Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-14

  • Busy day so far. Catching on the remainder of IDF/Shanghai videos I need to upload, trying AlertThingy, and rockin the Guitar Hero 3 songs. #
  • Having an interesting email convo with the internal Intel blog ambassadors about why I don’t post to or read the internal Intel blogs. #
  • @sharong Right. We’re talking about "what’s the benefit of posting on the internal blog", as it exists today. Hope to stir up some change πŸ™‚ #
  • It’s kind of theraputic to list out the reasons I don’t use the internal blogs. Never done it before. Illuminating some fundamental things. #
  • @sharong Yeah, that’s a big part of what I’m saying. I’m an edge case, with a very active external blog. The internal ones aren’t made 4 me. #
  • @robboek I’ll do a blog post about the reasons, and post a link to Twitter when it’s done. #
  • Going back and replacing the YouTube versions of my Shanghai videos with higher quality ones posted to blip.tv. #
  • I need to archive the photos in iPhoto and start clean. At 6000+ photos, it’s just getting too slow. Pondering jump to Aperture/Lightroom. #
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Mac Beta 3 has been released (for when you still have to connect to Windows): http://tinyurl.com/34rjy5 #
  • How the heck do I find the Model Number (like MA092LL/A" for my MacBook Pro? The "Model Identifier" is "MA092LL/A" #
  • My last tweet didn’t make any sense. Oh well! πŸ™‚ #
  • Aaaand here comes that jet lag again. When will I no longer get a deadly wave of sleepiness in the afternoon? #
  • @RichSPK Thanks. That didn’t give me the model number, but it did tell me my MBP was manufactured in Shanghai. Should have visited the fab! #
  • Oh crap. I shared Russ Beattie’s post on the death of Mowser to my linkblog, then remembered he hates it when I do that. So I removed it. #
  • @rachelbancroft is at calligraphy class tonight. Me alone with the kids = practice for her 4 day retreat this weekend. I’m terrified. #
  • How on earth am I going to keep a 4yo and a 1.5yo entertained, fed, clothed, and safe for 4 days? I can barely manage that for myself! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Upgraded all of my blogs to WP 2.5. Ran into a scare on TinyScreenfuls, was able to fix it with this: http://tinyurl.com/58bawu #
  • Know I’m late to the party, but I really dig the design of the new admin interface in WordPress 2.5. Kudos to the developers! πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-12

  • Today was brutal. Hundreds of emails, catching up, and just when I thought jet lag was behind me, BAM! #
  • @turoczy Thanks for thinking I should be included in @markshallk’s "New Scobles" post. I love it when people call me Intel’s Scoble! πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy Me too. A copy of @charleneli’s book should be on its way to me as we tweet. Would make good weekend reading. #
  • @turoczy I fully intend to resume bombarding the Twittersphere with my tweets. Next week. πŸ™‚ #
  • Today, I’m putting on a model rocket launch and Wii party for @rachelbancroft’s Cub Scouts. Thankful for the gorgeous weather. #
  • Last time we tried to do a launch it was freezing, windy, and pouring rain. #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-10

  • Holy cow. I’ve 100+ new people have followed me on Twitter in the last 24 hours. As soon as I sleep off the jetlag, I need to learn why. πŸ™‚ #
  • @influxx get an Elgato Turbo.264 and all of your video encoding problems will go away. Seriously. #
  • @geekygirldawn If you end up dabbling with Django, make sure you follow @clint, and check out his shared Greader stuff. Smart Django dude. #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-09

  • Back in the US! At SFO, waiting for my flight home to PDX. Ask me how many times I’ve repacked my bags since I got here. Or don’t. πŸ™‚ #
  • Nice to have ubiquitous connectivity again. Wifi was SCARCE in Shanghai. Not even the airport. ‘Course, none at SFO either. :-P, #
  • Never thought I’d be this grateful for EDGE. πŸ™‚ #
  • Flight home was 4 hours shorter than flight to Shanghai. Know why? We had a 150mph tail wind most of the time. Jet stream, baby! #
  • @verso sadly, I’ll miss Lunch 2.0. I don’t get home till about 4pm. #
  • @jmoriarty it could have just been the places I went. But yeah, scarce wifi could hurt MID adoption. Then again, most will have cellular. #
  • I’m dying for a cheeseburger. Waiting for the breakfast menu to be over. Stupid jet lag. πŸ™‚ #
  • The TSA tries out all its wacky new ideas at SFO. This time? Random screenings AT THE BOARDING GATE. WTF? Hope they leave me alone. πŸ™ #
  • @mattg Apparently. Just heard them announce it while another flight is boarding. Don’t know the details. They’ve probed me enough already! #
  • @samgrover In China, they sent my gear bag through xray 4 times, taking stuff out each time. And I got a patdown. #
  • To be fair, I’ve had both (gear bag consternation and patdown) happen in the U.S., too. #
  • Overall, I feel like airport security in the US is WAY more uptight than Shanghai. By, like, an order of magnitude. #
  • @amyrsward remember when SFO was making you remove ALL electronics for xray, and TSA was like, "Nuh-uh!"? πŸ™‚ I think its like that. #
  • If they disassemble my gear bag AGAIN at the gate (which would make 4 times so far), I might lose it at TSA. Bail me out of jail? #
  • Once in Shanghai, once in US Customs, then again at domestic security, not 5 minutes later. *sigh* #
  • Sorry I’m so chatty. Can you tell I missed tweeting on my phone, and being in the same time zone as most of my friends? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @lyzadanger its not me – I sign all of my snarky comments. πŸ™‚ #
  • Apparently, our roof is leaking (according to @rachelbancroft). In the same place we paid to have repaired three months ago. FAIL. #
  • In my state, if I were to call the roofers, I’d rip their intestines out through their throat over the phone. So @rachelbancroft’s doing it. #
  • About to board. Next stop: PDX. SO ready to be home. My body thinks its 3AM, been up almost 24 hours. #
  • just landed at PDX. Yay for home! πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-08

