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2:40PM

Shiny New Thing: HP ElitePad 1000 G2

The new HP ElitePad 1000 G2 is here at The Orbiting O’Odua for a review.

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HP ElitePads are HP’s differentiated tablets created specifically for businesses, and some of the solutions are education and retail.

Based on a currently stealth project I have the privilege to be observing, I was intrigued enough that I jumped at the opportunity to review this product.

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    • A quad core Intel Atom CPU,
    • A full HD 1080p 10.1” display
    • Multi-touch capacitive digitizer
    • 4GB of RAM,
    • 64GB of SSD storage
    • A/b/g/n Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth

I also received the HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket, which adds a protective case containing a couple of USB ports, and an SD card slot.

My OOBE follows shortly.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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8:43AM

The AbsolutelyWindows Logitech t630 Ultrathin Mouse Review

Screenshot (147)For the past several weeks, I have been using the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse in place of my usual Tablet device, the Microsoft Wedge Touch mouse.

The new thing among a set of mice, and laptop touch pads for that matter, is multifunction touch.

This is a good development, for it takes advantage of the sometimes cramped spaces we are forced to work with these days.

I like the Wedge Mouse, but quite often I ran out of touch room on the device. Another issue I had with it was that it intermittently lost Bluetooth connections to paired devices.

Thankfully, I got the opportunity to try the Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse.

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The Logitech t630 Ultrathin Touch Mouse
The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse is a Bluetooth, candy bar-shaped device that is flatter, broader, and longer that the Microsoft Wedge Mouse.

It comes standard with a built-in rechargeable battery that is charged via an included 4-inch micro-USB cable.

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Using the Logitech t630 Ultrathin Mouse
I like the feel of this device.

One doesn’t immediately notice it, but the added touch space comes in quite handy when I am using the mouse.

It installed without any issues, and all required drivers were pulled down by my Windows 8.1 Update 1 installation easily.

I have used it without failure on the several devices we have here: the Microsoft Surface series, my Princess’s Dell Venue Pro 8, and the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1.

Making it easier, Logitech has a list of commands available with with this mouse, a list that has come in handy many a time.

Moreover, this is a Bluetooth mouse. I like Bluetooth mice and keyboards or combos*.

Conclusions
This device is a very good mouse, and an excellent value.

It does the job, and you don’t have to worry about running out of battery life as you can charge it from any available USB slot using the micro-USB cable. Or any micro-USB cable, for that matter**.

I like it, and will obtain my own copy this week.

I will give the mouse to a randomly-selected person from a list that sends an email to john.obeto at absolutevista .com with the subject “Logitech Ultrathin Mouse t630 Giveaway” by September 15, 2014. US Residents only.

* Why do I like Bluetooth HIDs? Simple: the hardware boneyard here has quite a few devices that though in good working order, have had their hardware dongles lost. Due to the fact that the devices are hard-coded together, I am left with keyboards and mice that are, for all intents and purposes, useless. That sucks.

** I have to give Logitech major props for using a standard micro-USB slot. This is smart, feature-proof, and user-friendly move.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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3:57PM

Shiny New Thing: HP Pro Tablet 610 G1

We have received a new HP Pro Tablet 610 G1 for review here at AbsolutelyWindows.ProTablet 610

This is a quad-core Intel Atom-based device with a 10.1” full HD 1080p screen, 4GB of RAM, and 64Gb storage.

I will connect it to Wi-Fi, and see how this goes.

My OOBE and preview post should land in a week

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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3:27PM

HP Discover 2014 Rewind: A Storage CoffeeTalk with David Scott & Siamak Nazari

HP Storage has gone from being ‘The Little Storage Company (unit?) That Could’ to what it is today: a very strong contender for Top 3 in the enterprise storage space, together with market leaders EMC and NetApp.

One of the reasons for this meteoric rise has been HP’s 3PAR line, which has, and is continually delivering what it’s users say is great innovation and unparalleled performance on a regular basis.

The big announcement from HP Storage at this year’s discover was their new ability to deliver an all-flash 3PAR storage array, the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450,  that is able to be cost-comparable to rival spinning disc-based storage arrays once storage deduplication is factored in.

The following two images show the benefits achievable using the new all-flash 3PAR StoreServ 7450 over an EMC VMAX 10K.

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This is the coolness of the linear scalability of the 3PAR StoreServ 7450 over a ‘comparable Pure Storage solution.

