TabBlogger

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

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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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    Origami Project

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    http://origamiproject.com
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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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    Memory leak fixed

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    We released a hotfix today that addresses KB895953 . http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/8/e/a8eccb84-a587-4c37-9eec-199bc374ad7e/WindowsXP-KB895953-v4-x86-ENU.exe Thank you for your patience while we got this through the process. Update...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Betas upon pre-betas upon buddy bits...

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    Just in case some of you out there think we don't eat our own dogfood, even though we say it loudly enough, I tried to install the new Avalon+Indigo RC1 bits posted on microsoft.com. Unfortunately, the bits won't install on my Longhorn machine. My...
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    About that "additional testing" notation in the KB article...

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    I just heard about some conspiracy theories floating around our recent memory leak fix . Said theories revolve around the line: "Only apply it to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix may receive additional testing." To be...
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    Hardware just keeps getting cheaper and more powerful

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    Sometimes I feel sorry for those electrical engineering grads who are constantly racing to develop the next new thing. But then I remember that I am a Microbiology/Molecular Biology double-degree who had to scratch and claw his way to decent grades against...
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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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    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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    December05 Vista CTP details

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    Some notes for those of you who are going to be installing the December05 Windows Vista CTP. -Log bugs at the Microsoft Beta website; We have a team in place who will be reviewing bugs as they come in. (I am on this team) -Additional support is...
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    Tablet PC Expert Zone chats *cancelled*

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    I regret to inform the community that Microsoft has decided to cancel the monthly Tablet PC Expert Zone chats. I've really enjoyed participating, and answering your questions, no matter how, er, tangentially related to Tablet PCs they were. <grin>...
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    Nokia's new &quot;Tablet&quot; device

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    Did you see the news last week regarding Nokia's new 770 "Internet Tablet" device? These are clearly not TabletPCs, they appear to be more related to the PocketPC. Or perhaps the Nintendo DS. It is frustrating for me to see the term "Tablet" get diluted...
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    Tecra M4 in the house

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    I got a Tecra M4 on temporary assignment so that I can develop a Longhorn upgrade/clean install story on it. Since it's June (end of FY budget squandering time), lots of people in the company have been buying hardware with their remaining budget. I expect...
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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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    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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    IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Tablets on sale

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    Wow. Link here . Makes me think that there is a refresh coming soon. How is the Windows Vista December 2005 CTP treating you? update 1/9/06: thanks Lora ! IBM x60 PC Mag preview article here
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    Future User Interfaces

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    (this is a snip from an email conversation, it has been sanitized for external consumption) [We've] been seeing more and more of these multi-touch interfaces. Some use a screen digitizer like in this video, and some use a projector and camera. It seems...
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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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    Thank you for attending TechEd06 in Boston!

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    Just wanted to post a thank-you to all of you who came out to see me and the rest of the Tablet/Mobile PC gang at TechEd06 in Boston. Some of the more interesting questions and comments revolved around the idea of "Now that we have these Tablet PC...
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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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    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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