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I decided yesterday to start using my Nikon D200 digital still SLR camera to do some interval shooting, and then took the series of images to make a time-lapse film. It’s something I’ve messed with before a little bit, but for some reason I decided I wanted to dive right in.

I made a couple so-so quick and dirty videos yesterday, and then shot some night clouds moving across the star-lit sky last night. The nice thing about living where I do is that there’s lots of sky and trees to help frame the shots, and the city lights are fairly far away. So clouds get a glow on a long exposure at night but the stars show up nicely, too.

Anyhow, another cool thing about this new little hobby tangent is that I can spend three to five minutes setting up a interval series shot, click a couple buttons, and then walk away for about 90 minutes while the camera takes its pictures. That works great for quickly starting a shot between work calls or what have you.

I used to be a photographer professionally – back when people still shot film. That was two careers ago, and I miss it at times. So I have a pretty solid understanding of how things work for different types of exposures, and all the weirdness that goes with long exposures. But with digital cameras things get messy when you do exposures more than a second, and the whole video noise thing is really pretty annoying.

At any rate, I came up with a few videos, so I thought I would post them here along with a few noted about how they’re made.

My initial videos were kind of messy, but you can click the links to see them if you like. Gotta start somewhere, heh.

I’ll start here with a video I made today, which took advantage of the rather spectacular clouds building in the sky over my house this afternoon. To see this video in its highest quality, view it in HD at YouTube.

The night shot at the end of the above video was filmed last night. I didn’t quite capture the stars as brightly as wanted, but it still turned out pretty nice.

So, tonight I decided I wanted to try again. I adjusted the shooting exposure (went from a 10-second exposure to a 15-second one) and the result was the quick video test below, which shows the stars much more clearly I think.

Night clouds and stars take two from Greg Hughes on Vimeo.

It’s not really too hard to do these time-lapse films. I have a camera that will do interval shooting, and I also have a remote intervalometer shutter release for it. Some consumer cameras have this feature, some require an external controller like the one I have.

Once the series of photos is made, I import them into QuickTime Pro. You just choose File > Open Image Sequence and then point at the first file in the numerical sequence. As long as the files are one complete numerical list, QuickTime will import them in the right order. Then I export the files as MP4, 1920x1080 and 5,000 Kbps or higher bit rate.

After that I pulled the film segments with the soundtrack audio into Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7, produced the video with transitions and what have you, then exported to a new hi-def video. I also automatically published to YouTube.

That’s about it. I will try to post a more detailed tutorial sometime soon, after I do a few more time lapse sessions.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Learning some DSLR Time-Lapse Video Technique &ndash; Day and Night http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,117cd943-500b-48ea-8d52-9d8994a67d25.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/LearningSomeDSLRTimeLapseVideoTechniqueNdashDayAndNight.aspx Sat, 08 May 2010 09:52:44 GMT <p> I decided yesterday to start using my Nikon D200 digital still SLR camera to do some interval shooting, and then took the series of images to make a time-lapse film. It’s something I’ve messed with before a little bit, but for some reason I decided I wanted to dive right in. </p> <p> I made a couple so-so quick and dirty videos yesterday, and then shot some night clouds moving across the star-lit sky last night. The nice thing about living where I do is that there’s lots of sky and trees to help frame the shots, and the city lights are fairly far away. So clouds get a glow on a long exposure at night but the stars show up nicely, too. </p> <p> Anyhow, another cool thing about this new little hobby tangent is that I can spend three to five minutes setting up a interval series shot, click a couple buttons, and then walk away for about 90 minutes while the camera takes its pictures. That works great for quickly starting a shot between work calls or what have you. </p> <p> I used to be a photographer professionally – back when people still shot film. That was two careers ago, and I miss it at times. So I have a pretty solid understanding of how things work for different types of exposures, and all the weirdness that goes with long exposures. But with digital cameras things get messy when you do exposures more than a second, and the whole video noise thing is really pretty annoying. </p> <p> At any rate, I came up with a few videos, so I thought I would post them here along with a few noted about how they’re made. </p> <p> My initial videos were kind of messy, but you can <a href="http://vimeo.com/11543511" target="_blank">click</a> the <a href="http://vimeo.com/11540469" target="_blank">links</a> to see them if you like. Gotta start somewhere, heh. </p> <p> I’ll start here with a video I made today, which took advantage of the rather spectacular clouds building in the sky over my house this afternoon. To see this video in its highest quality, view it <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l8Lh2rO6JM" target="_blank">in HD at YouTube</a>. </p> <div style="padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; width: 425px; padding-right: 0px; display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding-top: 0px" id="scid:5737277B-5D6D-4f48-ABFC-DD9C333F4C5D:9ee10c44-ae2b-4581-864b-3d45c2262038" class="wlWriterEditableSmartContent"> <div id="28715761-c927-41f5-8d9b-647f8ca7411c" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; display: inline;"> <div><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l8Lh2rO6JM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;hd=1" target="_new"><img src="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/LearningsomeDSLRTimeLapseVideoTechniqueD_2879/video98d95a8b7957.jpg" style="border-style: none" galleryimg="no" onload="var downlevelDiv = document.getElementById('28715761-c927-41f5-8d9b-647f8ca7411c'); downlevelDiv.innerHTML = &quot;&lt;div&gt;&lt;object width=\&quot;425\&quot; height=\&quot;355\&quot;&gt;&lt;param name=\&quot;movie\&quot; value=\&quot;http://www.youtube.com/v/6l8Lh2rO6JM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;hd=1&amp;hl=en\&quot;&gt;&lt;\/param&gt;&lt;embed src=\&quot;http://www.youtube.com/v/6l8Lh2rO6JM&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;hd=1&amp;hl=en\&quot; type=\&quot;application/x-shockwave-flash\&quot; width=\&quot;425\&quot; height=\&quot;355\&quot;&gt;&lt;\/embed&gt;&lt;\/object&gt;&lt;\/div&gt;&quot;;" alt=""></a> </div> </div> </div> <p> The night shot at the end of the above video was filmed last night. I didn’t quite capture the stars as brightly as wanted, but it still turned out pretty nice. </p> <p> So, tonight I decided I wanted to try again. I adjusted the shooting exposure (went from a 10-second exposure to a 15-second one) and the result was the quick video test below, which shows the stars much more clearly I think. </p> <p align="center"> <object width="501" height="282"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11573377&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11573377&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="501" height="282"></embed> </object> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://vimeo.com/11573377">Night clouds and stars take two</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/greghughes">Greg Hughes</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>. </p> <p> It’s not really too hard to do these time-lapse films. I have a camera that will do interval shooting, and I also have a remote intervalometer shutter release for it. Some consumer cameras have this feature, some require an external controller like the one I have. </p> <p> Once the series of photos is made, I import them into QuickTime Pro. You just choose File &gt; Open Image Sequence and then point at the first file in the numerical sequence. As long as the files are one complete numerical list, QuickTime will import them in the right order. Then I export the files as MP4, 1920x1080 and 5,000 Kbps or higher bit rate. </p> <p> After that I pulled the film segments with the soundtrack audio into Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7, produced the video with transitions and what have you, then exported to a new hi-def video. I also automatically published to YouTube. </p> <p> That’s about it. I will try to post a more detailed tutorial sometime soon, after I do a few more time lapse sessions. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,117cd943-500b-48ea-8d52-9d8994a67d25.aspx Photography Random Stuff Tablet PC
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Rob Bushway over at gottabemobile.com has posted some pre-announcement specs about the forthcoming ThinkPad X60s Tablet PC, which is highly anticipated as the next big Tablet PC thing from Lenovo (the company that now makes those ThinkPad notebooks we all love).

Supposedly, from what people are saying, the actual announcement is not scheduled until next month, but here's what Rob says he hears we can expect (go to his site for the details). If it all holds true, this looks like a very interesting machine. I have to hope the graphics and DualTouch will support Vista. In fact, one has to wonder when Vista will be the default OS on these things. When you consider RTM is likely to happen early next month for the new OS, the stars do seem to align. Hmmm...

Anyhow - back to the geek-out specs:

  • Intel 945GM chipset

  • Intel Core Solo and Core Duo Processors Low Volt Processors

    • Core Duo ( L2400 (1.66ghz) and L2500 (1.83 ghz)

    • Core Solo (U1400 (1.2 ghz) to announce in January 2007

    • new 2.5" SATA high-speed, standard models with 5400rpm, up to 120gb capacity and optional 100gb 7200 rpm HD available

    • 128mb of Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

    • Up to 4gb of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory (667 MHz) - 3.2gb available to the operating system

    • 2 memory slots - memory is no longer soldered to the mother board

  • connectivity

    • 802.11 a/b/g

    • Embedded Wireless WWAN

    • Bluetooth options

    • Integrated modem and Gigabit

  • 12.1" XGA Wide angle display ( 170 degrees) comes standard with

    • Anti-glare / anti reflective coating, now with dynamic screen orientation that adapts the screen to how you want to work ( we are assuming this is like the M200 and M400 accelerometer that auto rotates based on the angle you hold the screen)

    • Plus two other new screen options

      • Optional models available with SXGA ( max res of 1400 x 1050)

      • Optional models available with indoor / outdoor viewing capability with touch screen for enhanced ease of use and flexibility

        • MultiTouch screen allows either finger or pen touch to move cursor for ease of use and more natural interaction with tablet

        • MultiView display provides better screen technology for viewing indoors, outdoors, and from wide angles ( 170 degrees )

  • UPDATE: The pen has an eraser on the end of it



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Sneak peak at next Lenovo Tablet PC specs - the X60s http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,7c2d6bf1-d41a-4c82-9d66-643e011c38be.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SneakPeakAtNextLenovoTabletPCSpecsTheX60s.aspx Wed, 04 Oct 2006 12:50:42 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.gottabemobile.com/WeveGotLenovoX60sTabletPCSpecs.aspx" target="_blank">Rob Bushway over at gottabemobile.com</a> has posted some pre-announcement specs about the forthcoming ThinkPad X60s Tablet PC, which is highly anticipated&nbsp;as the next big Tablet PC thing from Lenovo (the company that now makes those ThinkPad notebooks we all love). </p> <p> Supposedly, from what people are saying, the actual announcement is not scheduled until next month, but here's what Rob says he hears we can expect (<a href="http://www.gottabemobile.com/WeveGotLenovoX60sTabletPCSpecs.aspx" target="_blank">go to his site for the details</a>). If it all holds true, this looks like a very interesting machine. I have to hope the graphics and DualTouch will support Vista. In fact, one has to wonder when Vista will be the default OS on these things. When you consider RTM is likely to happen early next month for the new OS, the stars do seem to align. Hmmm... </p> <p> Anyhow - back to the geek-out specs: </p> <ul> <li> <p> <font size="2">Intel 945GM chipset</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">Intel Core Solo and Core Duo Processors Low Volt Processors</font> <ul> <li> <p> <font size="2">Core Duo ( L2400 (1.66ghz) and L2500 (1.83 ghz)</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">Core Solo (U1400 (1.2 ghz) to announce in January 2007</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">new 2.5" SATA high-speed, standard models with 5400rpm, up to 120gb capacity and optional 100gb 7200 rpm HD available</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">128mb of Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">Up to 4gb of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory (667 MHz) - 3.2gb available to the operating system</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">2 memory slots - memory is no longer soldered to the mother board</font> </p> </li> </ul> <li> <p> <font size="2">connectivity</font> <ul> <li> <p> <font size="2">802.11 a/b/g</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">Embedded Wireless WWAN</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">Bluetooth options</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">Integrated modem and Gigabit</font> </p> </li> </ul> <li> <p> <font size="2">12.1" XGA Wide angle display ( 170 degrees) comes standard with</font> <ul> <li> <p> <font size="2">Anti-glare / anti reflective coating, now with dynamic screen orientation that adapts the screen to how you want to work ( we are assuming this is like the M200 and M400 accelerometer that auto rotates based on the angle you hold the screen)</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">Plus two other new screen options</font> <ul> <li> <p> <font size="2">Optional models available with SXGA ( max res of 1400 x 1050)</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">Optional models available with indoor / outdoor viewing capability with touch screen for enhanced ease of use and flexibility</font> <ul> <li> <p> <font size="2">MultiTouch screen allows either finger or pen touch to move cursor for ease of use and more natural interaction with tablet</font> </p> <li> <p> <font size="2">MultiView display provides better screen technology for viewing indoors, outdoors, and from wide angles ( 170 degrees )</font> </p> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> </li> </ul> <li> <p> <font size="2"><strong>UPDATE</strong>: The pen has an eraser on the end of it</font> </p> </li> </ul> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,7c2d6bf1-d41a-4c82-9d66-643e011c38be.aspx Tablet PC Tech
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Sona Mobile has announced they will release a media player for newer model Blackberry devices that enable users to partake of wirelessly updated "BerryCasts" and wireless streaming media.

