboard) running Windows 7 during his CES keynote in Las Vegas last night…

Gizmodo: HP’s Windows 7 Slate Device Revealed by Steve Ballmer

Here’s the thing though… I’ve had an Asus Eee PC T91MT netbook for a couple of months now. It has an 8.9-inch multi-touch screen in a convertible configuration (physical keyboard can be used in netbook mode or hidden to use in slate mode). Windows 7 is a great operating system. I happen to like it a lot and have upgraded my desktops and netbooks to it since it release. It is not, however, tweaked for touch use based on my experience with the T91MT. The problem is that Windows 7′s touch screen feature is a combination of the old pen-centric Tablet PC and the hand/finger-centric Surface Table. The result is something neither animal nor mineral. Many, if not most, of the feature remain pen-centric. Finger-tip touch control is an afterthought at best and simply ignored at worst. I recorded a brief video demo using my T91MT in slate mode (physical keyboard hidden in back of the LCD) to demonstrate some of the small but annoying issues I’ve run into over the past few months. And, note that these are just a few of the issues. There are many more.

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Google Chromium OS on an Acer Aspire One Netbook

Google Chromium OS installed on a 2GB USB thumb drive running on a first generation Acer Aspire One. This netbook has an Atom N270 processor with 512MB RAM.

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Blog Post Test Using Eee PC T91MT Pen Input & LiveWriter

This text was entered using a stylus on an Asus Eee PCT91MT touch screen net book. It is a slow and imprecise so far. typing on a keyboard is a lot faster for me. I wonder it this process becomes faster with practice?

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People who have never seen a netbook should not write op-eds about them

I think it was Harlan Ellison who said: Everyone is entitlted to an INFORMED opinion. So, while I disagree with this TechRepublic article subject line, I figured it was worth taking a look at…

Netbooks are dead. Long live the notebook

That was the case until I read its first sentence: Netbooks — those underpowered mini laptops with 7-inch screens and unusable little keyboards — are a dying fad. Say what? A 7-inch screen? There hasn’t been a mainstream netbook with a 7-inch screen since the first generation Asus (the Eee PC 701) that introduced the netbook concept in 2007. Quite honestly, I stopped reading the article at that point. The standard netbook LCD screen is 10.1 inches these days with a smattering of models with 9-inch displays (like the touchscreen Asus Eee PC T91MT I recently bought).

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Testing Live Writer with this Blog

Installed Microsoft Live Writer on my Asus Eee PC T91MT touchscreen netbook to make blogging a bit easier when using it.

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Intel/Novell Moblin (Linux) 2.0 Netbook Beta Intro on YouTube


YouTube video courtesy of demomoblin

I’m pretty happy with Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix. And, I don’t have another spare netbook to test Intel/Novell’s competitor Moblin 2.0 (beta) Linux distro for netbooks. So, I wasn’t planning to take a look at Moblin until I saw this video. It looks pretty interesting. I may have to invest another low-cost netbook to test Moblin. For now, I’m planning to see if it installs as a Guest OS under VirtualBox.

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Funny Product Photo: Netbook Messenger Bag

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I was looking at this messenger bag built for netbooks (max 11 inch screen) because it is a Checkfast designed item (for getting through airport TSA checkpoints) and it is inexpensive ($29.99). While looking at the product photo closely, I noticed something amusing. The photographer (or his/her assistant) decided to add a couple of CD or DVD discs in jewel cases as props. Of course, netbooks don’t have optical drives so…

Ok, geeky humor. But, I found it amusing. Still considering buying the item.

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CamStudio Screencast Recorder on a Netbook Running Windows 7 RC (video demo)

The free and Open Source CamStudio 2.0 demoed on an Asus Eee PC 1000HA running Windows 7 Release Candidate. I was happy to see CamStudio run on this combo since it did not run under Windows Vista when I tested it after Vista’s launch.

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Windows 7 Release Candidate Boot to Login Screen Time on a Netbook (video)

Like Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 Release Candidate took just under 35 seconds to boot from a cold start to the login screen.

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Turn on WiFi LED on Aspire One Running Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix

Here’s a handy pointer that is a comment to a UNR blog item I wrote over on MobileContentToday…

You can fix the led issue by installing the linux-backports-modules-jaunty package and restarting.

Originally posted as a comment by heggied on mediabistro.com: MobileContentToday using Disqus.

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Windows 7 Beta 35 Second Boot on Asus Eee PC 1000HA Netbook

Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix took about 36 seconds to boot to the Ubuntu login screen on an Acer Aspire One netbook with 512MB RAM and a 8GB SSD. This time I recorded the boot time of Windows 7 Beta booting to the login screen on an Asus Eee PC 1000HA netbook with 1GB RAM and a 160GB hard drive. It took about 35 seconds.

Of course, Windows gets really busy after the login process with anti-spyware, anti-virus, and bunches of different app update background processes. So, it takes about another 30+ seconds to settle down.

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