Lenovo was kind enough to provide me with the amazing ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC and I have been enjoying using it and demonstrating to folks how Tablets work and how I use the Tablet PC. (Be sure to search my "Tablet PC" archives for other posts about this incredible tablet.) The X61 combines the best of features - a powerful processor, a long battery life, high resolution and highly visible screen, light weight and the fantastic ThinkPad keyboard 7 TrackPoint to create a flexible and powerful computer. Add to this, Microsoft Vista (I know; it's not ideal on the desktop, but it is a much improved Tablet OS) and I have a powerful tool for mobile productivity.
Listen in as I give Kelly a tour of the new Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC.
- Discussion of screen sizes
- What makes up the Tablet PC Experience
- Hardware: laptop mode
- X61 Hardware Overview
- Pen, fingerprint reader, buttons, navigation
- Kelly and I belong to the same club
- How Kelly would use a Tablet PC
- People love flashing lights and gauges on computers
- Kelly takes the X61 for a spin
- Vista is a great Tablet OS
- Unfortunately, many of my apps (e.g. Palm desktop) won't work with it.
- "You had me at the pen, Eric"
- Windows Journal - notepad on steroids
- MindManager 7 and the ribbon UI
- Now, look at MindManager in Pen Mode!
- Tables allow the brain to move fluidly between linear thought and creative thought
- The value of having low-tech capture tools around you for creative capture
- OneNote Launch button for quick capture (27:00)
- Lotus Notes on the X61 tablet PC - demo of a non-ink enabled app (31:00)
- Gentle prompt to IBM, calling for ink support in Notes
- Don't look at my in-box; not healthy.
- Oh my, Kelly walked out of the house without a capture tool. (34:00)
- Flicks in Vista for most common keyboard tasks in non-ink enabled apps
- How I use the Tablet: Laptop vs slate mode
- How Kelly might use the Tablet PC
- Scanning books into the Tablet - paperless challenge
- PDF annotator for document review & markup
- You can create your own handwriting font
- Tour of Tablet Apps
- Dragon Naturally Speaking with the Sony MX20 handheld voice recorder
- ArtRage - the ultimate art studio for Tablet PC
- Using the Tablet PC for presentations; annotate on your PPT slides
- Michael Sampson mind mapped his presentations in real-time w/Tablet PC
- ActiveWords Inkpad for the Tablet - gotta have it
- The X61 Tablet makes computing fun again
- Tablet PC as a digital capture tool
- Benefits of using a Tablet PC in meetings (50:00)
- Tablet PCs are more people friendly, more natural in meetings
- Use a Tablet PC and people pay more attention to you, really.
- Thank you, Lenovo, for allowing me to use the X61 Tablet PC. I can't wait to see what's next!
This is probably the best quality recording I've done using my new Sony MX20 handheld voice recorder. You can even hear the birds singing outside the window!
I like to share with folks how I use technology to work smarter; I often feel that I learn as much or more than the people I'm teaching.
I hope you enjoyed listening this podcast as much as Kelly and I enjoyed recording it.
Are there other topics you'd like to hear about? Let me know. I'd like to hear from you!
I really enjoy doing these kinds of recordings and I always love to evaluate new gear and software that can be used to help people be more productive. If you have a cool tool or technology that you'd like me to have a look at, get in touch with me. I don't charge to blog or podcast about it and, as you can see on this site, I don't advertise. This site is my on-line journal where I talk about whatever interests me. My criteria for the technology that I blog about is simple. a) it must catch my interest b) it must pass the "will I really use it two weeks from now?" test, and I have to see a clear benefit over current tools or methods. if so, there's a good change I'll blog about it either here or over on my Notes On Productivity blog.
I recently purchased a Sony voice recorder and I've been experimenting with it for mobile dictation; a podcast on that should be coming soon, once I get it all sorted out...
Meanwhile, I hope you find this podcast helpful.
Podcast: 54 Minutes