Sona Mobile Holdings, Corp is launching a BlackBerry Media Player software application, designed to offer multimedia applications on the latest generation of RIM devices. The new application will offer near TV quality playback of synchronized video and audio files, and will bee showcased at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium May 16-18.

"We are thrilled to be first to market with a media player for BlackBerry devices. For the very first time, BlackBerry users can receive either BerryCast (PodCasts wirelessly updated) or streaming video on their mobile devices," said John Bush, CEO and president of Sona Mobile. "And being able to announce CanWest MediaWorks as our first customer who will supply news content daily for a Sona Mobile BerryCast, lets RIM customers take advantage of a download-and-play method of delivering multimedia files to BlackBerry devices. We believe that this application will be well-received in the marketplace."

Should be interesting!



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Blackberry media player coming - Streaming and wirelessly-updated video and audio http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2bed8bd6-1c62-41de-a183-7096dd3d845e.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/BlackberryMediaPlayerComingStreamingAndWirelesslyupdatedVideoAndAudio.aspx Fri, 28 Apr 2006 04:34:42 GMT <p> Sona Mobile <a href="http://news.tmcnet.com/news/-multimedia-blackberry-media-player-/2006/04/27/1616409.htm">has announced</a> they will release a media player for newer model Blackberry devices that enable users to partake of wirelessly updated "BerryCasts" and wireless streaming media. </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <em>Sona Mobile Holdings, Corp is launching a BlackBerry Media Player software application, designed to offer multimedia applications on the latest generation of RIM devices. The new application will offer near TV quality playback of synchronized video and audio files, and will bee showcased at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium May 16-18.</em> </p> <p> <em>"We are thrilled to be first to market with a media player for BlackBerry devices. For the very first time, BlackBerry users can receive either BerryCast (PodCasts wirelessly updated) or streaming video on their mobile devices," said John Bush, CEO and president of Sona Mobile. "And being able to announce CanWest MediaWorks as our first customer who will supply news content daily for a Sona Mobile BerryCast, lets RIM customers take advantage of a download-and-play method of delivering multimedia files to BlackBerry devices. We believe that this application will be well-received in the marketplace."</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> Should be interesting! </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,2bed8bd6-1c62-41de-a183-7096dd3d845e.aspx Mobile Tablet PC
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The DualCor cPC running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition James Kendrick's got some exclusive details on the DualCor cPC, a nifty looking mobile device that can run Windows XP for normal computing tasks, and switch to Windows Mobile 5.0 when the user needs more PDA type functions:

"The cPC sports a dual processor design, a Via 1.5 GHz processor running Windows for standard computing functions and an Intel chipset running Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone Edition for handling PDA and phone tasks. The cPC doesn't just rely on the dual processor/ OS design to innovate, it also has a passive digitizer (touch screen) running Windows XP 2005 Tablet Edition! This will provide a rich stylus-enabled experience for those times when end users are mobile and not docked."

This is a great idea - dock it and you get the keyboard experience with a monitor and all, pop it out of the dock and switch to mobile mode instantly, with an uber-smartphone. I can think of a few people who are probably going to want one of these...

Here's how DualCor puts it:

"Delivering the Holy Grail of Enterprise Mobility: 100% replication of the fully functional, fully connected, non-diluted, intra-enterprise desktop experience in a completely mobile hand-held device."

And I like the letter-opener style stylus (see the larger view of the image, above, by clicking on it).



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A couple months ago I took early delivery of a ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC, and I like it a lot. There are a few things I'd improve (like maybe offer a faster proc and faster hard drive spin speed as an option, and possibly higher resolution video), but overall it's great.

But I ran into my first problem last week. The "push-through" latch - which sticks out of the machine's screen either on the screen surface side or the top surface side, depending on whether you've rotated into slate mode - broke and fell out. So not I have a Tablet without a latch. Luckily, the lid tends to close shut. he only real problem is it also tends to rotate if you push on it the wrong way.

Looking at the base side of the latching mechanism, it appears something in there broke. Not good. And the thing, is, all I've done with it is open and close it normally... No torture, drops, hard landings, hard closings or anything.

Bummer. Seems like the convertible Tablet PC latch market needs a better design. Someone out there should design the perfect latch, patent their Really Good Idea and run with it.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. My first X41 Tablet PC problem - flimsy plastic latch broke http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,16381dfe-c026-412e-810c-222b35014da1.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MyFirstX41TabletPCProblemFlimsyPlasticLatchBroke.aspx Sun, 20 Nov 2005 16:33:49 GMT <p> A couple months ago I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SearchView.aspx?q=X41">took early delivery of a ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC</a>, and I like it a lot. There are a few things I'd improve (like maybe offer a faster proc and faster hard drive spin speed as an option, and possibly higher resolution video), but overall it's great. </p> <p> But I ran into my first problem last week. The "push-through" latch -&nbsp;which sticks out of the machine's screen either on the screen surface side or the top surface side, depending on whether you've rotated into slate mode - broke and fell out. So not I have a Tablet without a latch. Luckily, the lid tends to close shut. he only real problem is it also tends to rotate if you push on it the wrong way. </p> <p> Looking at the base side of the latching mechanism, it&nbsp;appears something in there broke. Not good. And the thing, is, all I've done with it is open and close it normally... No torture, drops, hard landings, hard closings or anything. </p> <p> Bummer. Seems like the convertible Tablet PC latch market needs a better design. Someone out there should design the perfect latch,&nbsp;patent their Really Good Idea and run with it. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,16381dfe-c026-412e-810c-222b35014da1.aspx Tablet PC Tech Things that Suck
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I've been using my X41 for a few months now, and overall I like it a lot. It's one of the better portable computers I've used.

Charles Jade over at Ars Technica has put together an "unreview" of the X41 and it's a fun read, not to mention an interesting evaluation of this specific Tablet PC computer, as well as a commentary on the Tablet PC edition of Windows, which he frequently refers to (in his somewhat sarcastic but also accurate fashion) as "WXPTPCE2005."

He finds both good and not so good things to write about. I liked the review. Read it here.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Jade's (un)review of the X41 Tablet PC http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,73ccfd5a-0c1f-4baa-9581-81ae28c449ac.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/JadesUnreviewOfTheX41TabletPC.aspx Fri, 28 Oct 2005 03:17:44 GMT <p> <table align=right border=0 cellpadding=6> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "thinkpad x41" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> I've been using my X41 for a few months now, and overall I like it a lot. It's one of the better portable computers I've used. <p> </p> <p> Charles Jade over at Ars Technica <a href="http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/thinkpad-x41.ars">has put together an "unreview" of the X41</a> and it's a fun read, not to mention an interesting evaluation of this specific Tablet PC computer, as well as a commentary on the Tablet PC edition of Windows, which he frequently refers to (in his somewhat sarcastic but also accurate fashion) as "WXPTPCE2005." </p> <p> He finds both good and not so good things to write about. I liked the review. <a href="http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/thinkpad-x41.ars">Read it here</a>. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,73ccfd5a-0c1f-4baa-9581-81ae28c449ac.aspx Humor Tablet PC Tech
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If you happen to have the .NET Framework 2.0 pre-release installed on a Tablet PC and you've noticed reliability and/or stability problems using the Microsoft Ink functionality on your Tablet, Microsoft has released an update to fix some compatibility problems:

"Compatibility issues (events not firing, classes being disfunctional) with CLR2.0 have been found in Windows XP SP1/SP2 versions of Microsoft.Ink.dll on Tablet PCs. Since this dll is a system file on these configurations, they require update through Windows Update."


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Arcs of Fire - Tablet PC Game Got a Tablet PC and wondering about games on the platform? Yeah, me too. Recently I've been thinking about the Tablet PC platform in general (I have had four different models in the past few years) and what could make a difference in terms of more real reasons to need one (as opposed to want one, but hey - I suppose 'want' counts for something, too).

Some games have incidental (as opposed to direct and intentional) support for the Tablet PC, but what games are out there that are designed specifically for the Tablet? I know it's hard to design and build expensive games for an audience that won't let you recover your dev costs, but someone has to start somewhere. Microsoft should really push this envelope harder.

I did some searching around, and discovered one that I missed before. It's called Arcs of Fire - and appears to be written in C#. It's made up of a game engine, the Tablet Game SDK, and the Tablet PC SDK. Tied together, the combined platform makes for a game environment that lets you leverage all kinds of features of the Tablet PC - like pen pointing, ink and drawing, and screen rotation. On the web site, there are whitepapers, video tutorials and overviews (see the documentation section), and a whole slew of other technical information about the game.

Heck, the Arcs of Fire web site is cool in and of itself - when I go to provide my info to download the game package (which weighs in at 50MB), I am presented with text input boxes that sense my Tablet pen input device. I write in ink, and the web site code leverages the Tablet bits (the TIP, I imagine?) to convert my ink to text by default - very cool.

The site's ink-enabled forums allow you to write handwritten forum posts. It's a bit hard (read: impossible) to index those in search engines (including the forum search), but the concept and execution are quite well done. The ASP.NET source for the ink forums is also available for download.

Granted, you have to use IE to do these fancy things, but hey - someone should be able to fix that problem...

The Game

Oh, that's right - there's a game on this site... The source code for the game is available on the download page for anyone who wants to tackle that. After downloading and running the MSI installer, which includes a distribution of the required DirectX 9, you're presented with a rather nifty game. It's simple, to be sure, and it takes some getting used to. But for a tank-vs-tank battle, it's an interesting gameplay experience.

It's not much more than what you're used to in shoot-the-other-tank games with third-person, cross-section view. The difference here is that you use the pen to fire your ammo at the other side. Pressure, speed and inking gestures all make a difference in how your rounds get fired at your enemy. Background music and sounds effects make it more fun.

I'd say this is a good start to something bigger and better, for sure. I was mostly (and pleasantly) surprised to find a site and game that are geared directly at the Tablet PC user. Makes me wonder what other games would lend themselves well to Tablet PC deployment. Maybe use the pen to draw your strategy plan for the Terrans to annihilate the Zergs? Or maybe draw your next play from the virtual huddle?

