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Michael Geary

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Intel drops Atom D525 CPU, adds its wireless display tech to a host of new devices (Engadget)

Jun 21st 2010 8:27PM @FitFan: "drops" == "releases" ?

Yes, welcome to Engadget, where "drops" means *exactly the opposite* of what it means in the rest of the world.

@Engadget: Why do you do this? Why can't you use ordinary English instead of this pseudo-street-jive?

ThinkPad W701 and W701ds specs emerge from a leaky faucet (Engadget)

Feb 20th 2010 2:27PM @Atkins - Naturally this is a matter of personal preference, so as long as they offer a high-resolution option in addition to the lower-resolution screens I'd be a happy camper.

One thing that is key to using a higher-resolution screen is to set Windows to the 120DPI setting instead of the default 96DPI (in the Display or Personalization control panel depending on the Windows version).

The other thing is to get a good pair of single-vision prescription glasses set up for the distance from your eyes to your computer screen - typically about 20", *not* the same as a reading prescription which is typically 16".

If you're having trouble seeing the icons on a 133 DPI screen, it's a good indication that you would benefit from those glasses.

ThinkPad W701 and W701ds specs emerge from a leaky faucet (Engadget)

Feb 20th 2010 3:21AM 17" WXGA+ (1440x900)? That's a terribly low resolution for the screen size. It's only 100 pixels per inch!

My ancient ThinkPad T60p has 1600x1200 on a 15" panel - a much better 133 pixels per inch.

To match that pixel density, the W701[ds] should have a 1920x1200 (WUXGA) display.

Samsung stops teasing, brings SpinPoint M6 500GB Stateside (Engadget)

Jun 11th 2008 3:12AM You're comparing 3.5" drives with 2.5" drives. Not the same thing at all. Besides being a lot smaller, a 2.5" external USB drive can run with no AC power supply.

Napster unleashes a-la-carte, DRM-free MP3 store (Engadget)

May 20th 2008 3:07PM This is great. No DRM on the paid downloads, DRM on the subscription tracks. Sounds like a fine deal to me.

Now for those who hate DRM in any form, yeah, I'm with you in philosophy. But let me tell you what DRM lets me do. I can listen to nearly any track in the Napster library, of course, but there's more than that.

I play harmonica at our church, and when our worship leader emails out a song list, I pull up multiple versions of each song in Napster and listen to them. If they're in the wrong key (as they usually are), I download them and open the WMA files in Transcribe! (www.seventhstring.com) to transpose them to the right key and even see what notes are being played.

All that without paying for the tracks.

If they didn't DRM the subscription tracks, there wouldn't *be* a subscription service, so I couldn't do that.

And now, when I want an non-DRMed copy, 99 cents and it's mine. What's not to like?

Lenovo IdeaPad U110 overview and video (Engadget)

May 4th 2008 5:21PM @Michael LaFramboise: The sluggish response is because they come from the factory set way too slow.

To make a TrackPoint really easy to use, open the Mouse control panel and go to the TrackPoint tab (or if there is an UltraNav tab, go there and then click the Settings button in the TrackPoint section). Move the slider all the way to the right for Light Touch.

Then go to the Pointer Options tab and slide the Motion slider almost all the way to the right (Fast). I like it just one notch from the right edge, but experiment with it to see what suits you. Also on this same tab, make sure the Enhance Pointer Precision checkbox is checked.

The TrackPoint may feel too sensitive with these settings if you've gotten used to the slow factory settings, but give yourself some time to get used to it.

While we're talking TrackPoints, let me put in a plug for a free program I wrote for ThinkPads and other notebook computers, JKLmouse:

http://www.jklmouse.com/

JKLmouse is a "mouse keys" program that's designed to work seamlessly with the TrackPoint or touchpad, so you can use the pointing device for large movements and the keyboard for fine pixel-by-pixel control.

Dell Latitude XT tablet will have multi-touch, just not for a while (Engadget)

Dec 12th 2007 8:28PM It's not a car, but it does need a driver.

M-Audio rolls out MicroTrack II digital audio recorder (Engadget)

Dec 1st 2007 5:55AM Aaron, which Marantz did you test - the PMD660 or PMD620? Thanks!

Techsmith offers free Camtasia Studio download (Download Squad)

Nov 23rd 2007 5:42AM Don't worry about the 3.1.2/3.1.3 discrepancy. If you know you want the half-price deal on 5.0, just go to the "request a registration key" link shown above. And don't worry that it says version 2, either. You can request a key on that page even if you don't download 3.anything, and then it will take you to a page where you can order the 5.0 upgrade.

Xbox 360 returned, critical components not included (Engadget)

Nov 23rd 2007 4:27AM How does a machine "defiantly not play doom"?

"I defy you! I won't play doom!"?