HP Slate takes swing at Ipad

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HP Slate tablet IPad Killer?

Today the HP Slate Demo Video ended up at Engadget as well as Mashable.com. So, my take on this is that HP is now trying to take some of the wind out of the sails of the IPad. It obviously is trying to use the Fervor over the IPad as well as some peoples dislike over Apple’s latest tech offering to shed some interest their way.

The HP Slate is bringing its A game to the show with its fully decked out specs:

The Base Spec HP Slate will have 32GB of Storage and sell for $549.00 . Other notable stats are 1 GB of RAM, a  1.6Ghz Processor using Atom and the screen comes in at 8.9 Inches with Multitouch ability. The Screen resolution will be 1024 x 600. There will also be a 64GB version as well.

So all in all not a bad little device. price point is still in the ballpark to compete with the IPad as well as all the other Slates, or tablets yet to be announced. ( you heard me MS! ). I would welcome any HP rep that would give me the opportunity to review the Slate and let me write a post about it.

On the Same track as the Tablet PC market:

I had the opportunity to ask Microsoft for any news concerning the Upcoming Courier. and I got the following boilerplate response:

In regards to your Courier request, please refer to the following statement, attributable to a Microsoft spokesperson:

While it is in Microsoft’s DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity, we have no product announcements around this topic today.

–          Microsoft spokesperson

wonderful.. thanks I think?

So,  What do you think of the HP Slate? Ipad Killer?

WordPress 3.0 Beta Released

With all the buzz around the IPad and Apple lately, this may have passed by unnoticed…. WordPress 3.0 Beta was Released!!

Mashable.com has a great summary on its features as well as linky linky Loos!! Among notable additions to this beta is the combining of WordPress and WordPress MU (multi user) which will allow you to run multiple blogs from the same installation albeit with a few bugs right now in beta-land.

If you’re brave, you can download the update here and kick the tires on it. If you do, I would love to head about it and I will link to your shiny new WordPress 3.0 site!

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Lemme know what you think… Comments are on Below. Cheers!

How I fell into the stats “pit of despair”

I’m not sure how I did it. but I did.  I have now become full entrenched with watching my “stats” for downloads of my podcast.  I actually have a daily ritual now of checking my stats on my iphone at approximately 1pm every day. All this does is show me who downloaded my podcast over the last 24 hours so all the actual stats are a bit stale. I eagerly wait in anticipation to see if what I had to talk about was well received or a huge flop. luckily I have more positives than negatives lately so I guess I must be doing something (mostly) right.

I am a numbers guy by nature so hit counters, analytic tools in general and stats like who downloaded what and when i really like. You would think that I want to see them to justify myself as “popular” but in reality i am using these stats to track how what I choose to talk about in my podcast reflects on any given week and how long each podcast keep getting hits. A great example of this is that my best podcast was about the Ipod shuffle sales at least a year ago. it has 5000+ downloads and keeps getting hits.  Oddly enough episode #4 also still gets hits. that is from early 2007! I am still trying to correlate the whys and the hows.  I have tried many methods for news gathering and I can say this for sure. Rehashing the same news just doesn’t cut it. Every-time I get excited about something that just so happens to be on a large aggregator like Tech meme or even just tech news outlet like Gizmodo or Engadget. I see an initial spike but then after a very short time people just stop reading or downloading or visiting. if new content is king then NEW and FRESH content is really then the Emperor. I am trying to walk the line of new and fresh while still being a bit topical and on target with society. let me tell you this…. its not an easy task.

I spend a least 2 hours each day just keeping up with my rss feed readers. Then surfing to find some unknown new page or gadget that no one is talking about. unfortunately it happens and I am forced to go all topical on your ass and chat about the Ipad or Google or even “gulp” rehash what i just saw on Techmeme. Sorry. In the end the numbers don’t lie, If I waste your time then you stop listening and then well, we all lose out.I have no podcast if there are no listeners. I really do appreciate you all.

So for now, its back to the research trough for me. Looking for the next interesting thing to talk about for next weeks podcast.

UPDATE: I have now gone over 24 hours since my last check. its really bugging me. LOL

BTW, if you have and comment or suggestions please email me at Geek (at) geektechlive.com.

Opera Mini coming to an Iphone near you

It was only a matter of time before Opera mini came to the Iphone.  I for one am very happy to have a different browser to choose from as safari can leave me wanting on a good handful of the sites I go to on a regular basis.   Techmeme has aggregated all the news fit to read on this subject here . Lets hope it runs as well on the Iphone as on other mobile platforms. The Official Press Release from Opera can be found here

Last time I ran the mobile Opera browser was on my Blackberry curve. and on the curve it was fantastic compared to the blackberry browser. I loved it.

I will be downloading it and trying it out as soon as its available. When I do you will be the first to know my thoughts. Lets hope its as good if not better than before.