Check it out at http://www.arcsoffire.com/

Choose your player screen
Choose your player name (click to enlarge)

Game screen
Game screen (click to enlarge)



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Tablet PC Game - Arcs of Fire http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,b64eeece-8645-4acc-bce5-611110e7969e.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TabletPCGameArcsOfFire.aspx Thu, 06 Oct 2005 00:00:47 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.arcsoffire.com/"><img height="198" alt="Arcs of Fire - Tablet PC Game" hspace="14" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/aof3_small.jpg" width="300" align="right" vspace="5" border="0" /></a>Got a <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/tabletpc">Tablet PC</a> and wondering about games on the platform? Yeah, me too. Recently I've been thinking about the Tablet&nbsp;PC platform in general (I have had four different models in the past few years)&nbsp;and what could make a difference in terms of more real reasons to need one (as opposed to <em>want</em> one, but hey - I suppose 'want' counts for something, too). </p> <p> Some games have incidental (as opposed to direct and intentional) support for the Tablet PC, but what games are out there that are designed <em>specifically</em> for the Tablet? I know it's hard to design and build expensive games for an audience that won't let you recover your dev costs, but someone has to start somewhere. Microsoft should really push this envelope harder. </p> <p> I did some searching around, and discovered one that I missed before. It's called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.arcsoffire.com/">Arcs of Fire</a> - and appears to be&nbsp;written in C#.&nbsp;It's made up of a game engine, the Tablet Game SDK, and the Tablet PC SDK. Tied together, the combined platform makes for a game environment that lets you leverage all kinds of features of the Tablet PC -&nbsp;like pen pointing, ink and drawing,&nbsp;and screen rotation. On the web site, there are whitepapers, video tutorials and overviews (see the <a href="http://www.arcsoffire.com/Documentation/default.aspx?Content=Documentation">documentation section</a>), and a whole slew of other technical information about the game. </p> <p> Heck, the Arcs of Fire web site is cool in and of itself - when I go to provide my info to <a href="http://www.arcsoffire.com/Downloads/default.aspx">download the game</a>&nbsp;package (which weighs in at 50MB), I am presented with text&nbsp;input boxes that sense my Tablet pen input device. I write in ink, and the web site code leverages the Tablet bits (the TIP, I imagine?)&nbsp;to convert my ink to text by default - very cool. </p> <p> The site's ink-enabled forums&nbsp;allow you to write handwritten forum posts. It's a bit hard (read: impossible)&nbsp;to index those in search engines (including the forum search), but the concept and execution are quite well done. The ASP.NET source for the ink forums&nbsp;is also available for <a href="http://www.arcsoffire.com/Downloads/default.aspx">download</a>. </p> <p> Granted, you have to use IE to do these fancy things, but hey - someone should be able to fix that problem... </p> <p> <strong>The Game</strong> </p> <p> Oh, that's right - there's a game on this site... The source code for the game is available on <a href="http://www.arcsoffire.com/Downloads/default.aspx">the download page</a> for anyone who wants to tackle that. After downloading and running the MSI installer, which includes a distribution of the required DirectX 9, you're presented with a rather&nbsp;nifty game. It's simple, to be sure, and it takes some getting used to. But for a tank-vs-tank battle, it's an interesting gameplay experience. </p> <p> It's not much more than what you're used to in shoot-the-other-tank games with third-person, cross-section view. The difference here&nbsp;is that you use the pen to fire your ammo at the other side. Pressure, speed and inking gestures all make a difference in how your rounds get fired at your enemy. Background music and sounds effects make it more fun. </p> <p> I'd say this is a good start to something bigger and better, for sure. I was mostly (and pleasantly) surprised to find a site and game that are geared directly at the Tablet PC user. Makes me wonder what other games would lend themselves well to Tablet PC&nbsp;deployment. Maybe use the pen to draw your strategy plan for the Terrans to annihilate the Zergs? Or maybe draw your next play from the virtual huddle? </p> <p> Check it out at <a href="http://www.arcsoffire.com/">http://www.arcsoffire.com/</a> </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/aof1.JPG"><img height="225" alt="Choose your player screen" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/aof1_thumb.jpg" width="300" border="0" /></a> <br /> Choose your player name (click to enlarge) </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/aof2.JPG"><img height="225" alt="Game screen" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/aof2_thumb.jpg" width="300" border="0" /></a> <br /> Game screen (click to enlarge) </p> </blockquote> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,b64eeece-8645-4acc-bce5-611110e7969e.aspx Tablet PC Tech
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Gateway-tablet Gateway's announced a widescreen format Tablet PC - cool design, and it has dedicated ATI graphics, which should be nice in the Vista world of Aero Glass. PC Magazine has a review here:

"The CX200 is a workhorse: It's loaded with the fastest Pentium M (770) processor currently available, 1GB of RAM, and the ATI Mobility Radeon X600 graphics chipset. Unfortunately, the system couldn't run our SYSmark 2004 SE and MobileMark 2005 benchmark tests because of the tests' limitations, but other systems with this type of configuration perform very well on day-to-day computing tasks. Both the Doom 3 and Splinter Cell games ran smoothly. The 3DMark 2005 scores were very respectable at 996 (1,024-by-768), something rarely seen on a tablet..."




greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Widescreen Convertible Tablet PC from Gateway http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,2f4e20e4-e0d1-443e-bef0-dfea6cd235f1.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WidescreenConvertibleTabletPCFromGateway.aspx Thu, 08 Sep 2005 04:26:26 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/gateway_2Dtablet.jpg"><img height=208 alt=Gateway-tablet hspace=12 src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/gateway_2Dtablet_thumb.jpg" width=220 align=right vspace=5 border=0></a>Gateway's announced <a href="http://www.gateway.com/programs/convertible.shtml">a widescreen format Tablet PC</a> - cool design, and it has dedicated ATI graphics, which should be nice in the Vista world of Aero Glass. PC Magazine <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1855959,00.asp">has a review here</a>: </p> <p> <em>"The CX200 is a workhorse: It's loaded with the fastest Pentium M (770) processor currently available, 1GB of RAM, and the ATI Mobility Radeon X600 graphics chipset. Unfortunately, the system couldn't run our SYSmark 2004 SE and MobileMark 2005 benchmark tests because of the tests' limitations, but other systems with this type of configuration perform very well on day-to-day computing tasks. Both the Doom 3 and Splinter Cell games ran smoothly. The 3DMark 2005 scores were very respectable at 996 (1,024-by-768), something rarely seen on a tablet..."</em> </p> <p> <table cellpadding=10 align=right border=0> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "Gateway CX200" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br clear="all"> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,2f4e20e4-e0d1-443e-bef0-dfea6cd235f1.aspx Tablet PC
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For those who are running the Vista Beta 1 on a Tablet PC but have not had the TIP (Tablet Input Panel) because you're not on the formal beta test program, your wait is over.

Microsoft's released the TIP to the MSDN Subscriber Downloads, so go get it and ink away.



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There's a bit of chat about regarding handwriting recognition on the Tablet PC, and the new feature/functionality in the Vista beta version of the OS.

I used to write in block letters or carefully crafted print on my Tablet PC. Then I decided (thinking naively that it would be a miserable failure) to write in cursive script. Much to my surprise, I found it worked much better.

With the Vista Beta One TIP (Tablet Input Panel), the ability to enter text and make changes is greatly improved. I've found it's even more accurate. In fact the whole TIP behaves much better all the way around - not so much in the way, more flexible, and all-around better recognition. I'd post pictures but I'm afraid I'd be breaking an agreement (although screenies of the Vista desktop and stuff seem to be very common on the Internet these days).

It also seems to recognize non-standard characters that are written by hand. Stuff like smilies and whatnot. That's cool. There's similar thoughts over on the Tablet PC Blog. It will also be interesting to see what Beta Two holds.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. How do you write on your Tablet PC? For me cursive script gets best results by far... http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,abc5558b-120f-4133-8719-048bb8578525.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HowDoYouWriteOnYourTabletPCForMeCursiveScriptGetsBestResultsByFar.aspx Sat, 20 Aug 2005 05:26:57 GMT <p> There's a bit of <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/tabletpc/archive/2005/08/18/409449.aspx">chat</a> about regarding handwriting recognition on the Tablet PC, and the new feature/functionality in the Vista beta version of the OS. </p> <p> I used to write in block letters or carefully crafted print on my Tablet PC. Then I decided (thinking naively that it would be a miserable failure) to write in cursive script. Much to my surprise, I found it worked much better. </p> <p> With the Vista Beta One TIP (Tablet Input Panel), the ability to enter text and make changes is greatly improved. I've found it's even more accurate. In fact the whole TIP behaves much better all the way around - not so much in the way, more flexible, and all-around better recognition. I'd post pictures but I'm afraid I'd be breaking an agreement (although screenies of the Vista desktop and stuff seem to be very common on the Internet these days). </p> <p> It also seems to recognize non-standard characters that are written by hand. Stuff like smilies and whatnot. That's cool. There's similar thoughts over on the <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/tabletpc/archive/2005/08/18/409449.aspx">Tablet PC Blog</a>. It will also be interesting to see what Beta Two holds. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,abc5558b-120f-4133-8719-048bb8578525.aspx Tablet PC Tech
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I have a request for makers of Tablet PC hardware - one that I think would be totally feasible, and would greatly simplify my Tablet PC ownership.

The one thing about using a Tablet PC that regularly haunts me, as an adult male approaching midlife crisis age (and with all the associate baggage in areas like memory, concentration, etc), is the fact that the pen/stylus I love to use with the Tablet is really, really, reaaaaally easy to misplace. It's a problem.

Cuz ya know, there's nothing quite like having a fancy-dancy convertible notebook Tablet PC without a pen. Heh.

Just ask the IT guys at my company who loses the most styluses (styluses? stylii? hmmm). They'll just roll their eyes, laugh and point at me.

So, here is my idea, recorded here for posterity: Build in a proximity device that I can turn on that will make the pen chirp or something if it's more than, say, about 15 feet away from it's home (the Tablet PC, that is) for some extended period of time.

Heck, it might even be worth enabling the pen to speak out loud and say something like, "That dork Greg Hughes at 503-629-xxxx left me sitting here all alone. Please call him and tell him to come pick me up, and that he needs to go put a quarter in the jar."

Or something like that. I'd settle for just the chirping alarm.

Any other bright ideas?



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Here's a shameless plug of my very own... I guest-co-hosted the Tablet PC Show with James Kendrick today, filling in for the one and only (and much-better-at-this-than-me) Marc Orchant. It's been published, so check it out if you like:

The TABLET PC Show #19 (MP3 - 21MB - 60min)

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE

Marc Orchant was away but guest co-host Greg Hughes graciously stepped in and we have an action packed show. Greg fills us in on the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet PC that he’s been lucky enough to use for the past month so anyone interested in this fine convertible (or those anxiously awaiting delivery) will get some good information to take away. After the break we shift focus to the hot topic of the week, WindowsVista Beta 1, and round up the information that is starting to emerge from those brave enough to install it on a Tablet PC. Enjoy the show and as always we appreciate your feedback! (We missed you Marc!)

The Tablet PC Show #19 (MP3 - 20.9MB - 61min)
LISTEN HERE

00:00 Intro- Greg Hughes & James Kendrick

05:45 Greg has a Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC

25:00 The Podcast Network

26:00 WindowsVista Beta 1 information roundup

eWeek- will your Tablet run Vista?
Random Elements- Colin Walker installs the beta
Greg punches a cat in the face
IE7 panning with a pen
Tablet PC team has a blog
Speech recognition- command and dictation fused
Ink Analysis in Vista

60:00 Wrap up



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Listen to The Tablet PC Show #19 http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,0c3c7476-d873-4eb8-8290-51ca260cefa5.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ListenToTheTabletPCShow19.aspx Sun, 07 Aug 2005 17:44:21 GMT <p> <p> <table align=right border=0 cellpadding=6> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "thinkpad x41" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Here's a shameless plug&nbsp;of my very own... I guest-co-hosted <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/tabletpc/2005/08/08/tablet-pc-show-19/">the Tablet PC Show</a> with James Kendrick today, filling in for the one and only (and much-better-at-this-than-me)&nbsp;Marc Orchant. It's been published, so check it out if you like: </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <div class=entry> <p> <strong>The TABLET PC Show #19 (MP3 - 21MB - 60min)</strong> </p> <p> <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/audio/tabletpc/tpn_tabletpc_20050807_019.mp3">LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE</a> </p> <p> Marc Orchant was away but guest co-host Greg Hughes graciously stepped in and we have an action packed show. Greg fills us in on the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet PC that he’s been lucky enough to use for the past month so anyone interested in this fine convertible (or those anxiously awaiting delivery) will get some good information to take away. After the break we shift focus to the hot topic of the week, WindowsVista Beta 1, and round up the information that is starting to emerge from those brave enough to install it on a Tablet PC. Enjoy the show and as always we appreciate your feedback! <em>(We missed you Marc!)</em> </p> <p> The Tablet PC Show #19 (MP3 - 20.9MB - 61min)<br> <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/audio/tabletpc/tpn_tabletpc_20050807_019.mp3">LISTEN HERE</a> </p> <p> 00:00 Intro- <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/">Greg Hughes</a> &amp; <a href="http://jkontherun.blogs.com/">James Kendrick</a> </p> <p> 05:45 <a href="http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2005/07/greg_hughes_fir.html">Greg has a Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC</a> </p> <p> 25:00 <a href="http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/">The Podcast Network</a> </p> <p> 26:00 WindowsVista Beta 1 information roundup </p> <blockquote> <p> <a href="http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1843945,00.asp?kc=ewnws080505dtx1k0000599">eWeek</a>- will your Tablet run Vista?<br> <a href="http://randomelements.me.uk/blog/default.aspx">Random Elements</a>- Colin Walker installs the beta<br> Greg punches a cat in the face<br> IE7 panning with a pen<br> <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/tabletpc/archive/2005/08/04/408649.aspx">Tablet PC team has a blog</a> <br> Speech recognition- <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/robch/archive/2005/08/01/446131.aspx">command and dictation fused</a> <br> <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/mobile/">Ink Analysis in Vista</a> </p> </blockquote> <p> 60:00 Wrap up </p> </div> </blockquote> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,0c3c7476-d873-4eb8-8290-51ca260cefa5.aspx AudioBlogging Blogging Tablet PC Tech
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I am writing this post by speaking into my microphone on the Tablet PC.  James told me that maybe I should try this again and get a more serious shot. I have to admit I'm actually a bit surprised that it's working as well as it is.

