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Posts Tagged ‘gadgets’

Mid 2013: Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC supports 10-finger, guesture, multiple-user & 2 hr battery life.

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/01/17

In the past you have seen my interest in multi-touch Windows devices (for instance the Dell’s S2340T 23″ Multi-touch monitor and Microsoft Surface 2.0).

This year a I expect vendors to deliver Windows 8 based computers that resemble a lot of the Microsoft PixelSense (formerly “Microsoft Surface”) technology:

  • 10 or more finger touch
  • guesture support
  • multi-user
  • capability to see more than just fingers (i.e. tags, or mobile controllers)

Lenovo seems the first to announce, with an expected availability in June 2013: IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, with support for 10-finger, guesture, multiple-user, and two-hour battery life.


Posted in Development, Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Power User, Software Development, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Dreaming: MacBook Air is an Ultrabook, so with Haswell will it have Touch?

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/01/09

A few recent rumour and news items:

Since a MacBook Air fits the Ultrabook description perfectly, I dreamed that this might lead to a MacBook Air with Haswell and Touch.

And I’m not the only one dreaming that dream (:

What would you favour, MacBook Air with Touch, Retina or both?


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Nice! @Flickr holiday gift: 3 months of Pro membership…

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/29

Just got my free Flickr holiday gift: 3 months of Pro membership.

If you have a free Flickr account, it will give you three months of Pro to try it.


You have now activated your Flickr Holiday Gift.

We’ve extended your Flickr Pro subscription for an additional 3 months at no charge.

Your Pro Account expires on 16th December, 2013


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Downloading TomTom POI files for Germany/Austria/Switzerland and for Italian LPG & CNG filling stations

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/10/22

LPG is Liquefied Petroleum Gas. CNG is Compressed Natural Gas. Both are good fuels for cars. I favour LPG, for two reasons. First, it often can be obtained as a rest-product of cracking crude oil, second it has a much higher energy density than CNG.

For each country, you should

  1. download the POI files (preferably in the OV2 format)
  2. download the icon bitmap file
  3. make sure the name portion of the files are the same
  4. copy those files to your device using the something like the MyPOI manager or the instructions at TomTom POI updates in TomTom forum – GPS POI.

Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Note: In Switzerland, there are relatively few LPG stations, but many CNG stations.

Download section for getting LPG and CNG stations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria: LPG & CNG Tankstellen (download).

For TomTom devices, just download the LPG or CNG files for POI and Icon:

Italy and other countries

Start your downloads at LPG Autogas in Italy – Petrol GPS POI data directory for TomTom, Garmin, Navman, SmartPhones and other GPS devices. – GPS POI Data.

Then press the Download POI File button to download the OV2 and BMP file.


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Some notes on multi-touch and Windows

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/10/06

While fooling around with Microsoft Surface, you are astonished with the number of fingers it supports: 10 is no problem on the Samsung SUR40 which can also do full HD resolution (more specs here).

Not so with the standard Windows 7 touch support: that has only 2.

As I want to increase that to better mimic the development environment to the actual environment a few notes:


Posted in .NET, Development, Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Software Development, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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