Monthly Archives: January 2009

Product Spotlight: Palm Pre Wins Best of The Consumer Electronics Show


The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the worlds largest consumer technology tradeshow.  The winner this year for best new product is the Palm Pre.

Many were worried that Palm was dead, and that this was Palm’s “last chance” to wow us.  I admit, even I gave up on Palm after 10 YEARS just a few weeks ago and switched to HTC.  If only I waited a few more weeks, I would have had what I consider the first MAJOR competitor to the iPhone.

With a completely reworked touch operating system called webOS this looks to be an easy yet powerful operating system.  It is based on the web, so if you can program for the web, you can program for the webOS.  With full Exchange email support, and the ability to easily mutitask, this phone can run multiple programs at once, something the iPhone can’t do.

As long as they come out with an App Store as easy to use at the iPhone, it will be a huge success.  Even though this is a revolutionary phone, the skeptics are worried that software developers will be hesitant to jump on board, since they already have iPhone, Google Phone, and Windows Mobile to develop for already.  I think they will be fine, the original Palm OS has more apps then any other phone platform, and they can do it again.

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Windows 7 Beta Announced and Available: Faster then XP and Vista

imageWindows Vista 7 Beta was released to the public this month and testing throughout the internet says that even the Beta software is faster then both XP and Vista.  Microsoft has completely rebuilt the core of the OS and really concentrated on performance.

“If you wanted to sum up Windows 7 in a few words: it’s Windows Vista with a few new features and almost all the annoyances and bugs removed… and a really shiny coat of paint.”

Along with the Performance enhancements, comes enhanced security.  Up to this point, I have not personally seen Windows Vista attacked by Spyware, which I see on a weekly basis with Windows XP.  Windows 7 will continue to increase security to make spyware a thing of the past.

A list of other cool features include multi touch control, extended battery life, file “libraries” and an improved taskbar system.

This new Operating System should be available within a year.  Beanstalk Computing recommends that clients continue to stick with Windows XP for now, and skip Vista all together, wait for Windows 7.  Microsoft says that you will be able to purchase XP until after Windows 7 is released.  We can still get you a new or refurbished computer running Windows XP Pro so let us know of your needs! email for computer specials going on right now!

Microsoft Windows 7 Website

What you Should Expect from the Windows 7 Beta

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