On Fri, 13 Jun 2003, Steve Cavrak wrote:
> Lynn Cummings wrote:
> > Shouldn't we (CIT, Depot, CTL, UT&D, etc.) offer
> > just as much support for this new hardware as we
> > do any other hardware?
> My own guess is that is what will be happening; the
> issue really is never one of "support" (yes|no) but
> the "support timeline" ... i.e. how we ramp up for
> new products and how we (ecologically) dispose of
> old ones.
> Corey Gilmore wrote:
> > As for teaching people how to make the most of your
> > tablet PC, you'd need to ensure that everyone has
> > the same brand to do this the Right Way. I've got
> ? demo units here from Microsoft (an Acer), Toshiba
Everyone wants Senate business, and even though HP/Compaq has the curernt
contract, vendors still send loaners of their latest and greatest for us
to play with.
> > and Compaq and each one has a different set of buttons
> > on the 'frame'.
> Perhaps the absense of the "smiley face" might confuse
> some folks; the goal of a university experience is to
> get beyond the button pushing model of learning.
> But definitely the key to making the best use of any
> computing device is to help users learn to use it in
> a functional rather than rote manner.
I've found that the pen can be a little clumsy and the manufacturers
appear to agree as they've all included custom applets and buttons on the
frame to perform some common tasks change orientation, scroll through
menus, send CTRL-ALT-DEL etc. Check out the Tablet and Pen settings
control panel to get an idea.
Compaq's has been one of the nicest so far; a little heavier than the
rest but a nice crisp display and a little wheel on the side of the unit
that behaves like the wheel in a mouse. The Acer is small, but the screen
doesn't feel as nice to write on and the frame button functionality is a
bit obtuse. The Toshiba is just tiny.