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Ross Russell
post Mar 20 2004, 10:44 PM [ Post #1 ]


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The Fujitsu Point 510 or Point 1600 are color tablet PCs that are relatively cheap and work great as PDAs. The only "problem" with these machines is that they are relatively valuable and could be hard to replace if they are broken.

The IBM 730T 730TE is very very cheap, you can pick up the basic machine for under $50.00. These machines are monochrome but they are so cheap, rugged and easy to replace that they make great PDAs. These machines are about twice the size of the standard PDAs at about half the price and they can run standard Windows 95.

While the machines CAN run windows 95, I have Pen for OS/2 in my IBM 730TE which makes it an extremely unique PDA.

OS/2 requires a lot less memory and resources than Windows 95 which makes it great for a machine like the 730T 730TE. And because it is OS/2, a lot of people who might be stealing PCs might not understand what OS/2 is.

If you get a 730T (the 730TE has a slightly faster processor than the 730T) on ebay, it would probably help if you bought it with all the parts and in working condition, i.e. with a hard drive with extra memory and with Windows 95 already loaded. If you are not technical it may be somewhat difficult to deal with a barebones tablet PC.

Obviously, you can use the machine with windows 95 and you don't have to install Pen for OS/2 on it. I guess that OS/2 is really something for the more technical.

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One of the things that is neat about using Windows 95 (in addition to Windows 95 being fully compatible with your desktop PC) is that IBM created some software for use with the CrossPad notetaking Tablet that works perfectly on Tablet PCs running Windows 95. The Software is called Ink Manager.

So, with the Ink Manager Software loaded on your Tablet PC running Windows 95, you can literally use your Tablet PC to take notes as if you were writing on paper. The Ink Manager Software has the ability to store and organize your notes as you desire. The notes can be stored graphically or you can use the software to try to translate your notes into text.

You can of course spend about $2,000 or $3,000 to buy one of the new tablet PCs to do the same thing described above.


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post Mar 20 2004, 11:10 PM [ Post #2 ]


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The CrossPad was a notetaking device that is now out of production but you can still find some of them new and unused on ebay. The CrossPad itself is more or less just an input device that works with the CrossPad software (the CrossPad Software is actually called Ink Manager and it was written by IBM).

The thing is that the Ink Manager Software works perfectly on a Tablet PC and you can use it to write notes on the screen of your Tablet PC with a Pen as if you were writing on paper.

The actual PEN that comes with the CrossPad and the Cross IPen works with the Fujitsu Stylistic 1200 and 1000 Pen Tablets. I have two Cross IPen setups that I bought off of ebay solely for the Pens (because I have a lot of Fujitsu Stylistic 1200s Tablet PCs). I downloaded the Ink Manager sofware from some website and loaded it on my Fujitsu Point 510 tablet PC, so, as I said, I can literally write notes on my tablet PC as if I were writing on paper.

It looks like the site where you can download the Ink Manager software is still up and you can still get the software and load it on your tablet PC running Windows 95/98.
http://www.cross.com/support_download.asp

IBM's Ink Manager software also works with an IBM laptop series called Transnote. The CrossPad was actually a partnership between IBM and Cross
 
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post Mar 21 2004, 03:04 AM [ Post #3 ]


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It looks like the pen for os/2 software is still on the net and you can download it. The file is penos2.zip and it is located at
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/ps/products/os2/os2ddpak_cur/

You have to have OS/2 installed on the tablet and then install the pen for os/2

Most people install software on a tablet pc by loading the software onto the hard drive directly, there are a number of ways of doing this. The 730t has a pcmcia hard drive, so you can load software directly on it if you have a pcmcia slot on your desktop or laptop. Most older laptops have pcmcia slots on them. The 730t also has a floppy drive and an extended port for loading software.

I think that Pen for OS/2 is mostly for engineers and old OS/2 people, but the resulting Tablet PC is a very unique PDA.

OS/2 and Voice Control

The neat thing about OS/2 is that it has Voice Control built into it; you can run a computer loaded with OS/2 by Voice commands.

The processor in the 730T is too slow to run voice recognition software but there is a very rare PCMCIA addon that you can use with the 730T that does the processing necessary for voice recognition instead of the processor.

IBM Viavoice works just barely on the Point 510, the processor in this machine being a bit too slow. It seems that most people using voice recognition in Windows use a Fujitsu Stylistic 2300 or faster machine.

While voice recognition takes up a lot of memory and processor resources, simple voice commands are possible on the Point 510 in windows. For example, I have an old program called "Voice Pilot" that works for simple voice commands on a Point 510 running Windows 95.



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IBM 9103 Tablet PC

IBM also has some color tablets but the 360PE is too heavy to carry around and the IBM 9103 Tablet was only made in Asia and is very hard to find in the US. An IBM 9103 Tablet PC running Pen for OS/2 would kick-ass. I am still hoping to find a 9103 in the US, there have been some showing up on ebay from time to time.

You can load pen for os/2 onto the Fujitsu Tablet PCs, but I have been unable to find drivers for the Fujitsu machines, there ARE drivers, but I haven't been able to get ahold of them. Fujitsu does not walk to remember anything to do with OS/2.

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post May 30 2004, 04:27 PM [ Post #5 ]


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Specs for IBM 730T 730TE

ThinkPad 730T/730TE
Size & weight 210mm x 197mm x 35mm
3.9lb with both batteries
Processor 730T: 80486sl33 low power 33MHz 486 without maths co-pro
730TE: 80486dx4/75 low power 75MHz 486 with maths co-pro
RAM 4MB standard, 20MB max 1 with IC-DRAM card or
8MB standard, 24MB max 1 with IC-DRAM card
Storage No internal hard disk drive.
PCMCIA slots accept PCMCIA storage devices.
Audio PC Speaker - no sound card.
Video Western Digital 90C24, VESA local bus.
Display 9.5 inch diagonal monochrome transflective DSTN LCD.
640x480 resolution, capable of displaying 16 greyscales.
Keyboard None.
Pointing
Device Untethered electromagnetic stylus; no battery required.
Digitiser 9.5 inch diagonal screen overlay.
'TrackRight' etching provides paper-like texture.
PCMCIA 2x type II / 1x type III slot combination plus 1x type II slot (can accept type III card if no IC-DRAM card installed)
Intel 82365sl PCIC, supports PCMCIA ver2.1 devices.
Status Four LED indicators: Power mode, battery 2 status, battery 1 status, PCMCIA activity.
On-screen controls Volume up/down
Contrast up/down
Backlight (toggle off/low/high)
Invert colours (toggle on/off)
Suspend
Power Auto-switching 110V/240V power supply with seperate mains cable
Batteries Two NiMH batteries, giving a quoted 4-10 hours of life!


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post Jun 3 2004, 03:44 AM [ Post #6 ]


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Fujitsu Stylistic 1000

The Fujitsu Stylistic 1000 is essentially the same as the IBM 730T, except I can't find any pen drivers for os/2 for the Stylistic 1000.

The screen on the Stylistic 1000 is even a little bit nicer than the 730T. The Stylistic 1000 is a lot thicker than the 730T and it is a little bit smaller.

The Stylistic 1000 uses the same pen as the Stylistic 1200. These pens are a little bit hard to come by and they are expensive.

More or less, I have problems carrying around a Stylistic 1000 (I only have one of these) or a Stylistic 1200 because they could be hard to replace. The Stylistic 1000 DOES come in a color model, whereas the IBM 730t is only in monochrome.


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