Microsoft thought they would try something new with the launch of their latest operating system, Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. After some people boo’d the release of Windows Vista and the various problems “they” had with Vista, Microsoft decided to get a large community behind the launch of the latest operating system… and what better way to do that than offer people free ultimate versions of windows 7 and gift bags / goodies for guests if they promise to throw a launch party to friends and families to go over some of the new and unique features Windows 7 brings to the table.
I must admit I am a huge windows media center fan and some of the features in this latest operating system are way awesome in my book. I also had no problem with Vista, and in fact find the features in Vista comendable over XP (which it should being the later operating system) I remember when XP came out there where the same bunch of people that boo’d that OS due to its incompatibility issues, in my opinion Vista got the brunt of a bad timing job combined with little pre-marketing… which gave developers a band wagon to jump onto and hence the negative energy towards Vista. OS change is inevitable, and with good reasons or we would all still be on command prompt with DOS still.
So Microsoft has decided with this Launch party campaign that they can get some hype for this OS before it gets out of the gate, which is a good idea in my mind. With that said I jumped on this band wagon to host a launch party at my house… simply for the fact that I get a free, fully licensed $500 O.S. out of the deal that I really want for my media center. I will however throw this party and show my family and friends that are interested
how geeky I really am …err… i mean how neat Windows 7 can be.
Check out my launch party webpage, and other hosts, here at houseparty.com… also let me know if you’ll be in my area and would like an invite to my Windows 7 launch party…
Ok… this is a new concept by novatel wireless that I think will take the world by storm once the wireless companies catch on… the concept is a portable internet WiFi hub… before I explain what this does for people that may not know, let me explain its predecessor. If you ever bought a laptop… or listened to those cheesy Bill Kurtis AT&T “I found the internet” commercials…. you might have heard the term “mobil broadband cards”… it refers to cards embedded into a laptops allowing you to gain internet access where ever you go… thats right… all you have to do is have one of these Broadband Mobil Cards and pay about $40 / month to a cell phone company such as Verizon, sprint, AT&T, etc… and you’ll be able to get “broadband” (about the same speed as a DSL line) anywhere you get cell phone coverage…
Now comes in this revolutionary idea of the Mobil WiFi card…. basically you still pay the $40 +/- to the mobile phone companies, but they give you a thick credit card like device you can stick in your pocket that will give you “broadband internet” anywhere you go up to 5 different devices… The uses for this are very exciting… for instance the family has this card on the desk at the house… every member of the family can connect it on their personal computers and laptops… now when they go on that RV camping vacation they pick up their “internet card” and take it with them… non-stop internet surfing… very cool.
Verizon, sprint, and the rest of the mobil companies should be jumping on this peice of tech with everything they got… they should be upgrading their networks to get faster speeds (and getting rid of their stupid bandwidth caps)… why do you ask… because for a cheaper price than cable or fios connections you can get still a decent broadband connection that is portable…. apples for apples… why would you not pay $10-$15 less for an internet connection you can share with family and friends devices, that you can take anywhere you go… on your commute to work, beside the pool, and the grandparents, at the ski lodge…. its endless… very cool stuff…
now all these companies have to do to outrun the cable and other land line companies is get rid of their stupid “bandwidth caps”… which is still the only downside of the card, limiting you to around 5 gigs of bandwidth service per month… which is not much for one person, never mind a household of 5 users… for comparison, although I am a heavy internet user, I use anywhere around 75 to 200 gigs of bandwidth a month for my house… I guessing most average users don’t use close to that much, but I bet its more than 5 gigs / month….
get with itvmobile companies…. get rid of your caps and you’ll be sitting on a gold mind.
I added another page on how to get free HDTV with just basic cable… this page talks about QAM tuners which is a secret signal you can get thru a basic cable subscription to get HDTV without having to pay the extra fees for digital classic or getting that huge set-top box… check out what I have to say about QAM here
Amazon recently launched a service for TV shows and eventually movies called instant HD for streaming HD content to not only your computer… but with various TV models (read Sony Bravia and Panasonic Viera cast compatable TV’s) it also works with certain HD Tivo boxes… what this means is you would be able to go to the menu on one of these devices… select the amazon instant HD menu… pick your movie and watch it. This is great as it is a step in where digital media needs to be… no more wrappers, boxes, or wasting gas to pick up a movie… this would mean lower prices as studios don’t have to produce all this gargin and shipping costs as well… read more about here.
I added a permanent page to my blog about the various types of HDTV feeds you can have… most people think you can only get HDTV by having a set top box from your cable provider… in fact you can get HDTV from an antenna, and from something called a QAM tuner that may be built into your newer TV’s already. Check out my page to find out more about the various ways of getting HDTV to your HDTV ready television.