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August 25, 2006

HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC

Another new addition to the family, that is on the technology front. I’ve recently purchased an HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a tablet for quite some time now and have finally taken the plunge. I bought the Tablet PC mainly for it’s portability and also for it’s note taking capability. I’m using Microsoft OneNote in conjunction with the other features provided by the Windows XP Tablet PC 2005 Operating System to help me document stuff better. This particular Tablet PC is a combo, that is, you can use it as a normal laptop or as a Tablet as illustrated in the pics below.

Hp Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC in Laptop ModeHp Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC in Tablet Mode

If you’re thinking of getting a tablet PC you should check out the Top 10 Benefits as listed by Microsoft :

  1. Simply the best mobile PC ever
  2. Interact with people, not your PC
  3. Take notes easily
  4. A truly personal computer
  5. Make comments quickly and naturally
  6. Easily convert handwriting to typed text
  7. …or don’t bother to convert handwriting to text
  8. Rely on all the benefits of Windows XP
  9. Take advantage of Tablet PC-enabled software
  10. Use the Tablet PC in Multiple Languages

Other programmes that are quite useful on this platform are MindManager, Microsoft Outlook and FeedDemon (blog reading client software). With the tablet you can sort and read blog entries and e-mail a lot quicker. In terms of specs I went for something that had a very basic configuration since I already have another laptop that is pretty powerful but not as portable as the tablet. High level specs are as follows:

  • Hard disk: 60GB
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Processor: 1.66Ghz

You’ll find what I would describe as an accurate view of the HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC’s capabilities here on ZDNet. I’ve owned/used a lot of laptops but this laptop has an interesting feature I’ve never seen in use on any other laptops, namely an Ambient Light Sensor. This is a small sensor which detects the level of surrounding light and adjusts the screen brightness accordingly. One of the other things I like about the Tablet is you can choose to work in either Portrait or Landscape mode by rotating the screen.

So, I now have 5 screens to look at in my home office as shown below, namely an HP Pavilion zd7020US Notebook PC, Desktop PC, 14” TV , HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC and my work IBM X40. Great if you want to multi-task.

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August 11, 2006

Daniel Byrom’s birth now registered

I took some time out today to go and register Daniels birth at the local Registrar of Births and Deaths in Maidstone. Here’s a peek at what the birth certificate looks like as well as the copy birth certificate.

Daniel James Byrom Birth CertificateDaniel James Byrom Copy Birth Certificate

Thanks to David Kendall who undertook the registration process. Actually, this registration process is one of the few processes here in the UK that is not automated i.e. you can’t do it over the phone or via the internet. However, a survey I filled in before the registration process seems to indicate that they are thinking of going this route. The Kent County Council site describes the birth registration process and provides information on the following topics and questions:

  • Where and when must I register a birth?
  • Making an appointment
  • Who can register a birth?
  • Information for the register and birth certificate
  • What happens when I talk to the registrar?
  • Naming your baby
  • What will I be given?
  • Do I have to pay a fee?
  • Do I need copies of the birth certificate?
  • Unmarried fathers and parental responsibility
  • Marriage of a child’s natural parents - “re-registration”
  • Celebrating and commemorating the birth
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July 30, 2006

Maidstone River Festival 2006

I spent the afternoon with a friend, Eros Simone and his two children, Alessandro and Piero at the Maidstone River Festival, a festival that welcomes hundreds of boatowners and thousands of visitors to Kent’s county town and its greatest natural asset - the River Medway. You can see my pics of the Maidstone River Festival for 2006 on flickr.

Richard Johnson of RJ Ride GuidePerhaps the most impressive act of the day for me was Richard Johnson of RJ Ride Guide who performed some pretty spectacular stunts on his bike.

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