StarOffice in the sky

On my recent trip to/from JavaOne, I was fortunate enough to be on Singapore Airlines' new Boeing 777-300ER. What is cool about this is that it has a brand new in flight entertainment system with 100 movies in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Tamil, Spanish and French. About 50 TV programs (check out Sponge Bob, Simpsons and my favourite Futurama), games, music system with customizable playlist, audio books and StarOffice 8! Here are some pics and a running commentary on them. Click on image for a larger view.

This is the new menu system. Go to PC menu

You have word, spreadsheet, presentation and also a file manager which will browse your USB drive. More later. I select Star Impress which is my favourite tool ;-)

Star Impress starts up. Takes about 1 minute.

Impress started

"We are experiencing some turbulence. Please fasten your seat belts". When the announcement came on, you are lock out of StarOffice for the duration of the announcement

The About screen

The IO interface by the screen. There is a network port which does not work. A usb port for reading and writing your files. I do not know what is the top jack is for.

Insert my USB drive to load my Impress document

My presentation on the back of a seat!

The keyboard. BTW, the key is really difficult to press if you have even if your finger nails are just a bit long. You have to exert a lot of force to press the keys.

Comments:

Now that is cool.

Posted by Mark on May 15, 2007 at 05:19 AM SGT #

It's just like in the apple ad. PC's "entertainment" :)

Posted by Jakub Steiner on May 15, 2007 at 09:15 AM SGT #

All very cool but a minute to start up ? That's one of the main reasons Staroffice / Openoffice is having problems competing I imagine...

Posted by Nermal on May 15, 2007 at 11:41 AM SGT #

Does a portable USB keyboard and/or mouse work in this system?

Posted by gc on May 15, 2007 at 01:55 PM SGT #

The top port looks like a composite video input.. I assume that would be for those with video iPods and the like to be able to use the larger screens to view their portable media.

Posted by John on May 15, 2007 at 04:49 PM SGT #

Nermal, the reason I suspect SO took 1 minute to startup is because it is underpowered. I had a system hung when I was playing a game and my system had to be rebooted. It took almost 5 minutes for the system to reboot and I could see what was going on the whole time and it was slow.

Posted by Chuk Lee on May 16, 2007 at 01:22 AM SGT #

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