TabBlogger

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Ultra Mobile PCs

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    While I do not work on Origami (Ultra Mobile PCs) directly, we are working very closely with the UMPC team on topics such as human input and addressing the growing pains we encountered on Tablet v1.0 and 1.5 Lora has been posting a lot on UMPCs lately...
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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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    Thumbing through my CODE Focus magazine

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    First thing, of course, is to look for the photo of the team (page 10). I'm the one in the bright orange Tablet shirt. Lora mentioned this particular photo on her blog . Quite a few good articles in the magazine, but it's too bad that there's not much...
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    X41 install recipe

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    I've been playing with Vista on my IBM/Lenovo X41 Tablet and it's been a lot easier to setup than setting up Tablet hardware was on Vista Beta1, but still it's a hassle. There are no less than 10 "Unknown Device" entries in my Device Manager following...
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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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    Samsung planning digitizing displays

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    http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/news-11223-SyncMasterMagic+CX719TD%2C+the+%22TabletPC%22+screen.html That would certainly relieve me for those (still rare) moments when I reach out to my monitor with my pen, instead of reaching for the mouse.
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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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    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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    Handango TabletPC storefront open

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    I have to admit, I'm not a PocketPC kind of guy, nor Palm or any of those "smartphones". But when I heard that Handango was opening a Tablet-specific store , I had to take a look. After all, I am a TabletPC guy. Over 80 titles are there now, which...
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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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    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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    New or Used?

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    Ha! Now that I've had half a minute to actually scan Lora's posts, I see she's posted regarding new vs used hardware. TDavid also wrote his two cents' worth. I have to weigh in (ha! a pun!) whenever hardware is discussed. The two situations Lora and...
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    Lack of posts in October

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    I apologize for the lack of posts this month. I've been busy with both work and home lives. Since this is a work-focused blog, I'll give you some work newsitems. I'll be in Las Vegas Nov 7th-11th for DevConnections. Please come on by the booth...
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    TechEd 2006 chalk talk topics?

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    Hi all, I'll be at TechEd Boston and wanted to prepare some material based on what you would like to hear about. Let me know via comments or the Contact form and I'll try my best to incorporate your suggestions into my appearances at TechEd. ...
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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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    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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