Design Perspectives

Gizmodo's Brian Lam snaps pics at the DEMO conference - Valleywag We noted earlier from ForbesOnTech that ThinkPads were the preferred platform for demonstrating new products at DEMO 2006 last week. One poor presenter fumbled and dropped his ThinkPad.  "Gizmodo editor Brian Lam is camping out today at the Web 2.0-heavy DEMO Conference, an orgy of product demos, promising his readers some liveblog action. So far there're no DEMO details on Gizmodo, but BLam keeps e-mailing me potshots. The above is the dude fumbling his Thinkpad while demoing software product MojoPac. "BLam says: they dropped it, and they guy almost had a heart attack. ... Looking back, seems like an elaborate setup. Old thinkpad sacrificed for product promotion?

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ForbesOnTech My former colleague Jim Forbes, the former host of Demo Mobile, and veteran tech journalist (InfoWorld, PCWeek, MacWeek, etc.) was at last week's Demo in San Diego. He posts: "As an industry barometer, Demo is a great place to see a snapshot in portable computing brand trends. So what were attendees and demonstrators carrying? By and large the most common sight on the Demonstrator’s stage, tables in front of attendees and in the Pavilion were Lenovo and older IBM ThinkPads. Nothing surprising there." Jim is an X60s user. He said Apple was well represented at Demo, but not on stage. "Three real surprises in my ad hoc notebook brand survey at Demo were the diminishing number of Dell branded products, the increasing number of Panasonic ToughBooks, and the presence of Lenovo ThinkPad X40 and X60s sub compacts with either EvDO PCMCIA cards or integrated EvDo modems (like on my X60s). "The reason I cling to my X60s like Moses holding on to his staff and waving the seas apart to let the Israelites fleeing Pharaoh and exfililtrate Egypt, Is simple: I rely on my notebook for communications, and I’ve not yet been to any place where I couldn’t hit a WiFi spot, or catch a signal from Verizon’s EvDo network. And, if those two mechanism fail, I’ve always been able to find some kindly soul who would let me borrow a phone line to check in with my family,...

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Could Lenovo be sexy? - Little Red Blog - Blogs - CNET Asia Will Moss, a PR pro in China, has long been one of our favorite China bloggers at Imagethief. He also blogs at CNET. He had some nice things to say about us today. "Lenovo is beginning to acquire an aura of--dare I say it?--sexiness." Other external discussion about us: Ed Moltzen, blogging at CRN, picked up on our TrackPoint poll: "If you listen to or read PC executives lately, you'll likely hear them talk more and more about the importance of design. It's as if they believe the "killer design" is replacing the "killer app" as a key differentiator in the marketplace." And the faithful at are discussing Design Matters. "I read through the entries last night as well as some of the blogs linked to it and am quite impressed with what I've seen so far. Finally, it appears that a company "gets" it (and that the TrackPoint is safe!)! I hope the awareness shown in the blog entries is spreading throughout Lenovo and am eager to see what comes in the future." Thanks to all. Keep your comments coming. David Churbuck

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In my mind the personification of separation anxiety is having to check my notebook with my luggage while traveling. Not only am I separated from my work and my stuff, but I’m also entrusting a $2,000 machine to the kindness of baggage handlers.  Recent news reports about lost or stolen notebooks containing sensitive data – especially customer and personal identity information – has pushed the issue of security to the forefront for a lot of users. While passwords and encryption may be an annoyance, imagine the consequences to you and your business if your notebook were to wind up in the wrong hands. We’ve designed the most sophisticated suite of security functions available in the market. We’ve shipped more notebooks with biometric security devices than any other PC manufacturer (fingerprint readers). Our ThinkVantage Client Security application is a powerful tool for managing not only your passwords, but for encrypting data on the hard disk via Ultimatico’s SafeGuard™ PrivateDisk tool. If you are very concerned about the security of your notebook’s data while traveling, I suggest enabling the Power On/Hard disk password option. This will require an extra security step and insure that your machine can’t be powered on without your fingerprint. How does the fingerprint reader work? It’s a small transparent rectangle embedded in the palmrest of the notebook and in the screen bezel of our tablets....

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