The Tablet has Arrived

My Toshiba Portege M200 has arrived. A bit of a worrying night, as it didn’t appear to have been dispatched at all, but early this morning the dispatch note arrived in my eMail, and the tablet itself arrived at the door a few hours later.

First Impressions?

It’s small. We went out to try to buy a case for it, but none of the laptop cases in PC World or Staples were small enough – it could have fitted in the front flapped pocket on most of them. I finally ended up with a conference folder – the sort intended for an A4 pad and some leaflets. The screen is excellent. The high resolution and small size does make for very tiny text, but it’s so clear that it doesn’t seem to be a problem. Those with eyesight worn out from more years of CRTs may have problems, but it works fine for me (and I’ve had a fair share of years in front of CRTs myself 😉 ) The keyboard is very good. The positive feedback it gives actually feels to me like I can type faster on this than I could on a full size Microsoft Natural Keyboard.

Ordering the Toshiba M200 Tablet

What? A Decision?

Yes, I finally made a decision, and it was the tablet. The Toshiba Portege M200.

I Had a Plan

It wasn’t too cunning, but it was a plan. I would order it on Wednesday night, and pay extra if necessary for next day delivery. That way, it would be dispatched on Thursday, and delivered to my work on Friday, just in time for the weekend.

It Went Wrong

Doesn’t it always? I got signed up at eBuyer, added it to my basket, added a spare pen, an iPod Photo 30Gb for Sam, and an enclosure to turn the old laptop’s hard drive into a USB device. Then got to the address bit. The first order must be delivered to the cardholder’s address. Home. Where we won’t be.

Recursive Mobile Snaporama


Recursive Mobile Snaporama, originally uploaded by pigpog s.

Andy’s taking a picture of the River Trent, Lee’s taking a picture of Andy, and I’m taking a picture of Lee!

Creativity in action, baby!

Amoeba library

we make money not art has pics of the Cottbus University Library, near Berlin.

The building has a very unusual amoeba shape and its glazed facade is covered with thousands of overlapping letters … glass changes colour according to your point of view and the weather: under the winter sun it takes an ivory look, turns greenish when the sky is cloudy, etc.

Looks amazing – worth clicking though to see.

The Ice Cream Story

Fred Gratzon is telling the story of how he managed to start a successful ice cream company without ever really intending to. It’s worth following – he’s up to part six so far, and has just convinced a bank manager to loan him lots of money despite having no experience, skills or plan.

Tablets and Apples

Michael’s already blogged quite extensively about his search for a replacement for his laptop, so I thought I’d wade in and offer my two cents on the whole thing.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed when he changed his mind about the Powerbook. I was looking forward to having a play and ‘sharing the whole Mac experience’. This is despite spending a month working on a Mac that had many issues and wouldn’t survive without at least 4 reboots a day, and being well-warned about what Mac ownership can do to the psyche.

Tablet PCs do sound interesting, and I can see why Michael is keen on getting one. But there’s something about the Mac that I want to get to know better. Maybe it’s the interface of Mac OS X (the new one looks particularly cool), maybe it’s Garageband, maybe it’s the completely misguided notion that owning a Mac will make me more productive, creative, talented and sexy. Good God. Steve Jobs has really done a number on me, hasn’t he? Anyone who gets to be played in a film by Noah Wyle must be listened to!

Variax Workbench

The software/hardware combination – Variax Workbench – is finally being released. So. How long is it going to take for us to cave in and buy it?

I’ve not been playing much recently, but I think we’ll both want to have a play with this. It lets you design your own custom guitar, with whatever body parts and electronics you choose. It works out what that would sound like, and feeds the data through a cable to the Variax guitar (Not incl