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Bert Keely - Souping up the Tablet PC

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We ran into Bert Keely, one of the visionaries behind the Tablet PC (he's an architect on the Tablet PC team), recently at dinner and he started showing us how he had souped up his Tablet PC.

"Wait, stop, let us film this," we said. And here's the resulting video.

He's the fastest Tablet PC user we've met. Do you know anyone who can work faster with a pen?

He's showing off some of the features of the new Tablet PC 2005 Edition (which ships with Windows XP Service Pack 2).

Oh, and yes, we want to know what the secret is to getting a Tablet PC manufacturer to give you a better screen. We guess that's one advantage of being an architect on the Tablet PC team!


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  • Bert Keely's tips are good. What other Tablet mods have you seen?

  • jkendrickjkendrick ...using mobile devices since they weighed 30 lbs.
    I have installed the Tablet OS on a Sony U-70 with a passive digitizer. The enhancements with XP SP2 are just great. Having a tiny handheld Tablet PC is just a mind blowing experience! I wrote a review of this on my blog and just recently an article detailing how I use this littlest Tablet which you can find here:

  • YongkeeYongkee Darthvader
    Great, Kendrik!
    I was just curious about installing WindowsXP TabletPC edition on VAIO U70.
  • I did not realize you could remove the overlay.  Has anyone done this?  Particularly on the m205?

    (Found this: http://www.tabletpcbuzz.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15427&whichpage=1)
  • bofebofe OMGWTFBBQ
    The Channel 9 Team wrote:
    He's the fastest Tablet PC user we've met. Do you know anyone who can work faster with a pen?

    Wow he's fast! Any idea how long he's been working with tablets?
  • The Channel 9 TeamThe Channel 9 Team 5 guys from Redmond

    He's been on the Tablet PC team since the very beginning, but has been working on pen-based computers for even longer. We're going to try to get a more formal interview with him and we'll ask how he got into pen-based computing.

  • JK - I really liked your blog post. I saw it the other day when Layne, Loren, Evan and some others linked over to it. It'd be great if Sony offers Tablet PC Edition 2005 as a purchase option.

    I'm curious how many people are interested in Tablet mods. We've been talking about a Tablet Event for pre-CES time period and have Tablet mods listed as a session. Anyone interested, please feel free to add ideas to the Channel9 Tablet PC Event wiki.
  • jkendrickjkendrick ...using mobile devices since they weighed 30 lbs.
    Thanks!  I think the OS should be commercially available.  There are a bunch of handhelds with digitizers going to be released and Tablet PC is a natural for these devices.  I've found that the Sony benefits perhaps MORE with the Tablet extensions because it's so small than a larger device might.  It's a powerful combination, for sure.
  • I tried to watch the video, but it isn't working for me.  It says that there is a problem with the network settings.  I am able to play Windows Media files from other sites, though.  Am I doing something wrong?  I'd really like to see this video!

  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    Do you have the latest Windows Media Player?

    Can you play it from this link? mms://wm.microsoft.com/ms/msnse/0408/23062/Bert_Keely/Bert_Keely_56K_110K_300K.wmv

    How are you connected to the Internet?
  • Yes, I have WMP 9.  I couldn't seem to play it from the link you posted, but when I changed the protocol to http:// instead of mms://, it worked... weird!

    Thanks for the help!

  • The Tru BanditThe Tru Bandit My work is never done!
    When will the videos be ready for download?
  • The Channel 9 TeamThe Channel 9 Team 5 guys from Redmond
    Probably tomorrow. Charles and Robert are doing those right now, matter of fact.
  • The Tru BanditThe Tru Bandit My work is never done!
    Will we be able to download the videos directly from this site?  So far haven't been able to download any videos.
  • scobleizerscobleizer I'm the video guy
    Soon. We're working on that now.

    All the video downloads are available here, though: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/results.aspx?productID=&freetext=Channel+9&DisplayLang=en
  • What kind of reading stand is that? I've looked all over bookstores around Indy and can't find anything that I could easily attach to my tablet. That would be a perfect addition to my Motion's hard cover
  • andy wuandy wu

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