Why am I doing this? Well, for the past few months, I've used my Tecra M4 more as a laptop than a tablet. Some of this is due to the software issues I've previously reported. Some of this is because I got out of the habit of using the tablet after the various systems problems.
I still believe in the Tablet PC as a computing platform for the future. The question, for me, is whether or not it's truly a viable and productive tool for the present - at least my present.
That said, I'm going to take the next few days to reacquaint myself with the Tablet PC and the four applications that I plan to use for this evaluation: OneNote, MindManager, Adobe Acrobat, PDF Annotator. and the I will also revisit various blogs, such as Chris Pratley's OneNote blog, to learn about some of the best practices for the use of each of these applications on a Tablet PC.
If you would like to offer me comments, recommendations, or tips on using my Tablet PC and the above applications as the total replacement for pen, paper, post-its, and books, or if you would like to offer me any advice for a beginning law student, please post here or click on the link above to send me an e-mail. My time's limited, so any shortcuts would be greatly appreciated.In many ways, I expect that this challenge to myself will be much more difficult - especially getting rid of Post-Its. I suppose this is like a diet (another challenge on my someday list) in that I need to get past the first 30-days to build a strong habit. :-)
I want to acknowledge the many people, some of them popular bloggers, who have been kind enough to offer support and encouragement and advice as I've dealt with past challenges. You know who you are. Thank you! I've learned a great deal from many of you, and I hope to contribute back to the community by sharing what I learn through this challenge.I do not expect that at the end of this two-month trial my conclusion will be that the Tablet PC is the perfect replacement for pen and paper - I'm not sure there is one. I don't expect that I will necessarily be more productive using only the Tablet PC either, in fact, I suspect that in some ways I may be less productive. My goal, and the objective of this experiment, is to learn where I can make the most productive use of this technology.
I've got several clients among my readers. I know that they, too, are watching to see what will happen. I'm just as curious as they are.
I'll try to blog on a regular basis.