Microsoft Windows 7 Tablets Could Fail Because Of Pricing

Microsoft Corporation located in the rainy state of Redmond, WA., had announced that they were preparing to introduce a Windows version for the tablet computer. What Microsoft failed to tell us was that the price of using a Windows-based tablet computer would cost double what the same Android powered system would cost. Why is a Windows tablet costing so much more? It is the hardware requirements.

While Android can function nicely on an Atom processor, Windows 7 needs an Intel Core i5-470 UVM processor and 4GB of memory to function correctly. In one recent article it stated these prices for the Asus Eee PC:

  • Eee Pad MeMO: starts at $499
  • Eee Slate: starts at $999 [Windows 7 box]
  • Eee Pad Slider: starts at $499
  • Eee Pad Transformer: starts at $399

Before I would plunk down $999 for a Eee Slate, I would purchase an Apple iPad. Which makes one wonder just how long Asus will produce a Windows tablet computer if sales are dismal?

There was also this statement:

And it’s not even designed for tablets. The user interface is designed for a cursor and a mouse, not fingers. There are few touch-enabled applications for it. Android is cheaper, built for touch, and has more than 200,000 available apps.
I am not surprised that Microsoft is taking this approach for tablet computers. They have become out of touch with what a tablet computer should be and thinking that by putting on Windows 7 they can fool the masses. Those days are over. I personally believe that consumers in the market to buy a tablet computer will want something priced at $500 or less.
Users are also not going to want a stripped down version of Windows 7 or even Windows XP on their new tablets.

Just my two cents.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – SAI

nuzart

There’s a lot of artistic talent out there, but without the right exposure, you may never know about it. For art lovers, the only art that they usually know about is the art that they see, but just imagine how many budding artists are sitting at home and creating works of art that others may never see because they don’t know how to get them in front of the public. The Internet has certainly helped to give exposure to more talent, but it has to be used in the right way. Whether you’re looking to buy art or sell your own, nuzart has options for you.

For buyers, acquiring something new to hang on the wall is as simple as finding the image you like, selecting the size and printing material, and making the purchase. This approach works well for artists because nuzart handles the printing and customization, which means that all they have to do is upload their art, set the price, and tell others where it can be found. Additionally, you may not be an artist, but you can still upload images and get them printed through the service, so it’s a win-win.

Songkick

It’s been a pretty long time since I’ve been to a concert. I used to go to concerts all the time, but that was before I had a lot of responsibilities. I still love to listen to live music, but it just takes a little more advance planning for me to actually attend a concert. Additionally, if you’re like me, there may be a lot of bands that you like, and they all have different tour schedules, which means that it can be a lot of work to find out who’s coming where and when. With Songkick, all you have to do is wait to be told what’s happening.

This service tracks upcoming concerts from your favorite artists, and it can even do this automatically for you by looking at your iTunes library to find out what you listen to. Not only will you be e-mailed when a concert is coming up, but you’ll also have access to a calendar that organizes all of this information for you. If you see a gig that you’d like to attend, then you’ll appreciate the fact that ticket information from a large number of vendors is available. Even if you can’t go to any upcoming concerts at this time, you can still make use of Songkick’s extensive concert database to share your memories from concerts that took place years ago.

Fotomoto

Have you ever heard the phrase “starving artists” used before? While there are many artists who have gone on to achieve great financial success, being an artist isn’t the first profession you think of when you think of professions that guarantee reliable income. Therefore, as an artist, you need all of the help that you can get to be successful so that you don’t become another starving artist. Fotomoto is a service that gives artists and photographers the tools that they need to profit from their work.

For an artist, creating their work is the process that they enjoy, but they may not know how to go about selling their work and making money off of their creativity. With Fotomoto, all it takes is creating an account and adding some code to your page so that people can start buying your photographs from your site. Options exist for customers to customize their orders and you can trust Fotomoto to handle all of the details (credit card processing, printing and shipping, etc.) while you just worry about making money. Creating an account is free but Fotomoto takes a 15% commission when you make a sale.

enGreet

I’m not very good about sending cards to people. I’m so used to doing things online that having to write something by hand and mail it seems like a lot of work. Yes, I blame my laziness on the Internet. Of course, I can’t really blame the Internet for my lack of card sending anymore because there are multiple services that enable you to select and write a card online and then pay to have it printed and sent. A service called enGreet makes sending a card almost as easy as sending an e-mail.

