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The Courier is dead, long live….what?

Microsoft confirms the Courier project is probably a gonner. “Word has just gone fluttering out of Redmond that work on the Courier project — a heretofore rumored dual-screen tablet which rightfully set the tech world ablaze — has been spun down by the company.”

So it looks like perhaps it’s the HP Slate or the asus offerings, or perhaps dell if they get their *#it sorted for those of us not buying ipads.


Vista on the LG P100 restore disk fail

I gave up struggling with the windows recovery and safe mode (none worked) and cracked out the vista recovery disk.

After reformatting the partition and installing vista it started for the first time….. With nothing working. No drivers. No wifi, no proper screen resolution. This was the lg disk, so why doesn’t it have drivers.

Ubuntu booted from a cd and everything worked.

This is crazy.

Big trouble with my laptop

Anyone ever seen this before on your umpc or laptop?

I have a feeling it’s hardware related as i can’t get windows to boot, nor can i boot from a cd or usb key, linux or windows 😦

I won’t be buying an iPad but I will be buying a Slate/Tablet machine this year

Engagdget has their hands on a HP presentation showing the differences between the ipad and the HP slate. Like we needed a leaked ppt.

There’s talk about it being a chopped up netbook; duh, so do we say any tablet PC’s in the last 10 years have been chopped up laptops? It’s a silly argument.

Performance wise I’ve been turned around by Windows 7 on both my convertible tablet and my low spec’d Pentium M ultra portable. Win 7 is a game changer on these machines and stops me from longing for a useable Linux tablet. So Win 7 should be more than enough for the HP slate, to send emails, browse the web, consume your social media of choice. I have used the Pentium M machine for photoshop – but it doesn’t mean I like it. Seriously, leave the heavy lifting for the home PC, desktop, whatever and use the UMPC’s, slates, <1kg machines for what they’re meant to be used for.

Perfect companion to the Viliv X70 or any Tablet PC – cool looking wireless keyboard

I like to pack light. That’s the main reason I got into UMPC’s in the first place. So of course I travel with a thinkoutside BT keyboard. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought and even worked with my Nokia N95 and my Windows smartphones.

This awesome looking keyboard might bump it off the Fav’s list:

From the website:


  • Wireless(RF 2.4G) connection, smart & portable size
  • To enjoy PC Multi-media Entertainment at home
  • Convenient & efficient for Conference, Presentation & lecturing
  • To share large TV and projector screen
  • Large PAD for handwrite
  • Built-in lecture laser pointer
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Backlight function with a handheld keypad
  • Support Window 7 / Vista / XP / 2000, Linux (Debian-3.1, Redhat-9.0, Ubuntu-8.10, Fedora-7.0 tested or above)
  • Standby time: 500~ 700 hours
  • Operation range: up to 30 meters
  • Dimension: 151 x 59 x 13mm (approx.)
  • Weight: 103g