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Newer Asus R2H shipments come with built-in stand?

I’ve seen this several places now, and have been meaning to mention it:

Just got home and cracked open the box [on my R2H]. It’s the US version (being from the US and all) and I was surprised to see the battery had the stand built in. From what I’ve read, the US version came with that chessy plastic stand. It is the bigger 6860 battery too.

Justin or Sean over at ProPortable.com (affiliate link), do you guys have any info on this? I’m not surprised that the package contents change slightly over different shipments, but I’d really like to have the stand integrated into the back of my 4-cell battery on my R2H. :-)

You can see from my 162-photo R2H Unboxing gallery and half hour R2H Unboxing video that both R2H units I received have no integrated stand, and come with the separate plastic stand.

Anyone have a concrete explanation for this? What’s a geek gotta do to get a battery with the integrated stand? 😉

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Thank you Google Reader…

… for not showing me how many unread items are in my aggregator right now. I’m behind on reading feeds, like I’m behind on just about everything right now. Blogging, email, work around the house, work at work, determining my future at Intel (shh!), and a whole lot of other things. That’s why I’m sitting in my office at midnight, can’t sleep, cleaning out feeds that I haven’t checked since before the Thanksgiving break.

Mind you, I’ve been reading whatever is the latest in the “all feeds” river of news view, so I’ve kept up on what’s going on, for the most part. And there are some items I’m saving for later, that I know I’ll want to read (my “short list” feeds). But for the most part, it’s been liberating to know I can get way behind on reading feeds, and pretty much just mark them all as read and start fresh. It makes me question how much value I get out of reading over 600 feeds. I wonder how few feeds I could “get by” with, but I just can’t bring myself to find out. I’m obsessive/compulsive about it, or something.

But at least Google Reader doesn’t tell me how many thousands of unread items I have right now (like Bloglines did). Just a sympathetic little “100+” that says, “Hey, I know  you’re busy. I’ll hold on to this stuff until you get around to it. Don’t worry.”

So, thanks, Google Reader! :-)

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My inaugural post on blogs.intel.com/it

I was invited to be one of the bloggers at blogs.intel.com/it a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve owed them a post ever since they gave me access and put up my bio. Well, now I’ve posted. :-) And I think it’s an interesting one.

Check it out, and let me know what you think. I’m not going to stop blogging about Intel stuff here, by any means. I still haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to do it, but there will likely be cross-posting of Intel-related stuff between this blog and the official Intel one. We’ll see how it goes.

I’ve also got a ton of stuff I want to post about the Asus R2H UMPC, including my video of Vista running on it, and why I decided to go back to Windows XP. It’s a busy week, but look for lots of good UMPC stuff coming! :-)

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Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PC Unboxing and Hardware Review, with 162 photos

This is going to be a long post – you’ve been warned. :-)

As most of you know, I recently ordered two Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC). I did a 34 minute video of the Unboxing Ceremony of the first one, which was very popular (it’s been viewed 1072 times so far). After that I dove into playing with and customizing the R2H, and because I’ve been busy with that, I’ve been kind of quiet here on the blog.

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I have a ton of stuff to post about the R2H – it’s an incredible device. There are several videos I want to do, including one documenting running Windows Vista RTM on it (what I’ve been busy with for the last few days). But here’s something I want to share now, to whet your appetites for more R2H info. :-)

The second R2H I ordered is destined to be used by the sales staff of my brother’s company, Wright-Way Moving and Storage, in Seattle. Since I shot video of the first Unboxing Ceremony, I took photos of the second one, as well as literally every square inch of the hardware and accessories. By the time I was done, I had a photoset with 162 photos in it. Those thirsty for details on the R2H hardware and packaging, I think you’ll be satisfied.

You can view the whole photoset in this photo album on TinyScreenfuls.com – created with the awesome Flickr Photo Album WordPress plugin. Here are some highlights of the Unboxing and handsome hardware of (in my opinion) the best Ultra Mobile PC currently on the market. Remember, there are 162 photos in total, these are only some highlights: Continue reading

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Test Post from Word 2007

Office 2007 final bits finally showed up on MSDN. Looks like Word 2007 has a built-in blog posting functionality (I’m using it write this post on my Asus R2H UMPC using a ThinkOutside Bluetooth keyboard). Pretty slick – Word just became a bona fide (and decent!) blog editor! J

Here’s a screenshot:

How about some Ink? Hmm. Doesn’t appear to be supported.

