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  • Blog Post: Methodology & Observation

    I haven't talked about methodology in a long time (at least not on here). I was recently in a conversation with someone about doing some research using a remote screen capture tool on a PC. The person (who shall remain nameless -- but you know who you are!) basically recruited participants to try out...
  • Blog Post: CES and small computers...

    While my OQO still hasn't arrived, I was able to borrow one from someone on the team who isn't really using his and thus I wanted to give the device a workout during an event that was in theory designed for the device. Well let's just say I had some technical difficulties with the machine which I'm working...
  • Blog Post: A really small computer

    Over the last week, I've been playing with a development board from a chip manufacturer that is a relatively dated product in that it really isn't all that fast, doesn't use any cutting edge technology, but runs Windows XP at an acceptable level. Sure I'm not going to be going to play any games on this...
  • Blog Post: OQO not on it's way :-(

    Well appears that the OQO that I had ordered, wasn't really ordered, so I'm not going to get a Hannukah present this year, maybe in time for New Years or perhaps in time to take it for a test run at CES. Having had a few minutes to look at the one that one of my co-workers is using (and is frustrated...
  • Blog Post: Having a second or third or fourth computer...

    I know almost everyone out there who will read this blog has more than 1 computer at their disposal already, so what I really want to know is if you were to give an additional computer to your brother, sister, mom, dad, great aunt Sally, or whomever who only has a single PC today, what would you want...
  • Blog Post: OQO on it's way?

    So in my quest to have time on every small form factor machine out there and to figure out what the real end value is behind these devices, I did order an OQO. Appears it's somewhat backordered, as they got more orders than they expected -- which is either good news for them or that they produced a very...
  • Blog Post: Tablets on Display...

    In my previous post , Chris asks why not put this one of a kind Compaq prototype in the display case of all the tablets that is in the building where the tablet team is located. I'll see if I can find a picture of that display case that I can link off to since I can't easily post images here, but it...
  • Blog Post: New iMac is out...

    Drum roll please.... So the web is abuzz with the new iMac and the latest creation about how it's so thin and just a simple machine. For all of those betting it would be a tablet or at least include a digitizer, you know who you are; I'll take cash, check and credit cards! Of course it doesn't what did...
  • Blog Post: Niche products? Here's an example maybe...

    I was planning on blogging about niche products and how you need to do research to help understand the product in order to determine if it’s worthwhile mainstreaming. But the truth is, I never got up the energy to follow through with my thoughts and wrote four or five drafts of something that I...
  • Blog Post: Getting machines up to par

    I promised I was going to write about moving a product from niche to mainstream, but the experience at my in-laws was just an interesting (frustrating?) enough that I had to blog about it. My in-laws live under some odd budgetary constraints. They definitely do not have a lot of disposable income...
  • Blog Post: Enough is enough or the world isn't enough?

    Or maybe it's eight is enough or 58 billion is enough? :-) In a recent thread which was really aimed at one or two particular people out there, but I figured I'd make the conversation public and put it out for all to read :-) I suggested that rather than complaining about what some (okay maybe...
  • Blog Post: Tablet Evangelist?

    I think some people out there assume that I'm a Tablet Evangelist for Microsoft. After all, I was one of the founding members of the Tablet team, I've written about the Field Trials, I've given some insight into the tablet, and my name starts and is completely contained in the word evangelist. But all...
  • Blog Post: Field Trials Part 3.1

    No this isn't a Windows versioning scheme :-) Rather I'm using this opportunity to answer some questions: Lora writes: Did they go back and field test the revised Journal? Yes. Next Question. How much did the concurrent changes in the industry impact the design? Did the elapsed time between...
  • Blog Post: Field Trials -- Part 3

    Car ride home Charlton Lui was the development manager for the Tablet PC at the time that we did the major field trials. Charlton is a great guy full of a lot of energy and a way of rallying the troops to get things done. It’s probably his really bad sense of humor that he trots out in all situations...
  • Blog Post: Tablet Field Trials

    I’ve hinted around at what we called the Field Trials in Tablet before and I know that Chris Pratley talked about Field Trials in his work with One Note, but unless you happen to read the HCI (Human Computer Interaction) literature, you might not know what it was that the tablet team did and why...
  • Blog Post: Take two Tablets and call me in the morning

    I was trying to resist the urge to blog on this, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Peter started out a couple of days ago on a great rant (well maybe a heart felt confession?) about Tablets and how he’s no longer in love with them. I say “great” because it was from the heart...
  • Blog Post: Whole bunch of Tablet Links

    http://www.alwayson-network.com/comments.php?id=4636_0_9_0_C http://weblogs.jupiterresearch.com/analysts/gartenberg/archives/003207.html http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/garfinkel0704.asp?trk=top http://www.leaveitbehind.com/home/2004/06/scobles_questio.html http://www.tabletpcbuzz...
  • Blog Post: Geeks bearing gifts...

    Sometimes you should just say “no” to a geek bearing a gift. I mentioned in a previous post that my main, one and only computer right now is that little tiny JVC. Well it just so happens that the reason I have the JVC is because as part of my previous job with the Tablet team, I spent the...
  • Blog Post: Rex 6000 was my friend...

    Thinking of small form factor devices, I wanted to mention that at one point in time I was a heavy Rex 6000 user. To me this was a great extension of first my laptop and then my first tablet. It would sit in my PC Card slot and whenever I went away to a location where taking my laptop or tablet wasn...
  • Blog Post: Do you know how users use your product?

    On Friday I was taking part of a day long series of talks on engineering excellence. While listening to a talk on getting user feedback in the engineering process, I had some thought about the work that I’ve done in the past and something that most product teams don’t really know. A lot of...
  • Blog Post: Very small form factor PCs

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about these very small form factor PCs. Things like the Sony U70 (available for purchase at Dynamism – can I get a cut?) or others like the OQO (there was a C|Net video on them a few weeks ago) and the Vulcan Flipstart are this whole new breed of devices that...
  • Blog Post: NewsGator, IntraVnews more blogging tools, more frustrations

    On the advice of everyone out there I installed www.newsgator.com to use for posting and reading my news even though I had been using www.intravnews.com . Well now I’m in a quandary since many of the news sites that I read only appear to post the top line of the story and in newsgator that’s...
  • Blog Post: Need blogging help...

    So now that I've written some epic, well maybe not epic posts, I really need the following: Tool for publishing to this site via Outlook or other simple offline tool. Understanding what Trackback is, how it works and how to use it. Googling on these type of things just ends up with a jumble...
  • Blog Post: Life to the Tablet Part II

    In the comments on my post about the non-death of the tablet, Christopher Coulter writes: But the only focus is large enterprise workers who are in "meeting to meeting" mode? The so called, (but badly named) Corridor Warriors? But why narrow it to only "large enterprise info-workers", as Pen Computing...
  • Blog Post: Conference for Tablet users?

    First Loren wants a Tablet only conference and then Peter shoots it down since it would really be a Notebook conference. I actually like the idea of a Tablet conference, but think that there wouldn't necessarily ever be a dedicated conference for Tablets in general -- but believe me I have no inside...
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