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At this year’s HP Discover Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to be in a Coffee Talk discussion with David Scott, GM of HP Storage, and Siamak Nazari, Chief Software Architect for 3PAR.

My apologies for the lousy audio. I forgot to use a close-in microphone with the interviews. If you have any ideas how I might be able to clean up this audio, please email me at john.obeto@absolutevista.com. Thank you in advance

Thanks to Cal Z. for helping me locate the slides.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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3:11PM

Shiny New Thing: Logitech USB Headset Stereo H570e

The Logitech USB Stereo H570e is an immediately useful device for me to review.

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Why?

Just look at it. Now, compare it to the device it is replacing, the Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000.

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The heft of the LX-3000 shows, and I should realize a substantial weight, and comfort gain by switching to it.

If it works as advertised, and as announced in this blog post, I see myself purchasing a unit to replace the LifeChat devices in each of my three offices here in the US.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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2:52PM

HP Discover 2014 Rewind: The Les Stuart Interview

Les Stuart knows network management.

Well, he should, since he is Director, FlexManagement, Global Product Management, HP Networking.

Listen to this interview with Les – also known as “Darklord” - on what he is currently working on, and you immediately realize why HP Networking is Number Two – with a bullet! – in enterprise networking!

My apologies for the lousy audio. I forgot to use a close-in microphone with the interviews. If you have any ideas how I might be able to clean up this audio, please email me at john.obeto@absolutevista.com. Thank you in advance

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2:15PM

Shiny New Thing: Logitech Wireless Performance Combo MX800

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Positioned at the very top of Logitech’s business keyboard offerings, the Wireless Performance Combo MX800 looks like a good rival to the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 7000.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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1:47PM

HP Discover 2014 Rewind: The Paul Muller Freestyle

If I had to give an award for the sartorial master at HP Discover Las Vegas 2014, it would be to HP’s Paul Muller.

I was able to get him to do an AbsolutelyWindows Freestyle about, what else, haute couture!

My apologies for the lousy audio. I forgot to use a close-in microphone with the interviews. If you have any ideas how I might be able to clean up this audio, please email me at john.obeto@absolutevista.com. Thank you in advance

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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1:45PM

Shiny New Thing: Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710

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The Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 features a cushioned hand rest, and a sculpted mouse.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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1:10PM

HP Discover 2014 Rewind: The Paul Muller Interview

Thanks to the Apple iPhone, mobility has gone from being all-consumer to becoming a must-have in enterprises.

However, most vendors are just paying lip service to enterprise mobility, repurposing their tired offerings as new products for the enterprise mobility age.

In addition to developing BYOD solutions, HP is also looking at new ways to deliver innovations in the space.

After a very illuminating CoffeeTalk at Discover 2014, I buttonholed HP’s Paul Muller, and interviewed him.

My apologies for the lousy audio. I forgot to use a close-in microphone with the interviews. If you have any ideas how I might be able to clean up this audio, please email me at john.obeto@absolutevista.com. Thank you in advance

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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1:08PM

Shiny New Thing: Logitech Performance Mouse MX

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I have always loved the now-discontinued Microsoft Explorer mice, for their aesthetics and their utility.

Unfortunately, while much better, the new Microsoft mice don’t give me the same sort of feel.

I hope the Performance Mouse MX helps me remember.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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1:04PM

HP Discover 2014 Rewind: The AbsolutelyWindows Freestyle with Helen Tang

Helen Tang heads up the software defined data initiative at HP.

And in her spare time, she’s an actress, starring as Lt. Uhura in a community production of Star Trek.

The Diva kindly graced us with an AbsolutelyWindows Freestyle in Las Vegas.

My apologies for the lousy audio. I forgot to use a close-in microphone with the interviews. If you have any ideas how I might be able to clean up this audio, please comment here or email me at john.obeto@absolutevista.com. Thank you in advance

Thanks, Helen!

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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1:04PM

Shiny New Thing: Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550

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The Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 is an entry level wireless keyboard and mouse combo, aka desktop.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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12:51PM

HP Discover 2014 Rewind: The Helen Tang Interview

Helen Tang heads up the software defined data initiative at HP.

We caught up with her at HP Discover Vegas 2014.

