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First Reviews of the MSI Wind Ultra-Portable Laptop

Blahbooboo3 Re:Weird scaling -- Not. (148 comments)

I find it interesting that this laptop more or less falls right in between your standard fare laptop and an Eee PC in terms of portability and raw power, but is the most expensive of the crop.


Using the base Vostro 1500 for the "average laptop" and the Eee PC 8G we have:

  • Eee PC - 7" display, 800Mhz Celeron, 8G storage, 1GB RAM @ $549
  • Wind - 10" display, 1.6Ghz Atom, 80GB storage, 1GB RAM @ $649
  • Vostro 1500 - 15.4" display, 1.6Ghz C2D, 120GB storage, 2GB RAM @ $499


I realize the comparison is odd since they all hit different intended markets, but it seems that something that is between the two in specs would be closer to either of the two in terms of price than it currently is.

Compared to the Vostro you're paying for the size reduction. I bet that Vostro is one of those fugly and heavy cheap dells. At 6.33lbs, you can have that Vostro lead brick. UGH! Never again for travel would I use something that heavy. Once you go 3lbs for travel, you NEVER go back.

Compared to the EEE, you are paying for the larger 10" screen & faster processor.

All in all, it makes perfect sense to me the price placement from your list.

more than 6 years ago

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Hospital dumps MS Exchange with Exchange clone

Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Taking a page from the doctors at Moses Taylor Hospital, IT staff at the Scranton, Pa., facility last year diagnosed their messaging system and came up with an effective treatment that's turned out to be a life saver. The patient in this case was an aging Microsoft Exchange 5.5 environment that couldn't support increased message loads and was going to cost a bundle to upgrade. After conducting an evaluation of alternatives, the hospital decided not to upgrade to a newer version of Exchange. Instead, it went with a Linux-based Exchange clone that it felt could meet the needs of its 700 users without forcing them and IT to learn a whole new system and save the hospital $500k. Full article"
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Hospital ditches MS Exchange for open source clone

Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Taking a page from the doctors at Moses Taylor Hospital, IT staff at the Scranton, Pa., facility last year diagnosed their messaging system and came up with an effective treatment that's turned out to be a life saver. The patient in this case was an aging Microsoft Exchange 5.5 environment that couldn't support increased message loads and was going to cost a bundle to upgrade. After conducting an evaluation of alternatives, the hospital decided not to upgrade to a newer version of Exchange. Instead, it went with a Linux-based Exchange clone that it felt could meet the needs of its 700 users without forcing them and IT to learn a whole new system. Full article here"
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Hospital exchanges Exchange for Linux-based clone

Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "At Moses Taylor Hospital, IT staff at the Scranton, Pa., facility last year diagnosed their messaging system and came up with an effective treatment that's turned out to be a life saver. The patient in this case was an aging Microsoft Exchange 5.5 environment that couldn't support increased message loads and was going to cost a bundle to upgrade. After conducting an evaluation of alternatives, the hospital decided not to upgrade to a newer version of Exchange. Instead, it went with a Linux-based Exchange clone that it felt could meet the needs of its 700 users without forcing them and IT to learn a whole new system (and saved the hospital $500k). Full article here"
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Hospital dumps MS Exchange for Linux-based clone

Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Taking a page from the doctors at Moses Taylor Hospital, IT staff at the Scranton, Pa., facility last year diagnosed their messaging system and came up with an effective treatment that's turned out to be a life saver. The patient in this case was an aging Microsoft Exchange 5.5 environment that couldn't support increased message loads and was going to cost a bundle to upgrade. After conducting an evaluation of alternatives, the hospital decided not to upgrade to a newer version of Exchange. Instead, it went with a Linux-based Exchange clone that it felt could meet the needs of its 700 users without forcing them and IT to learn a whole new system. Full article here"
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$500 million dollar piracy ring busted in China

Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Reported by several news organizations, pirated software worth more than $500 million has been seized by authorities in China as part of a joint operation run by Chinese police and the FBI. Microsoft estimates that the software piracy of an international counterfeiting syndicate, over the past six years, cost the company at least $2 billion in lost software revenue. Microsoft said that key information in the investigation came from its Windows Genuine Advantage program, an antipiracy system that can check whether an OS is legit. It's generally accepted that Microsoft has done well out of software piracy: it helps products become widely used, and as the market matures, people start to pay for their software. And this has been a major factor in Windows beating Linux in China, as Bill Gates admits."
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China breaks up $500 million piracy ring

Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Reported by several news organizations , pirated software worth more than $500 million has been seized by authorities in China as part of a joint operation run by Chinese police and the FBI. Microsoft estimates that the software piracy of an international counterfeiting syndicate, over the past six years, cost the company at least $2 billion in lost software revenue. Microsoft said that key information in the investigation came from its Windows Genuine Advantage program, an antipiracy system that can check whether an OS is legit. It's generally accepted that Microsoft has done well out of software piracy: it helps products become widely used, and as the market matures, people start to pay for their software. And this has been a major factor in Windows beating Linux in China, as Bill Gates admits."
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Delays and missed promises, the smart car is finally coming to the USA in January 2008. Smart car uses a special designed crash cage to protect the driver and gets upwards of 40MPG. Crash test are very positive. The car is deceptively large inside, as showcased by this great ad from the smart usa web site. The 2nd gen Fortwo will be offered first, starting around $12000. The slick roadster unfortunately isn't coming soon."
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Delays and missed promises finally fulfilled. The smart car is coming to the USA in January 2008. Smart car uses a special designed crash cage to protect the driver and gets upwards of 40MPG. Crash test are very positive. The car is deceptively large inside, as showcased by this great ad from the smart usa web site. The 2nd gen Fortwo will be offered first, starting around $15000. The slick roadster unfortunately isn't coming soon."
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "After many delays the smart car is coming to the USA in January 2008. Smart car uses a special designed crash cage to protect the driver and gets upwards of 40MPG. Crash test are very positive. The car is deceptively large inside, as showcased by this great ad from the smart usa web site. The 2nd gen Fortwo will be offered first, starting around $15000. The slick roadster unfortunately isn't coming soon."
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "After several delays and missed promises, the smart car is coming to the USA in January 2008. Smart car uses a special designed crash cage to protect the driver and gets upwards of 40MPG. Crash test are very positive. The car is deceptively large inside, as showcased by this great ad from the smart usa web site. The 2nd gen Fortwo will be offered first, starting around $15000. The slick roadster unfortunately isn't coming soon."
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Based on the Freespace 2 open-sourced game engine, BSG Beyond the Red Line demo was released. PC World has an article and review of the demo. Another review of the demo is here. The game is lots of fun. The artwork is true to the new BSG, true space physics (or close to it), and the you can play it on the Mac, on Linux and Windows! Check it out yourself and support this amazing community initiative! Download from gamewarden here. The actual forum announcement is here if you want to provide feedback."
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "You might have heard of an open-source project to build a BSG game set in the new BSG universe using the open-sourced Freespace 2 engine. A demo of the game has been released that allows you to take on the role of a "nugget" Viper pilot aboard the Battlestar Pegasus. Game download available at their forums. It is already quite impressive as they kept true space physics, multiplayer support, and the artwork feels like it's from the show. Oh, and it's multi-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) as well !"
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "You might have heard of an open-source project to build a Battlestar Galactica game set in the new Battlestar Galactica universe using the open-sourced Freespace 2 engine. A demo of the game has been released that allows you to take on the role of a "nugget" Viper pilot aboard the Battlestar Pegasus. Game download available at their forums. It is already quite impressive as they kept true space physics, multiplayer support, and the artwork feels like it's from the show. Oh, and it's multi-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) as well!"
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "As reported by ITWire here,with a tiny 6.76% of the search market, compared with Google's 60%+ search share dominance, Microsoft has decided it's time to leverage their massive base of global Windows users with juicy wads of cash to switch search providers! Microsoft rewarding its corporate clients if they manage to convince their employees to use Live Search instead of other search engines, and plans to share Live Search-related profits with humanitarian organizations with a new program called "Microsoft Service Credits for Web Search." More info here about the bribery. Nothing like paying off the boss to get to the people!"
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Rollins resigned Wednesday afternoon following months of criticism. Dell said Wednesday that founder Michael Dell will assume the duties of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, replacing Kevin Rollins, who also stepped down from the company's board. "Dell has tremendous opportunities ahead of it," said Mr. Dell. "I am enthusiastic about Dell 2.0, which includes our plan to provide the best customer experience, build a strong global services business and ensure our products deliver the best long-term customer value." Forbes has an article, marketwatch, and businessweek."
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "CNBC analyst Jim Cramer, who suggests Cingular/ATT will sidestep subsidization of the Apple handset by giving away lengthy service contracts. "In its call, the company made it very clear that it's going to use Apple's iPhone to get customers from Verizon Wireless by giving away its service for a year and a half to those customers who buy the phone," Cramer explained in his blog posting at TheStreet.com. The CNBC "Mad Money" host believes the strategy will help the wireless carrier court a flurry of new subscribers while maintaining requests from Apple not to discount the cost of the $499 and $599 mobile devices."
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Blahbooboo3 Blahbooboo3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Blahbooboo3 (874492) writes "Terrorism charges were dropped Wednesday against a suspect labeled as a key figure in an alleged plot to blow up jets flying from London to the United States this summer. Boing Boing is reporting that a judge in Pakistan has decided there is not enough evidence to try the main suspect in a purported terror plot to blow up airlines with liquids. The Washington Post is also covering the story. This alleged international conspiracy is the reason you now have to carry less-than-3 oz bottles of mouthwash and shampoo in clear ziplock bags when you fly."

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