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December 3, 2007

This morning I work up to the sad news that my friend and colleague Marc Orchant had a massive coronary yesterday morning. - Marc is an amazing man and a wonderful person..

Currently I’m in New York so I will be heading to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to light a candle and say a prayer for Marc and his family

As you go about your day please take a moment to send good thoughts for my friend and fellow Tablet PC MVP, Marc Orchant and his family.

More information can be found at the link below


Marc Orchant Suffers Massive Coronary

At some time between 7:30 and 8:10 AM on Sunday Morning December 2nd, 2007, Marc Orchant, my fellow author on this blog, as well as one of my closest friends sustained a massive heart attack while working in his home office. At this time Marc is in critical condition at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Critical Cardiac Care Unit, Bed 3. He is not expected to regain consciousness for the next 24 to 48 hours.

Currently Marc’s immediate family as well as his brothers and parents are in or on their way to Albuquerque to be with Marc. Sue has asked me to keep Marc’s colleagues and friends in the technology community updated as information becomes available. Please do not contact Sue for updates. I will publish any information that I have in multiple venues to keep people informed of any changes in Marc’s condition.

For those of you that wish to send flowers, cards, or other gifts, Marc is at:
Presbyterian Hospital
Cardiac Care Unit Bed #3
1100 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

the hospital switchboard number is 505-841-1234

My thoughts and prayers go out to Marc and his family in this difficult time. Marc is one of the finest human beings that I have ever had the good fortune to know and I pray that Marc makes a full and speedy recovery


Top 10 Tablet pcs of November 2007
Tablet PC Reviews

Welcome to the monthly listing of the "Top 10 Tablet PCs". This report is compiled based on the number of views each product page receives, so every time someone clicks on a product they're giving it a vote in that months rankings.

These rankings don't necessarily indicate which models are the best selling, just which ones TabletPCReview readers are most interested in learning about.

2. Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC (Previously #3) - Dell's first Tablet PC has already made its way onto our "Top 10 list" and it hasn't even been released yet. Those users eagerly awaiting can expect the Latitude Tablet PC to be modeled after Dell's popular Latitude line-up of notebooks, which comes as no surprise. It is supposed to be extremely lightweight, have a 12.1" widescreen display and be based off Intel's Santa Rosa platform


Update: Tablet PC & UMPC Community Gathering @ CES 2008

realize that many of you are anxiously awaiting the exact date and location for the Tablet PC & UMPC Community Gathering 2008. I have confirmation that our preferred time slot of 3-6pm on January 8th is available, but have a little more work to do on securing the location.

After I have this confirmation, I’ll send out an email to those of you who have sent messages. I’ll also add the event to upcoming.com (initial event setup), Twitter, Facebook and other locations to help spread the word. I’m sure many of you will do the same once we have that confirmation


gottabemobile November inkshow and Podcast Roundup
Gotta Be Mobile

Winter is fast approaching and a great way to prepare for the cold days ahead is to store up some GottaBeMobile.com InkShows, Shortcuts, an Podcasts for those cold and snowy days when you just want to sit bundled up by a warm fire


December 4, 2007

’tis the season for giving … send a card to Marc
Mobility Site

Marc Orchant has been building, testing, and sometimes breaking hardware and software for 25 years. Marc is the Storyteller at VanDyke Software, a prolific blogger, co-host of The Tablet PC Show, a podcast about pen-based computing technology, and a self-admitted "gadget freak and software addict."

Marc suffered a massive coronary on Sunday morning and is currently in the hospital in Albuquerque, NM.  Over the years, Marc has given so much to us so now is the time when all of us need to give back to Marc.  What can you do?  Send him a card, wish him well, tell him your thoughts and the thoughts of the community are with him and that we all wish him a speedy recovery.

For those of you that wish to send flowers, cards, or other gifts, Marc is at:


Presbyterian Hospital
Cardiac Care Unit Bed #3
1100 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marc and his family. 


