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Wanted: New Tablet. Thin, light, quickish, immortal battery.

Requirements: Multitouch Active Digitizer (Pen support, preferably pressure-sensitive) Thin (Don’t need a DVD drive, and small bulk is important for travelling) Light (again, travelling) SSD-capable (for a later upgrade) 8ish hour battery life 4GB+ Integrated 3G TPM (this teeny little thing is really a license to demand wads of cash, isn’t it?) Plus, if at… Read more

My Next Laptop – an XT

A new year, another new laptop, incorporating the lessons learned from last time. Interesting choice of nomenclature for the new Dell tablet range. <memory lane> My first PC (mostly-)compatible was an XT-class machine. I think we got it in 1988, maybe 89. I had no idea that 286 and even 386s were available already! What… Read more

Anthology Of Interest

Okay, so there’s no interest here, but perhaps an anthology anyway. Yes I’ve been gone a while; another computer packed it in (this time without my own personal brand of assistance), I’ve been off to India (usually 5.5 hrs difference from Sydney, but we worked the night shift – 10pm to 4:30am in theory, we… Read more

A Tiny Measure Of Progress

Prompted by Joseph’s lamentations, I thought I’d check on how Tiny was doing in the performance index stakes. Not that I was planning on any schadenfreude or outright gloating, of course. The post from December 2006 has the following details: Original score: 2.0 {2.7,2.9,2.0,2.4,3.7} Re-test today: 2.4 {2.7,2.9,3.8,2.4,3.7} Driver upgrades look like they’ve been trickling through;… Read more

P1610 Drivers for Windows Vista make Tristank Happy

I’m in Seattle at our TechReady conference (actually, it’s over, I fly back tomorrow), and just noticed that my p1610 has a bluetooth logo on the case, but no driver. Not that I have anything I’m dying to use it with here, but, you know, principle and all that. JK to the rescue – looks like… Read more

My First Tablet-ish PC

Back in 1998, I bought a Cassiopea Windows CE 2.0 Handheld PC. It was just under half the size of my current infatuation (the P1610) used a fold-out form factor with a 640×200 screen (CGA hi-res!) had a small and fiddly QWERTY calculator-key-style keyboard, used an awkward serial port connection, was as monochrome as a gameboy, and had a touch screen built in…. Read more

Windows Vista Performance on P1610

How does a half-size PC perform, you ask? Let’s find out what Windows Vista thinks of the setup: Original score: 2.0 {2.7,2.9,2.0,2.4,3.7} Re-test today: 2.4 {2.7,2.9,3.8,2.4,3.7} I wonder what was behind the jump in perf between Setup and now… perhaps it was just busy, or there’s been a driver update?… Read more

P1610 First Impressions

I got my Fujitsu P1610 Lifebook care of Hugo on Wednesday, and I have a rather long post on it coming (I know, I could do a bunch of shorter posts, but that’d wreck my quality-is-not-quantity posting metrics for the month!). For now, I’d just like to say that it’s the best laptop I’ve ever used for… Read more

Searching For A Better Notebook

Back from Fiji. The resort and the people were lovely, the snorkeling amazing, and I’m told the diving was pretty good too. Right back to business: I need some serious retail therapy. I went away with a powerful laptop I barely used (I actually set a personal record for “least PC use in a given week”,… Read more