Category Archives: Consumer Electronics

The End of an Era?

Steve Jobs has died at the young age of 56. He had a massive influence on at least three industries: computing, film animation and music. I thought that Dan Gillmor’s eulogy on Jobs probably came closest to a rounded portrait: … Continue reading

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The iPad is Not a PC–Take 2

Over a year ago, I blogged about Peter Bright’s article in Ars Technica on why Steve Ballmer and Microsoft didn’t understand how Apple’s iPad has been so successful. I wrote at the time that: It’s odd that Ballmer appears to … Continue reading

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Windows Phone 7.5

Almost a year after the first release of Windows Phone 7, the first major upgrade (“Mango”) of the phone operating system is being rolled out. Although it is a major upgrade, the official version number is 7.5, rather than 8. … Continue reading

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Bad Timing

My HP TX2000 Tablet PC died this week, just as I wanted to put the Windows 8 Developer Preview on it. It won’t boot, or even display the BIOS screen. It turns out that this problem is fairly common, and … Continue reading

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Using RAW Codecs in Windows

If you are an enthusiast photographer using a digital camera, you may well have set your camera to take photos using its RAW format. It’s what every professional photographer does. The rest of us take the easy way out, and … Continue reading

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Windows 8

Microsoft have given the first public demo of the user interface that will be included in the next version of Windows, currently known as Windows 8. At the D9 conference yesterday, Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky brought Corporate … Continue reading

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Dutch Windows Phone 7 Delay

As I’ve blogged before, even though you can buy a Windows Phone 7 handset from mobile operators here in the Netherlands, there are at least a couple of things to be aware of: The phones do not yet support the … Continue reading

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Windows Home Server 2011 Online Help

While I’m deciding whether I should bother upgrading from my current Windows Home Server system to Microsoft’s brand spanking new Windows Home Server 2011, I thought that I should take a look at the online help system for WHS 2011. … Continue reading

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Inching Closer?

Back in January, I wrote about the fact that even though the Zune Marketplace was operational here in the Netherlands, it wasn’t offering any Apps for Windows Phone 7. The only thing that the Marketplace was offering here was videos … Continue reading

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A Damp Squib Splutters Into Life

I see that Windows Home Server 2011 has been released to manufacturing. So it should be available on the market in April/May. I’m sorry, but I can only raise a faint cheer about this product. It doesn’t strike me as … Continue reading

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I Don’t Believe It!

I’m channelling Victor Meldrew again today. And the cause of my frustration is once again the forthcoming Windows Home Server 2011. I wasn’t too impressed with some of the backup features I found when I looked at them a few … Continue reading

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Backups in Windows Home Server 2011

I wrote yesterday that I’d decided to kick the tyres of the Release Candidate of Windows Home Server 2011. Today, I thought I’d take a look at how server backups are handled in WHS 2011. First, a bit of background. … Continue reading

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Yes, this is yet another grumbling post about how the current Windows Home Server team just don’t seem to understand what the word “Home” means in the name of the product. I decided that I’d take a closer look at … Continue reading

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Soldiering On

I see that Paul Thurrott, in an article published on his Supersite for Windows, has done a U-turn and is now betting on Windows Home Server 2011. Back in October 2010, when he was first told by the current WHS … Continue reading

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Being Economical with the Truth

I know I’ve said it before, but I do loathe and detest marketing-speak. The last time my distaste was directed at Google; this time it’s Microsoft’s turn. This year’s Mobile World Congress is currently underway in Barcelona. So naturally, Microsoft … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Dumbphone

The leaking of Stephen Elop’s memo to his troops at Nokia has certainly focused the attention of business and technical analysts on the company. However, in all the excitement, Francis Sedgemore has picked up on something that he thinks is … Continue reading

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Making a Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear – Not

Oh dearie me, Microsoft has just unleashed the Release Candidate of Windows Home Server 2011 upon the world. And as they had promised, they have surgically removed the one unique selling point that WHS version 1 had – the drive … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Markets

Following on from the previous post on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), I see that Google also announced, and have opened, a web presence for Android applications: the Android Market. I found it quite instructive to compare using Google’s Android Market with … Continue reading

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Honeycomb Looks Sweet

Google presented the latest version of their Android operating system yesterday, which is codenamed Honeycomb. The presentation has been posted on YouTube.   I must admit that there were some nice touches in the User Interface of Android 3.0, particularly … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Marketplace Mess

Following on from the last post about Windows Phone 7 and the shortcomings of its Marketplace infrastructure, here’s some information about the different types of services offered by the Marketplace around the globe. As you can see, it’s a bit … Continue reading

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