The first thing worth mentioning is the unique selection of cards that are available through enGreet. Artists are able to upload their card designs and make money when people choose them, which means that you won’t just see the same cards that you’ve seen in stores for years. Once you’ve selected a card you just write your message, customize it, and then have it sent. One really neat feature that’s offered enables you to schedule when a card should be sent if you don’t want to send it right away. Instead of running the risk of forgetting a special occasion, you can just create the card now and have enGreet remember when to send it for you.

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TubeRadio.fm

I purchased a music CD yesterday for the first time in a long time. I used to really be into keeping up with new music, but I just don’t have the time and energy for it anymore. With that said, when a new CD comes out from a band that I’ve listened to for years, I just have to get it. After discovering TubeRadio.fm, I searched for a number of bands that I like and found that I suddenly had a nice collection of music videos to enjoy.

TubeRadio.fm bills itself as being YouTube for music, and that makes sense because the focus is on music and the library of videos from YouTube is used to make the service tick. On YouTube, you’ll find actual music videos from bands, but you’ll also find a collection of other videos associated with their music, including content like live performances. TubeRadio.fm pulls that content together and provides a helpful way to create playlists, navigate through what’s available, see lyrics, and so on. If you want to do so, you can even search through public playlists. Use this service to gain access to a bunch of content from your favorite artists.

Windows 7 On An Asus Eee Netbook

When Asus first released their popular netbooks the first operating systems were variations of Linux distributions. Later Microsoft came up with a version of Windows XP that seems to work fine with the Eee model. But Vista, because of its size and resource requirement was not able to run on the mini laptop systems.

But during the recent Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, the company made a point to show Windows 7 running on an Asus Eee netbook. Microsoft claims that changes under the hood allowed the new OS to function on the netbook, which is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Dual Core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD flash memory drive.

According to the article from Todd Bishop, he stated that:

Windows chief Steven Sinofsky and Microsoft’s Mike Angiulo took a picture with a digital camera and plugged it into the machine, bringing up Windows 7’s centralized “Device Stage” device management area.

“You don’t have to go down-level, you don’t need anything stripped-down,” Angiulo said. “This is a full Windows experience on this PC … on the 16-gig SSD, with room to spare.”

So the technical challenge apparently has been met. What remains to be seen is how the emerging netbook market will affect Microsoft’s business. In many cases on netbooks, Microsoft is competing head-to-head with the open-souce Linux operating system.

So it does appear that Microsoft continues to improve on the performance issues that have plagued Vista. Hopefully the new OS will met our expectations and provide us all with an enjoyable experience.

Comments welcome.

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Asus Eee PC Vs. More Portable Devices

Gnomie Andrew Norman writes:

Hello, Chris.

I just watched your video concerning Asus Eee PC vs PDAs, and I have a thought concerning the issue. I’m sure you get hundreds of responses, but all the same I thought I’d respond.

Of course, I don’t deny that PDAs are computers, but I think there’s a pretty important difference between PDAs and laptops like the Eee PC or MacBook Air.

I do not have an Eee PC, and ninety-nine times out of a hundred I would probably never use it for anything that my Palm T|X couldn’t do about as well, but I still think that there is plenty of merit in the Eee PC. That is, while PDAs can do all of the basic functions of a PC, there are still the non-basic yet common functions that cannot as of yet be done on a PDA.