  • Up early to respond to comments/blog posts on the MID photos, then off to do a "blogging 101" training with a bunch of software engineers. #
  • @exprexxo Actually, not sleeping. Took a 1.5 hour taxi ride to the Intel Zizhu site to deliver some training. Back in my room now. πŸ™‚ #
  • I have a dilemma. My Lenovo MID demo video is 13+ minutes. Too long for YouTube. But Blip.tv is blocked. Can you wait 1.5d till I get home? #
  • Looks like the HP Mini ULCPC embargo has lifted. Kevin and James have some good video of that. Perhaps I’ll give my MID videos one more day. #
  • @shanselman There’s not really anything I want to cut out of the video. I want to show as much as possible to people. πŸ™‚ #
  • I’d rather put these videos up on blip anyway. Much higher quality than YouTube. #
  • How about a compromise? The Aigo demo video is just a shade over 10 minutes. YouTube should accept it. I’ll continue to tease w/the Lenovo! #
  • And I have a 2.5 minute "appetizer" video that shows the lab and the MIDs in quick overview. It’s encoding now, post it soon. #
  • But the real meat – 13 minutes of the Lenovo UI and apps, and 10 minutes of the Aigo, is still to come! πŸ™‚ #
  • I love my Aiptek Go-HD, but it has one big flaw: The mic is on the back of the LCD, so it’s almost always pointed AWAY from where you want. #
  • @chippy I’m posting an appetizer video to YouTube right now. Will post the meaty 10-13 minute UI videos to blip when I get home. #
  • @chippy Video will be here as soon as YouTube is done chewing on the transcode: http://tinyurl.com/6rx9e8 #
  • Just posted a 2.5 minute "appetizer" video of the two MIDs I got to play with yesterday: http://tinyurl.com/6zznvx In depth video to come! #
  • Aaaand just like that, YouTube goes down again. *sigh* Apologies if you’re trying to get to that video. #
  • Wow. Over 100 views on my MID appetizer video already. Not bad from between 4-6AM PST. πŸ™‚ #
  • @chippy I knew it! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @WarnerCrocker OK, cool. Glad those are all accounted for. Thanks, guys! πŸ™‚ #
  • To bed for the last time in Shanghai. My flight leaves in the AM. I’m all packed. Going to miss this huge, crazy city! πŸ™‚ #
  • Holy cow! What’s with the flood of Twitter followers in the last 8 hours? Hello, everyone! Feel free to @ me and introduce yourself. #
  • Headed to the airport in a few minutes. I arrive in SFO at 8AM Wednesday, will be incommunicado until then. See you on the other side! πŸ™‚ #
  • @soloride @current_com Nice to meet you – thanks for following! πŸ™‚ #
  • @NickStarr Only for a couple of hours, until my connection home to PDX. Will tweet when I get there, and have EDGE again. #
  • @davewiner I know! It was weird trying to put the flight on my calendar. It wouldn’t let me create something that ended BEFORE it started πŸ™‚ #
  • Wow, Twitter is busy right now! I have to run catch a taxi to the airport, so I can’t respond individually, but thanks all for the wishes! #

An Appetizer: Video of the Lenovo and Aigo MIDs at Intel Shanghai

I’m working on the video I shot while I was at the Mobility Software Lab at Intel Shanghai yesterday, getting some face time with the Lenovo and Aigo Mobile Internet Devices. I posted the photos late last night (thank you all for the comments!), and ever since then, you’ve all been chomping at the bit to see the videos. I have good news and bad news…

The good news is, I just posted an “appetizer” video, with a quick look at the MID hardware, comparisons to the Fujitsu and Samsung UMPCs (and my iPhone), and a glimpse of the lab. It’s about 2.5 minutes long, and you can watch it right here:

