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    Niche products? Here's an example maybe...

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    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...
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    New Tablet...

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    Well not exactly new, but new to me… This afternoon I was helping the Tablet User Research team clean out a storeroom where they’ve been keeping their equipment that was for studies. Interestingly enough there are all kinds of interesting...
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    There's a party going on...

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    There's a party going on right now. It's been a while in coming, but the momentum is finally building..... The 1,000,000th Tablet PC was sold during February! Who bought the lucky unit? Was it some executive from a Fortune 500 company buying the latest...
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    Take two Tablets and call me in the morning

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    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...
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    New location same old content more or less :-)

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    If you haven't noticed by now, the blog moved slightly. I'd say a little to the right but the politico season is long over and there isn't much we can do about it. In case you're reading this through an aggregator, you might want to update the feed location...
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    Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated – so say the TabletPC

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    I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of hearing about how the tablet pc is dead, the latest was this piece from Engadget . I know that many of the Tablet regulars ( Peter , Lora , etc…) have had plenty of posts indicating that...
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    Multiple PCs in the Household

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    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how people use multiple PCs in their household, why bother to get multiple PCs and what unique issues arise about having these multiple PCs. The funny thing here is that most of the people I can easily turn...
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    A really small computer

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    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...
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    Getting machines up to par

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    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...
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    Tablet Field Trials

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    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...
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    CES and small computers...

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    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...
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    Tablet Evangelist?

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    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...
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    New iMac is out...

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    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...
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    Field Trials -- Part 3

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    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...
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    More on a small computer...

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    Lora and I exchanged some lengthy emails last night on this subject. Here's the one that kicked it off, basically indicating that my pricing structure was definitely off. While I later concede some of her points, there are some other factors involved...
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    CES and Vegas

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    So for the first time I actually get to go to Vegas for CES. Guess now that Comdex is dead, have to go for the major show. But speaking of shows, Vegas has a lot of them and I know nothing about the ins and outs of getting tickets for these shows. The...
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    Newton fans everywhere....

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    Okay so I have to admit that the Newton was pretty cool in its day. Even though it massacred my handwriting and had all those cutesy sounds that just drove me notes, but were so helpful in making sure that it understood what you wanted, the product was...
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    Now onto something completely different

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    Many people have bugged me that I haven't posted in awhile. That isn't because I don't have anything interesting to say :-). Mainly I've been working lately on a project that is a bit of a skunkworks even for Microsoft. It's rare that a very small group...
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    $2000 Lunch Tray

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    Someone once asked about odd usage of the tablet… During a meeting last week, I happened to snap a picture from my phone of a tablet being used as a lunch tray. Around Microsoft it happens all the time. Great alternative use of a tablet. Hmm...
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    Methodology & Observation

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    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...
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    Conference for Tablet users?

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    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...
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    Tablets on Display...

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    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...
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    Tablet writing programs for kids?

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    On an entirely different topic… my eldest daughter is entering in Kindergarten this year and while she’s definitely ready for it from a social perspective, she really doesn’t have a good grasp on writing letter forms. In looking at...
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    Having a second or third or fourth computer...

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    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...
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    Playing with MSN Spaces

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    So I've set up a purely personal blog on MSN. The picture management capability is interesting as it's a lot easier than having my own website (which I haven't updated in eons). I'm thinking that maybe I'll give up my vanity domain and just simply use...
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