One step closer to paper

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
I'm testing my ability to work on a completely paper-based system. That's right. Paper. (Michael's probably smiling right now, perhaps even drafting his next comment about analog productivity. That's OK, I'm quite happy to provide amusement to my friends.)

My sudden move to paper wasn't a planned one. Somewhere between the hotel and David Allen's office, my Tecra M4 OS decided to crash. It wants me to reboot with the original Windows install disk. Guess what? Nevermind. I'll have to wait until I get home tomorrow to see if my product recovery disks can be used instead. Otherwise, I'll test to see if I can recover all of my system, along with the "free" bonus software, which Toshiba so generously provided. You can probably sense my excitement.

Fortunately, I use Lotus Notes, so almost all of my files have been replicated elsewhere. (If I can repair my OS, then I can grab the current versions, otherwise, I'll use the replicas.)

Though the timing could not be worse, I have considered how I might change things on my tablet, if I ever had a reason or an opportunity to reload.  Well, I now have such an "opportunity."

As I wrote recently, I'm pleased with the M4 hardware. Other than the DVD power issue (which I hope to find a solution for) and an occasionally loud fan, I'm very pleased with the Tecra M4 hardware. Now my focus will be on the software side of the equation. Once I get everything tuned the way that I want it, I'll make a declaration as to whether or not I consider myself YABHTU.

Here's how you can help:


If you've recently loaded/reloaded your Tecra M4 Tablet PC from scratch, or if you're aware of a blog detailing the process for an M4 or an M200, I'd like to hear from you. I've documented everything I've done to date; however, I certainly want to take advantage of any new knowledge gained. (I believe that Warner and Marc recently documented their experiences; links welcome guys.)

Thanks,

I'll be back soon.

Discussion/Comments (8):

One step closer to paper

Eric - I did recently re-install my M4 and I documented everything I did. I'll try and get all the details posted in the morning and I'll send you the link.

Posted at 8/26/2005 12:53:23 AM by Paolo


One step closer to paper

Ouch! Sorry that happened.

You probably have this info but here's a link to my Reinstallation Diaries series.

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Let me know if I can help in anyway.

Posted at 8/26/2005 5:06:06 AM by Warner Crocker


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Eric:

Here are the posts I made last September when I documented rebuilding my M200. As I believe your Recovery disks contain an SP2 version of Windows, you can skip over some of that part of my process.

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Warner's series is here:

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Let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

Posted at 8/26/2005 5:14:31 AM by Marc Orchant


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Ouch ... had to post something like this right before my M4 arrives, didn't you?

I'll be watching this anxiously. I'm also going to explore creating and replacing the built-in drive image on the M4 hard drive with a "clean" version.

Posted at 8/26/2005 8:56:06 AM by Rob Stevens


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Sorry to hear about your troubles. A little tongue-in-cheek on the paper there, eh?

I just switched to a paper based calendar. After going throug enough PDA's, Tablets, etc...I just enjoy the simplicity of a paper system, as well as the cost, instant on, and other nuances of a regular old calendar.

I do keep my phonebook in Outlook still and keep plenty of project and source files on the PC but I print a lot out so it's handy and in my calendar.

I've been a lurker on your blog for sometime and enjoy your posts. Also a fellow homeschooler who works at home. You've been an encouragement for me to get my kids more involved in "my world".

Posted at 8/26/2005 2:32:15 PM by Kevin Tupper


Paolo, please post the details

Thanks for the offer to share your M4 reload experience. Please post a link or send me an email. Best regards. Eric

Posted at 8/27/2005 11:44:18 AM by Eric Mack


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You should look into a Logitech IO Digital Pen. At least with that, in the event that you have to use pen and paper, it is still "somewhat" digital.

Posted at 8/29/2005 7:10:13 PM by Jason Fitzsimmons


One step closer to paper

toshiba disc

i will be very happy if you broad it

Posted at 3/10/2008 6:16:47 AM by keir agour



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