I bought a tablet PC (a Fujitsu) almost a year ago. I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve been meaning to blog about it a bit more thoroughly and just haven’t gotten around to it.
Switching over to a tablet is foundationally a major change in how you use your computer. Normally, when I buy a new machine, I spend a considerable amount of time getting it tweaked *just the way I like it*. Flip this dial, turn that switch, install this widget, etc. I didn’t do that with this computer. Why? Because I wanted to use it for a while to find out how it was different, so that I could at some point in the future blow it away and reinstall it clean to *just the way I like it*. I knew that when it came to the tablet, *just the way I like it* was something that was going to be different from non-tablet computing, and I wanted to play with it for a while to find out what those differences were. More on that in my next post.
Well, I played with it for a year. I learned a lot of things about my interface with the computer. I installed a lot of software (some of which I’ll install again, some of which I decided was horrible). I hooked it up to a number of different peripherals, installed drivers, uninstalled drivers, messed with the registry, etc. I’ve hacked this thing pretty hard in the last 12 months.
I’ve killed it, finally. This was expected, so it’s no big deal. But today I plugged it into my docking station here at work and it’s decided that it can’t recognize my external display’s native resolution (I’ll post about that too, someone else has had this problem). The difference between 1600 x 1200 and 1650 x 1280 doesn’t seem like a lot, but looking at any display in a non-native resolution is like listening to a symphony with the strings section muted 50%… it drives me nuts. I reapplied the fix that made this problem go away 8 months ago, no dice. One of the other devices I’ve installed (the webcam, the wireless mouse, the printer, some native fujitsu driver, whatever) is futzing something up. That’s more or less normal for a Windows box that’s about a year old, anyway.
So, I have to take off an nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s long overdue. It’s going to drive me to make a couple of changes in how I use my computer on a daily basis, instead of doing things halfway between how I used to do them and how I do them now. I’ll finally be using 80% of the tablet’s functionality. I’ll actually post a bit about the machine, in hopes that any gentle readers might learn something interesting.
Now if I can just find the installation disk…