TabBlogger

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

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    PDC build 5219 of Vista and Tablet PCs

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    Short one today, as I'm preparing for a short trip to Germany to visit some execs at SAP. A few people have asked in various forums whether PDC build 5219 will run/install on their Tablets. I can say with confidence that we've tested the majority of...
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    Aero Glass and Tablets

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    I got my first peek at a Tablet running Aero Glass yesterday. Wow! Considering that it's currently all visual effect and not really worth anything other than eye candy, it was hardly worth the effort/expense involved to make this particular Tablet run...
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    Nintendo DS and Touch Input

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    While I'm on the subject of touch input, I want to talk about Nintendo's DS. I got my DS back in December '04 and have been fascinated by the many different application gestures they recognize, particularly in WarioWare: Touched! They use the mic,...
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    Touching is Good (finale?)

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    Well, for those of you who have kept up with this series of posts , I've been dropping hints as to our newest announcement. It is being announced at PDC05 that OEMs will be allowed to ship Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (aka Lonestar) on their touch...
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    Don't give up on us baby, who-o-oa

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    It seems that Omar Shahine is giving up his Tablet for another mobile PC. I don't understand Omar, what could be so attractive about saving your eyesight that would cause you to dump your Tablet? Seriously though, it's an important piece of feedback...
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    TIP is posted on MSDN!

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    It's only about 5 weeks after Beta 1 itself shipped, but better late than never. Look for the "Windows Longhorn Professional Edition Beta 1 Tablet PC Input Panel (english)" Sorry, it's not available in any languages other than English. See this...
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    Touching is Good (pt 2)

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    First off, I apologize Rob , for teasing so relentlessly, then ultimately not saying anything of value. I am however, without any legs to stand on, at least till next week . Did you know that there's life yet in that old XP 2005 SKU? There has to be...
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    Touching is Good

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    I don't see any publicly available info yet (my lead PM had sworn us to secrecy til Sept 1 - which it is now, Redmond time). I wonder what I can say without getting Dooced . I'd better not chance it, since I'm already taking a ton of heat career-wise...
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    Taking a break...

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    I'm taking a week-long break from work, combined with the upcoming Labor Day weekend, to fix up my house. I will have a posting on Sept 1, so I will not be completely silent. Unfortunately for you though, I do not have an automated posting mechanism...
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    Wow, has it been 10 years already?

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    http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/005571.html I remember recommending (I was a temp back then) to my non-Microsoft employer "wait til they work the bugs out". Well, about 8 months later, I was working as a temp at Microsoft on App...
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    Vista TIP chugging through MSDN's process

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    If you're an avid reader, you may have noted a comment I posted on Jonathan Hardwick's blog referring to the "memory leak hotfix". In particular, I'm referring to my second comment: "...in an organization the size of Microsoft, there are many different...
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    Tablet PC and 64-bit

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    I don't have a big writeup on 64-bit except to say that we will support both 32-bit and 64-bit development in the Mobile (Tablet) SDK. So for all none of you who have a 64-bit Tablet, you'll be able to run any 64-bit apps that may be written by developers...
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    Vista Beta 1 Platform SDK available

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    If you're a "tech beta subscriber" whatever that means. Link here . MSDN has a short moratorium on changes, so PSDK won't be available through MSDN for a few more days (I hear Aug 15 or thereabout) Also, I have been bugging our Group Program Manager...
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    Humorous interlude

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    http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/08/08/230545.php I especially liked that Lora is described as the "First lady of the First Family" and that I (thankfully) still have a thin sheen of anonymity.
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    PDC 05 and Tablet

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    Enough with that awful Vista Beta 1 news - when will Hilton talk about developing on/for Tablets? Well, I haven't written about my feeble attempts at writing C# or VB.net code yet. I'll save that exquisite torture for another day. A day far, far away...
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    Vista Beta 1: Tablet PC Input Panel now available

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    You have to be a registered Beta participant (you get this through the Connect website). https://connect.microsoft.com/content/content.aspx?SiteID=4&ContentID=103 The newsgroup will be live on Aug 3, 2005. microsoft.beta.longhorn.tabletpc...
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    Vista Beta 1: Applications Compatibility

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    By now, if you haven't been scared off of running Vista Beta 1, nothing will scare you, so I might as well share this: the Tablet PC Experience Pack won't install on Vista Beta 1 either. I actually reported this to the responsible team a while back, but...
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    Vista Beta 1: How to get Aero Glass visuals on your Tablet

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    https://blogs.msdn.com/kamvedbrat/archive/2005/07/30/445346.aspx (update 8/2/05: fixed title for consistency with my other Vista Beta 1 posts)
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    Vista Beta 1: Tablets and device drivers

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    The number one, primo, super-duper, first, most annoying issue Tablet users will find with Vista Beta 1 is: lack of driver support. Vista is undergoing a lot of changes under the hood, and this means that a lot of device drivers will have to be rewritten...
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    Vista Beta1 is done!

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    Well, that wasn't too long to wait was it? Tablet users: you will likely want to approach Vista Beta 1 slowly, as this is primarily an infrastructure release for us and many of the user interface items (read: Tablet PC Input Panel, Journal, et al)...
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    Usage scenarios and Pain points

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    Our user research team just published the results of an internal survey of 4500 Microsoft tablet users, asking what their top Usage Scenarios and Pain Points were. Some of the results were: Usage Scenarios: (in no particular order) note taking...
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    Sometimes, I wish people would send me free stuff...

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    I can't say that I have any power to get you into any beta of anything, but it would be cool to leave anonymity for a little bit. Check this pic out Wow! But then after thinking about it a little, I am happy for my anonymity. I wonder what it...
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    Pictures of the IBM X41 Tablet

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    Courtesy of Terri Stratton. http://thetabletpc.net/reviews-convertibles.htm p.s. I am deep into Longhorn Beta 1 testing right now - we are under deadline to get Beta 1 out the door. I promise to post more soon!
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    Tablet Avalon blog!

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    Check out our Tablet Avalon team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/tavalon/ Welcome to the blogosphere guys! Update: found them! link above is now updated
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    Tablet Bloggers need more hits

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    http://www.windojitsu.com/blog/index.html is the blog of Shawn Van Ness, one of our newest, yet most (industry) experienced, Program Managers. Visit Shawn's blog to get good technical insights into developer-oriented matters, like Avalon's Ink support...
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