For example, as of now there are no equivalents to Photoshop on any PDAs (or at least none that I’m aware of), but an Asus EeePC running Xubuntu can use GIMP (and, I suppose, in theory, an XP machine could use Photoshop, but I seriously doubt it would have the room). If I want to do some sound editing, I could boot up Audacity, which I can’t do on my Palm and I’m guessing you can’t do on your iPhone (though correct me if I’m wrong). Or maybe I need to do some vector graphic editing, in which case I could bring up OpenOffice Drawing, which is yet another thing that cannot be done on PDAs. There are so many examples of programs that can be used. A MacBook Air could probably even run some heavier programs like Mathematica or Adobe Premiere, but the Eee PC still has many, many programs that are unavailable (and for good reason) on mobile devices.

These are not especially common functions, but they are still functions that are very important to some people. While I think I personally would mainly use an Eee PC for the simpler things, many people would love the Eee PC for these reasons.

There are also examples of functions that an Asus Eee PC can do far better than a PDA. For example, the office suite OpenOffice is far superior to Documents-To-Go on my Palm. My personal opinion is that DTG is a fantastic program for Palm, but if I had an Eee PC running Xubuntu, I would much rather use OpenOffice with a full keyboard, full screen, and, most importantly, full features of a complete office suite. I like to do a little writing, and I would much rather have a full screen and full keyboard than a tiny Palm screen to do that on. I also think that web browsing is far better on a small laptop than a PDA. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Opera, Safari, or even Skyfire (if it’s EVER released to the public), you still have to manage with a small screen, and if you’re reading a big wall of text, it’s much easier to see it on a decent-sized screen so you don’t have to keep scrolling back and forth. For checking movie times or a quick check of email, then Safari, Opera Mini, or even Blazer will work just fine, but if I’m at LinuxQuestions.org trying to figure out why OpenSuSE keeps crashing on me, I would much rather have a small laptop for a little bit more serious surfing.

And let’s not forget that using a laptop has a pretty useful feature in sharing files. Say you’re at a university and you need to print something or you’re with a friend and you need to give him a file — It can be a pain transferring it from a PDA to a computer. You might have to email it to yourself, taking time to upload (and if you’re on a 2g network that can be annoying), then browse on a university computer to your email and download it. If you’re lucky, your university might have a computer with an SD slot, but not likely (at least not at my school). If you’re using an Eee PC, you can simply copy it to a thumb drive. I have to share files a lot. I don’t know what I’d do without my flash drive. I love being able to move files to and fro quickly and easily.

In the end, it really comes down to what you want to do with it. I can use my Palm to watch movies, listen to music, browse the web, edit documents (slowly), read pdf files, and I even have Linux running on it. But I can’t run GIMP, OpenOffice (for more serious editing), Firefox (for more serious browsing), Audacity, or any other such programs. Although I don’t plan on getting an Asus Eee PC anytime particularly soon, I can certainly see why someone would want or even need an especially portable device. I can also see why someone would not want such a device. It simply comes down to what you want to do with it. There are some people that don’t need PDAs at all (though I pity such people).

Asus Eee PC – Great Liitle Computer

This is one of those products that comes along every once in awhile that makes one say ‘this product can do no wrong.’ For me the biggest benefit of this laptop is that it is small. The unit is easy to carry around and weighs in at just 2 lbs. The quality of the unit also makes this a standout product.

The simplicity of the system stands out since the software power plant is Linux. The system boots up quickly and the user is ready to work quickly. The systems incorporates 4 basic categories, Internet, Work, Learn and Play which is easy to use and doesn’t require any training. Most users will immediately feel comfortable with the system and for the most part not even miss Windows.

Yes the keyboard is small and battery life could be somewhat better, but over all this is a sweet heart of a computer. But like all computer systems, every user who may use the unit may not feel comfortable with the smallness of the system. But for me, and as previously mentioned my wife, both of us really enjoy using the little guy. We will be taking it with us in a few weeks when we visit the grandkids in Texas. The son-in-law has wireless and I will be posting my blog entries using the baby laptop. :-)

Which does make one wonder. Here is a smallish laptop using Linux, and along with using Google Apps for storage of your stuff, could this possibly be a real threat to Microsoft? Asus is also coming out with a 9″ screen in mid-2008. Also Acer has plans for their own mini laptops as well. Oh….I guess I am supposed to call this an ultraportable not a laptop. :-)

Asus has done a great job in providing a quality product at an affordable price.

