Redemption Time for UMPC – Article at

Well when he writes “What the heck is an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC)?” the rest of the article illustrates the writer’s confusion. Perhaps he can be forgiven for this as he is reflecting the market place.

I think he casts too broad a net in considering many of the sub four-pound machines including the likes of the ASUS EiiPC4g. The original vision for the UMPC was a device that included a touch screen interface, running Windows Vista.

From Microsoft’s UMPC Site

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.

Still, it is an interesting article in that it may be an indication of the general state of perception of tiny machines. But by including so many machines in the article, I think the author just adds to the confusion around the meaning of the term UMPC.

Link: Redemption Time for the UMPC 



I just spent a solid 14 days with a Sony UX380CN – hammering away at it under every possible scenario I could imagine. For me, a touch-screen or stylus input of some kind is absolutely essential in a small machine. I will be writing about that experience in the next day or so.


The Buzz is back – a lot faster and looking good.

John Hill at TabletPCBuzz has completed the transition to the new forum software. He writes.

As of today, June 2nd, we have successfully migrated all the users and posts from our previous (Snitz) forum software to our new (vBulletin) forums.

I hope you like the improvement. I am very appreciative of all your patience.

If you are an existing user, you will have to reset your password. It takes just a minute and is an automated process through email.


It will take 24-48 hours for the DNS to point the domain to its new location.

If you have any questions or problems, please post here or email me at

Thanks again for supporting the Buzz!

John referred to password reset process. Here it is in a little more detail I wrote for someone yesterday.

  1. Go to the Buzz message board as usual

  2. Click the Log In button. If you password has not been reset you will get the Invalid Password Screen

  3. Then click the link as though you have forgotten your password.

  4. Follow the prompts to have the system send you a new temporary password

  5. Follow the prompts in the resulting email and

  6. Set a new password 

  7. Two minutes round trip. Well at least that is all it took for me. Others have reported that it takes a little longer.

When you cruise around the updated forum, there will appear to be fewer topics. That is likely because the default filter is set to one month. You can change that at the bottom of the screen. From what I can see, pretty much all the history is there. There may have been a very few posts that got lost in the transition during the past few days. but other than that it looks okay to me.

So head on over to Tablet PC Buzz and check it out. It still maintains a character of its own, with the same respect, courtesy, and great information that you have come to expect.