Ecco il Creative Zen X-fi

Creative continua a stupirci con degli ottimi prodotti, se già il Creative Zen aveva fatto centro c’è da scommettere che questo ZEN X-Fi diventerà un successo commerciale.
Il nuovo player mp3 (forse un po’ riduttivo definirlo così) include WiFi, Istant Messaging (Yahoo e MS Live!) e capacità di streaming video e audio.
Altre caratteristiche sono: uno speaker integrato, slot SD, tuner FM, auricolari di qualità superiore, batteria per 36 ore di audio o 5 di video, supporto file MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Audible audio, WMV, MPEG4-SP, DivX 4/5, Xvid, ed MJPEG.
Lo schermo è da 2,5 pollici e presumibilmente la memoria flash integrata sarà da 8,16 o 32GB.


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In arrivo l’ MSI Wind Desktop

A quanto pare sembra proprio che MSI voglia tallonare da vicini Asus tirando fuori prodotti in diretta competizione col colosso di Taiwan. Ecco dunque spuntare questo MSI Wind Desktop che si contrappone all’ Asus Eee Box nel segmento dei mini-desktop low cost con processore Intel Atom.
Il design scelto da MSI ricorda molto da vicino la console Nintendo Wii, ma ecco alcune specifiche tecniche:

  • Sistema Operativo Microsoft Windows XP
  • Processore 1.6GHz Intel Atom
  • RAM 1GB DDR2-533 (upgradabile fino a 2GB)
  • Hard Disk fino a 160GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g ed Ethernet
  • Lettore DVD
  • Consumo energetico: 35 watt
  • Dimensioni: 300x260x65 mm
  • Prezzo: 199$ versione base, 299$ versione completa
  • Uscita prevista: Settembre 2008


Bill Gates si lamenta per mail di Windows XP

Cosa succede quando l’utente frustrato dall’usabilità di Windows XP è nientepopodimenoche Bill Gates ovvero il fondatore di Microsoft?
Ecco la mail originale inviata da Zio Bill dopo un’estenuante odissea per l’installazione del Digital Plus pack per Moviemaker. A quanto pare mail del genere vengono inviate ogni giorno dal famoso milionario ai responsabili Microsoft.

—- Original Message —-

From: Bill Gates
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 10:05 AM
To: Jim Allchin
Cc: Chris Jones (WINDOWS); Bharat Shah (NT); Joe Peterson; Will Poole; Brian Valentine; Anoop Gupta (RESEARCH)
Subject: Windows Usability Systematic degradation flame

I am quite disappointed at how Windows Usability has been going backwards and the program management groups don’t drive usability issues.

Let me give you my experience from yesterday.

I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack … so I went to Microsoft.com. They have a download place so I went there.

The first 5 times I used the site it timed out while trying to bring up the download page. Then after an 8 second delay I got it to come up.

This site is so slow it is unusable.

It wasn’t in the top 5 so I expanded the other 45.

These 45 names are totally confusing. These names make stuff like: C:\Documents and Settings\billg\My Documents\My Pictures seem clear.

They are not filtered by the system … and so many of the things are strange.

I tried scoping to Media stuff. Still no moviemaker. I typed in movie. Nothing. I typed in movie maker. Nothing.

So I gave up and sent mail to Amir saying – where is this Moviemaker download? Does it exist?

So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated.

They told me to go to the main page search button and type movie maker (not moviemaker!).

I tried that. The site was pathetically slow but after 6 seconds of waiting up it came.

I thought for sure now I would see a button to just go do the download.

In fact it is more like a puzzle that you get to solve. It told me to go to Windows Update and do a bunch of incantations.

This struck me as completely odd. Why should I have to go somewhere else and do a scan to download moviemaker?

So I went to Windows update. Windows Update decides I need to download a bunch of controls. (Not) just once but multiple times where I get to see weird dialog boxes.

Doesn’t Windows update know some key to talk to Windows?

Then I did the scan. This took quite some time and I was told it was critical for me to download 17megs of stuff.

This is after I was told we were doing delta patches to things but instead just to get 6 things that are labeled in the SCARIEST possible way I had to download 17meg.

So I did the download. That part was fast. Then it wanted to do an install. This took 6 minutes and the machine was so slow I couldn’t use it for anything else during this time.

What the heck is going on during those 6 minutes? That is crazy. This is after the download was finished.

Then it told me to reboot my machine. Why should I do that? I reboot every night — why should I reboot at that time?

So I did the reboot because it INSISTED on it. Of course that meant completely getting rid of all my Outlook state.

So I got back up and running and went to Windows Update again. I forgot why I was in Windows Update at all since all I wanted was to get Moviemaker.

So I went back to Microsoft.com and looked at the instructions. I have to click on a folder called WindowsXP. Why should I do that? Windows Update knows I am on Windows XP.

What does it mean to have to click on that folder? So I get a bunch of confusing stuff but sure enough one of them is Moviemaker.

So I do the download. The download is fast but the Install takes many minutes. Amazing how slow this thing is.

At some point I get told I need to go get Windows Media Series 9 to download.

