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Monday, June 1, 2009

Artifical Resolution Requirements = Headaches

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

The screenshot above is from my attempt to install the HP Color LaserJet CM1312nfi MFP on my HP Mini 1000 running Windows 7. This is an issue I've written about before, but it continues to give me headaches. Why exactly does a printer driverrequire a screen resolution of 1024 x 768? There's no good reason for it, but because HP hard-coded their installer to require this minimum resolution, it's virtually impossible for any netbook owner to get it installed. I managed to get it installed on one of my other netbooks that had 1024 x 600 resolution, but that was only after spending some time fiddling with the compatibility settings. When are the developers who code this stuff going to get on board with the popularity of netbooks? The train has left the station, and it's all aboard for netbooks - companies making drivers and software need to keep this in mind.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

MacHeist: I'm Officially Jealous

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:28 AM

http://www.macheist.com/

I'm a sucker for software. Sure, slick hardware is fun, but at the end of the day when you're looking at a netbook, laptop, desktop, or smartphone, so much of what you do with it is based on the software running on it. Software matters - that's why I spend a lot of time writing about software, criticizing software to make it better, and getting excited when new versions of software is released (Windows included). The above screenshot is of a special event called MacHeist - this is the third event of its type, and as you can tell from the screenshot, it's a software bundle. For the price of $39 USD, Mac users get a software bundle worth $981. The reality is that most people aren't going to use every application in that bundle, so the value is subjective at best, but if you're someone who was looking at BoinxTV or Kinemac and were put off by the price, this is a great deal. The fact that 25% of the proceeds go to charity is also impressive. Read more...


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 06:08 AM

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...&DisplayLang=en

"Windows® SideShow™ for Windows Mobile® is an application for Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PCs and Smartphones that allows you to use your Windows Mobile device as a Bluetooth SideShow-compatible device. This enables you to use your phone as an extra window into your PC. You can both access your computer’s information from your Pocket PC or Smartphone, and control the computer through a gadget interface. While the phone is out of range, or when your computer is off, you can continue to view content sent to the phone previously. This makes it easy to send information to the phone that you'll need later on."



Last year, I trekked over to Beijing with fellow MVPs and other technical community leaders to meet with the Microsoft Research and Windows Vista teams. There, we discussed the direction that Windows Vista was going to take over the next few years. Microsoft obviously wanted to make the user experience better, but they wanted (needed?) ideas. While a great deal of the week-long meeting focused on the product itself, we did spend some time discussing how it could better communicate with the rest of Microsoft's products, and most importantly, take advantage of them. For the most part, it was all about Windows Mobile, and I was brimming with ideas. Can you see where this is heading?

Yes, we discussed Windows SideShow, which at the time was one of Windows Vista's most impressive features, yet sadly, one of the most underused, too. Not everyone has a digital picture frame or a laptop with an in-lid display. But a lot of us have phones, and if you're reading this, it's probably a Windows Mobile phone. I often wondered why Microsoft didn't endow its own mobile product with SideShow support right off the bat. Some third parties cooked up their own solutions, but adoption was far from widespread, and I was sincerely hoping that Microsoft would realize their oversight and rectify the situation by releasing an official solution to bring SideShow to Windows Mobile.

So, here we are, a year later and Microsoft has heeded advice and finally released a developer preview. It's at v0.01, so don't expect it to be rock solid, but it'll still give you a taste of things to come. Our pal, Arne, has given it a test run and likes what he sees. Maybe you will too. Download it, install it, and let us know what you think.


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