My apologies for the lousy audio. I forgot to use a close-in microphone with the interviews. If you have any ideas how I might be able to clean up this audio, please email me at john.obeto@absolutevista.com. Thank you in advance

The AbsolutelyWindows Software-Defined Series

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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12:43PM

Shiny New Thing: Logitech CC3000e ConferenceCam

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The Logitech CC3000e ConferenceCam looks really cool, and I must confess, I am really looking forward to using it with our “Big Money” rainmaker conference calls.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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12:06PM

Shiny New Thing: Logitech BCC950 ConferenceCam

These days, an increasing number of businesses either have distributed operations over a metropolitan area, or have a number of remote, home-based workers that need to be in conference with each other.

While there are services that provide conference-calling services, sometimes, there is a need for ad hoc confabs between team members or other needs.

For this use case, Logitech has the BCC950 ConferenceCam.

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I am pleased to be in possession of a couple of units of the device, which I believe would let be be able to adequately test the capabilities of the BCC950, from paired conferences locally, to local-to-Los Angeles conferences, and for local-to-Lagos transatlantic conferences.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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11:24AM

HP Discover 2014 Rewind: A Converged Infrastructure Coffee Talk with Duncan Campbell & Helen Tang

Right now, storage defined, is the buzzword*.

However, HP had started turning their enterprise ship into the software defined movement back at HP Tech Forum** 2009.

Dubbed “Converged Infrastructure”, or CI, HP’s software-defined vision is at once both fully baked, and evolving.

It is fully baked in that is has had a five-year gestational period in which elements of it have been baked into HP’s enterprise products across the board. It is evolving because as new innovations are being developed, HP is able to add those innovations to their overall vision, enriching their CI solution.

At HP Discover 2014 Las Vegas, we had a Coffee Talk with Duncan Campbell who heads up HP’s CI initiative, and Helen Tang, a superstar in the software defined datacenter space.

My apologies for the lousy audio. I forgot to use a close-in microphone with the interviews. If you have any ideas how I might be able to clean up this audio, please email me at john.obeto@absolutevista.com. Thank you in advance

* Giving credit where it is due, I believe it was one of VMware’s business units that coined the marketing-friendly catchphrase, ‘software-defined’.

** HP Tech Forum was the predecessor event to HP Discover

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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10:59AM

Shiny New Thing: Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e

Here for review at MedikLabs is the Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e.

This smallish device, about 60% the size of ye olde paperback novel, promises to help foster clear audio conferencing among small groups for the mobile worker.

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I intend to review it for usability on visits to client sites, and also stationary with the working physician at MedikLabs to see how it helps her on consult calls.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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10:43AM

Shiny New Thing: The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse

I am in possession of a Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse for review.

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This mouse will replace the Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse as my primary mouse on the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 and my Surface Pro 3 devices.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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6:59PM

A review series on Logitech Human Interface Devices Commeth

logitech-logoJust under a couple of weeks ago, I reconnected with Ann Finnie who was part of the PR team at the old HP Personal Services Group, and now has a similar rôle in PR at Logitech, with their business HID group.

If you’re a visitor to this quadrant of the Milky Way, Logitech is generally known for their computer input devices, which span from personal to business, and on the high end, gaming HIDs, which are mice, keyboards, webcams and more.

However, Logitech is a lot more than human input devices. If you remember, I interacted with the LifeSize unit of Logitech earlier this year, and blogged about it here.

Knowing that I utilize Microsoft Lync and HP Virtual Room on an almost-daily basis for ‘the day job’, CC3000eshe wanted me to try out Logitech’s line of Lync-compatible headsets, and conferencing cameras. We even got to talking about that sweet, sweet, Logitech CC3000e ConferenceCam. Oh boy, could I use that device!

Furthermore, she remembered seeing my tweet from last year where I declared my annoyance with the flimsiness of Microsoft’s new line of keyboards, and she wanted to see if I would like to try a line of Logitech keyboards in order to determine a good fit for me.

I thought, and still think that is a good idea, and as a result, I will be testing a range of Logitech keyboard/mouse combos, commonly known as desktops, against their comparable Microsoft products I have here and at MedikLabs.

The cool thing about Ann being in the mix is that I know I will be able to talk to the PM for the product, and maybe, just maybe, I might get to talk with one of the designers.

True to her word, a big honkin’ box arrived today from Logitech. I will open it later today, and post Shiny New Things blog posts about them over the next few days.

Stay tuned.

© 2002 – 2014, John Obeto for Blackground Media Unlimited

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