I Just Got My New Tablet PC

Every now and someone asks, “I just got my new Tablet PC, and there is a lot of software pre-loaded that I don’t need. How do I remove it?” The concerns: There are over 70 running processes. My desktop machine doesn’t have that many. What can I remove? I need a clean copy of Windows XP Tablet PC edition so I can start fresh without all the stuff that the manufacturer loaded on my machine. I paid for ___ megabytes of memory and ___ are being consumed by these mysterious processes Ideas<EVERY better? There are those who want to dominate the … Continue reading I Just Got My New Tablet PC

Sending a Student to College or University this Fall? Part II

I’m sending a student to College/University in the fall… Q: Should I spend the extra money it takes to get a Tablet PC instead of a more traditional Notebook PC? Q: Why?From yesterday: The short answer – It’s a competitive world The longer answer: Let’s look more closely at the kind of competitive edge the Tablet PC can offer a student. Things you can only do with a Tablet PCOkay, we’re talking about Ink; the ability to write on the screen. This gives you the ability to make notes in the same way you can on paper. The picture at the top of … Continue reading Sending a Student to College or University this Fall? Part II

Sending a Student to College or University this Fall?

Are you sending a student to College or University in the fall? Then you probably have lots of question, but let’s ask a couple more. Q: Should I spend the extra money it takes to get a Tablet PC instead of a more traditional Notebook PC? A:  Yes. Q: Why?A: If you are waiting for a long answer, I’m putting in this preamble so you’ll feel better. The short answer: It is a competitive world! Seriously, if you are sending someone through school, this is an easy decision. If there is even a chance that you can increase your student’s … Continue reading Sending a Student to College or University this Fall?

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

Are Tablet PCs Too Expensive? Compared to What?

One frequent comment you hear about Tablet PCs is that they will not enter the mainstream until the price comes down. I thought it would be worthwhile to explore the question, “Are Tablet PC’s too expensive?” Today let’s ponder … Compared to What? I was cruising through the latest flyer from Dell, and as I have occasion to do, wandering through some big box retailers. It is pretty clear that pound- for-pound, in the under 5 pound range, Tablet PCs cost more money than similarly configured ultra-light machines. Not a whole lot more, but 15-25% seems common. When you get … Continue reading Are Tablet PCs Too Expensive? Compared to What?

What IS a Tablet PC?

What is a Tablet PC? Microsoft defined “Tablet PC” years ago, and I’ll spare you the technical details. I think the defining characteristics of a Tablet PC are shaped by what you as an individual do with it. It is a surprisingly personal device. It tends to defy conventional definition because it is so easily confused with other technologies from which it seems to have been derived. Let’s get rid of some of the truths that get in the way of the definition. The Tablet PC is: A portable personal computer that: Runs Windows XP Pro with Tablet PC “extensions” … Continue reading What IS a Tablet PC?

High Resolution Screens and Tablet PCs – Part 2

What can you do with a high resolution screen? Previously: Part 1 Click the thumbnail at the right to see a screen shot of my Toshiba M200 in Secondary Landscape mode. That’s 1400 x 1050 with two browser windows. These two browser windows are approximately 700 x 1040 each. Not quite as wide as Portrait mode for most Tablet PCs (768 x 1024) but, hey there’s two of them.   It’s an odd thing, but I don’t connect the M200 to an external monitor very often. Sometimes, just because it is easier than running wires I will just use MaxiVista to another machine. That’s another story for another … Continue reading High Resolution Screens and Tablet PCs – Part 2

High Resolution Screens and Tablet PCs – Part I

 The two most popular screen resolutions for Tablet PCs are 1024 x 768 (the majority) and 1400 x 1050 (Toshiba Portégé M200 and recently as an option for the Fujitsu LifeBook T4000) There have been new models released by Toshiba and HP lately and not a little anticipation that there would be improvements in the high resolution screen technology. This appears to have been wishful thinking as both manufacturers have come to market with larger screens but with the lower (but seemingly standard) 1024 x 768 resolution. Rather than compare the technical aspects of the screens, I thought it might be useful … Continue reading High Resolution Screens and Tablet PCs – Part I