Let's see how it handles some common text.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. When in the course of human events it becomes blah blah blah.

OK, I have to admit this is pretty cool. After adjusting the volume of the microphone it seems to be more accurate. The gain on the microphone was just too loud.

Very very cool.

     Voice_blogging

JK says he uses this capability all the time for writing columns and articles. I've tried it before but never really considered it to be a "real" source of input. But after hearing him talk about it, and giving it a shot, I'm convinced there are some possibilities here. The Windows Vista enhancements should make it even more usable.

What would be interesting is trying technical writing with this speech recognition engine. Somehow I think the recognition of technical (computer/scientific/etc) terms might be a challenge.

But it's pretty darned cool.



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Just couple quick links to some cool new stuff.

Microsoft's Tablet PC team has started blogging - very nice. Check it out:

http://blogs.technet.com/tabletpc/

The Tablet PC Avalon (a.k.a. "Windows Presentation Framework") team has also started blogging:

http://blogs.technet.com/tavalon/

Two blogs that look to be worth watching, and I've subscribed to both.



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I just finished spending an hour or so conversing about one of my favorite topics with James Kendrick (jkOnTheRun) as a "guest host" on The Tablet PC Show. As is often the case in the podcast world, we used Skype to communicate and JK recorded and produced the thing on this side of the connection. We talked about the X41 Tablet PC (of course) and then spent a bunch of time bouncing around different Windows Vista on the Tablet PC topics.

You can listen to the show by visiting this link .

I had a lot of fun doing this. Thanks to JK and Marc Orchant (the real co-host of the show, who was out of town this weekend) for the opportunity. James made it easy for me, and hopefully it turned out ok.

If you're visiting here from the show and wondering who the heck I am, check this link. Tablet PC stuff I have written about in the past is available here.

If you're a regular reader here and want to see what podcasting and The Tablet PC show are all about, check out the show's web site right here.

There are a couple things I *have* to do now that I've spoken about them out loud:

  • Get this Windows Vista ISO image to freakin' work - I must have a bad DVD burner or something, as I am consistently making coasters (and then, of course, install it and the additional Tablet bits on a Tablet PC).
  • Revisit the speech recognition capabilities of the Tablet PC - James says he uses it all the time, and I am thinking I may not be taking it seriously enough in terms of daily use, so I want to check it out again.

This whole podcasting/audio show/Internet conversation/etc thing is fun and cool. And, depending on how it's used, I think it can be a great medium for certain styles and forms of content delivery - especially interactive conversations.

Anyhow, the 19th edition of the Tablet PC Show has been posted, so check it out. I'll post a link to the show when it's up. Hopefully I won't sound like a complete dork (but I probably will, heh).



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Over on the Microsoft Office Assistance web site, there's a great video of Chris Bertelson - an long-time Microsoft employee with lots of experience demonstrating software - navigating his way around the features available in Office OneNote 2003.

  • If you've never seen or used OneNote, this video will show you all kinds of cool things, and gives a great idea of what OneNote is all about.
  • If you're already a OneNote user, don't skip this one! Be prepared to see all sorts of great things that you can add to your personal toolkit to make you a OneNote power user.

This 45-or-so-minute video (see links below) should be mandatory training for OneNote users. It's that good.

I use OneNote every day on my Tablet PC as well as my desktop machine. One thing many people don't realize is that OneNote is not just a Tablet PC application - In fact OneNote was initialy conceived and designed before the Tablet PC was born, and it's a great program for desktops and laptops, too.

Chris covers some serious ground in the video:

And if you want even more detail, check out the webcasts:

The Webcasts of this demo are available on demand. These are generally more in-depth than the demos because they include audience interaction and questions and answers. You can watch them on your own schedule.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Terrific OneNote video offers some great tips and tricks http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,5d126769-6b04-4b85-baf0-759aa64a5fe0.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/TerrificOneNoteVideoOffersSomeGreatTipsAndTricks.aspx Tue, 19 Jul 2005 05:07:54 GMT <p> Over on the <a href="http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011423061033.aspx">Microsoft Office Assistance web site</a>, there's a great video of Chris Bertelson - an long-time Microsoft employee with lots of experience demonstrating software - navigating his way around the features available in <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/onenote">Office OneNote 2003</a>. </p> <ul> <li> <strong>If you've never seen or used OneNote,</strong> this video will show you <em>all kinds</em> of cool things, and gives a great idea of what OneNote is all about.</li> <li> <strong>If you're already a OneNote user,</strong> don't skip this one! Be prepared to see all sorts of great things that you can add to your personal toolkit to make you a OneNote power user.</li> </ul> <p> This 45-or-so-minute video (see links below)&nbsp;should be mandatory training for OneNote users. It's that good. </p> <p> I use OneNote every day&nbsp;on my Tablet PC as well as my desktop machine. One thing many people don't realize is that OneNote is <em>not</em> just a Tablet PC application - In fact OneNote was initialy conceived and designed before the Tablet PC was born, and it's a great program for desktops and laptops, too. </p> <p> Chris covers some serious ground in the video: </p> <ul> <li> <em>Watch </em><a class="OAnc" href="http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT011425291033&amp;CTT=5&amp;Origin=HA011423061033"><em>Microsoft OneNote Tips and Tricks (256K)</em></a><em> (optimized for broadband viewing.) </em> <li> <em>Watch </em><a class="OAnc" href="http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT011425301033&amp;CTT=5&amp;Origin=HA011423061033"><em>Microsoft OneNote Tips and Tricks Video (110K)</em></a><em> (optimized for dial-up viewing.) </em> <li> <a class="OAnc" href="http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT011454261033&amp;CTT=5&amp;Origin=HA011423061033"><em>Download the OneNote Tips and Tricks follow-along Word doc</em></a> </li> </ul> <p> And if you want even more detail, check out the webcasts: </p> <p> <em>The Webcasts of this demo are available on demand. These are generally more in-depth than the demos because they include audience interaction and questions and answers. You can watch them on your own schedule. </em> </p> <ul> <li> <a class="OAnc" href="http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT011425271033&amp;CTT=5&amp;Origin=HA011423061033"><em>Microsoft Office System Webcast: OneNote Tips and Tricks - Level 100 </em></a> <li> <a class="OAnc" href="http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT011425251033&amp;CTT=5&amp;Origin=HA011423061033"><em>Microsoft Office System Webcast: Tips and Tricks Part I - Outlook - Level 100 </em></a> <li> <a class="OAnc" href="http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT011425261033&amp;CTT=5&amp;Origin=HA011423061033"><em>Microsoft Office System Webcast: Tips and Tricks Part II - Word and Excel - Level 100 </em></a> <li> <a class="OAnc" href="http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=XT011425281033&amp;CTT=5&amp;Origin=HA011423061033"><em>Microsoft Office System Webcast: Tips and Tricks Part III - OneNote, Visio, InfoPath and PowerPoint - Level 100</em></a> </li> </ul> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,5d126769-6b04-4b85-baf0-759aa64a5fe0.aspx Office 2003 OneNote Tablet PC Tech
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One more dedicated post reviewing the new X41 ThinkPad Tablet and my experiences of the past week, then back to our regular (random) programming. You can read my first two review posts here and here .

Walk into an aiport or a coffe shop and start writing on your screen. You'll get "the look." Tablet PCs tend to attract and grab the attention of people who have not seen one before. They're also of interest to gadget freaks, of course.

X41-SlateModeI spent a few hours Saturday with some "new media" geeks, hanging out in downtown Portland. Several of them asked if I brought along the new ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC I've been using this past week. Well, of course I did. Several of those present said they've been thinking about possibly been getting a Tablet PC for their next computer, and wanted to see one. Others were simply curious about what IBM has done with their initial foray into Tablet-Land.

Of course, Josh Bancroft wanted to take pictures, heh. Many wanted to hold it in their hands, see how it feels, and to learn about what you can do with it. I've noticed one of the huge selling points of these things (with geeks and their wives and girlfriends, anyhow) is how the thing feels in your hand. Once I rotated the screen and placed it in their hands with the extended battery as a sort of "book spine" grip, that Tablet PC realization kicked in and you could see the expressions change on each of their faces. When people start using the pen, the "ahhhhhhh's" come out and the questions start. The main difference this time around is the X41's an even better example than most of why Tablet PCs are so darn cool.

Anyhow, I have been making a quick little list of things I'd like to see IBM/Lenovo to do to improve this thing, because while it's a terrific machine and I'm definitely won over, it's not quite perfect.

Shocker Use the hard drive protection gyroscope for screen orientation
I've been playing with it for a while now, and as far as I can tell, this model has a gyroscope (or similar) device built in that's used for real-time awareness in order to protect the had drive from shocks. You can even open the active-protection configuration applet and move the computer around and watch the picture of the thing on the screen move around just as fast as you can make it. But it doesn't appear the IBM software is connected in any way to the software switches that control screen orientation. Why not? If I'm holding the thing in my right hand with the battery on the left, use that technology to make sure the display isn't upside down, for gosh sake. Or, if I am missing something and the capability's already there, tell me, please.

Better stylus/pen
I wrote about this before. The pen has no "eraser" end on it. As expected, I was able to verify that any standard stylus that does have an eraser end works just fine with the T41 (I used an Acer pen for the test)... So, hopefully IBM will ship a new pen that has the eraser end, and I will buy it. Honestly, it's driving me nuts every time I work in pen mode. But that's okay, I'll live. For now, anyhow. I just wish the Acer stylus was the same size and shape as the IBM model, so I could just swap them out. No such luck.

Fingerprint software loses focus when Windows has been console-locked
This is a software nit-pick, and I am not sure if the problem exists on non-tablet versions of Windows XP or not (and I don't have a computer to test this with), but when the computer is "locked," the fingerprint reader dialog (they replace the regular Windows "This computer is locked" dialog with their own) often loses focus, and swiping your finger does nothing until you click on that Window to bring it into primary focus. I am wondering if it's because of the on-screen virtual keyboard, since it appears to have focus on the screen. I'll have to check on that and figure out how to turn it off, if that's the issue. Anyhow, it's a usability issue, and should be addressed one way or another.

Your mother is a hamster; Your father smells of elderberries
Just seeing if you're paying attention. Are you? Hmmm... If you can read this, you're too close. No, I mean you're doing fine. Yes, fine, thanks for asking. No, sorry I am busy tonight. Move along, nothing to see here. Maybe lunch though? Oh, oops...

So - All in all, not much to gripe about. If those are the worst things about this computer, then hey - it's a pretty darn good machine.

