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Mobile with a Tablet PC
Posted on 26-Nov-2004 10:01 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Blog


Mobile with a Tablet PC
I'm now using a tablet PC. No, it's not replacing my desktop, but it's a great helper. I use my desktop to edit articles on Geekzone, plus development and testing of system changes in our code before release. I currently have plenty of RAM on this desktop, including around 370GB HDD. I run a couple of virtual machines using Virtual PC, including a Windows Server 2003 and a review copy of Windows Longhorn.

But I wanted a laptop so I could keep writing things even while away from my desktop. Yes, I could use a Pocket PC, but the small screen size (unless of course using the new HP iPAQ hx4700 with its VGA resolution), was limiting for my needs.

While in Redmond attending the Microsoft Expert Zone Featured Community Summit I was formally introduced to the tablet PC. I've seen a few around here, and a couple of friends use them. But I never thought of actually buying one. During the summit I met Spencer (tabletpcbuzz.com) and Terri (thetabletpc.net). They know a lot about this, and like myself they are both Microsoft MVP, but while I am involved with Windows Mobile devices they are with Windows Tablet PC. And after seeing them working on their tablet PCs I decided that I wanted one.

In addition to all information Terri (thanks!) provided me, we also had special session during the Summit showing some of the Tablet PC capabilities. That was it.

Now I have a Toshiba Portege M200 S810, running Windows XP Tablet PC 2005, with built-in Wi-Fi based on Intel Centrino, 1.5GHz, 512MB RAM (now running with 1GB), 60GB HDD. The screen is sharp and crisp: 12.1" XVGA+ Display (1400x1050 Resolution). It also comes bundled with Microsoft OneNote, and I have also installed Microsoft Office 2003 as soon as I had it home. And it's not only a tablet PC, but it's convertible, so it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard that is hidden under the screen when used as a tablet. Very nice. Of course I had lots of questions, but visiting both thetablepc.net and tabletpcbuzz.com helped a lot. And the first program I bought for my new hardware was 69025 ritepen which allows me to write anywhere on the screen.

Two neat things on this Tablet PC are the SD card slot (great for use with digital cameras and copying large files to my Pocket PC) and a tilt control - yes I can start programs or move the cursor by tilting the Tablet PC...



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