Asus R2HV Ensemble

Asus R2HV Ensemble

Asus R2HV Ensemble

This is the Asus R2H and I want one. It’s a UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) – basically a tiny laptop with a touch screen. It has built-in wireless, bluetooth, GPS and a webcam. The V version comes with Vista instead of XP.

The performance won’t exactly blow a desktop PC away – 1Ghz CPU and 4200RPM HD, but it’s surprisingly good in some respects – 1Gb RAM, 80Gb HD.

The only real downer is the price.

Microsoft has apparently put a lot of work into making the UI usable without a keyboard and with (much) less screen space than a Tablet PC. You might remember the Origami project which failed because it was too expensive and the battery life was too low. Well this is the second generation of it and it’s still too expensive. It’s rated at two hours battery life which is about the same as a regular laptop I guess, so that’s not really an issue.

It’s about 9x5x1 inches, so I can see using it on the couch or in meetings at work or in a cafe or in a car or at an airport…

But hell that’s expensive

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BitSmoke

BitSmoke logo

BitSmoke logo

I’ve started a new project called BitSmoke. It is a peer-to-peer private file sharing application.

BitSmoke is intended to facilitate sharing files between people who know each other, for example friends, family or co-workers.

In BitSmoke, files are shared to a Group. For example, a User could have a Group of family members with whom they share their holiday photos, and a Group of co-workers with whom they share documents for a meeting.

When a file is shared to a Group, pieces of the file are sent to all Users in the Group, so that if the User who originally shared the file is offline, the file will still be accessible by the Users who are online.

The use of BitSmoke to share illegal or copyrighted material is forbidden.

I’m writing it in VB.NET (2005 Express) because I know it best which means I can concentrate on the application and not on learning a new language. I tried the beta of Orcas (2008 Express) but has problems with it, so I’ll wait until the next beta to try again.

I haven’t got very far yet, but what I’m hoping to do this time is actually finish something. Over the years I’ve started hundreds of different and haven’t finished hardly any of them.

I’ve put the project on CodePlex, which means it has to be open source. It’s interesting how much it actually helps me, knowing that people could be looking at my code. It makes me work on the project more often and keeps me from using any hacks that are too ugly 🙂

Unfortunately I work best at about 4am, and with a wife and a job it isn’t easy to get away with.

BitSmoke is already on wakoopa from the testing I’ve been doing 🙂

Thanks to DuelMonster for creating the icon for BitSmoke – it looks great!

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SkyLight

AppRocket screenshot

AppRocket screenshot

In the beginning there was AppRocket. AppRocket was an application launcher. AppRocket was good – in fact it was pretty much perfect. It indexed without slowing the computer down and it was practically psychic when it came to accurately predicting what application I wanted to run, just based on a couple characters.

Then along came Vista, and it turned out that AppRocket wasn’t compatible with Vista – the installer refused to even install on Vista. So I learned to get used to the search on the new Vista start menu. It was great at indexing and searched quickly but wsan’t as good as AppRocket at predicting what I wanted to do.

Candy labs then released MediaTrain. I was hoping for effectively a Vista compatible AppRocket, but MediaTrain was a completely different kind of application – it was for indexing media instead of launching applications (the observant among you will have noticed that from the names of the applications). While that was all well and good, I never really used the media features of AppRocket, let alone an application dedicated to media alone. I guess I just use the computer to run applications more than to access media.

SkyLight screenshot

SkyLight screenshot

Then completely out of the blue (as far as I was concerned), CandyLabs released a beta of SkyLight. CandyLabs seems to have split the media indexing and application launching features of AppRocket into two different applications, and SkyLight was the one I really wanted!

It’s not perfect – as an early beta it’s got a few bugs and isn’t feature complete yet, but it seems to have that psychic predictive ability that AppRocket had, so I’m happy 😀

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