UMPC's Get Vista Makeover

"Microsoft has rolled out it's Origami Experience. Read on to find out more..."

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News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 01/02/07
Author: PV5150
Source: ars technica

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With the consumer release of Windows Vista, Microsoft has introduced several new versions of their flagship operating system, including a new release for Origami devices . The new OS version is essentially a stripped-down version of Vista with a user interface designed specifically for Origami handhelds.

Microsoft's Origami project was originally a top-secret device from the labs in Fort Redmond which wound up being known by the more pedestrian moniker of the "Ultra-mobile PC" (UMPC). The UMPC turned out to be a specification for a small tablet computer with a touch-sensitive screen that also acted as a keyboard. Samsung shipped the first model, the Q1, in April of last year, and other manufacturers followed suit.

The new OS upgrade gives these devices a Vista look and feel. However, Microsoft is offering more than just a cosmetic enhancement. A new program launcher, which we previewed earlier this month, turns the UMPC from just a tiny Windows box into a decent media browser and player. Much like Windows Media Center, whose interface it closely resembles, the Origami Experience works as a replacement for the standard Windows Explorer shell. It allows the user to quickly browse through music, videos, and photos, while keeping track of things such as the time, battery life, and WiFi connectivity.

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31-01-2007, 12:16:57

Is there a simple lead from ps2 to monitor, vga type ?

From memory I believe it only outputs rbg (yuv) types and sound from that port on the rear.

So if some1 was desperate they`d need a sorta scan-doubler box and try and get in that way.

eh ?

31-01-2007, 12:38:57

I have never heard of seen of one. :)
I just brought a good TV tuner.

The PS2 would look a little small plugged into a monitor.. seeing as it uses TV AV res.
Good luck on your search anyway! :D

31-01-2007, 12:40:54

I've seen VGA boxes around, my bro bought one to try to use freeview on his TFT but because of the resolution isn't the native TFT res it doesn't look that good :(

31-01-2007, 13:13:58

vga boxes are the best, there can be a little delay when using capture cards.

31-01-2007, 13:16:40

I found that there was a delay on my card. but that was sorted. It happened to be WINTV is SLOW!

If you get a capture card guse Dscaler! Awesome decoder that! :)

Fixed all delay problems and I can get one sweet picture using it!

31-01-2007, 14:07:05

Ya, if it was me I`d probably run it through a pc then a monitor, got all kinds of options for that.

Thinking back to meh ps1, I had a scan doubler for that and it worked well, thing is it used moulded connectors to plug into it, along with something that went into a mem card slot - power possibly.

Think the dood`ll have to think again.

Thanx guyz.

31-01-2007, 16:45:16

There was a special VGA cable that came with the Linux kit. I think it will be hard to track down now though.

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