jkOnTheRun Audio Edition #19 – Usage scenarios for the Samsung Q1 UMPC

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Watch jkOnTheRun Audio Edition #19 here (WMV format, 320×240, 85.8 MB, 34:28 minutes)

Kevin_2006_100pix_1OK, we won’t win any Academy Awards for this video. I’m still limited to a 1.3 MP webcam and if you’ve ever tried to capture an LCD image from a webcam, well, let’s just say it isn’t pretty. However, if there are any DV recorder manufacturers looking for a fair and honest review, maybe we should talk! 😉

What I tried to do was go through some of the many great scenarios you provided us and then let the Q1 try and handle them. Keep that in mind as you’re watching the often dark video; the point here isn’t to show the screen in crystal-clear imagery, but to see if the Q1 can handle the everyday work that you asked about. Remember: we’re looking at the device as both concept and for hands-on usage. Having said that, here’s some of the items you’ll see in no particular order:

  • Booting up into AVStation Now for media playback.
  • Booting into Windows XP to show the time-frame of a boot up.
  • Putting the device into Sleep mode and restoring it back to show the speed.
  • Inking in OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007 and Windows Journal.
  • Handwriting recognition in Windows Journal.
  • A quick stop into MindJet’s MindManager (Note: I had an issue in the video, but it wasn’t the fault of the software or of the Q1. Second Note: notice that I said it was my fault without actually saying it was my fault?!?)
  • Brief look at DialKeys and the Microsoft TouchPack.
  • Surfing in IE7 via the LAN.
  • Pulling the LAN cable out and surfing the web by using an XV6700 EV-DO Windows Mobile phone via a Bluetooth connection.
  • An overview of the Samsung screen rotation

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We’ll likely have some additional videos of other scenarios for the Q1, but 34 minutes of a webcam video is probably more than you can bear for now!

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If you can’t beat them, buy them

Verizon is doing its very best to roll out IPTV services on its spanking new FIOS network. Its mega-billion dollar investment could come cropper, if the company fails to get franchisee licenses from various different municipalities. So far, local governments have not played ball, but Verizon might have found a way out, reports The Wall Street Journal. The plan is simple – if the company gets a statewide approval, instead of knocking on every muni’s door, it will pay them 3% of annual television revenues, rather than 2%. The program is being put to test in New Jersey first. I find this logic hard to argue with. More money in these tough times? Why not? But also worry that this could come out of consumer pockets somehow or the other! (Can anyone elaborate on this?)
This development comes a day after a nasty he-said-she-said battle between cable and phone operators at a public hearing in Edison, NJ. Franklin Lakes Mayor Thomas Donch says Verizon will not be able to offer a local children’s sports game broadcast, so why bother. “I’m all for competition,” said Donch, “but I’m not sure that all the concerns can be addressed in the state Legislature.” A county-by-county, muni-by-muni license scheme would ensure that Verizon cannot roll out its IPTV service till mid-2006, a scary development. Meanwhile, NY Public Service Commission voted 4-0 to reject a March request from the likes of Cablevision and local governments who contend that VZ cannot build the network unless it has all the licensess, reports The Albany Times

Hello Canada. This is VoIP

Mark Evans hopes Vonage’s marketing campaign is going to kickstart the VoIP business in Canada, but is not that optimistic. Local calls are really cheap he says. NRI/Michael Sohn Associates expects there will be 1.1 million residential households using an Internet telephony service by 2007. At present around 25,000 Canadians are using VoIP.

Mirra for Mac?

mirra_personal_server_magic.jpgWe have all seen Mirra, the connected storage drive, and some of us have liked it as well. And that despite the fact that it works only with Windows. I complained about this to the company’s senior executives recently. Actually badgered them about why Mac users should miss out on the whole digital drive thing. After all it was Steve Jobs who woke up the entire industry to the “opportunity.” Why then there is no Mirra for Mac? Doesn’t Mirra founder and chairman Tim Bucher now work as senior vice president for macintosh system development at Apple? Now Mirra folks are genuinely nice people who gave into my repetitive questioning and told me that “they were working on a Mirra for mac.” No there is no beta, when I asked, “can I try one?” But they promised that there will be a beta soon? What about the real thing? No answers, except Santa isn’t gonna stuff this one in your stocking!