December 5, 2007

A Call for A Community Time of Prayer for Marc Orchant

We are one tight-knit group of folks gathered around the Tablet PC / UMPC space. It is one reason why Marc Orchant's current situation has stunned us all. We've been following Marc's writings and listening to his podcasts for years, growing to know him more and more each day. He truly is one of the most likeable and knowledgeable people I've ever met. Now, one of our very own is in a critical situation, and his family is in an immeasurable amount of pain. I know first-hand the impact and encouragement that a community can give as it rally's behind you in times of severe trial. When my daughter, Maggie, was undergoing chemo and multiple brain surgeries, the community gathered around us in some unbelievable ways, flooding the hospital with more cards than they had ever seen, and praying for us on a daily basis.

I'd like to ask all of you to join me, and many others around the world, at 1:00 pm MST today to pray for Marc and his family.  Knowing that we are gathered together at the same time, lifting up Marc and his family, you will find yourself encouraged as well. Please repost this and pass the word around to as many sites as you can.

With this latest update from Sue Orchant, we have some definite things to pray for, and to be thankful for on behalf of Marc’s family:

In this past day we have seen some baby steps of improvement. He has some response to stimuli and his oxygen levels and heart rate have improved. I am guardedly optimistic. He still has not regained consciousness but we will take things minute by minute.


OQO launches HSDPA-enabled ultra-mobile PC

OQO has announced a quadband HSDPA-enabled version of its ultra-mobile PC, which also has Bluetooth and wi-fi (a, b and g) connectivity.

The OQO model e2 is available with Windows XP, Windows XP Tablet Edition and Vista Ultimate. All models have an active digitizer, as well as TouchScroller strips beside the screen and a trackpoint controller and left and right mouse buttons on the slide-out keyboard, but only the Tablet model comes with an active pen.


December 6, 2007

TabletPc2.com is honored with an Ink Blot Award!

The Third Annual Life On The Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards
warner crocker

I created The Life On The Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards as a celebration. Yes, it's a 2007 Ink Blot Awardscelebration of the 1 year anniversary of this blog. But it is more than that. It is a celebration of a community that I have come to know and admire. The Tableteers that make up the Tablet PC Community are an amazing collection of individuals who know and work with the Tablet PC platform. They are fiercely protective of it, insatiably curious about advancing it, very intelligent, often wickedly funny, at one time very forgiving and patient, and in the same breath, scathingly critical when the need arises. They are also exceedingly willing to evangelize the platform to anyone who will listen, and in my humble opinion, have helped keep the spotlight on The Tablet PC in ways that may, in the long run, prove to be responsible for keeping the platform thriving.

Click here to see all of the Tablet PC ink Blot Awards




December 9, 2007

Marc Orchant

Marc Orchant



There simply are no words to describe the enormous sense of lose we all feel today.

His passing leaves a void in the lives and in the hearts of everyone who knew him

Marc was an amazing person.  Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him knows just how was warm and loving and kind and Marc was.  Marc was unique, he was special , he was just plain wonderful.   

He was a colleague and more important he was my friend.   My heart hurts at losing him.   My thoughts and condolences go out to his wife Sue and his children Rebecca and Jason.

Marc Orchant with his iPhone


Update: 2:56PM Pacific Time December 9th, 2007:

It is with great sadness that I report that Marc Orchant, Husband to Sue, Father to Rebecca and Jason, and friend to so many, passed away just a short time ago. I was notified by Marc’s brother Craig.

His family and closest friends were at his side and his favorite music was playing. Craig said that Marc’s passing was as peaceful and easy as anyone could have hoped and he left this world surrounded by love from so many people that he couldn't’t possibly have failed to know how many people cared for, appreciated and respected him.


December 10, 2007


New Portégé M700 Series, Toshiba’s 9th Generation Tablet PC, Provides Mobile Professionals a Powerful and Versatile Solution

Building upon its award-winning legacy of Tablet PCs, Toshiba’s Digital Products Division, a Toshoba M700 Tablet PCdivision of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Portégé® M700 Tablet PC series.  The Portégé M700 is the company’s first Tablet PC to incorporate a touch screen LED backlit display. 
As the ninth generation of Toshiba’s innovative Tablet PC product line, the Portégé M700 series offers enhanced versatility, performance and productivity to attend to the needs of on-the-go professionals, “corridor warriors,” educators and students. 


