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With Windows 7, You’ll Be Able To Get Touchy-Feely

If you like the way you can handle your iPhone by deft finger maneuvers, you’re going to love the future of Windows. The next version of Windows — currently named Windows 7 — will drive all kinds of devices with a similar technology.

Microsoft demonstrated its multi-touch technology at the D: All Things Digital conference, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, where Microsoft Vice President Julie Larson-Green used her fingers to draw a rudimentary landscape on a Dell laptop.

“You are going to see this in all different sizes and shapes of computers,” she said.

The technology should be a natural for image editing and navigating online maps, Microsoft said. Larson-Green demonstrated manipulating an online map to find a nearby Starbucks.

In Touch with Surface

Microsoft actually demonstrated the technology at last year’s D conference as a way to deploy touch in tabletops and kiosk-like displays. In that context, Microsoft is calling the technology Surface. And while Larson-Green’s demo focused on manipulating a traditional PC, Microsoft envisions touchscreens implemented in all kinds of ways, Chris Flores, a Microsoft product director, wrote on the official Windows Vista blog.

“Surface harnesses touch and multi-touch capabilities to provide users with a natural way to interact directly with computing devices,” Flores wrote. “Expect to see the table-like Surface devices in hotels, retail establishments, restaurants and public entertainment venues.”

Apple’s iPhone may be the most obvious mainstream device sporting multi-touch, but touch-based interfaces are everywhere, including laptop touch pads, cell phones, remote controls and GPS devices, Flores said. “What becomes even more compelling is when this experience is delivered to the PC — on a wide variety of Windows notebooks, in all-in-one PCs, as well as in external monitors. In working with our broad ecosystem of hardware and software manufactures, we’re excited to be showing some of the great work and investments we are working on in Windows 7,” he wrote.

Natural Computing

“The technology is pretty cool,” said Greg Sterling, principal analyst with Sterling Market Research, in a telephone interview. “There are situations where being able to touch the screen is clearly more effective than using a mouse.” And thanks to all those handheld devices using touchscreen technology, “consumers will be fairly accustomed to touchscreens by the time this comes out in 20 months or later,” Sterling added.

The implementation of multi-touch into tabletops and kiosks as Surface could have far-reaching consequences for how we interact with technology, Sterling noted, but “it’s hard to predict right now if this will be a significant thing.” ATMs are the primary real-world touch interaction most people have with computers, which is a “pretty rudimentary” version of the possibilities. For instance, one can easily imagine tabletops in restaurants that display the menu, allow diners to view pictures of items, even place orders without waiters.

But the demo Tuesday was about Windows 7 and PC hardware. “In the laptop context, it gets really interesting as a way to interact with the machine to do certain things,” Sterling said.

Larson-Green’s demo of an online mapping system is exactly the kind of application where manipulating a screen with fingers makes for a more natural experience. She demonstrated sliding a finger along the screen to navigate around and spreading fingers to zoom in. A video of the demonstration shows playing a piano keyboard by touching the keys on screen, suggesting new possibilities for digital music applications.

Touchscreens could also make a big contribution to ergonomic computing, getting users out of their chairs and away from keyboards and mice. “The mouse was never intended to be the long-term input device, but nothing better has ever come along. This could be that better mouse,” Sterling said.

Richard Koman, newsfactor.com

 

Luncurkan Laptop Mini, HP Indonesia Bidik 3 Segmen

Produsen komputer Hewlett-Packard (HP) hari ini (14/5) resmi meluncurkan laptop mini pertamanya di Indonesia. Tak tanggung-tanggung, tiga segmen pasar langsung dibidik oleh laptop bertipe HP 2133 ini.

Ketiga segmen yang dimaksud adalah kalangan remaja, mobile professional dan kalangan yang selalu mengikuti fashion.

Mariana Kasim, Marketing Director Imaging Printing Group and Personal Systems Group HP Indonesia, mengatakan pihaknya tidak ingin dikatakan tidak fokus karena membidik tiga segmen sekaligus. Pasalnya lahan bisnis itu menurutnya berpotensi besar untuk digarap.

“Kenapa kita membidik segmen itu karena kita ingin memberikan notebook yang stylish, memiliki fungsionaliti, mobiliti, tahan banting dan tentunya harga murah,” tuturnya di acara peluncuran laptop HP 2133 Mini di Wisma Mulia, Rabu (14/5/2008).

