Windows 8 Tablets

Samsung ATIV Smart Tablet PCI’ve been playing with Windows 8 for months now on tablets. I’m running it on our lounge room Samsung Series 7 Slate, a Fujitsu Q702 that’s been living in my travel satchel and a Motion F5t that’s in the office with me.

I’ve come to really love Windows 8 on a tablet, but I hate it at the same time. It is possible!

Websites pinned to Start screen include New York Times, Facebook, Kayak, and MSN.comAs a lounge room tablet, Windows 8 is perfect. Boot times are unbelievable! My F5t only takes about 4 seconds once it’s past the Motion BIOS screen. Less than 10 seconds from off and I’m logged in.

The kids have no problem with it (from 11 to 2 years old) and since a Windows 8 tablet comes with built in user accounts, it’s much better for family use than iPad or Android.

Microsoft Family Safety is built in, so our kids can just login with their user accounts and I can keep an eye on them. That’s out of the box, it even prompts you to see if you want to turn it on when you create a new user.

Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 Back SpecsFingerprint login is fuss free and incredibly reliable (on the Fujitsu Q702 and Motion F5t only), again far less frustrating than having to type in a 4 digit pin code over and over and over again! The kids like the picture login option too.

Browsing is near perfect. Whilst the touch version of ie10 does not seem to support flash, the desktop browser is there and it does. Of course I could also choose Chrome, Firefox and even (God forbid) Safari if I wanted to. Ahhh, freedom!

Having the desktop browser and the hardware to run it makes a Windows 8 tablet the perfect browsing machine.

For example, if I have more than one page open on the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the iPad when I switch between pages they reload. I don’t know how people can stand this, especially on iPad where it’s by far the worst. It’s just irritating.

On the other hand, my F5t has 16Gb of RAM, and that’s enough to hold a practically infinite number of web pages in memory. Even the most lightweight of the tablets (the Samsung Series 7 Slate) has 4Gb. Compare that to iPad that typically has only a tiny 512Mb of RAM (only the latest version has 1Gb RAM). No wonder they have to reload web pages every time you switch between them. They just can’t remember.

The keyboard options in Windows 8 are great. The flat design and layout works perfectly and auto correct works great. I love the swipe keyboard on my Samsung Android devices, and the Windows 8 tablet keyboards only come in second to that. Not a lot of typing is done in the home of course.

Touch keyboard shown while typing in the address bar, contains  / and .com keys.The app store is a little light on, but there’s enough there to entertain. So from a home use perspective, Windows 8 Pro hits the spot on a tablet.Samsung ATIV Smart Tablet PC

At work however, it’s a different story. As a long time tablet user Windows 8 is just not working out. When I upgraded the Solid State Drive in my main Motion F5t this week, it stayed with Windows 7. It’s likely to stay that way for some time.

Don’t get me wrong, Windows 8 is good for business as I wrote here:

Consumer tablets will continue to have a place in the enterprise thanks to their cheap prices and cachet. But for anything more than the most casual computing Windows 8 tablets will give enterprises a tool that solves a lot of problems. It is a tool that has been missing until now.


And the Sydney Morning Herald also made a good point about it here (most unusual for mainstream press):

Business users are spoilt for choice when it comes to Windows 8 tablets. Arguably any tablet running the full version of Windows 8 would be suitable, given its ability to run legacy software, but there are certain models that are better suited for work.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/tablets/the-best-tablets-for-windows-8-20121101-28l91.html#ixzz2HR4JLVfq

But I’m finding that the changes to the desktop environment are hurting me most. There’s a couple of problems:

  1. The new Tablet Input Panel forces us into a 2 line handwriting recognition box that covers too much of the screen. A real problem for desktop apps.
  2. The handwriting recognition panel has lost the ability to click to insert (you used to be able to click in your word document for example and the text would go in automatically, great for correcting but probably too scary for nuff nuffs!)
  3. Two finger right clicking with touch is gone. The fast way to right click now only gives way to the slow way (press, hold, wait).
  4. Touch flicks have disappeared off the face of the earth.
  5. Pen flicks work intermittently and appear to be a bit broken. The ie10 web page area appears to have an overlay that prevents them from working anywhere apart from on the toolbars and program edges.
  6. OneNote doesn’t seem to be able to determine if touch or pen is in use reliably and so scrolling with touch is not working well.