December 11, 2007

TabletPc2.coms First Photos of the Dell Latitude XT Tablet PC

Dell Latitude XT Tablet PCs

Today Dell announced its new Latitude XT Tablet PC. While Dell could have used one of its standard notebooks and just added the Tablet PC features, instead they thoughtfully designed a Tablet PC from the ground up. The Latitude XT is an ultra-thin, ultra-light, fully functional PC.  

Targeted at education, field sales, medium and enterprise business users alike, users will be will be appreciative of  the nine and a half hour battery life, the ability to use a pen or their finger for commands and brilliant display.   When the pen is in range it takes control of the PC, if the pen is out of range you can use your finger or the track pad.  

Continue for more information and photos


Within twenty-four hours of each other, two major OEMs announced new Tablet PCs: Toshiba Portege M700 and Dell Latitude XT. Interestingly, these two Tablet PCs are at opposite ends of the spectrum, with the Toshiba offering high performance and the Latitude XT being ultra-low voltage delivering long battery life. It’s great to see such diversity in the market!

The Toshiba Portege M700 is available in two prebuilt configurations, as well as build-to-order or “customizable” where you can select up to an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz processor, 4GB of system memory, and up to a 160GB hard drive. People looking for performance mobile PC should be happy, particularly college students looking to get every ounce of power out of it for science classes and movies


December 13, 2007

Windows 7 will "blow iPhone away"
PC Pro

A Microsoft engineer claims the touchscreen capabilities in the next version of Windows will leave iPhone fans "blown away".

Writing on his blog, the engineer says the Tablet PC "remains one of the coolest projects remaining in mainstream computing".

He then issues a bold claim about the Tablet PC developments that will arrive with Windows 7. "I will say that if you are impressed by the 'touch features' in the iPhone, you'll be blown away by what's coming in Windows 7," says the engineer, Hilton Locke. "Now if only we could convince more OEMs that Windows Touch Technology is going to drive their sales."

That said, Microsoft's had plenty of time to crack the technology already. The company first launched a Tablet PC version of Windows back in 2002, but the technology has never attracted more than a niche following.

With the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft decided to stop making Tablet PC a separate version of the operating system and integrated the technology into Windows, but even that has failed to spark demand.


December 14, 2007.

GBM Podcast #42: Hardware, Hardware, and More Hardware

Better late than never. That can be said for Dell finally entering the market this week, and the fact that this podcast is a couple of days late!

In Podcast #42, Warner and I sit down to chat about Toshiba's M700 Tablet PC, Dell's Latitude XT Tablet PC, the impact that Marc Orchant has had on our lives and work, and also say congratulations to Mickey Segal, our November Forum Member of the Month.


MindManager Pro 7 Software Review
Tablet PC Reviews

If you need help keeping your meetings or class notes organized, Mindjet's MindManager 7 may be the software for you. It is designed to capture ideas, increase brainstorming, create projects and manage meetings. MindManager enhances presentations, gets ideas flowing and improves productivity. Saving time and being more efficient is something every user values.



December 17, 2007

Toshoba r400


OnTheRun with Tablet PCs podcast- the last hurrah

jkontherun This is the final episode of OnTheRun with Tablet PCs podcast that has enjoyed a run of over two years.  Marc Orchant and I had realized that we could not continue to do the show with our busy schedules and were planning a final show when Marc passed away.  I still wanted to do a final show to thank all of our listeners who have followed the show over its long run so this final show is a mix of highlights from the entire show history.  Mixing the show was difficult for me to do but I wanted to give the listeners one last listen at the wit and genius of Marc Orchant.

Thanks for supporting us and goodbye Marc, my friend.


