Tablet PC

My experience with and about Tablet PC’s.

Educational Tablet PC Goodies

I’m actually not quite sure how I found this link. I think it was in one the handful of blogs I read. In any event, Microsoft has released a free Education Pack for the Tablet PC. Incremental Blogger reports that it comes with:

* Equation Writer–Converts your handwritten equations to typewritten images.
* GoBinder Lite–Keep track of your schedule with this planner.
* Hexic – MSN game that’s Tablet enhanced
* Ink Flash Cards–Create flash cards to help you learn facts or study for an exam.
* Send to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003–Print web pages, pictures and other files to OneNote so you can annotate them.

I actually remember looking for a flash card program last year and not finding one I liked. So I’m pumped to try it out. I’m also looking forward to seeing what the Go Binder Lite is all about. I currently use Outlook because it lets me sync with my SPOT watch. I currently use the Windows Journal program to markup files, so it should be nice to keep them all in OneNote.

The price also isn’t too bad either, can’t really beat $0.00.

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Toshiba’s New Tablet PC

Toshiba recently released the next generation of their award-winning Tablet PC. Engadget said that it is called the Toshiba Tecra M4. It follows on the heels of the Satellite R10/15 Tablet PC and Protege M200 (which is the one I have). The specs on this make me oogle a lot:

  • 14-inch, 1400 x 1050 display
  • 1.73GHz Pentium M processor
  • either a 64MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200 TE or 128MB 6600 TE graphics card
  • 512MB of DDR2 RAM
  • a 60GB hard drive
  • built-in 802.11b/g WiFi
  • a DVD+R drive

I would considering getting this laptop, except that I don’t have the money, so I can’t. It’s also significantly bigger than my current laptop. However, I would probably be able to play games such as Counter-Strike: Source on it. I would also want to beef up the RAM to a gig and the hard drive to 80GB, however it appears that Toshiba isn’t taking custom orders yet.

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Toshiba M200

Toshiba M200

So I’ve been using the Averatec Tablet PC for about 6 weeks now and I’m fed-up. Averatec has a great design with great features at a great price that almost gives everyone else a great run for their money, except the fact that it’s buggy. Really buggy. I can do any harddrive or processor intensive things without the motherboard overheating. The mouse also flips out all the time making it close to impossible to work. So I said, “Screw it, I’m getting a Dell Toshiba.” (Dell actually doesn’t have a Tablet PC, neither does IBM, supprisingly.)

So I got a Toshiba. It’s a beauty:

  • Integrated Intel PRO/Wireless (802.11b/g)
  • Intel Pentium M 745 Processor (1.80GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 400MHz FSB)
  • 80GB HDD (5400 rpm)
  • 12″ Polysilicon SXGA+ Display (1400 x 1050)
  • 512MB PC2700 DDR333 SDRAM (256MB x 2)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition

PC Magazine also gave it 4/5 stars and the members gave it 4.5/5, it was TechTV’s (now called G4techTV) “Pick of the Week” and it was Laptop Magazines Editors Choice. This will be sweet.

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The Computer Gods Hate Me

My Tablet PC isn’t feeling very well. It refuses to finish booting Windows. After some messing around, I found out that a device driver, d346bus.sys, is not loading well. A quick google search indicates that I’m not the only one with problem. However, I don’t have any way to fix the problem at the moment. I tried downloading Knoppix, a bootable version of Linux, however, it only has read NTFS support and I actually need to write too. Then I headed down to the Computing Center, no help there. All the machines run W2K and the guy helping me didn’t have his WinXP disk with him, he will on Thursday though. I would use my WinXP disk, but I don’t have one because Microsoft forces companies who distribute OEM versions of their software to encrypt it so that it can only be restored on the machine it was designed for. Ergo, the OEM just makes a Norton Ghost image and creates a front end to ensure it will only load on the authorized computer and BAM…I’m up the river without a paddle. So, for the next few days I get to use a pen and paper (*gasp*).

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Come To Papa

Come To Papa

After months of searching, I think I have finally found next the computer
that I will use. After years of loyalty to Toshiba, and even some to Best Buy, I’m
changing horses in midstream…hopefully. While at Costco, I saw this great little Tablet PC
made by Averatec. Notebookreview.com
calls it a “creative and exciting design merging a mobile notebook
computer and a tablet PC into a single ultra-portable form
factor
.  As a notebook, this compact unit offers all of the
features and functionality that mobile users expect, while also incorporating
advanced handwriting and speech recognition technologies for comprehensive
functioning as a tablet PC. The affordably priced C3500 offers a

built-in DVD+CD-RW combination drive and wireless networking
capabilities.  All this and a starting price of only
$1299.99
.”

$1300?!?!? That’s incredible for a Tablet PC. Before this I was looking a
Toshiba that cost over $2200 and before that, an Acer that cost about $1400.
This beast has:

  • Processor: Mobile AMD� Athlon� XP-M 2200+ w/PowerNow!� technology
  • Memory: 512 MB DDR333 (1GB maximum memory)
  • Hard Drive: 60 GB, 9.5 mm thin
  • Optical Drive: DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive Burner
  • Ports:
  • (4) USB 2.0
  • (1) VGA 15-pin port
  • (1) Audio Out
  • (1) Microphone In
  • (1) TV Out (S-Video)
  • (1) RJ-11
  • (1) RJ-45
  • (1) Type II PC Card/Card Bus slot
  • Connectivity:
    • 802.11g wireless
    • 10/100 Mbit network LAN
    • 56k data/fax modem
  • Size and Weight:
    • 11.6�x9.8�x1.57�
    • 5.5 lbs. with standard battery

    Anyways, I’m way excited now. I’ve been waiting for something like to this
    come along for quite some time now. The Toshiba that I was looking at just
    dropped a few hundred dollars in price, so I’m thinking that the next generation
    of Tablet PC’s is on it’s way out and that this Averatec marks the begining of
    that transition.

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