I think OneNote 2007 now has this blog publishing capability, too, so I’m going to check that out. Using OneNote as an ink-enabled blog editor would be awesome! J

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Video: Unboxing the Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PC

Having been lovingly introduced to the world of the Ultra Mobile PCs (hereafter UMPCs) by getting to play with a Samsung Q1 for a week, courtesy of the guys at Intel Software Network, I was hooked, and had to make arrangements to get a UMPC for myself. I do IT support for my brother’s moving company, Wright-Way Moving & Storage, in Seattle (give them a call if you need a professional mover!), and he’s interested in trying UMPCs out for his sales staff. So we ordered a couple to try out. :-)

I chose the Asus R2H over the Samsung Q1 and others, because is has more RAM, a bigger hard drive, an SD slot, a camera, and GPS, for the same price.

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Here is the Unboxing Ceremony video of the R2H – from very beginning, to getting everything plugged in and up and running. I cover all of the in-box accessories (which vary from country to country), and try to get as in-detail as possible. Lots of closeups, and some personality thrown in courtesy of my 3 year old daughter Emma, and my lovely wife Rachel manning the camera for the first half. I did my homework on this device, and felt like I knew it inside and out before I even cracked the box. You can probably see how excited I was in the video. :-)

I ordered the two UMPCs from ProPortable, and their service was excellent. Not only were they practically the only ones to have these relatively new devices in stock, Sean in sales was very responsive to my emails, and the founder, Justin, is active in various Tablet PC and laptop forum communities. And you’ll see how well they packed the UMPCs for shipping in the video. I highly recommend them for your UMPC and laptop needs. If you do order anything from them, tell them that Josh Bancroft from TinyScreenfuls.com sent you. :-) I have a feeling I’ll be doing business with them again.

The video is about 34 minutes long, and weighs in at about 200 MB. You can download it using the “download” link, or get this and other audio and video podcasts delivered to you automatically by subscribing to the TinyScreenfuls feed in your favorite podcast aggregator, like iTunes. Brian Enigma informed me that my last couple of videos weren’t compatible with the iPod, so I made sure to use the “iPod” encoding option when exporting this one from iMovie. Of course, it’s still very viewable on a computer. Let me know if you have any problems.

Enjoy, and let me know if there’s something you want to know about the R2H! You can bet that I’ll be doing a more in-depth review, and sharing my impressions after living with the device for a while. Expect more podcasts and videos, too! :-)

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Something fun coming…

I’ve been quiet for the last couple of days. There’s a reason. It’s immediately obvious to anyone who has read this blog for any period of time longer than about a week. There will be lots coming soon – at least one video, maybe a podcast, and lots of posts.

But there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on in the comments, especially about my post on Intel’s “SuiteTwo” announcement. Anil Dash of SixApart wrote a (very) long, thoughtful comment on it. We don’t agree on everything, but that’s what the Internet is for, right? 😉 Anil taught me some things I didn’t know (that SocialText has a free version of their wiki software, etc.). I want to do a detailed response to that, as well as some of the other stuff I’ve been hearing about it (Ross, I got your email, and I haven’t forgotten you!).

But for now, it’s catchup time on a few boring work and life things, and video production takes a longer time than I wish it would. I need to get better at it. And get a faster machine than the Core Duo Mac Mini I’m doing the video production on – maybe a loaded up Mac Pro. Mmm… Quad Xeon… 😉

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Wanted: 2 new Asus R2H UMPCs from a reputable seller

Update: I managed to track some down at ProPortable.com – they had 10 in stock as of this morning (8 now!). Thanks to Blowfish for the recommendation, and Sean at ProPortables for answering my questions. Now, the waiting (the hardest part)! :-) 

It has nothing to do with Intel, but I need to track down and buy two Asus R2H Ultra Mobile PCs soon. They’re relatively new from the manufacturer, so they haven’t really shown up in huge numbers in the “channel” yet.

NewEgg.com had them listed with an availability date of today, 11/6, but has since changed their status to “Out of Stock” (and they called me to tell me to stop clicking “Refresh” every 15 minutes all day today ;-)). All of the other major retailers I’ve looked at (Buy.com, etc.) don’t have them in stock, either.

There are places that I’ve never heard of, like DataViz, PCSuperDeals, etc. that claim to have them in stock, but on something this big, I’d rather go with a seller I’ve dealt with before, or one that comes highly recommended. I’ve been burned by shady online retailers before, and since these UMPCs aren’t (directly) for me, I want to make sure to get them from a good place.

So, if you can provide me a pointer to a recommended reseller who has two new Asus R2H UMPCs in stock, I’ll buy them. Or, if you can vouch for one of the places that claims to have them, that would work, too. Drop a comment or email me.

Thanks! :-)

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