There are (of course) also a number of things about the computer that I really like over others I have used. So, to tie this thing up and put it to bed, a couple of them are:

The wireless networking software and hardware is pretty much rock solid
They got it right some time ago, and I really appreciate the reliable, easy to use and easy to count on wireless networking setup. I especially appreciate the fact that the ThinkPads are among the few computers  that load the wireless drivers right up front, so when I log onto the Windows domain, the login scripts are able to run just like I was plugged into the wire.

Sturdy, very light, and everything is right where it should be
From the pen location (front left side edge, right up front) to well-placed slate-mode controls (the fingerprint reader is on the monitor frame along with special Tablet PC buttons for rotation and common keyboard buttons as well as CTRL-ALT-DEL), they put stuff right where it works well. It's super-light, and no rickety construction here. The real point is that IBM waits til they know they've got it nailed down before they release it to the market. We've seen them do this before, and I remember talking to and IBM rep over a year ago when they told me IBM was working on a convertible Tablet PC overseas, and that it was definitely coming, but not to expect anything for about a year because there was no way they were going to get it wrong when they actually released it.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. More on my experiences with the new IBM X41 Tablet PC - wrap up http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,028b0fde-d44e-4445-addc-c364edb5f8c1.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MoreOnMyExperiencesWithTheNewIBMX41TabletPCWrapUp.aspx Tue, 19 Jul 2005 04:25:45 GMT <p> <p> <table align=right border=0 cellpadding=6> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "thinkpad x41" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <em>One more dedicated post reviewing the new X41 ThinkPad Tablet and my experiences of the past week, then back to our regular (random) programming. You can read my first two review posts </em><a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MyFirstDayWithANewIBMThinkPadX41TabletPCInitialReview.aspx"><em>here</em></a><em> and </em><a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MySwitchToTheThinkPadX41TabletPCReviewPartTwo.aspx"><em>here</em></a><em>.</em> </p> <p> Walk into an aiport or a coffe shop and start writing on your screen. You'll get "the look." Tablet PCs tend to attract and grab the attention of people who have not seen one before. They're also of interest to gadget freaks, of course. </p> <p> <img height=147 alt=X41-SlateMode src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/X41_2DSlateMode_small.jpg" width=200 align=right border=0>I spent a few hours Saturday <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/WeekendReminderPortlandVideoblogAndPodcastRoadshowSaturdayAtNoonInDowntownPDX.aspx">with some "new media" geeks</a>, hanging out in downtown Portland. Several of them asked if I brought along the new ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC I've been using this past week. Well, of course I did. Several of those present said they've been thinking about possibly been getting a Tablet PC for their next computer, and wanted to see one. Others were simply curious about what IBM has done with their initial foray into Tablet-Land. </p> <p> Of course, <a href="http://www.tinyscreenfuls.com/">Josh Bancroft</a>&nbsp;wanted <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshb/tags/tabletpc/">to take pictures</a>, heh. Many wanted to hold it in their hands, see how it feels, and to learn about what you can do with it. I've noticed one of the huge selling points of these things (with geeks and their wives and girlfriends, anyhow) is how the thing <em>feels</em> in your hand.&nbsp;Once I rotated the screen and placed it in their hands with the extended battery as a sort of "book spine" grip, that Tablet PC realization kicked in and you could see the expressions change on each of their faces. When people start using the pen, the "ahhhhhhh's" come out and the questions start.&nbsp;The main difference&nbsp;this time around is&nbsp;the X41's an even better example than most of why Tablet PCs are so darn cool. </p> <p> Anyhow, I have been making a quick little list of things I'd like to see&nbsp;IBM/Lenovo to do to <em>improve</em> this thing, because while it's a terrific machine and I'm definitely won over, it's not quite perfect. </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <font size=1><strong><a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/shocker.png"><img height=184 alt=Shocker hspace=10 src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/shocker_thumb.jpg" width=200 align=right vspace=5 border=0></a>Use the hard drive protection gyroscope for screen orientation<br> </strong>I've been playing with it for a while now, and as far as I can tell, this model has a gyroscope (or similar) device built in that's used for real-time awareness in order to protect the had drive from shocks. You can even open the active-protection configuration applet and move the computer around and watch the picture of the thing on the screen move around just as fast as you can make it. But it doesn't appear the IBM software is connected in any way to the software switches that control screen orientation. Why not? If I'm holding the thing in my right hand with the battery on the left, use that technology to make sure the display isn't upside down, for gosh sake. Or, if I am missing something and the capability's already there, tell me, please.</font> </p> <p> <font size=1><strong>Better stylus/pen</strong> <br> I wrote about this before. The pen has no "eraser" end on it. As expected, I was able to verify that any standard stylus that <em>does</em> have an eraser end <em>works just fine</em> with the T41 (I used an Acer pen for the test)... So, hopefully IBM will ship a new pen that has the eraser end, and I will buy it. Honestly, it's driving me nuts every time I work in pen mode. But that's okay, I'll live. For now, anyhow. I just wish the Acer stylus was the same size and shape as the IBM model, so I could just swap them out. No such luck.</font> </p> <p> <font size=1><strong>Fingerprint software loses focus when Windows has been console-locked</strong> <br> This is a software nit-pick, and I am not sure if the problem exists on non-tablet versions of Windows XP or not (and I don't have a computer to test this with), but when the computer is "locked," the fingerprint reader dialog&nbsp;(they replace the regular Windows "This computer is locked" dialog with their own) often loses focus, and swiping your finger does nothing until you click on that Window to bring it into primary focus. I am wondering if it's because of the on-screen virtual keyboard, since it appears to have focus on the screen. I'll have to check on that and figure out how to turn it off, if that's the issue. Anyhow, it's a usability issue, and should be addressed one way or another.</font> </p> <p> <font size=1><strong>Your mother is a hamster; Your father smells of elderberries</strong> <br> Just seeing if you're paying attention. Are you? Hmmm... If you can read this, you're too close. No, I mean you're doing fine. Yes, fine, thanks for asking. No, sorry I am busy tonight. Move along, nothing to see here. Maybe lunch though? Oh, oops...</font> </p> </blockquote> <p> So - All in all, not much to gripe about. If those are the worst things about this computer, then hey - it's a pretty darn good machine. </p> <p> There are (of course) also a number of things about the computer that I really like over others I have used. So, to tie this thing up and put it to bed, a&nbsp;couple of them are: </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <font size=1><strong>The wireless networking software and hardware is pretty much&nbsp;rock solid</strong> <br> They got it right some time ago, and I really appreciate the reliable, easy to use and easy to count on wireless networking setup. I especially appreciate the fact that the ThinkPads are among the few computers&nbsp; that load the wireless drivers right up front, so when I log onto the Windows domain, the login scripts are able to run just like I was plugged into the wire.</font> </p> <p> <font size=1><strong>Sturdy, very light, and everything is right where it should be</strong> <br> From the pen location (front left side edge, right up front) to well-placed slate-mode controls (the fingerprint reader is on the monitor frame along with special Tablet PC buttons for rotation and common keyboard buttons as well as CTRL-ALT-DEL), they put stuff right where it works well. It's super-light, and no rickety construction here. The real point is that IBM waits til they know they've got it nailed down before they release it to the market. We've seen them do this before, and I remember talking to and IBM rep over a year ago when they told me IBM was working on a convertible Tablet PC overseas, and that it was definitely coming,&nbsp;but not to expect anything for about a year because there was no way they were going to get it wrong when they actually released it.</font> </p> </blockquote> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,028b0fde-d44e-4445-addc-c364edb5f8c1.aspx Tablet PC Tech
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Ok, this is almost weird and takes ego issues to a whole new level, but what the heck...

Handwriting

Rich Claussen proves he's easily excited (heheh...) when he says:

"My goodness! What nice, legible handwriting! You need to get that MyOwnFont app that won the Think in Ink contest and make the dang thing available!"

MyOwnFontChattingAtMe Dude, way ahead of you on that. Already did that, yesterday while showing the new tablet off to a coworker. See the attached file below.

Download: GregWrite.zip (TrueType font file)

For those of you who got here looking for the Tablet PC My Font Tool, it's on the Tablet PC Power Toys page at Microsoft's web site - but for quick access, here you go:

Download: MyFontTool for Tablet PC (.exe installer)

Oh, and that whole "easily excited" thing? Just kidding, bud. Rich also lists some cool places to download free fonts on his weblog.

Oh, and there's nothing quite like someone chatting with you on IM, using your handwriting. Crazy. 



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Handwriting font - ask and ye shall receive... http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,294fa1ad-cb69-40ca-8b64-bff65a730ddc.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HandwritingFontAskAndYeShallReceive.aspx Thu, 14 Jul 2005 03:57:10 GMT <p> <em>Ok, this is almost weird and takes ego issues to a whole new level, but what the heck...</em> </p> <p align=center> <img height=100 alt=Handwriting src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/handwriting_small.jpg" width=400 border=0> </p> <p> <a href="http://richhubbins.theclaussens.com/">Rich Claussen</a> proves he's easily excited (heheh...) <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,565afaee-62d2-4b00-8c46-59b21d2ab3b4.aspx">when he says</a>: </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <em>"My goodness! What nice, legible handwriting! You need to get that MyOwnFont app that won the Think in Ink contest and make the dang thing available!"</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/MyOwnFontChattingAtMe.JPG"><img height=151 alt=MyOwnFontChattingAtMe hspace=14 src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/MyOwnFontChattingAtMe_thumb.jpg" width=100 align=right vspace=6 border=0></a>Dude, way ahead of you on that. Already did that, yesterday while showing the new tablet off to a coworker. See the attached file below. </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <strong>Download:</strong> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/GregWrite.zip">GregWrite.zip</a>&nbsp;(TrueType font file) </p> </blockquote> <p> For those of you who got here looking for the Tablet PC My Font Tool, it's on the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/tabletpc.mspx">Tablet PC Power Toys page</a> at Microsoft's web site -&nbsp;but for quick access,&nbsp;here you go: </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <strong>Download:</strong> <a href="http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/b/3/db3a39ab-58a4-4a7c-8f62-bf1e003cf18e/MyFontToolforTabletPCsetup.exe">MyFontTool for Tablet PC</a>&nbsp;(.exe installer) </p> </blockquote> <p dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> Oh, and that whole "easily excited" thing? Just kidding, bud. Rich also <a href="http://richhubbins.theclaussens.com/CommentView,guid,e5f37872-aa12-4a06-9070-166a2d684d48.aspx">lists some cool places to download free fonts</a> on his weblog. </p> <p dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> Oh, and there's nothing quite like&nbsp;someone chatting with you&nbsp;on IM, using your handwriting. Crazy.&nbsp;<img src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/smile1.gif"> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,294fa1ad-cb69-40ca-8b64-bff65a730ddc.aspx Random Stuff Tablet PC
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ThinkpadX41TiconIt's been a day and a half now since I started using a ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC. Yesterday I posted a few initial thoughts, and today I have some more (part three is also now onlline and can be found here). I'm pretty much using the new computer exclusively now, which is a testament to it's usability, since I really liked the Acer I've relied on for the past couple years.

Update - Many people won't ever find it on the ThinkPad site, since it requires st00pid pop-ups, but there's a very good animated 3D demo of the X41T on the web site. And that link doesn't require a pop-up.

X41T A bit of a description of how this thing feels...

Essentially it's an X-series ThinkPad notebook, one that's thin and light. Mine has the 8-cell extended battery, and in the real world it provides about 5 hours worth of juice for off-the-grid computing (no pun intended, old-timers).

The keyboard is predictably great. I am surprised at how quickly I am adjusting to the little rubber eraser-like mouse pointer device. It's not as bad as I'd feared. I still need some time with it, but that has nothing to do with the fact that this is a Tablet PC - all the X-series notebooks are built with that pointer.

The pen/stylus provided with this model lacks an "eraser" end on the blunt end. I am used to having that with my Acer C300-series model, and I keep catching myself turning the stylus around to try to erase something and finding it lacking in that regard. I'll need to try an Acer pen on the ThinkPad tomorrow and see if it behaves well. If it does, someone needs to produce a good after-market stylus that fits in the ThinkPad holder and includes the "eraser" end. I'd buy a couple of 'em.

