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Libretto W100 awesome dual screen tablet

Here’s the ipad competitor: Libretto W100

This concept looks awesome and even better it’s going to be for sale. Most prototypes turn up at CES and then disappear. This one will be for sale in limited numbers which means we’ll be starting the W100boys blog :).

I think it actually looks like the second generation Entourage Edge if there was such a thing as the centre hinge looks like a slimmed down version of the Edge’s one. Windows 7, two multi touch screens, Toshiba reliability = must have machine.

I’ve had almost very model of Libretto from the Ct70 up to the Libretto L5 and U105 and have actually regretted it every time I sold one. The Libretto L series was hands down the best UMPC, subnotebook I’ve ever owned and the Viliv X70 ties with the Samsung Q1 as the best tablet UMPC. So the W100 and the Samsung Tape are for me the best options out of all the new range of tablets – promised or vapourware. When they come….when are they coming?

The Libretto W100 runs Windows 7 on a 1.2Ghz Pentium processor, boasts a 62GB SSD and 2GB of RAM, and features a Webcam, a USB port, a MicroSD slot, and Bluetooth.

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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.

How Puppy Linux saved my presentation

I had almost finished the powerpoint, all i needed to do was a last test and save it off to a thumbdrive.

And it crashed windows. A crash that went BOOM. Flashing colours on the screen, craziness.

I tried to reboot and it struggled to get to the repair console screens. Eventually windows started to try to fix itself and two hours later admitted defeated. Thanks for nothing.

Luckily i remembered i had a bootable thumb drive in my bag with puppy linux on it. I booted up and managed to copy the presentation to another thumbdrive. But it was a pptx and i wasn’t sure the pc’s at the centre could handle it. I needed a ppt.

After tooling around in Linux for a while i restarted and windows came back. Thanks windows.

Looks like it’ll be a rebuild when i get home.

Off on a trip with the Viliv X70

The picture is showing the tech I’m about to head off on a two day business trip with. I’m taking a lot of stuff and haven’t even packed clothes or anything yet.

But part of this trip is to demo mobile tech so I’m taking the X70 to demo a pure slate PC and I class it as a UMPC because it’s so light and compact. The other machine is my LG P100 convertible Tablet which is a desktop replacement machine because of the power it has but it’s over a kilogram with the extended battery and I have to use the extended battery because the standard one gives me an hour tops of use.

I have thumb drives, portable hard drive, bluetooth keyboard, power adapters, The Balckberry for work, the iPhone for everything else.

I’ll see what I use on this trip (besides the demo times) and see how I go just using the Viliv on the road. Maybe the lack of a keyboard is going to hurt, maybe the lack of inbuild 3G? Have to wait and see.

Akihabara – shopping at tech Nirvana? or bust? part 1

I recently went to Japan and went shopping in Akihabara. After doing extensive reading about it and tooling around the web for ages I felt pretty confident about the visit but my Friend in Japan, Caroline, had some words of wisdom which I ignored at my peril.

The first shop we went to as we came out of the station was the giant Yodobashi Camera. This is a famous chain of tech shops and is truley a giant. 8+ floors of tech shopping and a restaurant as well as some other floors even higher – I never got there. There’s a giant TV screen blasting out sound at you as you wait to cross the traffic lights from the station. There must be no noise laws in Japan because this screen was screaming at us.

The entrance hall for want of a better expression is a place of carnage. It’s almost like a busy market place in India or somewhere with staff shouting at you hocking their wares. Interestingly this first floor is the only place it happens as the other specialist floors are quiet, normal shopping places albeit packed with goods. I call them specialist floors because the ground floor is a mix of phones, laptops, cameras, etc but after that each floor is specialist i.e. second floor laptops, third floor computers, fourth floor cameras, etc.

When you catch the lift up you can read the signs and work out where you are going but the escalators are so covered in ad’s it was hard for me to work out what floor I was on and it gave me to comfort to hear the roar of voices getting closer as I knew I was almost at the ground floor and freedom.

You could seriously get lost shopping in Yodobashi for days. You can get a discount card which gives you points for items you buy on each floor and these cards are great (you can get them as a tourist) because on the price tag of each item is a point amount and at the end you can cash them in for purchase so you get stuff free (or it’s like an extra discount on purchases). You could basically buy a digital SLR and get the acc’s for free.

The ground floor had enough laptops to fill a normal shop back home here or say in America. And then I went to the laptop floor. Wow. Laptops as far as the eye could see. dozens of every model, of every brand. I think for some brands it felt like we get 2-3 varients and in Japan they have 20, plus all the other models we never get to see. Same for cameras and phones.

Part two I’ll talk about where to shop and for what…….my experience.