Vikram Madan and is a Development Manager on the Microsoft team chartered with incubating the relatively-new Windows Ultra Mobile-PC category (aka UMPCs or Microsoft Origami UMPCs).
And here is a link to his blog:
We’re in good company now!
Toshiba sites in Europe have drivers for Vista. These appear to have gone up around March 20, 2007.
Toshiba Vista Drivers – Toshiba Europe
(If you get an error page – big red letters – refresh the page and it might come up).
The sites are not displaying well for me, but I was able to get the links from the pages and I have posted those and some comments about using them in
I’ve installed this on the Asus R2H and the interface works really well for touch. The controls are intuitive. Things are working just as you hope they will.
Nice work Josh!
In an article “The Worst PCs“ 03.20.07
Buyer beware: You’ll want to stay away from this batch of laptops and desktops.
PC Mag names the Samsung Q1 among their list of the worst PCs.
PC Mag just doesn’t get it, and they seem to be going out of their way to prove it.
You can read the whole article starting here:
The Q1 is on the second page:
Quoting the PC Mag summary:
Product: Samsung Q1
Category: Laptops & Notebooks
What We Liked: Good speaker sound quality. Full-blown Windows XP operating system. Very portable. Resolution toggle button.
What We Didn’t Like: No keyboard or optical drive included. Not very good for writing extensively. PDA-like stylus. Slow processor and nonupgradable RAM.
What You Should Know: Just another slate tablet that can’t replace a true PC, but it makes for a nice portable media player that would be more attractive if it weren’t so pricey.
Read the full review of the Samsung Q1.
But all this really tells me is that PC Magazine doesn’t understand the platform. They don’t understand that it is a separate platform.
Unfortunately this characterization of the machine is based on a model that has been updated twice since the initial review in May last year (and the information that places this machine in the Worst PC Category).
The specs for the version currently available (Q1P) are much better with a Pentium M 1.0 gHz and 1 gig of RAM standard.
The Q1 Ultra (announced last week) looks even better.
I am glad I switched to Vista.
There are a few things that I found troublesome at first (like turning on file extensions so that I could more easily distinguish between five files with the same name), but the more I use Vista, the more I am convinced that it was better to switch than wait.
When I started installing betas and release candidates on older machines (going back some 18 months ago I guess) I was pleasantly surprised at how well things worked. I still am.
I have a Thinkpad A31p (circa 2002) that is as functional running Vista and Office 2007 as it ever was running Windows XP and Office 2000. I only mention this because that machine (that this month is probably five years old), did not require any upgrades (ok – I already had a gig of RAM in it). And as far as I can tell, I have not had to sacrifice anything for having made the change. I just mention this because at least for this venerable beast, Vista did not put it in it’s grave, but renewed it’s usefulness. When I gave this to a relative I had to transfer programs and data from an older machine. Using the new Vista utility to do this, the job was done in about an hour.
The interesting test was to watch as someone who ‘just wants to use the computer to get things done’ took to Vista very quickly. No support calls for me – thank goodness.
I think about the hesitation with which I have passed computers to older relatives. I know that I will have considerably less concern now as the next generation to move on will be loaded with Vista.
I made the switch and am delighted.
How about you?
Join me in the forums at MobilePCWorld and we’ll talk.