Comments are welcome.

PS Asus has announced an Eee PC now with Windows XP.

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Finding The Next Portable – Featuring Myself!

Honestly, I have to say that thus far, the jury is still out on what I am going to end up for my next notebook. Recently, I was sent a review version of the still in Beta Zonbu notebook. Despite a fairly balanced review I did for another publication (yet to be published), I am finding myself liking the product more than any other notebook used elsewhere. Let me tell you why.

While I too, have drooled over the prospect of the Eee and the upcoming Cloudbook, for a simple WYSIWYG type of notebook that is very portable, I am turned off by a few things that I am still working to overcome. Oddly enough, the Zonbu notebook has over come these issues for me. Allow me to share:

  • Take your Zonbu, toss into the river. Now pick up another and login – poof, there is your old data from the previous notebook. The Eee and Cloudbook are not offering this last time I checked.
  • Unless you are built like a Smurf, I fail to see how typing on these micro-devices is any easier than those now dated keyboards they used to make for Palm Pilots? And the resolution? Get serious. Zonbu’s notebook is a full wide screen.
  • Hard drives matter – flash is not cutting it for me. Sorry Eee and Cloudbook. The Zonbu notebook offers a fair sized 60GB hard drive.
  • Zonbu will connect to anything I can toss at it. Ethernet or wireless, it all the worked for me. Enter my WPA2 passphrase and I am wireless with DHCP. Not sure about the Eee or the Cloudbook, however. I am sure they do work with WPA2, however I am seeing mixed messages with regard to the Eee.
  • Battery life. For the same crappy battery life I would get with the Eee, on the Zonbu I get a clear, clean widescreen that is easy to read. I really like that. The Cloudbook however, looks like it will be handing the Eee’s backside back to ASUS on battery life – five hours, I could live with that.

One thing I ought to make very clear about all of these options – Zonbu’s notebook and the Cloudbook, both Everex products, use VIA CPUs. The Eee uses Intel. Obviously, Intel is preferred, yet the performace on the VIA notebooks are not half bad, considering the source. So despite me leaning more with something running Intel, Zonbu or the Cloudbook win me back with their features listed above not offered on the Eee.

Two last things to consider.

Two, nay, three of the biggest things that have me leaning with Zonbu besides having (near) bullet proof data backup include:

  1. I can return it within 30 days for EVERYTHING back. Yes, this is for real, I have worked with these guys for some time as I reviewed their stuff. It is rather compelling as I doubt you will see ASUS offering this.
  2. Consider the price. Assuming I agree to their two year service agreement (this is after my 30 day buyers remorse policy) at $14.95 per month, I walk away with an idiot proof notebook for a cool $294.
  3. It stops working during the first three years, they replace it – free. Obviously, their is some fine print here as otherwise some fool is going to spill stuff all over it when the keys start to fade or they just want something with a new screen after the user keyed their initials into it. Common sense applies.

So what is best for my money? Honestly, I am looking for the following for myself:

  • At least 3 Hours of battery life – all three notebooks have this. Cloudbook is about Five hours.
  • MS Exchange compatibility – Zonbu should have provided this with Evolution, but for whatever reason has opted to leave this plugin out – very poor choice considering the choice of email apps. The Eee provides users with the option of using XP (compatibility), so you can purchase Outlook if you like.
  • I do not care about installing new apps on the go. I just need a notebook, not another desktop machine that I can tweak. Zonbu is locked down with minimal apps, so this is fine with me considering its usage.

At the end of the day, it is a toss up between the Cloudbook with its battery life and Zonbu with its encrypted data storage. If this was something you wanted and you happened to be tired of baby sitting yet another notebook, which would you choose?

Be mindful, those of you those of you who are thinking “go to eBay, buy and old Thinkpad and install your OS on it” are totally missing the point. Re-read the features above, then comment. I want it ready to go, cheap and easy. ;)