Jonathan Hardwick

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  • Blog Post: Startup processes on a Toshiba M400

    Or, " What is all this stuff doing on my computer ", part II. I've just finished switching my portable life over to a new Toshiba M400 Tablet PC. Gig of memory, Centrino Core Duo, life is good. At least, it was good until I looked at the process list in task manager. Then it was that same feeling...
  • Blog Post: Patch for tcserver.exe memory leak on Tablet PC - at last!

    In August 2004, I mentioned that the Tablet PC uses managed code for parts of its inking support. Specifically, tabtip.exe and tcserver.exe . Buried wayyy down at the end of the comments you’ll see my acknowledgement that there was a “known issue” with a memory leak in tcserver.exe. I’d actually reported...
  • Blog Post: MaxiVista just got even better

    MaxiVista is a software application that lets you use another PC – your laptop, for example – as an extra screen for your main computer. Since more screen real estate is always better, this is a Good Thing. It's especially sexy with a Tablet PC, because you can rotate the keyboard out of the way, completing...
  • Blog Post: New Tablet PC feature on Channel 9 - ink-enabled posts!

    Charles and the gang just showed off a new feature for the first birthday of the Channel 9 community site - readers can now post handwritten comments using a Tablet PC! Or a mouse, plus sufficient determination :-) Here's the first of many ink posts in that thread:
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing laptop hangs - and using a tablet pc because I WANT to

    The solution to my hanging tablet pc turns out to be a simple case of "don't change the defaults, stupid". While using the Toshiba Portge 3500 at home, I had been experimenting with decreasing the wifi speed from 11 Mbps to 2 Mbps in an effort to increase its reliable range. Under SP2, the choice of...
  • Blog Post: Using a tablet pc because you HAVE to (or, life is too short for 3 minute tasks)

    Laptop woes have been conspiring recently to keep me from blogging. Initially it was just a couple of keys on my tablet pc that seemed to need several hits to register. The next day, however, the whole keyboard was dead. Worse yet, our tech support guys didn't have a hot-swap machine to offer, and Toshiba...
  • Blog Post: The problem with MaxiVista…

    …is that once you've used it you can never go back. For those who missed my earlier review, MaxiVista is a networked virtual display driver that lets you extend your Windows desktop onto the screen of a second computer. What this means is that every morning I put my Tablet PC next to my desktop's...
  • Blog Post: Debugging SP2 on the Tablet PC - managed code, tabtip.exe, and procexp

    If you've got a Tablet PC and you're running SP2 (and you should be!) you might have noticed a couple of processes hanging around called TabTip.exe and TCServer.exe. And right after noticing them, you probably wondered why they seemed to be taking up so much memory. Luckily, autoruns is not the only...
  • Blog Post: Jittery digitizer on a Toshiba Portege 3500 Tablet PC? Pen stopped working? Try this

    I just fixed an annoying problem on my old Toshiba Tablet PC - the pen stopped working. To be precise, when I tried to use it the mouse pointer would flicker madly along the top and left edges of the screen, totally unable to track the real position of the pen. And the issue is apparently that a fresh...
  • Blog Post: What do you map your Tablet PC buttons to?

    All Tablet PCs have extra buttons next to the screen, to give the user non-pen-based input options when in tablet mode. And of course these buttons can be remapped by the user - the question is what to map the buttons to, and why? Here's my current setup and the reasoning behind it: Right...
  • Blog Post: "That looks like a GDI leak"

    After reading KC Lemson's blog entry about her system slowing down due to wisptis.exe leaking GDI objects , I fired up Task Manager and started poking around (click View, Select Columns, and then add "GDI Objects" to follow along). Outlook and my web browser were both pretty chunky, with a few hundred...
  • Blog Post: The joys of wireless, or, why I like cloudy days in Seattle

    Like many other Microsoft product-group bloggers, I had today marked down as “absolute drop-dead deadline to finish my annual performance review”. Of course, this really means “start worrying about it last night, and then channel that nervous energy into furious writing today”...
  • Blog Post: The only way to work on a laptop: folder redirection and offline files

    I might bitch about eating our own dogfood, but a lot of the time it's actually pretty damn tasty. For example, I can't remember how I ever used a laptop without the combination of folder redirection and offline files. Microsoft's technical support staff use folder redirection to give each of us a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft laptop gripes - and why we still have to recondition batteries

    These have been hard days for Microsoft laptops. First Dennis Cheung's Acer doesn't autosuspend , then Omar Shahine gripes about power management on his Toshiba Tablet PC (and about why PC laptops aren't as sexy as PowerBooks), and finally Josh Ledgard complains that his Toshiba and Vaio are arthritic...
  • Blog Post: Tablet PC power schemes, or how not to burn a hole in your lap

    By default, Windows XP comes with a pretty good set of power schemes . But if you're a control freak, you'll really love the Power Saver application that Toshiba ships with its Tablet PCs. You can create an unlimited number of additional power schemes, give each scheme its own icon, and then play around...
  • Blog Post: What is all this stuff doing on my computer?

    Update : autoruns has gotten even better — check out my latest post about it. The first time I ran task manager on my Tablet PC, I was faintly horrified at the long list of Windows background processes. What were they doing? And how could I make them stop? The easiest way to find out was using...
  • Blog Post: Tablet PC + ArtRage + Cross Pen = happiness for dummies

    I think the Tablet PC is one of those things that people often don't "get" until they actually use one. So this post probably has two audiences - my fellow drooling gadget freaks who didn't order a laptop at work until they could get a Tablet PC, and everyone else, who will look at me funny and say ...
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