It's solid, clearly very-well-built, which is exactly what you'd expect from a ThinkPad. The hinge/rotation point appears to be significantly better-made than the one on my Acer tablet (which has a tendency to buckle and break under extended use).

The fingerprint reader and software (again, not tablet-specific, although on the X41 the reader is on the display panel (in the lower right, so you can use it in slate mode to log in or unock the computer - nice!) gets lots of "WOW, COOL!" comments, and it works quite well. So far, in my totally unscientific study, it has only let me unlock the machine - the fingers of others don't work. That's a good thing.

When you convert to slate mode (by rotating the screen panel backwards and folding it down over the keyboard), the whole thing fits in the hand quite well. It's well-balanced and the battery lets me comfortably grip it much like I would a paper notebook - a good physical metaphor. It also makes it easy to keep a very solid grip, which is a great think in the IT department world - Anti-dropping features are always good. And as a bonus, it has the requisite ThinkPad "hard drive air bag" capability that protects the drive and heads from shocks.

The screen has a very wide viewing angle (I think it's like 170 degrees). Once I installed the hey-its-about-time patch for the Tablet PC OS and configured a few tweaks on the machine (typical Windows stuff), it's running like a champ.

X41T-Detail the 1.5GHz Pentium Mobile processor is quick enough, and the machine seems to run a little faster than the Acer overall. We'll see what happens when I install VS.net on it in the next day or two - Oh and that reminds me, it needs a bigger hard drive... I have a gig of RAM in it, and that certainly helps performance. the IBM software that helps control the display and a plethora of other things has improved over the years, and that's good to see. It even let me map the Right-ALT key to act as a Windows key, which is a welcome feature since the IBM keyboards don't have one. Nice tweak.

I was a bit confused when I saw a USB port on the right side, and another one on the left side with some goofy looking, slightly narrower port right below it. After doing some looking around, it appears the extra port is a power port that accompanies the USB 2.0 port. Nifty. Power to the people. There's also a SD card slot, which is how these pictures reached your eyes.

Okay - so... What makes this one better?

Up til now, most Tablet PCs have often been heavy in the "shiny" department - lots of cool looks and nifty flair - but somewhat lacking in the durability and consistency areas. Keep in mind, I haven't used every tablet out there. Motion and others make Tablets that I have no experience with. I have extended experience with the Compaq, Toshiba and Acer models. Of those, the Acer has been my favorite. Until now, that is.

But what I can tell you is that the ThinkPad X41 takes the strong utility value and characteristics of the IBM line, trims it down, and adds Tablet hardware. It's classic IBM (now Lenovo) to watch the market and wait things out to see what works and what doesn't, then take the market by storm.

X41T-DetaiLogol In my book, it's all about ThinkPad keyboard and durability, light-weight construction, lonnnnng battery life, a nice bright/contrasty display (much better than Toshiba's in that area), and excellent placement of controls.

Areas to improve? Better pen (with the eraser end on it), higher-res display (Toshiba may be flat in terms of contrast, but they kick serious ass in the resolution department), more microphones (again a Toshiba win) and find some way to build in a slot-load or slide-out optical drive (not likely in this form factor, I know, but hey I can dream).

By the way, the screened label says "IBM ThinkPad" on it. On the bottom it also says "IBM" with no mention of Lenovo. I assume that will probably change over time.

There's no huge surprises here - and that's what makes this Tablet so great... You get everything you'd expect from a quality, lightweight, compact and durable ThinkPad, and you get well-designed and -built tablet PC components and functionality built into it. And it all works, without the typical third-party software glitches and digitizer electronics frustrations I've had to deal with in the past. It's already fitting like a glove.

In my book, that's a real success.

By the way - just to be clear - in my original post I said I have received this Tablet for "evaluation and testing." This is a purchased computer, one we are checking out for use at work. I just wanted to be sure to explain that no one sent a free one and I am only blogging about it because I think it's pretty nifty and sweet. - gh



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. My switch to the ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC - Review part two http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,d80cf136-bedf-4ffd-8350-393d1f00ec78.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MySwitchToTheThinkPadX41TabletPCReviewPartTwo.aspx Thu, 14 Jul 2005 03:31:55 GMT <p> <em><img height=55 alt=ThinkpadX41Ticon hspace=10 src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/thinkpadX41Ticon.jpg" width=55 align=left vspace=5 border=0>It's been a day and a half now since I started using a ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC. <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MyFirstDayWithANewIBMThinkPadX41TabletPCInitialReview.aspx">Yesterday I posted a few initial thoughts</a>, and today I have some more (part three is also now onlline <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MoreOnMyExperiencesWithTheNewIBMX41TabletPCWrapUp.aspx">and can be found here</a>). I'm pretty much using the new computer exclusively now, which is a testament to it's usability, since I really liked the Acer I've relied on for the past couple years.</em> </p> <p> <em>Update&nbsp;- Many people won't ever find it on the ThinkPad site, since it requires st00pid pop-ups, but there's a very good <a href="http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/thinkpad/3dtours/tablet/demo.html">animated 3D demo of the X41T</a>&nbsp;on the web site. And that&nbsp;link doesn't require a pop-up.</em> </p> <p> <strong><a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/X41T.JPG"><img height=172 alt=X41T hspace=14 src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/X41T_thumb.jpg" width=200 align=right vspace=6 border=0></a>A&nbsp;bit of a description of how this thing feels...</strong> </p> <p> Essentially it's an X-series ThinkPad&nbsp;notebook, one that's thin and light. Mine has the 8-cell extended battery, and in the real world it provides about 5 hours worth of juice for off-the-grid computing (no pun intended, old-timers). </p> <p> The keyboard is predictably <em>great</em>. I am surprised at how quickly I am adjusting to the little rubber eraser-like mouse pointer device. It's not as bad as I'd feared. I still need some time with it, but that has nothing to do with the fact that this is a Tablet PC - all the X-series notebooks are built with that pointer. </p> <p> The pen/stylus provided with this model lacks an "eraser" end on the blunt end. I am used to having that with my Acer C300-series model, and I keep catching myself turning the stylus around to try to erase something and finding it lacking in that regard. I'll need to try an Acer pen on the ThinkPad tomorrow and see if it behaves well. If it does, someone needs to produce a good after-market stylus that fits in the ThinkPad holder and includes the "eraser" end. I'd buy a couple of 'em. </p> <p> <p> <table align=right border=0 cellpadding=6> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "thinkpad x41" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> It's solid, clearly very-well-built, which is exactly what you'd expect from a ThinkPad. The hinge/rotation point appears to be significantly better-made than the one on my Acer tablet (which has a tendency to buckle and break under extended use). </p> <p> The fingerprint reader and software (again, not tablet-specific, although on the X41 the reader is on the display panel (in the lower right, so you can use it in slate mode to log in or unock the computer - nice!)&nbsp;gets lots of "WOW, COOL!" comments, and it works quite well. So far, in my totally unscientific study, it has only let me unlock the machine - the fingers of others don't work. That's a good thing. </p> <p> When you convert to slate mode (by rotating the screen panel backwards and folding it down over the keyboard), the whole thing fits in the hand quite well. It's well-balanced and the battery lets me comfortably grip it much like I would a paper notebook - a good physical metaphor. It also makes it easy to keep a very solid grip, which is a great think in the IT department world - Anti-dropping features are always good. And as a bonus,&nbsp;it has the requisite ThinkPad "hard drive air bag" capability that protects the drive and heads from shocks. </p> <p> The screen has a very wide viewing angle (I think it's like 170 degrees). Once I installed <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HotFixForTabletPCMemoryLeakProblemNowAvailableForDownload.aspx">the hey-its-about-time patch for the Tablet PC OS</a> and configured a few tweaks on the machine (typical Windows stuff), it's running like a champ. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/X41T_2DDetail.JPG"><img height=107 alt=X41T-Detail hspace=14 src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/X41T_2DDetail_thumb.jpg" width=200 align=right vspace=6 border=0></a>the 1.5GHz Pentium Mobile processor is quick enough, and the machine seems to run a little faster than the Acer overall. We'll see what happens when I install VS.net on it in the next day or two - Oh and that reminds me, <em>it needs a bigger hard drive</em>... I have&nbsp;a gig of RAM in it, and that certainly helps performance. the IBM software that helps control the display and a plethora of other things has improved over the years, and that's good to see. It even let me map the Right-ALT key to act as a Windows key, which is a welcome feature since the IBM keyboards don't have one. Nice tweak. </p> <p> I was a bit confused when I saw a USB port on the right side, and another one on the left side with some goofy looking, slightly narrower port right below it. After doing some looking around, it appears the extra port is a power port that accompanies the USB 2.0 port. Nifty. Power to the people. There's also a SD card slot, which is how these pictures reached your eyes. </p> <p> <strong>Okay - so... What makes this one better?</strong> </p> <p> Up til now, most Tablet PCs have often been heavy in the "shiny" department - lots of cool looks and nifty flair -&nbsp;but somewhat lacking in the durability and consistency areas. Keep in mind, I haven't used every tablet out there. Motion and others make Tablets that I have no experience with. I have extended experience with the Compaq, Toshiba and Acer models. Of those, the Acer has been my favorite. Until now, that is. <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/smile1.gif"> </p> <p> But what I can tell you is that the ThinkPad X41 takes the strong utility value and characteristics of the IBM line, trims it down, and adds Tablet hardware. It's classic IBM (now Lenovo) to watch the market and wait things out to see what works and what doesn't, then take the market by storm. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/X41T_2DDetaiLogol.JPG"><img height=209 alt=X41T-DetaiLogol hspace=14 src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/X41T_2DDetaiLogol_thumb.jpg" width=175 align=right vspace=6 border=0></a>In my book, it's all about ThinkPad keyboard and durability, light-weight construction, lonnnnng battery life, a nice bright/contrasty display (much better than Toshiba's in that area), and excellent placement of controls. </p> <p> Areas to improve? Better pen (with the eraser end on it), higher-res display (Toshiba may be flat in terms of contrast, but they <em>kick serious ass</em> in the resolution department), more microphones (again a Toshiba win) and find some way to build in a slot-load or slide-out optical drive (not likely in this form factor,&nbsp;I know, but hey I can dream). </p> <p> By the way, the screened label says "IBM ThinkPad" on it. On the bottom it also says "IBM" with no mention of Lenovo. I assume that will probably change over time. </p> <p> There's no huge surprises here - and that's what makes this Tablet so great... You get everything you'd expect from a quality, lightweight, compact and durable ThinkPad, and you get well-designed and -built tablet PC components and functionality built into it. And it all works, without the typical third-party software glitches and digitizer electronics frustrations I've had to deal with in the past. It's already fitting like a glove. </p> <p> In my book, that's a real success. </p> <p> <em>By the way - just to be clear - in <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MyFirstDayWithANewIBMThinkPadX41TabletPCInitialReview.aspx">my original post</a>&nbsp;I said I have received this Tablet for "evaluation and testing." This is a purchased computer, one we are checking out for use at work. I just wanted to be sure to explain that no one sent a free one and I am only blogging about it because I think it's pretty nifty and sweet. - gh</em> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,d80cf136-bedf-4ffd-8350-393d1f00ec78.aspx Tablet PC Tech
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Update: Part two of this review is here. Part three is here.

Just in time, since my old laptop's hard drive just started making shhhpppppttt-CLACK!!! sounds (sure sign of impending hard drive death and doom), an IBM X41 Tablet PC arrived on my desk this morning for testing and evaluation. I'm doing more and more travelling, so a single-machine solution with killer battery life and compact size is of interest to me nowadays.

Anyhow... So I've spent the last half a day between meetings and conference calls with a new X41T. That and backing up the old machine.

So what's it like? Well, let me just say this: "Finally – a Tablet PC that really makes me really want to have and use a Tablet PC."

