A Good Read – A “Heartfelt” Mac User and His Tablet PC

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A Good Read – A “Heartfelt” Mac User and His Tablet PC


I had a great read today with a story by Mike Wendland published in the Detroit Free Press. Yes, I am the “Editor in Chief” of TabletPCReviewSpot.com. Yes, I love the Tablet PC Platform and hardware. Yes, I use Windows XP every day. However I have dropped hints in past stories before that I do indeed have a passion for the Mac as well. I cherish my 12″ PowerBook and hardly ever leave home without it. So I can relate to the experience that Mike Wendland describes in this story.

Let’s say I have an interview with Bill Gates (in person). Would I bring along my PowerBook or the HP TC4200 (my current Tablet du jour)? No doubt the answer is obvious. Besides Macs do a lot, but they don’t hold a candle to the functionality offered by the Tablet PC for recording notes – even more so in the case of an interview.

Well those of you who are sitting at your Tablet PC reading this, who may dislike the whole Mac Platform alltogether can breathe easy. I am writing this very story on the TC4200 Tablet PC. As a matter of fact, over 98% of the content I write for this site is written on a genuine Tablet PC. Got a passion for the Mac yourself? Definately read on…

MIKE WENDLAND: Tablet’s cool, but my heart is with Macs

May 6, 2005


I wouldn’t drive my wife’s Honda to an interview with Bill Ford. So when Microsoft Chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates came to town last week, I didn’t take my Mac PowerBook to my interview with him; I brought along a Tablet PC.

The model I have, a Motion 1400, is what’s known as a slate tablet. It’s less than an inch thick and has no keyboard, but it has a nice 12-inch screen that you write on with an electronic stylus.

Gates was impressed. “That’s the same one I use,” he told me as we sat down for our interview and I began scribbling notes on it, simultaneously recording our interview with a built-in Microsoft program called OneNote.

That’s about all we said of my Tablet PC. What surprised me was how it apparently impressed Gates.

On Monday, at a meeting with business journalists in Seattle, he mentioned me by name and the fact that I brought my Tablet PC to the interview last Friday in Dearborn.

I was pleased at the mention. It was a wise move, I thought, and probably contributed to what was a free-flowing and insightful interview.

Then I started receiving e-mail inquiries from other journalists about Gates’ remark.

“Bill made a comment about how he met with you recently and you had ‘switched’ from a Mac to a Motion tablet,” wrote Brier Dudley, a technology reporter for the Seattle Times who covered the Monday meeting.

“He said you came to the interview with a tablet, so he didn’t have to make the tablet pitch to you. Is that correct, that you have switched from a Mac to a Tablet PC?”

Holy Cupertino. Where did Gates ever get that idea?

No, no, no. I own and use three Macs. They are most assuredly my main squeeze. I also have a Dell and the Tablet. I write about technology and have to be familiar with both Macs and PCs.

I use the Tablet as a sort of portable screen that I carry around the house to read Web news at breakfast or scan through e-mail on the deck or, occasionally as a note-taking device for interviewing big-shot tech leaders.

Now, I like the Tablet PC a lot. In terms of the Windows world, it has the most “cool factor” of anything I’ve seen.

But I’m still a seriously committed Mac fanatic.

So, Mr. Gates, thanks for the kind words. Please know, though, that while I believe you’re really on to something with the Tablet, my heart still belongs to the Mac.

As for you, Bill Ford, don’t worry. My wife may like her Honda. But nothing can separate me from my F-150.

Original Story Link: http://www.freep.com/money/tech/mwendland6e_20050506.htm




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