Edward Jones Launches Tablet PC Program for Financial Advisors
PR Newswire

Edward Jones is bringing high tech to its low-tech approach on doorsteps across the U.S. with the launch of technology designed to revolutionize its already renowned financial advisor training program.

During initial training, all recruits to the organization's growing network of financial advisors take with them a tablet PC that captures important client information as they make personal visits on doorsteps in communities where they will establish their businesses.


December 19, 2007

Tablet PC & UMPC Community Gathering @ CES 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Annual Tablet PC & UMPC Community Gathering.

Enthusiasts, users, OEMs, ISVs, IHVs are invited to attend the fifth Tablet PC & UMPC Community Gathering. The annual gathering takes place during 2008 International CES. It has been an excellent place for people to share information about new products, tips on existing products, and enjoy meeting people involved in the community.

Companies have offered to give products away in random drawings. Examples of items at last year's event: Otterbox rugged case, Motion Computing LE1600 Tablet PC, TabletKiosk t-shirts, and more! If your company is interested, please email Lora to make arrangements.

Food & Sodas sponsored by Microsoft, JKOnTheRun, and TabletLawyer. Alcohloic drinks available at your own expense.


December 20, 2007

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Tablet PC Lovers
Tablet PC Reviews

There are so many accessories available for Tablet PCs that the little things get overlooked. Not this year though because we have a great list of stocking stuffers for your Tablet PC lover.


December 21, 2007

A Christmas Wish List for Tablet PC and Mobile Users
Gotta Be Mobile

Time for my annual Christmas Wish List of things I’d like to see for Tablet PC, UMPC, and Mobile PC users. These aren’t gadgets I’d like to see under mine or anyone’s tree, nor are they predictions. Instead these are things I’d like to see happen. As always, I’m an impatient old elf, when it comes to these sorts of things.

I’d like to see the many solutions we have floating around for coordinating our life “in the cloud” with our life “on the desktop” advance to a point where we all might feel a little more comfortable.

I’d like to see Intel come up with a better marketing strategy, and clearer communication strategy, for and about its chip speeds. The average user has a hard enough time figuring out what’s what these days. When yesterday’s chip speed compared to today’s is really meaningless, somebody needs to spell it out a bit more clearly.

I’d like to see UMPC makers (and MID makers for that matter) recognize the importance of Inking and come out with a UMPC  (or MID) that allows accurate note taking ability. There is need for a small device that can do more than play media, show pictures, and manipulate icons with a touch interface.


December 20, 2007 – Great news!  Allegiance Technology (www.alltp.com) has updated our 48 hour demo program to include the latest and greatest Tablet PC brands and models:

  • Sahara i440D by TabletKiosk Pen/Touch Slate Tablet PCSahara i412T by TabletKiosk Touch Screen Tablet PC  Motion LE1700 Slate Tablet PC Motion C5 Medical Tablet PC   Fujitsu U810 UltraMobile PC  Fujitsu ST5112 Slate Tablet PC with Indoor/Outdoor Screen Fujitsu T2010 Convertible Tablet PC  Fujitsu Convertible Notebook Tablet PC P1610 Tablet Kiosk UltraMobile PC eo 7110 Amtek T770 UltraMobile PC 
  • IBM/Lenovo X61 Tablet P

In addition, we have expanded our offering to include both long term demos and rentals.  We can rent units at the cost of $300 per month (30 days) or $160 (14 days).  If your organization needs a complete solution for a project and requires accessories as well, please call us at 877-772-5587 so we can customize a program for you.


December 24, 2007

Welcome to my Home Theater - Controlled with an EO UMPC

I just had to post this article...who would not die for a home theater like this one!  The movies can be selected by using an EO UMPC tablet PC from Tablet Kiosk...I think we can see it sitting right there on the table in the picture...makes me think about a PACS imaging system...using a device as such to control the viewing and selection items....BD 

TabletKiosk eo

On a little custom table attached to the arm of my main seat is my newest toy – a TabletKiosk i7209 which acts as a visual controller for the currently playing movie and can also select movies with its own DVD Lobby interface.


