Archive for the 'Tablet PC' Category

Paper Still Beats the Tablet PC for Some Things

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Rob Bushway is a big Tablet PC fan but his recent experience using paper notes shows some advantages over his tablet for some things:

“Once I’m able to get full pen functionality going on a tablet pc, I have no doubt that I’ll be back full force with digital ink notetaking. However, I’m beginning to grasp the simplicity of keeping some things seperated and not being totally digitally oriented. Tablet PCs are making a lot of headway, but we still have a long way to go to keeping it simple and effortless.”

Using Acrobat as a Tablet PC Highlight Searcher

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

StudentTabletPC is trying to use Acrobat as a searchable document highlighter for the Tablet PC:

“If you’ve used Adobe Acrobat 7.0 before, you likely know that you can mark-up your PDF files by highlighting text, underlining text, and adding comments. By selecting a commenting option and using the comment list/summary, you can give yourself a list of every word you mark up.”


Do You Refer To Your Notes?

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

tablet pcI was reading about the pros and cons of Tablet PCs when I came across this post by Michael Hyatt where he discusses his reasons for giving up on his Tablet PC.

Although there are the usual suspects (Windows sucks and Tablet PCs are too slow) the most interesting reason is his assertion that he doesn’t take notes for the purpose of looking back at them more than once.

“I found that I rarely refer back to my notes. Instead, I take notes to focus my attention and organize my thoughts. I derive most of the value of taking notes while I am in the meeting itself. If there are items that need further attention or follow-up, I flag them. After the meeting, I enter those in Entourage.”

I realize this is how I use notes also - the end product, the notes, are almost irrelevant compared to the act of taking them. Its just like the saying, plans are useless but planning is invaluable.

Using Only a Tablet PC for 8 Weeks

Friday, October 28th, 2005

3060000000051219.JpgEric Mack challenges himself to see if he can get by with only a Tablet PC for 8 Weeks:

“I’ve decided to challenge myself to see if I can effectively use my Tablet PC as a total replacement for pen, paper, and books. Next week, I start an intense 8-week business law course and I’ve decided to use this course as the subject of my next Tablet PC challenge. My objective is to determine what the benefits/drawbacks of using a TabletPC as my sole tool (to replace pen, paper, and yes, even Post-Its) for the next 10 weeks.  I’ve previously blogged about scanning and annotation tools. Now, I’m going to see if I can live with all of these tools in an intense way for the next two months. I figure this will be the tipping point for my use of a Tablet PC.”

Reading on Your Tablet PC - Texterity Review

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

JK says that Texterity is better than Zinio:

Texterity is one thing I’ve been playing around with for a couple of days and I must say it is really sweet.  Texterity provides a convenient way to read digital publications on your PC and it works particularly well on a Tablet PC.  What I like about Texterity is you are not limited to magazines as you are with Zinio, you can also get major newspapers like the New York Times.  There is no program to download, the entire viewing is done in your browser window which is pretty cool as long as you have a high speed Internet connection.”

Zinio was one of those things I wanted to love but just couldn’t as the interface was too awkward and too slow. I will definitely check out Texterity - who couldn’t save time by somehow having all their reading material with them on their Tablet PC.

Is A Tablet Pc the Ultimate Collection Device

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Erick Mack argues that a tablet PC still comes closest to being the ulimate collection device because it is the one tool that allows him to carry everything.

This is, of course, the problem with paper based systems which still win hands down in the simplicity, cost effectiveness and reliability arenas.

“I’ve used my Tecra M4 Tablet PC with clients and in my Management courses and I’ve had the same experience. If I needed to access something while taking notes or drawing a mind map, I could simply switch to another application or a web browser, look up my information, and return to note-taking - without skipping a beat. “

Selling the Tablet PC for a Powerbook

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Stark Raving Calm is selling his tablet PC in exchange for an Apple Powerbook:

“Despite its immaturity as a platform, the tablet is perfect for many users: managers, students, medical professionals, artists. Anyone who moves around a lot, and needs to jot things down literally on the go, would be very happy with a Tablet PC. That’s not what I’m looking for anymore. I want to write, and I want a machine that gets out of the way and lets me write.”

New Tatung Tablet PCs

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Tatung tablet PC
For you tablet pc junkies, two new Tatung tablets:

“Tatung Science and Technology (TST) has released two light weight and ultra-slim tablets for applications in healthcare, insurance, education, inventory management, manufacturing and other areas that require users to carry units for long periods of time. The two new models released are the TTAB-A12D and TTAB-910E.”

Legal Pad vs the Tablet PC - Round 1

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

One problem with tablet PC’s is that they still tend to be a bit of a lap burner:

“Even with the DVD drive removed, the 4010 is still a little bit too heavy to rest on your lap for long. I’ve found I have to shift my crossed leg to the other several times in an hour meeting just to remain comfortable. These are the times where I see an advantage to the “Slate Only” version of the tablet PC.”

Would you reach for your Tablet PC? Why not?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

index cards
Eric Mack writes this entry in response to the question, “If right now, during this phone call, you wanted to quickly make some notes or map out an idea, what would you reach for?”

It’s a great question when you think of all the time and effort we expend trying to find the perfect capture tool, from Moleskine hacks to Palm Pilots to Tablet PCs. Of course this is what the Hipster PDA folks have been preaching all along - nothing is as reliable as paper.

“Even before I spoke my answer, I grabbed a colored pen and a piece of scratch paper and made a quick note to myself: “Start using tablet again for note taking;” I tossed the note in my in-box and then answered the question.

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