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The Ultimate UMPC is not a UMPC!

According to Microsoft, a UMPC is supposed to be:


photo courtesy of Engadget

“About the size of a paperback book, the UMPC is small and light enough to fit easily into a carry-on, a purse, or a backpack. And yet, the UMPC features a powerful processor, a big, bright display, easy-to-use input options, and support for the latest connectivity standards.

The UMPC offers a display of 4-7 inches and touch capabilities, all in a package that weighs less than 2 pounds. But don’t underestimate this small computer—it can run all of the same Windows Vista-compatible software you’re already familiar with.”

We certainly have seen some of these ideal elements in UMPCs, but as far as running “Windows Vista-compatible software” using a “powerful processor” is concerned, this project is a failure.  Some recent reviews illustrate the concept:


From JK on the Run’s WiBrain review on slow performance, “For example: opening up Microsoft Word 2007 takes 6 seconds on the Q1P. The same task on the WiBrain routinely takes 9 seconds.” 

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January 27, 2008 Posted by | Opinions, Pocket PC, UMPC | Leave a comment

101 Dumbest Moments in Business 2007

Fortune Magazine has made an absolutely hilarious list of the worst business decisions of 2007.  I’m not going to reprint them all, but here are some of the highlights.  Enjoy.  (I threw in some of my own comments in blue)


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January 17, 2008 Posted by | Opinions | Leave a comment

Tivo is Low Tech?


We have two Tivos in our home.  Actually, the one attached to our big screen TV is an actual Tivo.  The other one is a Direct TV DVR.  The Tivo only has one cable going into it, so I can’t record one show while watching another. 

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January 5, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Televsion/Cable/Satellite | Leave a comment