• Thinkpad X61 Tablet and Photoshop are friendly eventually

    imageWell, a long time passed since the last time I posted about this problem and the way to solve is just what I haven't thought it would work, but it works--99% great. I have tried on every situation from messed system to after clean installation, and it still works properly.

    This is what I did:-

    1. uninstall every drivers about touch + Wacom digitizer -- restart once.
    2. download driver here
    3. then install. That's it.
    4. download Wacom bamboo driver from Wacom directly
    5. then install it, now you will be able to use your pen, not your finger
    6. now you've got to have your multi-touch in hand and install it.
    7. At this point, everything should be ready.

    I have tried on Windows 7 64-bit. It works like a charm for both digitizers, no luck, no drama ever again--just work. However, you have to use only Photoshop (32-bit), not 64-bit one.

    This is unbelievably easy, isn't it? I don't know why I could not get it work at first. If you still have the issue, get into device manager (start >> "devmgmt.msc") then you have to see something like this;

    image

    the yellow asterisk ones are what Photoshop is looking for (bamboo driver). The rest is from multitouch driver. You've got to have both to get both passive and active work together.

    If you have a problem, just ask. I might be able to help :-P

    Note: rarely yet I found that Photoshop doesn't recognize the Wacom pen properly. I mean the pressure doesn't register at all. You just have to re-open Photoshop, then it will be all set. This is waaaay better than restart your system.

  • Finally, here HP 2133 comes

    imageThis might be a sub-notebook you are waiting for, so am I. But, could it be an Eee PC killer? I bet it is since it has HP logo on its lid--I'm not telling you that HP is better than Asus, you know what I mean--and it will sell through brick-and-mortar store everywhere, unlike Eee PC which is not that ubiquitous.

    Okay first important thing first, spec and price comparing to Eee PC 700 series:-

    HP 2133 mini-Note Eee PC 700 series
    CPU VIA C7-M (up to 1.6GHz, 128 L2 Cache) 900 MHz Intel Celeron M ULV 353 @ 630 MHz
    RAM 512MB-2GB PC5300 512MB/1GB PC5300
    Display 8.9" WXGA (1280x768) 7" WVGA (800x480)
    Screen type Super Glossy Matte
    Hard drive 120/160GB 5400 or 7200rpm SATA or 64GB SSD or 4GB PATA Flash module 2/4/8GB SSD
    Expansion ExpressCard/54, SD slot SD Slot
    Dimension (W"xD"xH") 10.04 x 6.5 x 1.05~? 8.86 x 6.46 x 0.846~1.4
    Weight 2.63-3.23 lbs 2.0 lbs
    Keyboard 92% full keyboard crampy full keyboard
    Port VGA, Ethernet, 2xUSB VGA, Ethernet, 3xUSB
    Wireless 802.11a/b/g or b/g or bluetooth 802.11b/g
    Battery size/life 3-cell (28Wh) 2:15hr
    6-cell (55Wh) 4:11hr
    4-cell (44Wh) 2.8hr
    4-cell (52Wh) 3-3.5hr
    Price $499 -- 1GHz CPU 512MB RAM 4GB Flash SLED OS
    $749 -- 1.6GHz 2GB RAM 120GB 5400rpm Vista Business
    $299 -- 2G model
    $399 -- 4G model
    $499 -- 8G model

    HP 2133 with 3-cell battery (28Wh) HP 2133 with 6-cell battery (55Wh) HP 2133 Keyboard

    As you see, HP 2133 looks much more professional, has a lot more variety configurations than Eee PC and there are a lot of advantages over Eee PC but a few things that are worse than Eee PC is just a vital factor--weight & price. I mean for $499 you almost get nothing in HP 2133 perspective but you could get 8GB model and still 2.0lbs sub-notebook with Eee PC. For the top one, that's $749--I think it's not only a bit too steep; that price you could get ThinkPad T61 if you don't mind portability or add about $150 more to get Thinkpad X61 which is about the same weight or lower as well and surely better in any terms.

