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Monday, 23.04.07

Proporta releases the Bluetake BT510 Bluetooth Mouse
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:08 CET under Digital - Gadgets

I'm definitely a big friend of wireless, especially Bluetooth, mice and Proporta recently launched an inexpensive one you might be interested in? The Bluetake BT510 Bluetooth Mouse allows you to operate your PC, Laptop or Mac wirelessly, from a distance of up to 10 meters. Once you have installed the device, you will no longer need to carry around messy wires or bulky receivers (yes!). The Bluetake BT510 Bluetooth mouse does not even need line of sight to operate, thanks to Bluetooth and the in-built optical technology scans your surface at a rate of 800dpi, providing quick and precise control of your mouse.

The comfortable curves and compact design allow easy control using either your right or left hand. A central wheel eases scrolling through documents and E-Mail.

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Wednesday, 07.03.07

512 MB more RAM can Rock your Windows Experience Index
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:41 CET under Digital - Gadgets

While I'm - overall - pretty happy with the Windows Vista on my new Fujitsu Siemens Tablet PC, I wasn't too satisfied with the performance of the system, due to the "lack of RAM". While the Notebook had - initially - 512 MB RAM (only), I already ordered it with 1536 RAM instead and overall - 1.5 GB are good enough to run Windows Vista on a modern PC.
However, because I have many application running simultaneously (Outlook, Windows Mail, Word, Corel Photo Paint X3 and more), the performance was - RAM-wise - pretty much on the limit, especially because the T4210 hasn't have dedicated video memory but shares it with the main memory.
So I've decided to upgrade the memory again and initially I thought about adding Kingston 2 GB RAM but 600 - 900 Euro :-O for a 2 GB SODIMM DDR2 RAM is way to expensive. Therefore I've decided to went with another 1 GB RAM module for 99 Euro only.

Anyway - after I've installed the 1 GB RAM module (replaced the 512 MB module) my Windows Vista Experience Index jumped from 2.5 to 3.1:

And indeed, the whole system is snappier. The additional RAM not only contributed to the graphics index but also increased the memory operation per second index from 3.something to 4.7:

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Friday, 23.02.07

Get your Anycom Bluetooth USB Adapter USB-2x0 working under Windows Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:50 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Long time ago, I was a big fan of Anycom's Bluetooth products, basically because Anycome was one of the first companies which offered Bluetooth PC- and CF-cards which worked with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs (it was the time, when Compaq's iPAQ line was the state of the art device and thanks to the jackets, you were able to use even PCMCIA and CF-cards with Pocket PCs). Well, recently I bought a new Bluetooth USB stick for my Windows Media Center (I've upgraded from the Acer stick since Acer failed to provide drivers) and as it turned out, the Anycom USB Adapter USB-200 was even Bluetooth 2.0 already (bout it early last year).

So indeed - another great product I wasn't unhappy with but well - Anycom likes to use their own Bluetooth stack (I think it's based on the Broadcom stack) but I prefer the Microsoft stack, even if it offers less, it's better working with ActiveSync and/or the Windows Mobile Device Center.

Getting rid of a "pre-defined" Bluetooth stack causes always trouble, but not so with the Anycom  USB-2x0 USB Adapter. The fine folks from Anycom released a driver called "anycom-bluetooth-usb2x0-windowsxp-v2-1-0-4.exe" which allows you to use the Anycom Blue USB-200/220/250 USB Adapter with the Microsoft Bluetooth Stack on Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP x86-64 bit edition. So far so good but I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate on my Media Center now but I decided to give it a try anyway and voila - it works even with Windows Vista. However, you have to know how to make it working:

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Monday, 05.02.07

Finally - Fujitsu released the final Windows Vista drivers for the Lifebook T4210
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Okay, during the past weeks I was ranting here quite heavily about the missing Windows Vista drivers for my Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook T4210 and therefore I should also tell you, that the missing drivers are available now (or better since late last week).
So if you also own a T4210 (or a T4215) and you was waiting for the drivers to upgrade your Tablet to Windows Vista, you don't have any excuses anymore. ;-)

Please note, that downloading the drivers is a real pain, since Fujitsu (Siemens) offers every driver as a single download, instead of packing them together into one ZIP file. Therefore, the download, as well as extracting all the drivers can take some hours but hey - at least the drivers are available.

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Tuesday, 30.01.07

Dear Fujitsu Siemens...
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:05 CET under Digital - Gadgets

...yesterday, Bill Gates officially launched Windows Vista for everybody (not just biz customers and MSDN and TechNet users) and I wonder when you will release Windows Vista drivers for the masses as well?
One reason for me to move to Fujitsu Siemens was, that I thought you are a "serious" PC manufacture. Not only that I've missed you, beside Toshiba and HP, on the stage - as a Windows Vista launch partner - no - I'm also missing the final Windows Vista drivers for my Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook T4210!

So what's wrong? The Beta drivers are not too bad but some drivers are missed, including auto rotating the display if I switch from Notebook mode to Tablet PC mode - so what's wrong? Was the launch of Windows Vista a surprise or what? Wasn't it announced early enough that you leave your customers in the dust now?

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