What is the most efficient way to get things fixed with a Tablet PC Windows XP edition?
11.08.2005 - 00:22 / filled under default
Tag(s): Microsoft, Tablet, TabletPC, Lenovo, Thinkpad, X41, Experience Pack, Education Pack, Artrage, Denim, stupid programmers not recognizing basic standards
(As for the headline: It can't always be Mr. R.S., there must be other persons one can bug about those annoying things I found in just some hours of basic (!) playing with that windows edition. Because it is mainly about that windows edition, not the hardware so much.)
Okay, after the new toy arrived this morning, I made a bunch of fotos (which turned out to be not so great, because it is the handy camera :() and then the final moment came - the starting moment of 2 hours of despair. Dead on arrival. Which brings me to point one of my longer to come review: If you don't have a machine booting up, you can't access any of the documentation! And online? Nada del niente.
Call at the IBM support hotline? "We don't have that modell in our list" Hm? You just started shipping in Germany you freaks! Turned out, that ram needed a little push and then everything has been working nicely. They did call back late in the afternoon and where very happy to close the call - I only mentioned it works again. They could have asked for opinion and feedback (which they would have gotten, but I guess, a ticket is meant to be just a ticket ....)
I just wrote in an IM: i am usually not in geek toy land, but if everyone gets that much attention when buying toys, I will turn into gadget lady! The amount of envy via mail (all of course in good humor) is amazing, and I have not even taken it out into the wild! People like me just for having thise nice new toy ;))))
BUT - the thing I was most looking forward to, the Microsoft experience pack and the education pack? Both won't work at my machine. Because it is non English! CLEVER.
Using some buttons? Quite idiotic arrangements. My Lenovo, if held in right-hand manor? Description of buttons is upside down! Direct microphone quality? Miserable. I am curious how in here speech recognition is supposed to work by that? Fingerprint scanner? Quite doubtful it will work, I just hope I get into the system again tomorow ...
Using the tablet for handwriting recognition? Quite great - except some basic features missing like inserting simple things (space, colon etc), which I know of the Palm Pilot - will have to look deeper into it. Problem is: it has to be horizontal for recognition, does not work if you write in 45 degree angle. Tip for Microsoft: You can turn drawings in *all* your application for ages! Why not here? !
And the thing which annoys me most:
Where do I start to get some news about my tablet? Where do I buy protection for the screen? Where do I buy another pen with eraser? Which one? Where is the page for TabletPC applications? Where are the gadgets to make proper use of this?
Where is tablet pc kindergarden, 101 on inking and having fun? Where is the 'have fun with your tablet'-CD from MS showing me all the nice things why I should show everyone and make them buy one? Oh, and speaking of CDs - where the hell is my rescue CD?? I paid 2000 Euros for that machine, and I don't even get a backup cd of the system but some dummy cd with software I don't need? I am assuming, that this colorful "Lotus" CD is not my backup, but some Lotus Office stuff - which I am not interested a blip in.
But back to the tablet. Given, I will mostly want to use it for tablet specific reasons, not so much for the notebook part - and it is much heavier than I expected, the screen resolution could be better, but is probably getting used to, I like the way the keyboard handles the mouse buttons but I don't like the way the pen reacts!
Games on that machine? 4 of them are only internet games and all of the solitair stuff still looks ugly! Bad. The application Denim was even more irratic than it's usage with a mouse, great dissapointment.
The tablet feels nice, but I have a tendency to have 'greasy' fingers as it seems - cover and screen are already 'dirty'. Cleaning tips? As for the cover it probably means I really should cover it in nice stickers to avoid ugly fingerprints :o( [Got nice stickers? Contact me.]
The one thing which *was* fun to play with: Artrage
More information and ranting to come - in general: is fun. Has annoying things in it, I will talk about in detail later.
Tomorow I will get my Fritzbox and get into the adventure of installing that, connecting the tablet with the wifi and get into the internet; updating my tablet at Microsoft - and as it seems, that machine needs to be activated - YUK! Frankly, I don't care that *I* am punished because others pirat software. It is annoying. Oh and that clever genuine update? The code displayed can't be copied by short cut, you have to use right click mouse and copy. Whoever is responsible for that belongs punished. *Such* a basic mistake on such a hugely spread application!
Then strengthen my baby (because it will be out of my home firewall in the wild!!), then I will install Firefox, 'desinstall' IE, install Skype and Plazes and hopefully the system still works.
Because I transfered IBM Directories from "C:\program files" to "c:\programme" - which is in fact the correct path for it. When will the world of english only programmers understand, that other windows machines have different application paths? And paths for saving user data? And if they would be really, really clever, they would have learned that there is a godamn parameter for that! GRRRRR. You might think it does not matter, but I find it highly annoying to have folders on my harddisk I don't want or need to see there.
So: Got suggestions for software? I prefer non crippled freeware and open source, I don't mind donating like for Artrage, which has a paypal button.
I probably need a working Wifi-Finder, something like Onenote (I will probably not buy a new Office to get that particular application, while I also will not upgrade my Office 2000 because of how ugly that new version works), and Games like Bejeweled. :) Everything ink optimzed please.
And just in case: Don't bother to send me links to software which does not understand the usual basic principles of Microsoft UI, think they know which window size I will run their application in, or other usability glitches.
Did I mention the nice stickers? Are there little cute Channel 9 stickers? Skype? Where do I get a bigger (CC) sticker? A 'got ink'? :o)))