Size Matters? Maybe, for an Artist

When it comes to sketching on a Tablet PC size probably matters. With the recent announcement of the Toshiba Tecra M4, the most compelling new specification (for me) was the screen resolution / size. (1400 x1050 on a 14” screen).  There are lots of other interesting differences (physical size, weight, video processor, cpu, optical drive), but for today I will focus on screen resolution / size matters. Join me as I contemplate the question: Does Size Matter? Link: Size Matters – Artist

Screen Resolutions

By Size then Resolution Diagonal (I) Width (I) Height (I) Width (P) Height (P) Pix/Inch            8.4               6.7            5.0 800 600      119.0            8.4               6.7            5.0 1024 768      152.8          10.4               8.3            6.2 1024 768      123.3          12.1               9.7            7.3 1024 768      105.8          12.1               9.7            7.3 1400 1050      144.6          14.0             11.2            8.4 1024 768        91.4          14.0             11.2            8.4 1400 1050      125.0          15.0             12.0            9.0 1024 768        85.3          15.0             12.0            … Continue reading Screen Resolutions

Size Matters – Artist

When it comes to sketching on a Tablet PC size probably matters. With the recent announcement of the Toshiba Tecra M4, the most compelling new specification (for me) was the screen resolution / size. (1400 x1050 on a 14” screen).  There are lots of other interesting differences (physical size, weight, video processor, cpu, optical drive), but for today I will focus on screen resolution / size matters. I have both: M200 (12.1 inch screen 1400 x 1050 resolution) TC1100 (10.4 inch screen 1024 x 768 resolution) and I find that for sketching I will use either one, but if I … Continue reading Size Matters – Artist

If I Knew Then, What I Know Now – Part II – Investments

Continuing those notes to self, if I could post a letter back in time, this time I’m trying to prepare myself for some of the harder-to- quantify aspects of Tablet PC ownership. Let’s talk about investments. Unlearning Give yourself some time to unlearn things that have been second nature. Part of this is realizing that not everything you input into the machine has to be manipulated. So much of the value I attributed to the computer was being able to anticipate changes (edits, re-writes, assumptions) that I had a whole mindset of write-once, edit forever. Ink on paper is some … Continue reading If I Knew Then, What I Know Now – Part II – Investments

If I Knew Then, What I Know Now

Here’s a collection of thoughts I would put in a letter and send to myself in a time machine. The date: A couple of weeks before I purchased my first Tablet PC. Ink is Ink and Text is Text and you don’t have to convert Ink to TextAt first I wanted to use the pen to replace keyboard input. As it turns out, when the novelty wore off, I stopped trying to use the pen for large blocks of input, especially when it would have to be edited, shared, or converted to other formats. I have since learned the jargon … Continue reading If I Knew Then, What I Know Now

Mixing Metaphors Part II

Here’s another example of how having the Tablet PC made it easier to discuss a concept during a lecture. By the way, the previous article about mixing metaphors came about spontaneously under the same circumstances. Can you guess how I used (and now continue to use)  this sketch in a teaching environment? Follow the link below and let me know what you think. Link: Mixing Metaphors – Part II

Mixing Metaphors – Part II

Here is another one of those odd images I use as a basis for discussion. If you can imagine what ideas can be exposed with this? Leave a comment if and I’ll reveal all in a day or too. Link: Mixing Metaphors – Part I

Mixing Metaphors – Part I Explained

A few days ago I asked: Can you guess how I use this diagram (below and left)  in a teaching environment? I’ve continued that article with some ideas. Link: Mixing Metaphors (scroll down to “First Solution”)

Are Tablet PCs Too Expensive?

How often have you read or thought that Tablet PCs will not enter the mainstream until the price comes down. Let’s ponder that awhile and explore the question, “Are Tablet PC’s too expensive?” Today let’s ponder … Compared to What? I think it is a tragic failure of logic to look at a Tablet PC and see a portable computer. This will be the first of several  mini-articles addressing the question. Link:  Too Expensive? Compared to what?