HP 2133 Mini dijual dengan harga US$ 699 dan mulai besok, Kamis (15/5/2008), sudah tersedia di HP Store. Sedangkan di toko-toko elektronik baru akan tersedia pada bulan Juni 2008.

Disinggung mengenai target pasar, Mariana enggan membocorkan berapa target yang ingin dibidik HP di lahan bisnis barunya ini. “Tentunya sebanyak-sebanyaknya,” ujarnya lagi.

Satu hal yang unik dari notebook ini adalah meski kecil, namun ukuran keyboardnya hampir sama dengan ukuran keyboard berukuran standar. “Jadi bagi pria yang mempunyai jari-jari yang besar dapat mengetik dengan lebih nyaman,” Mariana menuturkan.

Namun sayangnya, notebook berukuran layar 8.9 inci ini tidak memiliki optical drive. Yohan Wijaya, Market Development Manager Comercial Notebook HP Indonesia berasalan bahwa jika diberikan tambahan optical drive, maka akan membuat notebook menjadi lebih besar dan akan menambah panas suhu notebook.

“Lagipula, USB yang ada saat ini sudah cukup menggantikan optical drive,” kata Yohan.

Dari sisi spesifikasi, laptop berbobot 1,19 kg ini dibekali dengan dua port USB, hard disk 120GB, RAM 1GB, prosesor VIA 1,2Ghz dan sistem operasi Windows Vista Home Basic.

Mengenai bisa tidaknya digunakan sistem operasi Linux, Yohan mengatakan hal itu dimungkinkan saja. Namun khusus untuk Indonesia, Yohan mengklaim notebook tersebut sudah dibundel dengan Vista. “Takutnya kalau pakai Linux experiencenya tidak maksimal,” jelas Yohan.

HP Compaq DC7800

HP Compaq DC7800Tidak seperti kebanyakan All-in-One PC lainnya, layar Compaq dc7800 fleksibel untuk dinaikturunkan.

PC gendong. Begitulah kami menyebutnya. Anda pasti akan setuju jika menilik foto HP Compaq dc7800 di bawah. Jika digambarkan dengan kata-kata, produk ini memang sebuah casing ukuran mini-ATX yang digendong sebuah monitor LCD berukuran 17 inci.

Tujuan desain “gendong” ini adalah sebuah PC desktop yang ringkas dan hemat tempat. Tujuan ini cukup berhasil, meski sejujurnya jauh dari kesan keren seperti ditunjukkan All-in-One PC lain seperti Apple iMac atau NEC P5000.

Untungnya secara desain, Compaq dc7800 terlihat kokoh. Sambungan antara monitor dan casing terlihat lekat tanpa ada kesan longgar, bahkan monitor bisa dinaikturunkan sekitar 5 cm. Keluwesan ini bisa dianggap sebuah kelebihan karena One PC lain cuma bisa diatur kemiringannya. Bobot totalnya juga cuma 3,2 kg, membuatnya mudah dipindah-pindah.

Karena sejatinya adalah PC desktop, Compaq dv7800 juga menggunakan komponen PC untuk desktop. Ini berbeda dengan iMac atau NEC Powermate P5000 yang menggunakan komponen notebook. Anda bisa melihat spesifikasi lengkap PC ini di tabel spesifikasi, namun yang perlu kami garisbawahi adalah penggunaan prosesor Intel E2180. Prosesor ini adalah prosesor dual core dengan kecepatan 2GHz, dan termasuk kelas low-end karena cuma memiliki L2 cache 1MB. Namun jangan khawatir soal kinerjanya, karena seperti terlihat dari tabel hasil pengujian, prosesor ini mampu melewati pengujian kami dengan catatan waktu yang memuaskan.

Konektor yang disediakan PC ini cukup sederhana, meliputi 8 port USB 2.0 (2 buah di depan), D-sub 15 pin, DVI, dan audio. Untuk terhubung ke jaringan, tersedia konektor Gigabit Ethernet namun tanpa WiFi. Karena semua berada di bagian belakang layar, agak sulit untuk menjangkau semua konektor tersebut. Pada awalnya kami juga khawatir keluaran panas casing yang menyembur ke sisi kanan akan mengganggu kenyamanan, namun ternyata hal tersebut tidak menjadi masalah berarti.