M700 arrives anyway

got a surprise yesterday. The FedEx guy delivered a Toshiba M700 to my door. Yep, despite the fact that I’d cancelled the order, an M700 arrived anyway. At first I wondered if it included the touch support which I had been looking for, but a quick check of the packing slip indicated no such luck. Nope. Toshiba simply wasn’t going to give up. So I gave in and opened the package.


Tablet computers at crossroads?
Boston Globe

Bill Gates has long championed the notion of Tablet PCs - portable computers that let users scribble in digital ink on the screen as an alternative to a keyboard.

So far, most computer users haven't shared his enthusiasm. But some analysts say the rising acceptance of touch-screen interfaces - exemplified by Apple's iPhone - could put a new spotlight on the concept.

The question is whether Microsoft or Apple will be better positioned to capitalize on it.

There has long been speculation about the possibility of Apple introducing a tablet-style Mac, fueled in part by the Cupertino, Calif., company's patent filings on tablet-computing technology. As in the past, the possibility is likely to be the subject of rumors leading up to the Macworld convention in January, where Apple chief executive Steve Jobs traditionally unveils products.


December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays From TabletPc2.com

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Sparkle with Joy and Celebration


December 26, 2007

Tablet PC and Phone Program Fun
Gotta Be Mobile

I've been playing with some programs over the weekend and would like to do two things: Share and Ask

ergoImage One of the programs I've been playing with is Ergo.  Very interesting program that does searching, and is very Tablet PC friendly.  It's a little slow with loading the thumbnails (Flickr search was fast though), but it's kind of a cool idea that's for sure.  I like how it gives a nice view of the results - and there's also the option of picking from a variety of search providers or even your local machine.  There are also a great feature where you can annotate anything in the search - with text or ink.  I don't have a touch based Tablet PC, but it sure seems like it would work well on a UMPC or a Tablet PC with touch.  Check it out at YourErgo.com, it's a Beta 2, so tread lightly (but I haven't had any problem


December 27, 2007

New tablet PC has right touchToshiba M700 Tablet PC
Asheville Citizen

A tap of your finger is all it takes to control Toshiba’s newest tablet PC. Designed with a backlit LED screen that responds to both a digital pen and a fingertip, the tablet PC boasts a 12.1-inch wide-screen anti-glare display. The Portege M700-S7002 model also includes a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 gigabytes of memory, a 160GB hard drive and a built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam and microphone. Cost: $1,799. www.toshibadirect.com.


Condo Developer Uses Mobile Software to Facilitate Development and Buying Processes
Multi-Housing News

Vela’s system is installed on a Tablet PC, replacing paper and clipboard, and performs functions such as field repairs or punch lists. It also logs buyer comments during the walk-through inspections.

“We’re able to better manage our punch lists and synchronize our work so we can get through the jobs more effectively and more efficiently,” says FECR senior vice president Philip C. Dahan.  “Opera Tower is about to be home to hundreds of new residents and we are eager to deliver their homes on time and with the best customer service. Vela helps facilitate that for us.” 


Mi-Co E-Forms Point of Care Solution for Home Health F Fully Compliant for 2008 PPS Changes
Market Wire

Mi-Co, the mobile data capture software company, today announced that its Point of Care E-Forms Solution, Mi-Forms for Home Health, is fully compliant with the Prospective Payment System (PPS) 1.6 specifications approved by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for January 1, 2008.

Home health organizations had less than 60 days from the final rules approval by OMB to change their processes to become compliant with the new PPS. Ensuring accurate data in OASIS assessments is a critical element of providing quality of care and receiving proper reimbursements, and directly affects every Medicare-certified agency's bottom line. Mi-Forms for Home Health allows agencies to eliminate paper forms in the field while providing nursing staff with a comfortable, easy-to-use handwritten forms interface on a Tablet PC.


