Toshiba takes HD DVD on the road

On Thursday, I had a chance to view a working sample of Toshiba's high-end HD DVD player, the HD-XA1 (announced at CES in January). Last week, Toshiba kicked off a 40-city road show, during which the company is visiting more than 130 retail stores to...

Dynamics line gets Snap-Ins

Around September of last year, new technology platform announcements were spewing out of Microsoft like last night's liquor from a high-school freshman. Vista, Avalon, Dynamics, WWF (Windows Workflow Foundation), the list goes on -- enough so, in fac...

Apple's newest stuff: Intel Mini, iPod Hi-Fi, cases

Well, looks like I didn't miss any world-changing announcements at this morning's Steve Jobs non-keynote at Apple headquarters. My colleague Narasu Rebbapragada made the trek to Cupertino and reports in here on the news, which includes Intel-based M...

Ahead of the curve: SOA at the next level

It's no secret that I'm a firm believer in virtualising everything from systems and storage to those infrastructure elements, such as LAN segments, that can be abstracted. Zero reality is my mantra.

Windows Vista versions unveiled

So the rumors are true: Microsoft is saying that it'll release six different editions of Windows Vista when the OS--due to show up late this year--arrives. (Actually, there will be twelve versions, since everything will be available in both 32- and 6...

Ahead of the Curve: OS X worms overhyped?

Apple's got a worm -- or several, as panicked news headlines of multiple OS X security flaws in the past several weeks have trumpeted. Much has been made in the press about the Mac OS X Leap.A virus and last week's discovery of a Safari metadata exp...

Smart about languages

The ever-quotable Sean McGrath penned another of his trademark aphorisms this week: "The library IS the language." By "library" he means the great edifices of reusable code that are, in their modern form, delivered as the core Java and .Net class lib...

A question of (white) balance

If you've bought a new camcorder, you've probably spent some time scrolling through the controls, pressing buttons to see what happens. And you probably came across one particular control that you didn't recognize: white balance. You may have wondere...

MS builds a beta ISA 2006

Last week, I'm struggling for Redmond news; this week, it's like they have a volcano up there or something. SMS (Systems Management Server) 2003 R2, a Vista Community Technology Preview, Commerce Server 2006 Beta, new announcements about SharePoint ...

Google's latest: Page Creator

I checked back--and <a href="">Google Page Creator</a> is indeed live, at least at the moment. It's a very, very simple Web-site designer that works in your browser. That's not a new idea (CoffeeCup did something along the sam...

Nifty browser-based word processor

I've been remiss in not mentioning ZohoWriter, a free browser-based word processor which, like Writely, offers a rich, fast-evolving set of tools. (Both ZohoWriter and Writely, like most serices built using AJAX techniques, offer desktop-like speed a...

What virtualization is -- and what it isn't

When a computer or an operating system uses software to do anything it normally can't, the enabling technology tends to get labeled "virtualization." Well, don't believe everything you read (except here). Let's see what virtualization is and is not.

Ahead of the Curve: SOA at the next level

It's no secret that I'm a firm believer in virtualizing everything from systems and storage to those infrastructure elements, such LAN segments, that can be abstracted. Zero reality is my mantra.

In-memory data management speeds retrieval

My first real Java application, back in 1997, was a servlet-based group scheduler. It wasn't quite the smash hit that Hanson's "MMMBop" was that summer, but as some of you may recall, it had its charms.

Microsoft extends SMS 2003's reach into Windows

Yeah, Windows Live is the popular talking-head topic, but I'm just too sick of it. Unproven software, unproven model, just not worth the type time until Redmond releases even a piece of it beyond beta. 'Nuff said. I like to stick to things I can see,...

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GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.


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