    Also, there are a lot of folks crying of HP choosing VIA C7-M over newcomer Intel Atom or VIA Isaiah. IMHO, HP 2133 boot time with Vista Business, which is about 1:20min -- according to a clip @notebookreview.com, is not that bad. It might not as great as Eee PC did, but considering Vista boot time is slow as default. I think this trading off with 4-hour-battery life is more than satisfied since I have a full shutdown few times a month anyway. Sleep & hibernate will come to take that role instead, just wait and see how good VIA chipset is about power consumption at a deep sleep state.

    In brief, I don't know yet if this is a real good deal. I got to see in person first; I hope it will hit brick 'n mortar store around soon, then we will know. Timing might be a vital factor here since if Eee PC is around in the store first, it will be a tough job for HP indeed.

    For more info & photo & videos, check out at NotebookReview.com

  • My first thought of iPhone

    First screenAround half a year so far, I have seen iPhone more and more on the street, but frankly Treo is still a lot as well. Not that I'm crazy about iPhone, I just have to get one for my sister. Yes I won't disagree that it is so cool gadget nowadays, but it is NOT perfect as well, or maybe it isn't worth comparing to all PDAs, even the features are comparable. Just so you know I just use iPhone as a PDA, not phone :-P, so no thought of how good it is as a phone.

    The Real Internet;
    Safari on iPhone is fantastic indeed; however, a tab feature seems to act so weird. I mostly found that tabs in background were blank and needed to reload again when I switched over. How could it end up like this? It's really annoying--like it's only single-tasking. Another drawback is a concept of iPhone that based on portrait view instead of landscape. It does rotate automatically but it doesn't take any advantage of wider width at all since font is larger; screen width = column width as same as portrait view. Keyboard in landscape view also is real nice, much better-bigger but that exacerbates screen estate a lot. I thought browsing on Nokia 770 is much easier to scan the content than this. Long story short, iPhone is created with portrait view in mind, no way that landscape mode will be better. Eventually this real Internet is very close..., but not yet. I still think N-series is a bit better.

    Safari mobile Page is gone

    The best iPod ever:
    I can't disagree at all since it could do everything iPod suppose to do & do that better with more eye candy stuffs. Furthermore, iPhone fulfils what iPod misses all the time--dedicated volume control & speaker. You'll be able to increase/decrease while device is locked. the speaker also is decent, such a great move, IMO. iPod touch sadly doesn't have these.

    More thought later.
    Sent from my iPhone << I really hate this :-P ha ha ha

  • Workaround X61 Tablet Pen problem in Photoshop

    It's an odd that we can't use Tablet features in Photoshop if you are using Tablet PC with Multi-Touch screen (Both active and passive digitizer) Although a pen sensitivity works flawlessly with every other programs such as OneNote, Alias SketchBook, InkSeine, or even Paint.NET, it just doesn't work with Photoshop. Yes, you could draw on it, but without sensitivity? why do we have to use an active digitizer? passive one should be enough.. Okay every problems have a solution. This still applied. Just for a reference, I am testing on Thinkpad X61 Tablet Multitouch, but this is a problem of all Multitouch tablet.

    The problem is Photoshop can't recognize the Wacom pen on Multitouch screen. In other words, an active digitizer on Multitouch Tablet PC will not work in Photoshop. I don't know if this should be a Adobe or Wacom issue though. But if I have to answer, it should be Adobe that needs to work with Wacom about this since other programs work just fine. From this problem, when you draw, you will get something like this.

    image

    You can tell that I'm not an artist or any kind close to that. So don't laugh at me :-/ As you see, what you got from original driver of you tablet. Isn't worth using tablet at all....

