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windexcowboy
windexcowboy
As if I didn’t have enough gadgets.

I purchased a Tablet PC last week and it just arrived this Friday, a Toshiba Protégé M200.  Mine has a 1.8 GHz Pentium M, 1GB of RAM, a 60GB 7200 RPM hard drive, wireless, and built in Bluetooth support.  So far I’ve found that it works reasonably well.  The unit is small enough for me to carry around and weighs about, or maybe even less than 5lbs..  The only issue I found so far is with the screen resolution.  The native resolution is 1400 x 1050 and that is too small for a 12in. screen, so I reduce it to 1024 x 768.

I’m still getting used to the handwriting recognition and find this aspect of using the Tablet PC to be a bit cumbersome. The handwriting recognition is dictionary based and works reasonably well when using standard English words. However, I do suggest using a bookmark file in your web browser and address book in your e-mail client in order to enter web addresses and e-mail addresses. Doing discrete character recognition with the pen is rather labor intensive.

The speech recognition seems to be a much improved version of what came with Office XP. I actually find that combining the speech recognition and the stylus is most effective and would rather use this than the handwriting recognition in most cases. When using tablet mode, you can enter text using speech recognition and then correct it using the tablet pen. That is, in fact how I’m writing this post. However, I would point out that kingfox would be rather frustrated since I haven’t found a way to create links effectively using this method.

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amy_pearlman From: amy_pearlman Date: February 28th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, jealous.

I've been after one of the Portege Tablets for at least 2 years...
windexcowboy From: windexcowboy Date: February 28th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Do it!

It's totally the most solid notebook I've owned, and that's saying a lot, give that my other notebooks are ThinkPads. Well, OK, they were ThinkPad R series notebooks (excellent notebooks, don't get me wrong, but plastic). If they were T series ThinkPads, I might feel differently.

Still, the Portege is a dam good machine.

I also looked at the Satellite R series tablets. Those are less pricey and have a built in optical drive, but they are also larger and heavier. I wanted something that I could hold comfortably like a book and read from, and I think the Satellite might have been too large for that.
amy_pearlman From: amy_pearlman Date: March 1st, 2005 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Do it!

I've suggested both Satellites and Tecras to several people as personal machines and we used to buy the non-tablet porteges as our prefered small notebook at my last company (our full-size notebooks were IBM A, R or T depending -- the A's suck -- and we do IBM T's here, or Dell or Apple -- Dell makes me sad in Notebooks) -- the Toshibas hold up or I wouldn't have let my dad buy one.

And it's my absolute favorite Tablet design -- I've been looking.

But every time I think about buying one, wherever I'm working offers me a free notebook but won't buy me the tablet -- and free is better so I always take it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!

Have you tried to use the floating TIP yet or are you using the TIP when it is docked only?

Also, in terms of words that are not in the dictionary (like proper nouns), you can use a dictionary tool and add words to that. The Dictionary Power Toy is free.

-- Lora
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windexcowboy From: windexcowboy Date: March 1st, 2005 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I use the floating TIP almost exclusively, except when writing long paragraphs in Word, then I prefer to just keep the docked TIP open.

I haven't tried the Dictionary power toy yet, however, I have been adding words to the dictionary as I go using the option from within the TIP. Also, since the handwriting engine will take advantage of the speech dictionary as well, I've been adding words by opening up existing Word documents and using the Learn From Document command in speech tools.
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