Mac Tablet (well almost)
There’s a good chance you could grow old and grey before you see a Mac in Tablet form (unless of course this Tuesday’s big announcement from Apple has a surprise in store). So in the mean time if you’re dying to scribble on Aqua and put pen to ten, you might want to check out the Adesso CyberTablet M17. It’s not a Mac in Tablet format, but it will function as a 17″ monitor with drawing and touch-screen functionality and let you draw to your heart’s content in apps such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. The Tablet features 1280 x 1024 resolution and a 13.3 x 10.7 inch “active area.” The included software adds pen functionality for other apps as well. The unit lists for around $1,699 sans Mac.
Merom vs. Yonah
Been holding off on that Tablet PC purchase for a unit with a Core 2 Duo? CNET has a good run down on the similarities, differences, and advantages of the Core 2 Duo over the Core Duo. Intel claims the chips are up to 20% faster, but as with all marketing claims, needs to be taken with a grain of salt. CNET found:
“…there isn’t a massive difference between the three processors. The Core 2 Duo was around 5 per cent quicker, which isn’t worth writing home about. Cinebench 9.5 showed more of a difference — the top-spec Core 2 Duo machine was 11 per cent faster than the Core Duo system in our single CPU test, and 8.5 per cent faster in the multi-CPU test.”
Shakespeare on a Tablet PC
Having worked with a few directors in my day, I can tell you they often have a bad habit of crumpling up their notes and hurling them at their actors to express their displeasure. Hopefully director (and Microsoft Tablet MVP) Warner Crocker has found other outlets for his frustrations. Warner uses his Tablet PC extensively in the rehearsal process including for notes.
“I tried a new technique of taking notes last night. Using my Sprint PPC 6700, I hooked up the headset, opened OneNote Mobile, and voice recorded notes for several sections of the the show. Then when I returned home after the rehearsal, I synced up the 6700 with my Tablet PC and was able to listen to my notes. I did this sporadically throughout the night, as we were fixing a lot of things on the fly, but this was a test to see if it would work for rehearsals later this week. Normally, I’m taking notes in digital ink in OneNote and reviewing them later. This voice recording method allows me to keep my eye on the stage and not what I’m writing. It will take longer to review, so I don’t know the result of this yet. But like all things mobile, it is a neat experiment.”
If you happen to be in or near Middleton, VA you can check out Warner’s Othello at the Wayside Theater and even get free tickets by checking out his blog.