Compaq dc7800 ditujukan untuk segmen kantoran, tercermin dari penggunaan sistem operasi Windows Vista Home Business dan keberadaan aplikasi HP Protect Tools Security Manager. Aplikasi ini memiliki banyak kegunaan, namun satu yang menonjol adalah Drive Encryption. Aplikasi ini bertujuan mengenkripsi harddisk sehingga hanya orang yang berhak yang dapat mengakses data di dalamnya. Sebuah fasilitas penting jika data yang tersimpan di dalamnya begitu berharga.

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Meskipun tidak cantik, konsep “gendong” yang diperkenalkan HP melalui Pavilion dc7800 berhasil menyajikan komputer yang ringkas dan hemat tempat. Mengandalkan prosesor Intel E2180, performa yang ditunjukkan PC ini lebih dari memadai untuk kegiatan kantoran biasa. Ditambah aplikasi pendukung yang fungsional, Compaq dc7800 layak menjadi pengganti PC lama Anda yang boros tempat itu.

Plus : Ringkas; kinerja bagus; dilengkapi aplikasi HP Protect Tools Security Manager
Minus : Konektor agak susah diakses; tanpa WiFi.

Sumber : http://www.infokomputer.com/

PC Gizmo : Membuat chatting lebih seru

PC GizmoSiapa yang tak suka chatting? Pasti hampir sebagian dari pembaca menyukai aplikasi yang satu ini. Aplikasi IM (Internet Messenger) seperti YM, MSN dan AIM memang sudah menjadi pasangan jiwa bagi para maniak internet. Termasuk juga emoticons yaitu simbol yang dapat mengekspresikan perasaan si pengguna.

Seiring perkembangan teknologi, rasanya kurang afdol bila simbol ekspresi itu hanya berupa gambar yang bergerak-gerak di layar komputer. Nah sekarang sudah ada yang namanya PC Gizmo, yaitu robot kecil yang dapat bergerak-gerak sesuai ekspresi yang diinginkan si pengguna. Robot ini terkoneksi ke komputer melalui colokan USB. Robot ini mampu menggerakkan tubuh dan kupingnya yang mungil, robot ini juga dilengkapi dengan lampu LED (Light Emiting Diode) untuk mengekspresikan emoticons yang ada pada IM.

Kelebihan lain yang tersembunyi dalam tubuh mungil PC Gizmo adalah robot ini mampu merespon panggilan telepon maupun email yang masuk. Ekspresi tersebut mampu ditampilkan melalui simbol lampu LED yang menyala dan gerakan tubuh robot mungil ini. Sayangnya PC Gizmo hanya dapat dinikmati oleh mereka yang bergaul dengan sistem operasi Windows.

Windows XP SP 3 Akhirnya Dirilis

Microsoft akhirnya merilis Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) ke web setelah sempat tertunda gara-gara masalah kompabilitas software. Permasalahan serupa juga melanda Windows Vista SP 1.

Windows XP SP3 inipun sudah tersedia di Windows Update dan Microsoft Download Center untuk diunduh konsumen. Sebenarnya Microsoft sudah akan merilis XP SP3 ini pada akhir April 2008 lalu.

Namun kemudian seperti dikutip detikINET dari PCWorld, Rabu (7/5/2008), ditemukan masalah kompabilitas dengan aplikasi bernama Microsoft Dynamic RMS, sebuah software bisnis. Hal inilah yang menyebabkan terjadinya penundaan itu.

Sesuai rencana, Microsoft akhirnya memilih memasang filter sehingga distribusi Service Pack XP dan Vista tersebut tak menyasar ke pengguna yang memakai Dynamic RMS untuk menghindari masalah. Microsoft pun berharap masalah kompabilitas itu akan terselesaikan dalam beberapa bulan ke depan.

 

Sumber : detikinet

7 Tips For Buying Cheap Laptop

Laptops are gaining in popularity these days. Almost everyone is carrying one now either for work or entertainment. Laptops with the latest technology are introduced to the market everyday and these new laptops come with a huge price tag. However, that does not mean you cannot get a good and cheap laptop. I have put together a guide that may help you out in your hunt for a cheap and good laptop.

Buy cheap laptop with older technology

Rapid advance in technology makes it meaningless to buy the latest technology at a high price. When laptop with wireless capability first came to the market, a unit with this technology can cost up till US$2500. NOw after 2 years, you can get a relatively fast centrino laptop for less than US$1000

Buy used or refurbished laptop

The depreciation of a laptop value is so high, that after one year in the market, a laptop can easily lose half its value. So if you are looking for a cheap laptop, look for one which is close to one year old. Not all used laptop are in bad condition. You will be surprised to find that some used laptops are still in good condition because their owners are power users or gamers.