    Solution:

    Here is what you have to do, you have to go to Wacom website and get a bamboo driver. Then installed it. Easy, right? You will get something like this instead:-

    image

    I'm not quite sure which one is better--still kid drawing :-/ but you can see a difference, big difference since an active pen is working properly now. Nonetheless, this is not a permanent solution at all because touch--or passive digitizer--will not work under a bamboo driver. It means that you will be able to use only Wacom pen, mouse and keyboard--not your finger. If you want to touch again, you just have to install multitouch driver. Then everything will be normal again--Photoshop will not recognize active pen again. In case you want to use Photoshop w/ active pen in the future, all you have to do is reinstalling a bamboo drive back and forth again and again :-D

    I don't know when this problem will be solved permanently but now, at least, you will be able to get an advantage of your machine. "May the active pen be with you"

    updated--same day--12:44pm: After I messed with all this, I might get Multitouch work. I just need to check about it to see whether it's going to last. Up to now, they are still working after several restarts w/o tweaking a bit. Stay tuned!

  • Dell Outlet Impression...

    Refurnbished Sticker on the bottom Recently I just had a chance to grab one of newest machine available on Dell Factory Outlet (so, it's absolutely not new in a normal sense.) I have no idea whether or not I will be impressed and there are a lot of possibility to end up with returning this back since I have not really good experience with refurbished stuffs. For instance, refurbished Blackberry Pearl from TigerDirect was one of my bad experience. It had tons of scratches and flexes all around the body. Also, the system was freezing randomly all the time, even reset couldn't help from that.

    Why? why do I have to buy from this channel again?

    • First, it's cheaper;with the same spec, I could save almost $200 and that is based on $599 based price--so that's around 30% off.
    • Considering this as a computer; it surely is easier to fix. I mean most parts are available; you could change it if there is something wrong. And that doesn't require any knowledge--just brave to try, I guess. If you are not good about this, just ask--there are a lot of great community in the cyberspace. If it was mobile, PDA or any small gadgets, when it's dead, it's 95% dead.
    • You also are likely to feel getting a new machine. That feeling is so good, isn't it?

    Okay then, now you may wonder what I have ordered. It's Dell Inspiron 1525 with this brief spec:-
    unboxing 1525 All recovery & setup discs Dell Inspiron 1525

    • Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2330 1.6GHz 1MB L2 Cache (Merom)
    • 15.4" WXGA (1280*800) matte screen [no dead/stuck pixel]
    • 1GB DDR2-667 RAM (2*512MB)
    • 160GB Hard drive SATA 5400rpm
    • 2MPixel webcam
    • DVD Burner
    • Vista Home Basic
    • Recovery DVDs -- Windows Setup DVD, Dell Recovery DVD, Driver CD, etc.

    All these, I got $407.15 + $19.99 shipping = $427.14 which is not bad at all. It's less than what I paid for my Eee PC and it is hardly beaten by others with this price point. You know what? After this order, I don't think I will ever buy brand new laptop again if I choose Dell as a choice. Not only is the price my impression, but also...
    Inspiron 1525 1525 Keyboard
    (click to see larger images)

    • I ordered on Friday, Feb 29, 2008 4:42pm and I got it on Monday, Mar 3, 2008. That's 3 days including Saturday and Sunday!! I thought NewEgg is quick, but this is astonishing.
    • Virtually no scratch--you have to look thoroughly in order to see only a few of them.
    • They give every discs they should while some vendors don't care about this, even with a new purchase.
    • It's fast! after uninstalling bloatwares -- Norton Antivirus & Google Desktop; only 2.

    You may wonder how it can be fast with 1GB RAM on Vista, I have no idea too. But it seems working as fast as my ThinkPad X61 Tablet with Core 2 duo L7700 1.8GHz with 3GB RAM. Boot time from complete shut down is just around 40s to get login screen and about 30s extra for complete loading. Just so you know, this is the first Dell I ever touch & play in my room :-D I will post more thought of Dell computer in the future though.

    In short, if you are going to purchase a new system, don't overlook this channel. It's just great as it originally is. The system works flawlessly; there is nothing to worry about. Kudos to Dell for giving us an outlet plus coupon =) I'm truly impressed.