TabBlogger

The chronicles of a test engineer on one of the coolest projects remaining in mainstream computing - the Tablet PC!

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    Goodbye, farewell, and thanks for supporting Tablet!

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    Well, it's about time for me to blog again. My privileges were suspended following that last posting here caused a small ruckus. You may have seen my name/posting referenced on ZDnet, Engadget, Cnet, Fake Steve Jobs, Seattle PI, among others. This posting...
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    Dell Latitude XT Tablet on the website!

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    Unfortunately, not yet available for order that I can tell. http://www.dell.com/tablet?s=biz&cs=555 Also, I want to apologize to the Tablet fans out there for not posting for so long. Reorgs, moving buildings, and Windows 7 work have all conspired...
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    Lenovo X-series batteries failing (and what to do about it)

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    I had to have my battery replaced after a mere 30-something cycles. While I was whining about it to my Lenovo rep, my office-neighbor called out that she too, had suffered from a battery issue exactly like mine. After getting our batteries replaced...
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    MVP chat June 21, 2007

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    Hi all, Windows Experience is hosting their regular monthly MVP chat Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 10am Pacific. "The audience for this chat will be mostly our worldwide Windows Shell MVPs, but a few others such as Tablet, Printing and IE may show up as...
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    Dell Tablet announced??

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    Could it be? The last major OEM still not producing a Tablet PC might be ready to join the fold. Doesn't sound too interesting, from what little detail is in the article. http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/hardware/0,39042972,62014041,00.htm "We wanted to...
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    Thanks MIXers! Thanks MEDCers!

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    I had a great time meeting you and talking with you about UMPCs, Tablet PCs and Windows Vista. I have received valuable feedback from you regarding form factors, "must-have" components and usability, which I will be passing back up to our Business Development...
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    Lenovo x60T Radio Control

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    For a while now, I have wondered how to turn off the WWAN and Bluetooth radios in my x60. Thanks to a program manager who finally asked the question, and to the Lenovo System Engineer who answered, I now know the secret. And I'm sharing with you. If your...
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    MIX and MEDC in less than two weeks!

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    I'm scheduled to make appearances at MIX - a 72 hour conversation and MEDC - Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference in Las Vegas, April 29th - May 3rd. I'm looking forward to seeing you, perhaps for the last time in-person. You see, after Windows Vista...
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    The 3GB-not-4GB RAM problem

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    Problem statement: I just bought a system with 4GB of physical RAM in it. The BIOS posts 4GB, but Windows tells me that I have anywhere from 2.75 - 3.5GB of RAM. Where is the rest of my RAM? Summary: If you are running 32-bit Windows, you must live with...
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    Windows Vista clean installs and wireless networking

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    I've been using my Lenovo x60 Tablet for about a month now, and when I'm at home, I've not had any wireless connectivity. This wasn't such a big deal, as I can just plug in. But it's darn inconvenient! Last week, I was in class (Debugging .NET Applications...
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    Daylight Savings change tomorrow!

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    Don't forget to update your systems with the Daylight Savings update before tomorrow. Details are on Microsoft.com as http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928388
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    Second impressions: Lenovo x60 Tablet

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    After being sick the last couple of days, I got back in to work today and decided to finish my impressions piece for the x60. Last week, I allowed my 3-year-old to use the x60's touch input feature. I immediately noticed that the screen shows skin...
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    First impressions: Lenovo x60 Tablet

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    Well, it's been about 10 days since I received my new desktop replacement, the Lenovo x60 Tablet. The configuration I got is top-notch, something that I wouldn't be able to afford if I were buying this for strictly personal use. Of course, the first...
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    Lenovo x60 dual-mode (touch) Tablet available at Costco

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    It's not running Vista (yet), but it's available on Costco.com. http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11197657&whse=BC&topnav=&browse=&s=1
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    Touch and pen input issues

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    Today in my RSS reader, I found a review from PC Magazine dated 1/7/07 on the new HP Pavilion TX1000 Tablet PC. In the review, Cisco Cheng writes "But the OS did not recognize many of my pen strokes. One of the big reasons is that HP elected to go...
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    New Tablet - Lenovo ThinkPad x60

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    Woo woo! http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/notebooks/thinkpad/x-series/tablet/sitelet.html?re=home_B_us&trac=HPB
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    Windows Vista Tablet PC feature review - touch pointer basics

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    There are several differences between using a pen for input and using your fingertip for input. First of all, your finger probably doesn't taper down to a pointy-shaped millimeter-wide piece of plastic. In other words, your finger is a relatively large...
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    Mobile Connections 2006 wrap-up

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    Hey all, Rob Bushway of GottaBeMobile did a short InkShow of me demonstrating the new touch input capability of Windows Vista. http://www.gottabemobile.com/AdaptiveMultiTouchHardwareInkShow.aspx The show ended yesterday after 3.5 VERY busy days...
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    Windows Vista Tablet PC feature review - Win+X hotkey

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    As mostly experienced users, you probably know about the various Win+ hotkeys that do things on the desktop. Things like Win+E opens an Explorer window, Win+L locks your system. Now, get ready for Win+X, which opens the Windows Mobility Center. WMC...
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    Windows Vista Tablet PC feature review - touch pointer taskbar icon

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    This is one of the more hidden, yet probably more useful features for Touch. When the large touch pointer fades out, you're left with the dot cursor. Who can find a tiny little dot cursor on a 1400x1050 resolution screen? Solution? Tap the touch pointer...
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    Installing Office applications on Windows Vista

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    Be aware of possible "popunder" behavior when installing applications, particularly Office 2007 on Windows Vista. I don't know if it's a side-effect of our internal installation tools or just my own methods, but when I install OneNote 2007, Office...
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    New Tablet Blogger

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    I know he mentioned this to me, but I forgot to post. Gavin Gear has started blogging and he's got some great samples complete with code and pictures. Gavin is an InkAnalysis guru and rapidly rising star. Ask him how to ink-enable your blog :) ...
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    Whitepaper: Pen and Touch Digitizer Drivers for Windows Vista

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    This whitepaper is now available here . It's very short :) There probably aren't a lot of digitizer OEMs subscribed to this blog. However, for the rest of you (software developers), there is good info here. We outline what the digitizer is expected...
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    Windows Vista RC1 - stick a fork in it

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    Windows Vista RC1 is signed off and done - it will be available "real soon now". Same for the Windows SDK (which contains the Mobile PC/Tablet PC bits). I signed on to connect.microsoft.com and wasn't able to find either one though. You should be...
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    Community chat - it's maddening

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    In my continuing efforts to understand my users' points of view, I am a member of the Connect Vista beta program. I get the same announcements that a lot of you get, such as today's Windows Anytime Upgrade chat announcement: Dear Longhorn / Windows...
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