CNET reviews the hp tc4400: 6.6 / 10

Hp_tc4400Gotta Be Mobile caught the review over at CNET, which pegs the hp tc4400 at an average 6.6 out of 10. On the bad side, CNET cited the lack of a built-in optical drive; something I personally would rather not see in a Tablet PC. My thought is that if you’re going to ink in slate mode, why hold more weight than you need? Of course, the flipside is the potential need to carry an external optical drive, but I find that to be a very limited need these days; just personal opinion there. You can catch the full review right here and be sure to check Rob’s thoughts on CNET’s review as well.

LoJack for your laptop

LoJack, the car-theft prevention technology is coming to a laptop near you. Absolute Software has licnesed the brand name LoJack and will release a software product called LoJack for laptops. Basically what it does is embed a special agent in a computer’s BIOS and when that computer connects to any IP networks, the embedded Computrace agent sends a silent signal to Absolute’s Monitoring Center providing its IP address or phone number to identify its physical location. Absolute works with local law enforcement to recover the computer. The stealthy Computrace software agent can survive accidental or deliberate attempts to be removed or disabled. Apparently IBM/Lenovo’s ThinkPads have this agent. The $49 software doesn’t really work for Macs, despite the fact that handsome machines like PowerBook 12 are more likely to be stolen at the airport. Who would want to steal a lame Dell? Jeff will be too happy to give his away!

BPL, a technology whose time has come and gone?

Despite constant boosting from FCC commissioners Michael Powell and Kevin Martin, the broadband over power-line is a technology which is woefully outdated. In fact some believe that its time has come and gone, though many seem to be still pushing it hard, like those folks down in Texas. There was a time when last mile access was expensive and difficult, especially from the incumbents. In those trying times, getting broadband via power lines was seen as the panacea to our broadband problems. Things have changed, and even incumbents are realizing that there is dollars in them fast connections. Makes you wonder why telecom lobbyists, New Millennium Research Council still keep trying to push BPL as a viable option. more here

XConnect, Common, Bubbler & Palamida

Here are four start-ups, I found across the blogsphere which others have found interesting.

Common, another social network

XConnect went live, with its interconnect service for VoIP providers. James Enck asks, “I’ll be very curious as to what the members do in the way of tariff offerings around it, and who else signs up.”

Ed Sim writes about Palamida which makes software that “works like an antivirus scanner looking into code and checking against its compliance database to catalog your code base, identify whose components you are using, and then providing the user with the associated license and contact information. Increasingly IP compliance is becoming a big deal, especially when you talk to CIOs, and incorporating this type of automated scanner early in the development process can save customers a ton of headaches and potential dollars from law suits.”

SiliconBeat on Five Across and Bubbler: : “At its simplest, Bubbler is a hosted a blog service, not unlike Blogger or TypePad. But instead of updating their blogs through a browser-based Web form, users post entries through a Bubbler desktop application (downloadable for free). This makes it simple to drag photos, audio and video files, office documents or just about any other type of file into a window and have them uploaded to your site.”

Super growth returning to wireless?

Worldwide, wireless subscriber growth is experiencing robust expansion, according to analyst firm, In-Stat/MDR. By 2009, they forecasts, the worldwide wireless market will grow to more than 2.5 billion subscribers. The growth will come mostly from emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil and Russia. By 2007 they expect GSM to expand its growth, but by 2008 more carriers will move to WCDMA, Ken Hyers, a Senior Analyst with In-Stat/MDR says. CDMA & WCDMA will pass GSM in 2009 to claim the largest share of the market, in terms of number of subscribers, he predicts.

  • While China continues to lead the world in overall subscriber growth, the percentage growth leaders continue to be found in other parts of Asia, particularly the Southern Asia region, which includes India.
  • As growth in China begins to slow, India can be expected to pick up the slack and will be a significant engine of global subscriber growth.
  • European subscriber growth will continue to slow, and will stall in Scandinavia (the world’s first fully mature wireless market) and Western Europe, In-Stat predicts.
  • In the United States, iDEN, represented almost exclusively by Nextel, will see strong growth; however, it is likely that iDEN networks will be phased out sometime during the forecast, resulting in a shift of these subscribers to some other technology.

Fixed Wireless: Like Viagra for DSL

I argued about Fixed Wireless as backhaul business yesterday and also had pointed to BellSouth buying fixed wireless spectrum from MCI for about $65 million. Today Glenn provides proof.

bq. BellSouth is starting a new trial of broadband wireless in Palatka, Florida: The company is still leveraging its expensive wire base, but it’s conducted ongoing tests of broadband fixed wireless as a way to reach customers beyond the range of DSL. via 802.11b Networking News