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May 9, 2007 03:25 AM PST

My apologies. I dropped off the grid for a bit. I've been busy with work and also lurking / commenting in other forums on the topic of Vista battery life. I'll catch you up quickly here so that my subsequent post(s) on the topic make sense.

A little over 1 month back I purchased a refurb UMPC to play around with. It is an original first generation Samsung Q1. My goal was to put Vista on it so I could play with the handwriting recognition, do some touch screen dev etc. (BTW Vista's handwriting is scores better than XP's so I have another cool vista feature to add to the list, but I digress). The bottom line is that it took awhile and lots of work by other folks to track down the correct Vista drivers to make all of this work. But I managed to get it installed in a separate partition so I could dual boot vista / xp and compare them before I commit.

Vista runs nice on it - and I'll probably discuss that further when I get time. My current preoccupation is Vista battery life, or the lack there of. This topic is all the rage in the blogsphere right now. I'm only participating in it from the UMPC side. At first hint of such a problem I put off my decision to install it on my laptop until it gets sorted out. For my Q1 there is a significant difference in battery life under the same use case between XP and Vista, and it's been driving me crazy trying to figure out why. Not everyone is experiencing the same thing so there is some debate. Most of it currently revolves around the use of Aero which doesn't even apply to my UMPC.

Catching the blog up on my recent UMPC purchase and activities.

Comments (2)
J, May 9, 2007 09:52 AM:

I've tried that handwriting recognition on Vista and it is awesome. It recognized 100% of my chicken scratch without any training. Very impressive.

John, May 9, 2007 10:57 AM:

It gets even better because it does have the ability to do training as well as automatically learn from you over time - if you turn those features on.

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