Keep in mind, I’ve been using Tablet PCs ever since the TC1000 came out a couple or so years ago. Since then, I have primarily been using an Acer C300-series Tablet. That’s the one with the sick hard drive. A week or so ago I wrote about past experiences and how much I use the Acer machine. I also wrote about my thoughts spawned by an Engadget article that asked "How would you change the Tablet PC?"

While the X41T doesn't have all the things in my wish list, what it does have is quality and well-put-together.

Initial thoughts:

  • This one has the biometric fingerprint reader. Cool, and it actually works.
  • The red eraser/nub/pointing device will take some serious getting used to. Touchpad would be better.
  • /me likes the keyboard - ThinkPad keyboards rock.
  • Nice display, wide viewing angle, matte finish reduces glare nicely but doesn't sacrifice contrast. Needs to be higher than 1024x768 resolution, but I'll live.
  • It's really light and really sturdy. Even with the extended battery I have on it. In fact the 8-cell battery makes it easy to handle when walking around with it, due to the ergonomic shape (OMG did really I just type "ergonomic???" Aaagh!)
  • Seems to be speedy and snappy in terms of processing and computing power. I have a gig of RAM in this one.
  • The hard drive is this goofy new short/stubby model, not something you can easily replace with another available standard notebook hard drive.
  • Overall, impressive!

I'll have to live and work with this thing for a while, and then document some more thoughts. For now, the honeymoon has started and so far it's a lot of fun. But don't read anything into that.

More to come...



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. My first day with a new IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC - Initial Review http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,a9dcb6cf-20a7-4453-b017-c6062ea0aecc.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MyFirstDayWithANewIBMThinkPadX41TabletPCInitialReview.aspx Wed, 13 Jul 2005 00:29:41 GMT <p> <em><strong>Update:</strong> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MySwitchToTheThinkPadX41TabletPCReviewPartTwo.aspx">Part two of this review is here</a>. <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MoreOnMyExperiencesWithTheNewIBMX41TabletPCWrapUp.aspx">Part three is here</a>.</em> </p> <p> <p> <table align=right border=0 cellpadding=6> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "thinkpad x41" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Just in time, since my old laptop's hard drive just started making <em>shhhpppppttt-CLACK!!!</em> sounds (sure sign of impending hard drive death and doom), an IBM X41 Tablet PC arrived on my desk this morning for testing and evaluation. I'm doing more and more travelling, so a single-machine solution with killer battery life and compact size is of interest to me nowadays. </p> <p> Anyhow... So I've spent the last half a day between meetings and conference calls with a new X41T. That and backing up the old machine. </p> <p> So what's it like? Well, let me just say this: "Finally – a Tablet PC that really makes me <em>really</em> want to have and use a Tablet PC." <img src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/smile1.gif"> </p> <p> Keep in mind, I’ve been using Tablet PCs ever since the TC1000 came out a couple or&nbsp;so&nbsp;years ago. Since then, I have primarily been using an Acer C300-series Tablet. That’s the one with the sick hard drive. A week or so ago <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HowWouldYouChangeTheTabletPC.aspx">I wrote about past experiences</a> and how much I use the Acer machine. I also wrote about my thoughts spawned by&nbsp;an Engadget article that asked "How would you change the Tablet PC?" </p> <p> While the X41T doesn't have all the things in my wish list, what it does have is quality and well-put-together. </p> <p> Initial thoughts: </p> <ul> <li> This one has the biometric fingerprint reader. Cool, and it actually works. <li> The red eraser/nub/pointing device will take some serious getting used to. Touchpad would be better. <li> /me likes the keyboard - ThinkPad keyboards rock. <li> Nice display, wide viewing angle, matte finish reduces glare nicely but doesn't sacrifice contrast. Needs to be higher than 1024x768 resolution, but I'll live. <li> It's really light and really sturdy. Even with the extended battery I have on it. In fact the 8-cell battery makes it easy to handle when walking around with it, due to the ergonomic shape (OMG did really I just type "ergonomic???" Aaagh!) <li> Seems to be speedy and snappy in terms of processing and computing power. I have a gig of RAM in this one. <li> The hard drive is this goofy new short/stubby model, not something you can easily replace with another available standard notebook hard drive. <li> Overall, impressive!</li> </ul> <p> I'll have to live and work with this thing for a while, and then document some more thoughts. For now, the honeymoon has started and so far it's a lot of fun. But don't read anything into that. </p> <p> More to come... </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,a9dcb6cf-20a7-4453-b017-c6062ea0aecc.aspx Geek Out Tablet PC Tech
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Microsoft has officially released a hot-fix for Windows XP Tablet PC edition that fixes the memory leak people have been complaining about for ages:

"A memory leak in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 causes a gradual decrease in available system memory. This loss in available memory causes degradation in system performance. When this behavior occurs, the user must restart the computer. This problem is caused by a memory leak in the tcserver.exe service."

You can download it here. More information about the issue can be found here.



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I've been using MS Tablet PC powered computers since Compaq came out with the TC1000 a couple/few years ago. After that I switched to the Acer C300-series devices. I've had a couple of the Acers, because they don't wear quite as well as one would have hoped. Thank goodness they have a reasonable RMA/repair policy. As it turns out, the Acer has pretty much everything I need and want: A big, bright, contrasty display; built in DVD burner; touchpad and decent keyboard. What it lacks is frustrating, though: Durability of the pivot hinge with significant use is bad; the case's surface finish wears off; battery life is fair; screen resolution is typically marginal (it's the standard 1024x768). I use the Acer as a laptop more than I do in tablet mode. but when I want tablet mode it's there for me in a matter of a couple of seconds. Oh, and the Acer's a bit heavy. There have been others. I carried around a Toshiba M200 for a while. I didn't like it. The display was flat and dim, and performance was mediocre. No built in optical or removable drive. It just didn't work for me.

Anyhow, yesterday over at Engadget they asked "How would you change the Tablet PC?" There are pushing 100 comment responses as of the time of this post, and while some of the answers are not that helpful, some of them are quite interesting. Check it out over there.

What do I think needs to be in every Tablet PC? Here's my own quick list:

  • Greater than 1024x768 resolution (I can change font and icon sizes if I need to)
  • Display must be bright and contrasty (I like the Acer and Sony bright displays for this)
  • Included high-end docking station
  • Optical burner drive built in (DVD+RW, dual layer even better, make it so I can replace it in a year when the "standards" change)
  • OneNote included (like Toshiba does)
  • Extra pen built in (like Toshiba does)
  • Use a power source readily available on the market so I can plug it into my generic Car/AC/Airplane power adapter
  • Up to 2GB RAM (or more would be fine)
  • Touchpad (I really don't like the red rubber eraser nub thing)
  • Microphones everywhere, high gain, noise canceling
  • Built in camera on the top edge that can rotate/flip to point at the user or away (like Sony's portables) - at least a couple megapixels with a glass lens
  • Biometrics - a fingerprint reader that works

That's for today. What do I want to see in the future?

  • One button, two-second power-on-to-available capability
  • Roll-up computer
  • Gesture tough control support
  • Whatever input recognition they choose, it sure as heck better not be T9...
  • Brain input must not require use of the Microsoft ImplantTM (nor the Apple ImplantTM for that matter)
  • Media center, personal media center, tablet, etc all in every device: Desktops, notebooks, handhelds, etc.


greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. How would you change the Tablet PC? http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,58cde31a-b0a9-48ca-93be-52b71b6b9a3d.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/HowWouldYouChangeTheTabletPC.aspx Sat, 02 Jul 2005 16:33:12 GMT <p> I've been using MS Tablet PC&nbsp;powered computers&nbsp;since Compaq came out with the TC1000 a couple/few years ago. After that I switched to the Acer C300-series devices. I've had a couple of the Acers, because they don't wear quite as well as one would have hoped. Thank goodness they have a reasonable RMA/repair policy. As it turns out, the Acer has pretty much everything I need and want: A big, bright, contrasty display; built in DVD burner; touchpad and decent keyboard. What it lacks is frustrating, though: Durability of the pivot&nbsp;hinge with significant use&nbsp;is bad; the case's surface finish wears off; battery life is fair;&nbsp;screen resolution&nbsp;is typically marginal (it's the standard 1024x768). I use the Acer as a laptop more than I do in tablet mode. but when I want tablet mode it's there for me in a matter of a couple of seconds. Oh, and the Acer's a bit heavy. There have been others. I&nbsp;carried around a Toshiba M200 for a while. I didn't like it. The display was flat and dim, and performance was mediocre. No built in optical or removable drive. It just didn't work for me. </p> <p> Anyhow, yesterday over at Engadget they asked <a href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000807049064/"><strong>"How would you change the Tablet PC?"</strong></a> There are pushing 100 comment responses as of the time of this post, and while some of the answers are not that helpful, some of them are quite interesting. <a href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000807049064/">Check it out over there</a>. </p> <p> What do I think needs to be in every Tablet PC? Here's my own quick list: </p> <ul> <li> Greater than 1024x768 resolution (I can change font and icon sizes if I need to)</li> <li> Display must be bright and contrasty (I like the Acer and Sony bright displays for this)</li> <li> Included high-end docking station</li> <li> Optical burner drive built in (DVD+RW, dual layer even better, make it so I can replace it in a year when the "standards" change)</li> <li> OneNote included (like Toshiba does)</li> <li> Extra pen built in (like Toshiba does)</li> <li> Use a power source readily available on the market so I can plug it into my generic Car/AC/Airplane power adapter</li> <li> Up to 2GB RAM (or more would be fine)</li> <li> Touchpad (I really don't like the red rubber eraser nub thing)</li> <li> Microphones everywhere, high gain, noise canceling</li> <li> Built in camera on the top edge that can rotate/flip to point at the user or away (like Sony's portables)&nbsp;- at least a couple megapixels with a glass lens</li> <li> Biometrics - a fingerprint reader that works</li> </ul> <p> That's for today. What do I want to see in the future? </p> <ul> <li> One button, two-second power-on-to-available capability</li> <li> Roll-up computer</li> <li> Gesture tough control support</li> <li> Whatever input recognition&nbsp;they choose, it sure as heck better not be T9...</li> <li> Brain input must <em>not</em> require&nbsp;use of the Microsoft Implant<sup><font size="1">TM</font></sup>&nbsp;(nor the&nbsp;Apple Implant<sup><font size="1">TM</font></sup> for that matter)</li> <li> Media center, personal media center, tablet, etc all in every device: Desktops, notebooks, handhelds, etc.</li> </ul> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,58cde31a-b0a9-48ca-93be-52b71b6b9a3d.aspx Tablet PC Tech
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I was super busy all day yesterday, so I didn't get to update about the Tablet PC stuff that was announced by IBM. The news is everywhere, so I am just providing a few detail items that matter...

First of all - A link to the IBM/Lenovo PC Institute's webcast from Monday (which is available til the end of June). They spend a lot of time talking up TabletPC's in general (Tablet PC's for beginners), discuss what they saw in the Tablet PC market that people really wanted, and show off their new X41 model.

Too bad it's 1024x768 though. That's going to have to change at some point. But I can live with that, my Acer Tablet that I've been using for some time now is 1024x768... I like the resolution of the Toshiba (yes I have used that one as well), but not the screen image quality. We can still dream.

And finally, here are the two models that were given actual online catalog prices and remain listed on the IBM/Lenovo SKU list that I mentioned last week. And hey, what happened to the others that were on there, and where's the $1899 model everyone's quoting press releases on?

