I was one of the lucky ones who received his eo i72xx series UMPC from TabletKiosk before they indefinitely postponed shipments of the first allocation of machines due to “driver issues.”
Based on some support requests of my own concerning the video drivers, I believe the driver issue that’s holding up shipments is with the Intel graphics drivers. I’ll follow this post soon with another detailing my issues.
But as of today (Sept-26), it seems that TabletKiosk still hasn’t resumed shipments of the 72xx series models.
As of today (Sept-26) it sounds like TabletKiosk has recently resumed shipments of devices with updated video drivers. A couple people with order numbers at or above ~1000 have either received their machines with updated drivers or received notice of shipment (cite).
While people wait to get these machines I’ll feed the interests of others by reporting that despite the varied issues I’ve had (posts forthcoming on these), I still love my eo. I’m using it all the time in lots of different places. Here’s a list of things I’m using it for now.
Watching TV shows I’ve recorded.
We have a little boy who happens to go to bed right in the timeslot of the few TV shows we like. So I record them via the video capture card on my Mac and my wife an I watch them later in the evening on the eo. For some reason this it’s more enjoyable to snuggle up on the couch and watch via this tiny piece of technology than for to record shows on VHS and watch them on the big screen TV. We’ll see if this odd behavior of ours passes as the novelty of the eo wears off.
I’ve installed a copy of OneNote 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh and boy is it cool. All I’ll say is that this is saving me from keeping lots of little scraps of paper lying around. We’re in the process of building a house and having a tablet and OneNote months ago would have been an awesome way to manage all the decisions and correspondence. Regardless, OneNote’s open most of the time, using it to record phone calls/coversations, take meeting notes, and collect research for various “projects,” and manage our shopping list all the while sharing notebooks with my other Windows box so that I can get at this information from multiple machines. I like this tool.
GPS + mapping
I bought a copy of DeLorme’s Street Atlas 2006 earlier this summer in anticipation of getting a UMPC.
I also just bought a Holux GPSlim 236 bluetooth GPS receiver on ebay. This is a very nice GPS receiver using the SiRF III chipset which allows it to get a satellite lock very quickly and even in poor overhead cover (inside, under trees, next to buildings. I paired it with the eo very easily and it seems to work with any app that uses NMEA 2.3 protocol over a serial port. Plus I can recharge it’s battery via a USB A-to-mini-B cable right off of the UMPC.
Short story (more on this later) is that Street Atlas 2006 and the Holux receiver work great together and I was able to find some outof the way shops easily on arecent trip out of town using them.
Just for kicks, I installed Netstumbler 0.4 and used it and the Holux GPS receiver to find tons of access points around the small town I live in. I won’t say this is a new hobby for me, but it is very interesting to see how popular 802.11b is now; and how many suckers are running unsecured access points. Too bad only a couple of them are actually open for free public use.
Portable Music Library
My collection of music and audio books recently outgrew the 18GB limit on my Creative Zen Touch player. Now I’m using up about 1/3 of the dinky 60GB drive on the eo for my collection. But at least I don’t have to define special filters to decide what I’m going to keep on the media player I use in my truck.
Browsing/Emailing/IMing from all over my property
Yes, I have used the eo from the toilet. Ewwwww.
There are a lot more fun things I’ve been doing with it. Stay tuned.
For those still waiting for your eo i72xx series orders to be fulfilled, hang in there.