The bad news? The really detailed videos I shot of the UI and applications on both devices are too long to go up on YouTube (which has a 10 minute limit). I don’t want to cut anything out of the videos – I want you to see everything I saw. And I’d really like to have higher quality for the videos than what YouTube allows. But since my video service of choice, Blip.tv, is blocked in China, I can’t upload the videos until I get home. My flight leaves in about 18 hours. It won’t be long!In the mean time, please accept my apologies, and this “appetizer” video as a token of my love, along with the promise that the real “meat” – the UI video you’ve been waiting for – is coming soon. Over 20 minutes of it. And it will look better than YouTube. πŸ™‚

Thanks for being patient! πŸ™‚


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-07

  • Plan for my last two days in Shanghai: Working with the ISN China team to do some blog training, shoot some videos (maybe of MIDs!). #
  • Sometimes, the National Geographic channel comes through with pure awesomeness. Right now: a show on hornets. πŸ™‚ #
  • Watching a swarm of hornets take down a giant Camel Spider. Creepy and horrifying – I can’t look away. πŸ™‚ #
  • Now watching a small band of hornets take out a whole hive of honeybees. Reminds me of this video: http://tinyurl.com/4um6r7 #
  • @ebohling Consider soup.io over Tumblr. I dumped Tumblr because it got crappy – imposed limitations on # of feeds, etc. I <3 soup.io now. #
  • @ebohling Yeah, soup is a little heavy on the dhtml stuff, but as sick and tired as I was of Tumblr declining, I put up with it. πŸ™‚ #
  • Got some last minute special access to the mobility lab at Intel Shanghai today. Shot some very exclusive video of the Lenovo and Aigo MIDs. #
  • Got some good hands on time with both the Aigo and Lenovo MID. Of the two, I prefer the Lenovo’s hardware. It’s very, very nice to hold. #
  • Did you know that there are only about 20 MID devices in the world? Pretty much all of them were at IDF. 10 were in the lab I visited today. #
  • @chippy Don’t worry. Pics and lots of video coming. πŸ™‚ #
  • Working on photos from today’s MID sneak peek session. Dang, I’m kinda good at this. πŸ™‚ #
  • @harrisja Heh. I wondered how long it would take you to see the evil in your Sharepoint peddling ways. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jmoriarty Pssst! Take a look at what’s appearing in my Flickr stream… (should be a new set of 33 photos appearing there as we speak). πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty It’s like 1 AM here. I may or may not get a blog post out about them tonight, but I will shortly, regardless. Feel free to blog. #
  • World Exclusive: I got to play with the Lenovo and Aigo MIDs today at Intel Shanghai. Here’s a set of 33 photos: http://tinyurl.com/5cyby2 #
  • I’ll do a writeup of the experience soon, but I wanted to get the photos out there. I think they turned out pretty decent! πŸ™‚ #
  • @rodfather Yes, I got lots of video of both the Lenovo and Aigo devices. The UIs were very different. Will post video as soon as I can. #
  • Quick blog post on my MID photos, with some more details. Will post more of a writeup, and the videos, after sleep http://tinyurl.com/5mpzwq #

World Exclusive: I got to play with the Lenovo and Aigo Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) at Intel Shanghai

There are only about 20 Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) existent in the world. Most of them were in Shanghai last week for the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). 10 of them were in the Mobility Software Enabling Lab at Intel Shanghai, where I got special access today to shoot photos and videos, as well as some hands on time to play, with the Lenovo Ideapad U8 MID and the Aigo MID. They also had some other devices around for comparison – an old prototype UMPC with a pivot screen, a Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC, and a Fujitsu Lifebook UMPC. And I threw my iPhone in a few of the photos for size/comparison’s sake.

I’ll post a more detailed writeup of my impressions of the devices soon, as well as the video of the time I had with them (summary: the Lenovo Ideapad U8 looks and feels wonderful in my hands – I WANT one!). I spent several minutes on video with each device, examining the hardware and UI/software features. Right now, thought, it’s almost 1 AM, and I need to get up early to do a blogging training with the Intel Shanghai software guys. But I wanted to get these photos up and available as soon as possible.

Please post any comments or questions you have either in this post, or on the photo’s page on Flickr. I want to answer all of your questions, but I’m going to sleep for a few hours, and don’t want to miss any of them. Please be patient, and I promise I’ll answer all questions. πŸ™‚

The entire set of 33 photos is available in this photoset on Flickr. Feel free to browse through all of the photos (bonus photos: some shots of the Intel Shanghai sales offices, which occupy floors 22-24 of the ShanghaiMart tower). Click here to view as a slideshow, and you can see full size/resolution versions of every photo on Flickr by clicking “All Sizes” on the photo’s page.

And now, the photos! Here are some that I think turned out best – be sure to check out all 33 photos in the Flickr set!

Aigo and Lenovo Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)
Aigo and Lenovo Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)
Fujitsu Lifebook, Samsung Q1 Ultra, Lenovo MID, Aigo MID, prototype UMPC
Stack: iPhone, Lenovo, Aigo, Fujitsu, Samsung
Stack: iPhone, Lenovo, Aigo, Fujitsu, Samsung
Keeper of the MIDs, Lenovo Ideapad U8