X41 TABLET PENT M LV 758 (1.5) 12 WAXGA 256 40GB BG XPT 8C
LENOVO 18662GU
$2,199.00
 
X41 TABLET PENT M LV 758 (1.5) 12 WAXGA 512 40GB BG XPT 8C
LENOVO 18666GU
$2,399.00



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Thinkpad Tablets announced http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,a4b63f9d-3ec9-4b0d-b92f-a8ca95a557d0.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/ThinkpadTabletsAnnounced.aspx Tue, 07 Jun 2005 13:39:36 GMT <p> I was super busy all day yesterday, so I didn't get to update about the Tablet PC stuff that was announced by IBM. The news is everywhere, so I am just providing a few detail items that matter... </p> <p> <p> <table align=right border=0 cellpadding=6> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "thinkpad x41" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> First of all - A link to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pc.ibm.com/training/tablet-landing-page.html">IBM/Lenovo PC Institute's webcast</a>&nbsp;from Monday&nbsp;(which is available til the end of June). They spend a lot of time talking up TabletPC's in general (Tablet PC's for beginners),&nbsp;discuss&nbsp;what they saw in the Tablet PC&nbsp;market that&nbsp;people really wanted,&nbsp;and show off their new X41 model. </p> <p> <em>Too bad it's 1024x768 though. That's going to have to change at some point. But I can live with that, my Acer Tablet that I've been using for some time now is 1024x768...&nbsp;I like the resolution of the Toshiba (yes I have used that one as well), but not the screen image quality. We can still dream.</em> </p> <p> And finally, here are the two models that were given actual online catalog prices and remain listed on the IBM/Lenovo SKU list that I <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/FinallyThinkPadTabletPCsAreOnTheWay.aspx">mentioned</a> last week. And hey, what happened to the others that were on there, and where's the $1899 model everyone's quoting press releases on? </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> X41 TABLET PENT M LV 758 (1.5) 12 WAXGA 256 40GB BG XPT 8C<br> LENOVO 18662GU <br> $2,199.00<br> &nbsp; <br> X41 TABLET PENT M LV 758 (1.5) 12 WAXGA 512 40GB BG XPT 8C<br> LENOVO 18666GU <br> $2,399.00 </p> </blockquote> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,a4b63f9d-3ec9-4b0d-b92f-a8ca95a557d0.aspx Tablet PC Tech
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It became obvious last week that the IBM Tablet PC was most definitely real. Now it appears IBM/Lenovo will hold a webcast to introduce their X41 Tablet PC to the world, probably on Monday (possibly Tuesday since the URL includes 07June in the address?).

Lenovo/PC Institute: Complimentary Tablet Webcast
06 Jun
IBM Business Partners
Customers

Description: Be sure to tell your Business Partners and customers about this complimentary Webcast on the one-of-a-kind features of the new ThinkPad X41 Tablet!

This Webcast will feature:

  • A demonstration of ThinkPad X41 Tablet
  • The new Lenovo CEO and VP of Marketing explaining Tablet's importance in the marketplace
  • Microsoft, Dendrite and Siebel discussing Tablet OS and ISV strategy
  • Customers, including MIT and Harvard Medical School, as well as IBM’s Healthcare and Life Sciences GM, discussing Tablet's use in the public sector

Replay available through June 30, 2005.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. IBM's Tablet PC announcement and webcast on Monday http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,052730f5-478c-4142-a8b8-135b6fcb1e21.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/IBMsTabletPCAnnouncementAndWebcastOnMonday.aspx Sun, 05 Jun 2005 21:23:47 GMT <p> <p> <table align=right border=0 cellpadding=6> <tbody> <tr> <td> <script type=text/javascript><!-- ch_client = "greghughes"; ch_width = 180; ch_height = 150; ch_color_border = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_bg = "#FFFFFF"; ch_color_title = "#3300CC"; ch_color_text = "#333333"; ch_non_contextual = 1; var ch_queries = new Array( "thinkpad x41" ); var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length)); ch_query = ch_queries[ch_selected]; //--></script> <script src="http://scripts.chitika.net/eminimalls/mm.js" type=text/javascript> </script> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> It <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/rant/FinallyThinkPadTabletPCsAreOnTheWay.aspx">became obvious last week that the IBM Tablet PC was most definitely real</a>. Now it appears IBM/Lenovo will <a href="http://www-1.ibm.com/partnerworld/pwhome.nsf/news/eac_webcast_bizhw07jun.html">hold a webcast</a> to introduce their X41 Tablet PC to the world, probably&nbsp;on Monday (possibly Tuesday since the URL includes 07June in the address?). </p> <blockquote dir=ltr style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <!--StartFragment --><b><font face=Arial size=2>Lenovo/PC Institute: <a href="http://www-1.ibm.com/partnerworld/pwhome.nsf/news/eac_webcast_bizhw07jun.html">Complimentary Tablet Webcast</a> <br> </font></b><font face=Arial size=2>06 Jun</font> <br> <font face=Arial size=2>IBM Business Partners</font> <br> <font face=Arial size=2>Customers</font> </p> <p> <b><font face=Arial size=2>Description:</font></b><font face=Arial size=2> </font><font face=Arial size=2>Be sure to tell your Business Partners and customers about this complimentary Webcast on the one-of-a-kind features of the new ThinkPad X41 Tablet!</font> <br> <br> <font face=Arial size=2>This Webcast will feature:</font> </p> <ul> <li type=disc> <font face=Arial size=2>A demonstration of ThinkPad X41 Tablet</font> <li type=disc> <font face=Arial size=2>The new Lenovo CEO and VP of Marketing explaining Tablet's importance in the marketplace</font> <li type=disc> <font face=Arial size=2>Microsoft, Dendrite and Siebel discussing Tablet OS and ISV strategy</font> <li type=disc> <font face=Arial size=2>Customers, including MIT and Harvard Medical School, as well as IBM’s Healthcare and Life Sciences GM, discussing Tablet's use in the public sector</font> </li> </ul> <p> <a href="http://www.pc.ibm.com/training/tablet-landing-page.html">Replay available</a><font face=Arial size=2> through June 30, 2005.</font> </p> </blockquote> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,052730f5-478c-4142-a8b8-135b6fcb1e21.aspx Tablet PC Tech
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Yes, sometimes the "switch" model runs the other way. Not quite (yet) in this case, buy hey, let's see what happens. Eric Rice, podcaster extraordinaire and self-described Mac guy, says he's using OneNote with a little Wacom tablet digitizer and a Windows notebook for now, but you can tell he's thinking:

"And as a result of all this OneNote mayhem, I'm now paying attention to people like Chris_Pratley , as well as the Tablet PC sites.

"This is all very weird for me. Updates as time passes."

Well Eric, you're paying attention to the right person, and as a Tablet PC guy and OneNote addict for a couple of years now, I can tell you the tools are great - one just has to try them to find out.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. Mac guy Eric Rice bought OneNote and is thinking about Windows-based Tablet PC's http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,c1384b43-2c87-4be8-8da2-650f8afcca07.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/MacGuyEricRiceBoughtOneNoteAndIsThinkingAboutWindowsbasedTabletPCs.aspx Mon, 30 May 2005 04:06:56 GMT <p> Yes, sometimes the "switch" model runs the other way. Not quite (yet) in this case, buy hey,&nbsp;let's see what happens. Eric Rice, podcaster extraordinaire and self-described&nbsp;Mac guy, <a href="http://blog.ericrice.com/blog/_archives/2005/5/29/895153.html">says he's using OneNote</a> with a little Wacom tablet digitizer&nbsp;and a Windows notebook for now, but you can <a href="http://blog.ericrice.com/blog/_archives/2005/5/29/895153.html">tell he's thinking</a>: </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <em>"And as a result of all this OneNote mayhem, I'm now paying attention to people like </em><a title="chris_pratley's onenote weblog : " href="http://blogs.msdn.com/chris_pratley/default.aspx"><em>Chris_Pratley</em></a><em>, as well as the Tablet PC sites. <br /> <br /> "This is all very weird for me. Updates as time passes."</em> </p> </blockquote> <p> Well Eric, you're paying attention to the right person, and as a Tablet PC&nbsp;guy and OneNote addict for a couple of years now, I can tell you the tools are great - one just has to try them to find out. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,c1384b43-2c87-4be8-8da2-650f8afcca07.aspx OneNote Tablet PC Tech
http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=a2145f37-afe5-4866-b050-22075a61002c http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,a2145f37-afe5-4866-b050-22075a61002c.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,a2145f37-afe5-4866-b050-22075a61002c.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=a2145f37-afe5-4866-b050-22075a61002c OneNote and Tablet PCs in the Indy 500 pits http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,a2145f37-afe5-4866-b050-22075a61002c.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/OneNoteAndTabletPCsInTheIndy500Pits.aspx Sat, 21 May 2005 17:28:10 GMT <p> <a href="http://www.greghughes.net/images/indy_tablet.jpg"><img height="150" alt="Indy_tablet" hspace="12" src="http://www.greghughes.net/images/indy_tablet_thumb1.jpg" width="200" align="right" vspace="5" border="1" /></a><a href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000620044142/">Engadget has a great little article</a> about an Indy 500 racing team's use of OneNote on Tablet PCs in the race pits and planning stages. It's pretty cool what they're doing with technology in auto racing these days. <a href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000620044142/">Go check it out</a>. </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"> <p> <em>"... Robertson said they are now recording a driver&rsquo;s spoken comments about how the car is handling as a Windows Media Audio file and can do a voice overlay within a OneNote document along with a track diagram to show where the car went fast or slow. Such OneNote documents can be instant messaged to engineers back at the garages and stored for future use ...<br /> <br /> ... He said OneNote is useful in creating reports and presentations that combine computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, data from the on-board data logging systems, and engineering notes with information gathered from various sources, such as photos of necessary parts from catalogues, on the Internet."</em> </p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"> <em>[</em><a href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000620044142/"><em>Read the story at Engadget</em></a><em>]</em> </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,a2145f37-afe5-4866-b050-22075a61002c.aspx Office 2003 OneNote Tablet PC Tech http://www.greghughes.net/rant/Trackback.aspx?guid=1066e1c9-85d5-408f-a825-4843bd60668f http://www.greghughes.net/rant/pingback.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,1066e1c9-85d5-408f-a825-4843bd60668f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,1066e1c9-85d5-408f-a825-4843bd60668f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/SyndicationService.asmx/GetEntryCommentsRss?guid=1066e1c9-85d5-408f-a825-4843bd60668f

Several Tablet PC hardware announcements/leaks/what-have-you in the past couple of days:

I'm still using an Acer C300-series. Still works, but I am holing out for the IBM to see what it looks like, since I am awfully impressed with their T-Series laptops.



greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a Creative Commons License. New and future Tablet PCs http://www.greghughes.net/rant/PermaLink,guid,1066e1c9-85d5-408f-a825-4843bd60668f.aspx http://www.greghughes.net/rant/NewAndFutureTabletPCs.aspx Tue, 26 Apr 2005 14:56:03 GMT <p> Several Tablet PC hardware announcements/leaks/what-have-you in the past couple of days: </p> <ul> <li> Some pictures are out of what looks like a tablet from IBM (long rumored and IBM has told me when I speak to them that it's coming, just not commitments):<br /> <a href="http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2005/04/fcc_pics_of_the.html">http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2005/04/fcc_pics_of_the.html</a> <br /> </li> <li> Hot new Toshiba M4 Tablet PC - looks very nice (but heavy): <br /> <a href="http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cmod.to?coid=-29325&amp;ccid=1291041&amp;rcid=-26367&amp;seg=SMB">http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cmod.to?coid=-29325&amp;ccid=1291041&amp;rcid=-26367&amp;seg=SMB</a> <br /> </li> <li> Funky low-power, long-battery Electrovaya Tablet PC (interesting one, but not a power notebook replacement): <br /> <a href="http://www.electrovaya.com/product/sc2200WXA1.1.html">http://www.electrovaya.com/product/sc2200WXA1.1.html</a> <br /> </li> <li> Another Toshiba, the R15 Tablet PC: <br /> <a href="http://www.tabletpcreviewspot.com/default.asp?newsID=229">http://www.tabletpcreviewspot.com/default.asp?newsID=229</a> </li> </ul> <p> I'm still using an Acer C300-series. Still works, but I am holing out for the IBM to see what it looks like, since I am awfully impressed with their T-Series laptops. </p> <br /> <hr /> <font size="1">greghughes.net weblog - copyright 2009 - licensed under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">Creative Commons License</a>.</font> http://www.greghughes.net/rant/CommentView,guid,1066e1c9-85d5-408f-a825-4843bd60668f.aspx Tablet PC Tech