I’m hopeful that these technical glitches will be looked at. I certainly hope to raise them with the people in Redmond when I visit next month… Anyone who will listen that is!

No doubt these issues stem from the radical changes to so many interfaces in Windows to accommodate things like smooth touch scrolling and speed responses to touch. But I would hope that Windows returns to it’s roots and allows power users to customise the user interface.

If you haven’t used a Windows tablet before, then the new Windows 8 tablets will satisfy. They are without doubt the best, fastest, most flexible and easiest to use tablets on the market.

For long term Windows tablet users like me we’ll have to see what happens at SP1…


Favourite comments from iPhone 5 launch!



It’s like… one louder i’n’t it!

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iPad 3 (aka The new new new iPad) battery charging makes me ROFL

Ok, I don’t really care about the dumb battery meter thingy (oopsey again Apple) although that has also caused me to chuckle…



No, I’m more laughing at the mindless Apple consumer sentinels who are telling all who dare to ask (perhaps I should say aks) on forums why their iPad 3 – or new new iPad, whatever we’re calling it now – takes so freakin’ long to charge.

Subsequently humbled for even daring to aks (ask for the rest of us) users are reporting 5 to 12 hour charge times… hmmm.

So let’s do the math.

new new new iPad:
43 watt hour battery. 10 watt charger. 5 to 12 hours to charge.

Samsung Series 7 Slate:
40 watt hour battery. 40 watt charger. 2 hours 10 minutes to charge.

Motion Computing F5v:
44 watt hour battery. 70 watt charger. 1.5 hours to charge.

Of course the Apple question aksers have been righteously corrected now and they just know that because the new new new iPad has a bigger battery it takes much much much longer to charge!

Apple are just not even trying now. Oh brother!

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Top 3 words heard by Apple CEO Tim Cook


"Is that it?"



LOL Smile

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Word VBA ContentControls in Header

I spent days trying to figure out a good way to set the value of a word content control in the header of a document using VBA. The solution was very useful for dealing with content controls in general…

The problem is that Word splits a document up into different regions (called stories) and each seem to contain their own collections. So the thisdocument.contentcontrols collection only refers to content controls located in the main section of your document, but not the header and footer.

If you want to put content controls in the header and footer, you can run into trouble.

There are a couple of solutions to addressing content controls in the header and footer of a word document, but I prefer the solution by Sunil Thomas at the following forum:


Syntax is:

ActiveDocument.SelectContentControlsByTag("Your-Content-Control-Tag").Item(1).Range.Text = strYourString

Since I only have three content controls to address, I don’t need to loop through the collection and I can just address them by tag. Simple, love it!

Word VBA Window

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I’m going Froyo and Mango simultaneously

Or maybe I’m just going crazy! The Android 2.2 Froyo update announced itself on my Motorolla Defy phone yesterday.

The HTC Mozart has also been reminding me of the Mango (Copy and Paste etc) update too… Great phones both of them… Have not looked back at the iPhone which is gathering dust for one second!

The most liberating digital experience you can ever have is not having iTunes on your PC!!!!

Updating them both now, hoping that it improves general performance for the Defy. Interested to see what goodies turn up on the Mozart. The Windows Phone 7 Interface is the most flowing and useful of all of the phone interfaces in my opinion, and I prefer this phone out of all of them.

We’ll see how this goes…

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HP Slate 500 blog post from Sydney Airport


I’ve been back on planes all week this week, splitting my time between Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

So I knocked out this blog post about the new HP state 500 standing at the gate at Sydney airport.

I love being able to blog from anywhere!

Fortunately we made it out of Sydney within 30 seconds of our noise curfew. Phew! Qantas A330 is bringing me home to reintroduce myself to the family…

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Battery Life – Tablet PC or iPad?

Baltery lifeTablet PC or iPad

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Fujitsu TH550 Blog Post in Ink…


Here is a blog post that I wrote at the pool today.

I’ve decided to throw some ink blogs up on www.tabletpc.com.au.

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iPad is the new iPod for giveaways


Marketing people are so original aren’t they? I used to be in undated with iPod giveaway offers in my inbox, but in a stroke of genius marketers have found a new junk cheapie to give away. It’s an iPad and it’s a lot less useful than those ipods we used to give away!


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