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  Thursday, August 19, 2004


  On being a geek and TabletPC

Although I still do not feel comfortable being percieved as a geek, now I start feeling a bit like one. I've got a TabletPC with lots of gadgets one may want :)

It was a long time since I wanted a laptop of my own instead of taking one spare at work. I wanted it light and small and always connected. I tried PDA and it didn't work (too small and not functional enough for writing and finishing presentations in trains).

There are enough people around to push me for a Mac (and watching SubEthaEdit during the BlogTalk 2.0 made it very tempting), but at the end Tablet won the battle. My main inspiration came from observing Martin Röll with his Tablet during various meetings for almost a year. The last "decision-making drop" came from Michael Hyatt's story of using TabletPC (found via Robert Scoble). I liked the idea of something that could be as non-obtrusive as paper...

So, I've got my TravelMate. I don't know if it will fulfill the promise and if I'll be happy with it. I have to learn a lot and to rethink my usual working habits. I guess I have to change from my usual "everything web-based" style, that works well with different computers that do not move, into something else that gives a space for a machine that can travel with me and is not online all the time.

But I like it a lot. Look and feel, changing between laptop and Tablet modes, wifi, drawing, typing and even voice recognition that recognises what I say in a very special way :), and fun of playing InkBall...

And I liked the feeling of today's morning at FOAFcamp, feeling of being equipped with a good tool for doing what I wanted to do. You can call me geek if you want :)

Finally: I'm looking for TabletPC blogs worth reading from a user perspective, so recommendations are welcome.

More on: TabletPC 

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