Buy laptop from power users or gamers

I like to buy electronic gadgets including laptops from hard core power users or gamers. Let me share with you why. Gamers or power users usually require the latest and most powerful technology to run their games or power hungry applications. They often will not settle for second best. They also have the tendency to chase after the latest technology. So after one year, they will be bored of what they have and will look to sell off their laptops so that they can buy a new one. Now if you are looking to buy cheap laptops with up to date technology and you happen to have friends who are gamers, do ask them if they are looking to sell off their laptops. Who knows, maybe you can buy a good and cheap laptop from them.

Scan through gaming forums and local gaming community

if you do not already have friends who like to play computer games, then scanning through gaming forums on the internet is another way to get good and cheap deals for used laptop. Internet makes it easy for you to do this. Go to google.com and start searching for gaming forums. Visit each and everyone and see if they have a Trading Section. You will definitely find many post from gamers looking to sell their gaming laptops.

Scan through local bulletin boards

Do scan through local bulletin boards near you for cheap deals on laptop.Especially if there are software companies around the area. Software companies do offer their used computers or laptops for sale when their software projects end. I personally had gotten a few good deals for my family and friends.

Look for cheap laptop with at least 512mb memory

This is especially important for used laptop. If the processor speed is slow, then having more memory can compensate for the lack in speed. In fact, The size of memory plays a big part in determining how fast a laptop runs an application. Just by increasing the memory size, you can see a huge difference in speed. A cheap laptop with at least 512mb memory can run most non graphic intensive application easily.

Get cheap laptop from reputable manufacturer

This is very important because if you are buying used laptop, then the chances of requiring servicing is higher than a new laptop. So if you buy from a reputable manufacturer, you will save alot of trouble and time if your laptop do require servicing.

By : Charles Wee owns and operate http://www.CheapLaptopGuide.com,

Choosing a Laptop

Laptop advice and help – choosing a laptop
Introduction to choosing a laptop

Choosing a laptop is not a simple decision, and probably will involve you delving through tons of technical documents and jargon, just to be at the end of it completely none the wiser.

First off, ignore all the jargon like cpu speed, and look at the way you would use the machine, think about things like it’s likely environment, what are it’s primary uses likely to be, how is it likely to be handled? For instance do you require it to be just used at home permanently nestled in the corner, or are you likely to use it as a gps navigation device whilst mountain climbing in sub zero temperatures?

OK so the sub zero temprature part we’ll leave alone for this article, but you get my point? Link these two factors up with what your budget is, and you are armed with a good deal of the knowledge you will need to make the correct choices.

Factors in choosing a laptop
1. The laptop’s environment, this; in the life of a laptop can be anything from – bouncing around in the boot of a car to sitting unmoved on a desktop apart from the odd dusting. For most users of laptops it’s usually a mixture of both, plus a few train journeys, a little sunbathing over the park or in the garden, a few slips from the lap onto the floor and the odd, “It’s my turn now – Mum!” scream from the kids.
Why should the environment affect my decision? I hear you ask. Well imagine this scenario; Your in the shop, with your pockets full of money, and you spot a shiny laptop you just have to have. You think, great I can do some work at home, reply to emails whilst sitting in that long boring train journey home, and best of all it looks great. What you should be thinking is – How is the weight of the laptop going to affect my shoulder whilst I carry it from office to train station to bus stop to home each working day and will the battery last long enough.
2. The laptop’s use, mostly this can be classed into two types, business and home usage. For the typical business user, battery life may be a more important factor than say a DVD re-writer, where as for the home user, who may well run the laptop from the AC adapter most of the time, battery life would be way down the list of decisive factors.
But this is really where you need to start making a wishlist of what you will and would like to use the laptop for, just try and think of a list of ten things and then priorities them.
3. Laptop budget. This is the part where, if your wishlist above overstretches your budget, you will need to loose one or two of the lower prioritiesed items. I guess for most people, this is the one factor they find the hardest to be flexible on, but think about finance, most of the major manufacturers offer finance direct from their websites.

I would advise everybody buying a laptop to take out an extended warranty plus additional accidental damage cover, if it’s not covered on your home contents insurance. The warranty speaks for itself, laptops are designed to be mobile and things that move around go wrong more than stationary objects. So remember to factor these extra costs into your budget.

About the Author
Laptop repair technician for The PC Guru laptop repair service With over 10 years experience in laptop repair, including power sockets, motherboards, lcd screen repairs.

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