News – Vista RC1 Hits the Streets, Tabletize Your F-150, Fujitsu 160GB 2.5 Inch Drive

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Microsoft Vista RC1 Hits the Streets

Microsoft just took another step towards maybe actually hitting their targeted ship date for Vista. On Friday Microsoft released Vista RC1 (build 5600) to windows testers. While the release is probably only marginally different from the pre-RC1 build that came out about a week ago, it is significant in that an RC (Release Candidate) build is generally supposed to be feature complete and relatively bug free.

 

Tabletize Your Ford F-150

It’s not just the high end European or Japanese rides that are getting decked out with factory installed computerization these days. Ford knows that most of us aren’t riding around in the back of a Mercedes Maybach and that the real work gets done in the cab of an F-150. Starting September 1st you can get your new 2007 F-150 and Super Duty models with the FordLink mobile office system installed by your dealer. The Fordlink consists of a ruggedized Azentek Tablet PC computer with GPS and wireless broadband connectivity. The system is integrated with and powered by the trucks electric system and supports printers, credit card readers and other peripherals. Fordlink was actually introduced in 2005, but the release of the 2007 models with greater built in integration demonstrates Fords commitment to mobile technology. Read more…

 

Fujitsu 160GB 2.5 Inch Drive

Here’s some technology we hope will quickly find it’s way into new Tablet PCs. Fujitsu has expanded its stable of 2.5 inch notebook drives with a couple of new models that push the limits of storage capacity. The MHW2160BH is a 5,400rpm SATA drive that consumes about 1.9W of power and comes in 80 or 160GB capacities (with the latter making use of Fujitsu’s perpendicular technology). The next addition is the MHW2080AT which is a 4,200 rpm drive (but with seek times as good as the 5,400 rpm drives) and comes in capacities of 40, 60, 0r 80 GB. The drives will ship in quarter four of this year and Fujitsu has said they believe notebook manufacturers are going to be clamoring for 160 GB drives in the first quarter of 2007.

 

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