So I decide I will go do that. This time I get dialogs saying things like “Open” or “Save”. No guidance in the instructions which to do. I have no clue which to do.

The download is fast and the install takes 7 minutes for this thing.

So now I think I am going to have Moviemaker. I go to my add/remove programs place to make sure it is there.

It is not there.

What is there? The following garbage is there. Microsoft Autoupdate Exclusive test package, Microsoft Autoupdate Reboot test package, Microsoft Autoupdate testpackage1. Microsoft AUtoupdate testpackage2, Microsoft Autoupdate Test package3.

Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up.

But that is just the start of the crap. Later I have listed things like Windows XP Hotfix see Q329048 for more information. What is Q329048? Why are these series of patches listed here? Some of the patches just things like Q810655 instead of saying see Q329048 for more information.

What an absolute mess.

Moviemaker is just not there at all.

So I give up on Moviemaker and decide to download the Digital Plus Package.

I get told I need to go enter a bunch of information about myself.

I enter it all in and because it decides I have mistyped something I have to try again. Of course it has cleared out most of what I typed.

I try (typing) the right stuff in 5 times and it just keeps clearing things out for me to type them in again.

So after more than an hour of craziness and making my programs list garbage and being scared and seeing that Microsoft.com is a terrible website I haven’t run Moviemaker and I haven’t got the plus package.

The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind. I thought we had reached a low with Windows Network places or the messages I get when I try to use 802.11. (don’t you just love that root certificate message?)

When I really get to use the stuff I am sure I will have more feedback.

Firefox 3 rilasciato per il download

Piccola news per segnalarvi l’uscita dell’atteso Firefox 3, disponibile già nella lingua italiana, che potete scaricare direttamente a questo link contribuendo a stabilire il record di software più scaricato in un giorno solo.
La nuova versione del popolare browser presenta nuove caratteristiche come ad esempio una gestione dei segnalibri rinnovata, la possibilità di zoomare le pagine web, un barra degli indirizzi intelligente e prestazioni notevolmente migliorate.

Televisione e film in streaming su Yalp!

Telecom Italia ha da poco lanciato Yalp! il nuovo sito che prende il posto del vecchio Rosso Alice, aprendo l’accesso a tutti gli utenti della rete.
Su Yalp! è possibile vedere in diretta alcuni canali nazionali (ad esempio tutti quelli della Rai) ed esteri (tra cui France 24 e Al Jazeera) senza registrazione ed in modo completamente gratuito.
Sullo stesso sito sono inoltre presenti video, programmi e serie tv gratuite a cui si affianca un’offerta a pagamento (pay per view) con una ricca collezione di film, eventi sportivi e brani audio.
Gli utenti possono anche creare e condividere i propri canali televisivi online attraverso la piattaforma offerta dal sito di Telecom Italia.
Che dire, un’ottima idea già provata da altri in passato che inizia anche a diffondersi in Italia contagiando i grossi gruppi di telecomunicazione.

Ultima nota, volete seguire le partite dell’ Europeo 2008 direttamente dallo schermo del vostro PC? Allora non dovete fare altro che visitare il canale dedicato all’evento raggiungibile qui.

Rivelate le specifiche ufficiali dell’ Eee Box B202

Un po’ di tempo fa vi avevo parlato dell’ Asus Eee Box, una sorta di pc a basso costo da utilizzare per le attività più elementari come la videoscrittura e la navigazione su internet. Oggi posso rivelarvi quelle che sono le specifiche ufficiali rilasciate dalla Asus stessa:

Sistema Operativo: Linux / Hardware Compatibile con Windows XP
Processore: Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz, FSB 533)
Memoria: DDRII 512 MB / 1 GB / 2 GB
Storage: 80 GB / 120 GB / 160 GB / 250 GB
Chipset: 945GSE + ICH7M
Scheda Video: Integrata Intel GMA 950, 1600 x 1200 risoluzione massima
Rete: 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN, 802.11n WLAN, Bluetooth opzionale
SD/MMC/MS slot: SD, SDHC, Mini SD, (Micro SD tramite adattatore) ; MMC, MMC plus, MMC4.x, RS MMC, RSMMC4.x (MMC mobile
tramite adattatore);MS,MS PRO
Audio: Azalia ALC888 Audio Chip

Porte frontali:
USB x  2
Card Reader x  1
Headphone-out jack (WO/SPDIF) x  1
MIC x  1

Porte posteriori:
USB 2.0 x  2
Gigabit LAN x  1
DVI out x  1
Line-Out (L/R) with S/PDIF x  1
WiFi antenna

Dimensions: 8.5” x 7” x 1”
Peso: circa 1Kg

Accessori:
19Vdc, 4.74A, 65W alimentatore
Mouse (opzionale)
Tastiera (
opzionale)
VESA mount (
opzionale)
Antenna WiFi
Piedistallo

Ed i prezzi:

$269 – 1GB memory + 80GB HDD Linux edition
$299 – 1GB memory + 80GB HDD XP edition
$299 –  2GB memory + 160GB HDD Linux edition

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