Splashtop Remote is a new iPad app plus PC server program combo package that provides remote control of your Windows PC using your iPad. It’s from the guys at DeviceVM who brought us the instant-on OS, Splashtop, but similarities end with the name. There are several applications that allow you to VNC into your computer across a network from an iOS device, my favourite thus far being TeamViewer, which has iOS apps for both iPhone and iPad, plus a plethora of desktop utilities. What DeviceVM say makes Slashtop Remote different is that you can ‘watch video, listen to music, and even play games remotely’. The major difference we can see is that Splashtop Remote automatically pipes the sound from your computer to your iPad, as long as you’re using Windows 7 or Vista. Read On
Highly unlike Microsoft of old, Windows 7 service pack one has been released to public beta ahead of schedule. The OS representing what Windows Vista should have been, has been relatively problem free for the most part and as such SP1 adds little to the finished package, save for bug fixes and patches. 1.2GB of patches to be precise. Whilst you can easily download and install SP1 beta, you’re unlikely to get much in the way of technical support, just like most other Microsoft betas. But if you know what you’re doing and can’t wait till the projected ‘early 2011’ release date then head on over to TechNet and get your SP1 on.
We’ve seen the ads and all that stuff about hosting a Windows 7 launch party. Let’s face it. It’s a ridiculous notion to host a launch party for Windows 7, at least in my book. Apparently, the folks at Funny or Die feel the same way, giving us such a ridiculous and hilarious parody.
Not sure if you have heard, but a while ago Microsoft was inviting people to sign-up to be chosen to host a Windows 7 party. It was a viral marketing campaign full of fail right from the start. I mean, look at the “inviting” video below.
Some people actually opted in for a chance at getting a Windows 7 party pack. You might be thinking, why would anyone want to do that?! Well, hosts that get chosen actually get a full retail copy of Windows 7 in the pack. One guy actually managed to convince Microsoft that he’ll be hosting a legitimate Windows 7 party. After scooping up the free copy, he puts up the rest of the party pack up for sale on eBay. Below are the excuses to why his “guests” didn’t come to the party:
Pete: I’ve got to work the drive-thru that night. Reid: I’d love to come but I heard there is going to be Windows there. Colin: Feeling too antisocial to come to a computer party :( AJ: FidoNet relay forgot to pay their modem line’s phone bill, evite got delayed Chris: Found out Windows 7 not available on 5.25″ floppy. Kevin: I’ll be over as soon as I shut down my laptop. XP still has 72 updates to go. Bryan: I was going to come to your party, but then I got high. I still have XP and I know why, yeah yeah, because I got high, because I got high, because I got high. Andy: Didn’t realize you needed to own a computer to use Windows 7. Mike: I was going to come to your launch party but then a girl called. Ira: Sorry, my guild has a raid. Adam: Thunderbird on Ubuntu sent your evite into the spam folder because it said, “windows 7 party.” Amanda: I was going to come to your launch party but then a girl called. Charles: Bing gave me the wrong directions. Rich: MS-BOB not compatible with Windows 7. Not interested. Mark: Needs more than 640k ram, which is more than I was told I would ever need.
So, if you’re up for paying $50 for a bunch of Windows 7 party swag, hit up his item page.
May 5th isn’t only the day of Mexico’s independence, but also the day you can download a copy of Windows 7 for free and try it out for a whole year! What are you waiting for? The mariachi band? Ok well here you go. But after you’re done with them, click here to download the operating system.
True to form Windows 7 RC (7100) is now available from your favourite not so legitimate sources should you not be able to wait for 5th of May. For a little reassurance you’re not installing a malware loaded hacked editions check out iStarted Something.
No significant UI changes have been noted so far and it just seems like an incremental update at this stage. We’ll know more as the installs become more widespread.
Windows 7 news have a gallery of the RC installed here.
Rumours flying around the grapevine indicate that Windows 7 RC (final or final few beta releases before RTM, or print I guess) will be out to TechNet and MSDN (bittorrent?) any minute now and that the public release will follow on the 5th May. This might have been a gaff by Microsoft as the page as you see it above now lacks menition of any Windows 7 RC, someone jumped the gun? Still it does mean that we’re getting close. Anyone who’s familiar with Windows 7 will be waiting with bated breath for the RC, as many people are already rocking some of the late betas, myself included. The RC is also rumoured to be include a significant UI change, which may or may not come about. Must admit I’m not sure what else they’d likely do at this late stage in the testing process, even with forked builds, but I’m liking what I’m seeing and using now. So keep you’re eyes peeled on your favourite source for the new and possible last build of Windows 7 before the RTM.
Today was my nieces 13th birthday. Because she is growing up and almost in high school my dad/her grandpa, bought her a compaq laptop. Now, being the nice geek uncle I am, I told her I would help set it up for her. And by setup, I mean:
Install FireFox 3
Delete all Internet Explorer shortcuts
Uninstall Norton Antivirus 60day trial version
Stop all programs from launching when Windows starts up
Install Windows Updates
Make recovery discs
Wait, wtf? Make recovery discs? Yes. I had to make recovery discs because the box didn’t come with one. Instead it came with this paper:
My first thought after reading this was, “Since when did this type of thing started happening?” Then I thought, “This isn’t a good feature at all. What if the hard drive completely dies?” You wouldn’t be able to do a full recovery when you put in a new hard drive. Or would you? So, just to make sure, I created those recovery discs. What surprised me was that it took 2 DVDs and 2 hours to create them.
It was no big deal to me. I just kept playing Street Fighter 4 on Xbox Live while the recovery discs were created. But all these procedures to get a PC laptop running out of the box and smoothly completely made me hate Windows even more and OS X less.
Out of the box, OS X takes less than 30 minutes to setup. That’s even with the software updates.
I’ve been testing Microsoft Windows 7 Beta for the last few months. It’s pretty solid. Just got news today that PC contractor Compal (Acer, HP, etc…) will be building systems with Windows 7 and shipping in September.
“According to current planning, it should be late September or early October,” said Ray Chen, president of Taipei-based Compal Electronics Inc. the maker of laptop personal computers for Hewlett-Packard Co. and Acer Inc.
Back in April 2008 Bill gates said that they would have a new operating system ready in a year. I’m actually really confident in this because I feel that this OS is solid with just minor bugs which are being ironed out as you read this. Microsoft dominates 90% of the market but has been losing points in the last couple of years to Mac. They need this operating system to come out now. Yes technically it’s supposed to be released 3 years after Vista was launched but what can you do when you have something a lot better sitting on a shelf?
Remember that screenshot we saw cirulating the web of all those different Windows 7 versions (pictured above)? Well guess what? It’s worse than you could have possibly imagined. View the actual SKUs after the break. Read On