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“The Walking Dead OS”: WebOS gets a second chance… in smart TVs

WebOS. The mobile OS that I and everyone else had long left for dead, including HP after they finally killed it off. Even opening WebOS up as open source didn’t help, as even that community seems to have mostly moved on. But now, it looks like somebody actually wants to find a use for the mobile-OS-that-could(n’t): LG’s bought the rights to WebOS from HP. LG plans on using WebOS to produce its line of “smart TVs” (TVs with app/Internet functionality built-in). It still plans on…

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Anthony gets a new HP laptop and moves to Linux Mint

HP M6-1045DX laptop keyboard (right side view)As the subject line says, I’ve finally gotten a newer laptop to replace the trusty-but-aging (and wearing out) HP Pavilion dv6-1230us I bought at an OfficeDepot three years ago this month. The replacement? An HP Pavilion m6-1045dx (yes, HP loves its model numbering), which Engadget mentions here. While it’s being sold as a back-to-school type item, I’m sure it’ll serve me quite well. The specs include 8GB RAM, a 750GB (5400 RPM) hard drive, 15.6″ screen, an i5 processor (“i5-3210M,” running at 2.5Ghz), and a…

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Laptop Search 2012 continues (now with more Ivy Bridge!)

To keep up the tech side of things on the blog, I thought I’d post my progress on looking for a newer laptop. Now that Ivy Bridge-powered gear is finally being released, I’m ready to actually buy a replacement for this one (a three-year-old HP laptop that’s worked well, but I want something newer). So far, the main brands I’m considering are: Lenovo, particularly the IdeaPad line; HP; and Dell. The last one I’m more skittish about, given my negative experience with a refurbished Dell…

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Tech thoughts: My first week with the Xbox, plus WebOS back from the dead?

It’s been about a week and a half since I’ve gotten my Xbox 360, and so far, I’ve been enjoying the experience. The main games I’ve been playing have been “Marvel vs. Capcom 3″ and “Fable III,” though more the former in the last few days, particularly for its online game-playing options (via Xbox Live). Playing online, however, has proven to be extremely tough—either I’ve gotten rusty (from not playing the Marvel/Capcom games much since the 90s), my mediocre video game playing skills are to…

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Tech thoughts: Requiem for WebOS, plus $99 TouchPads?!

The online tech world still mourns (sort of) the passing of WebOS… with everyone and their brother giving their two cents on why WebOS failed. Here’s some of the aftermath of this week’s WebOS-axing announcement: Microsoft is trying to get now-former WebOS developers to join them, offering free WP7 phones, etc. Guess that’d make sense; Windows Phone 7 isn’t gaining much traction either, but unlike WebOS (and Palm/HP), it has built-in name recognition and a company that’s actually willing to support its development. PC World…

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RIP WebOS

Looks like the fat lady’s finally sung for WebOS, after this week’s already-disastrous news about Best Buy wanting HP to take its TouchPads back: not only does HP plan to sell off its PC manufacturing side to focus on just software/services, but they’ve also decided to kill off the TouchPad (this year’s biggest tech flop) and WebOS based smartphones. While they claim to be investigating possible future uses for the OS, I’d say WebOS is now deader than Elvis in terms of a future. (Ars…

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HP to install WebOS alongside Windows on all PCs starting in 2012

Ars Technica reports that starting next year, HP plans on including WebOS with all of its shipping PCs, alongside the usual Windows 7 install: http://arstechnica.com/software/news/2011/03/webos-to-ship-on-all-hp-pcs-from-next-year.ars I assume WebOS will be available as a bootable or virtual option on HP machines. Given WebOS’ anemic market share among smartphones (and the unusual nature of this plan), not sure how much of a boost it’ll give WebOS, and we still have yet to see the TouchPad released. I’d also like to know if this version of WebOS will…

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New WebOS products announced, no more “Palm” brand

Today, HP held a big press conference to announce several new products using WebOS (Palm’s smartphone operating system): http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/02/hp-announces-touchpad-tablet-and-two-new-phones.ars Two new smartphones were announced, the Veer and the Pre 3. The Veer, like the short-lived Microsoft Kin, is a smallish-sized slider phone, replacing the Pixi. Meanwhile, the Pre 3 replaces the previous Pre models, but from the specs given, it just seems like a stepped-up-specs-wise version of the Pre 2. From the descriptions alone, I don’t think either phone will sway me from going to…

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HP buys Palm… WebOS shall live on

As a Palm Pre owner who enjoys his phone’s WebOS operating system, I’ve been wary over news of Palm’s possible death (and being resigned to choosing from a phone in the future running Android, which is OK but still doesn’t feel as nice as WebOS), comes today’s surprising news: Hewlett-Packard (makers of my laptop) are buying Palm, wanting to get into the smartphone market and possibly use WebOS for future uses (probably some tablet): HP Buys Palm | PreCentral.net I’m glad to see my Pre…

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Pictures of my new laptop

Here’s a few photos of my new laptop: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2563/3870549441_a877538382_b.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3460/3870548219_411d86a173_b.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3511/3870546919_d5e328d4b8_b.jpghttp://farm3.static.flickr.com/2614/3871328956_3a016701cb_b.jpghttp://farm3.static.flickr.com/2466/3870544159_9b03f9b9e6_b.jpg Note the laptop’s so glossy, it reflects a lot of stuff (like the posters on my wall behind my desk).

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