December 28, 2007

Prep school students buy own tablet PCs for classroom work

At Brophy College Preparatory, a private Jesuit high school in Phoenix, half of the 1,200 students no longer use textbooks -- or paper, pen or pencils for that matter. Using a tablet PC and the school's wireless Internet, students download assignments in every class, upload tests to the teacher immediately after taking them and take notes with an electronic stylus that records writing as if it were on paper.

Following a 30-student, seven-teacher pilot study in 2006, nearly 700 students -- the entire freshman and sophomore classes -- and 80 teachers are using the system. Brophy freshman are required to purchase a $2,250 tablet PC. The school offers financial aid to those who qualify.


December 31, 2007

2008 Predictions: Warner's Take
Gotta Be Mobile

MeHere’s my take, hunches, best guesses, and coin flips for 2008.

  • Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) will dominate the conversation for the first half of the year. What happens in the 2nd half is anybody’s guess.
  • Call it Ultra-Mobile PC, call it UMPC, call it Origami. Call it what you will, but by the end of 2008 call it in its dying throes. The ultra mobile vision will remain, but in other devices. 
  • Unlike Rob, I don’t see Dell re-evaluating their price point on the XT Tablet PC so soon. The high price point is consistent with the markets they have been targeting from the beginning. If the prices drop it will be a year from now at the earliest.
  • Apple will not market a Tablet PC in 2008.  Instead it will be a communication device that takes advantage of the iPhone’s features as well as the Back to My Mac features for users to grab their data on the road. Because it will have a touch interface and be able to take advantage of InkWell, Tablet PC aficionados will call it a failure.
  • Touch will again be a dominate feature and news story


Microsoft, VIA Technologies, and Tablet Kiosk present "The eoV7110" UMPC

Further strengthening their leadership Giant Chip Maker VIA Technologies Inc., Microsoft tabletkiosk eo UMPCCorp, and Tablet Kiosk Inc. Launched the eo UMPC v7110, which is a part of the Microsoft’s Ultra initiative for PC.

The eo V7110 UMPC is a fully loaded unit with a wide range of features and is very handy to use. It is compact in size, light weight and is very portable to carry. It is compatible with the full version of Microsoft Windows XP professional edition. It comes with a touch screen keyboard (powered by 1.0 VIA C7-M ULV processor) which makes it easy for the users to operate. Its processor comes with a Padlock Security Engine.


Is Apple Planning To Launch An Ultra Mobile PC Next Year?

We've been hearing rumors for months that Apple is working on some kind of tablet PC, most likely an ultramobile PC (UMPC) of some kind. One of my colleagues, Mitch Wagner, thinks that Apple has no plans for a tablet. Other industry insiders, like futurist Mark Anderson, think Apple is about to enter the UMPC market just as this device category hits the tipping point. So which is it?

I think Apple plans to launch some kind of new handheld next year. This device is something in addition to the new 3G iPhone and the coming upgrade to the iPod Touch. Will it be something closer to a full-blown ultramobile PC or just a Web tablet, like the Nokia (NYSE: NOK) N-Series? I'm not yet sure. But if the blog rumor mill is any indication, the device will look more like a UMPC than a Web tablet.

Here's a look at blog post from Seeking Alpha that details the supposed Apple UMPC device:

Then about a month ago, another source revealed that Apple has shown significant interest in a 5.2″ 800 x 480 pixel touch screen design by Balda, a German company and the current iPhone screen supplier, and Wintek, an Asian component supplier. This second piece of evidence reveals the real purpose of this new device, an ultra mobile device occupying a position between the 3.5″ iPhone and the much rumored 7-10 inch Apple tablet. There was also a previous article I wrote which highlighted Apple’s sudden concern for flash memory supplies in 2008, despite industry predictions for next year which emphasize greater production and softer demand. This further confirms that Apple is working on a new device due sometime in 2008 that will put strains on the flash memory supply chain.

If this rumor pans out, the new Apple handheld would be some kind of touch-screen device that is somewhere between the iPhone and the long-awaited 10-inch Apple tablet of lore. Wait, there's more:




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