Gear Around Here

Tablet PCs

The current stable includes three machines:


  • Toshiba M200
    – Pentium M 1.6 1.5 MB RAM 60 gig 7200 RPM Drive

  • Toshiba M200
    – Pentium M 1.6 1.0 MB RAM 60 gig 7200 RPM Drive

  • HP TC1100
    – Pentium M 1.0 1.0 MB RAM 60 gig 5400 RPM Drive

Why three?


The TC1100 is a brilliant carry-it-everywhere solution for me (in slate mode). The M200 is terrific as a desktop replacement. I take both when doing lectures and presentations (more about that in another entry).


Recently I had a chance to pick up a second M200 at a good price so I did. One of the challenges I was having (and admittedly this was not serious) was that I considered both the TC1100 and the M200 as “production” machines. That is, I used both for what I considered to be mission critical applications. Adding a new machine gave me a non-production environment I could use as a sandbox for development.


Chronology of Acquisition
2005



  • February Toshiba M200

2004



  • April Compaq TC1000 (sold)

  • March Toshiba M200


2003



  • December HP TC 1100 (traded in one TC1000)

  • September Compaq TC1000 (traded in Toshiba M3500)

  • September Toshiba M3500

  • August Compaq TC1000

Other Pen Enabled Technologies
Wacom Tablet (3×5)
IBM TransNote (2)
Seiko InkLink



Other Technologies
There are enough servers and desktop machines in my seldom (anymore) used office to create a noise-floor of nearly 70 dB. According to a recent TV advertisement, this is louder than a pickup truck on a highway. When I’m in there I have to wear my noise cancelling headphones just to retain my sanity.

Uncapping the Pen

 Musings of a Fountain Pen writer

Got to thinking about a Cross Capped Pen. When the first “uncapped” versions came out, I was underwhelmed. I like the feel of the HP TC1100 pen, although the thinner Toshiba pen is fine too. I just couldn’t see the point of a pen that would not fit into the holders of my Tablet PCs. I should add that I was never a fan of the ubiquitous Cross ballpoint with its slick finish and skinny barrel.


Uncapping the Pen


Visualize the flourish that comes of uncapping a fountain pen. This simple motion has traditionally preceded something momentous like the signing of a treaty or the beginning of a work of art.


Sometimes it presages a significant change such as going from negotiation to the signing of a contract or perhaps simply, signing a cheque. Uncapping the pen suggests something permanent is about to happen.


Our technologies and the rate at which they change defy any sense of lasting value. I miss the feel of ink on parchment. I long for the roughness of wood. Uncapping the pen is a time to pause, to consider, to take it slow. It conveys a measured thought. It precedes a deliberate and purposeful act. (do a google search on the phrase “uncapping the pen” and get an appreciation for how significant this simple act has been in western culture).


Attend a meeting and look around. Who has the power? Is it the person who whips out a laptop? How about the one who pulls a simple stick pen from a pocket and scratches a note on a pad of paper.


There is something deliberate in opening a beautiful portfolio. There is something masterful in slowly uncapping the pen. It is a sign. Something important is about to happen. Perhaps I will order that capped pen for my Tablet PC.


The Mind Map below came first, and words above came later. It’s a little fuzzy because I shrunk the image so it would fit better here.


MindMap Uncapping the Pen:


 Uncapping the Pen - Mind Map
This originally appeared in my posting at Tablet PC Buzz

Presentations: Wireless

I do presentations and need to connect to a projector.

When you rotate the screen to switch from laptop mode to slate mode, the image that is sent to the vga port on the back of the machine inverts. The image on the projector comes out upside down.

My pet peeve about this is that if you want to work in slate mode for doing sketches during a presentation (I do this all the time), you have to turn the machine around so you are still in primary landscape mode. This puts all the connectors facing you. The alternative is to invert the image on the projector.

The real issue for me is that I often switch back and forth from laptop to slate mode several times in the course of a presentation so changing the settings on the projector is difficult to do on the fly.

Solution?
If you have access to two machines you can use one as a “viewer” for products like MaxiVista or VNC (or one of its many variants). You connect over a network connection so that this viewer mirrors what is on the Tablet PC.
Wireless Project using Remote software

Connect the projector to the viewer machine and you are off and running, literally. I use a wireless connection between the Tablet PC and the viewing machine, so I can wander about while doing the presentation.

See a discussion at tabletpcbuzz

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