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Enabling Floating TIP for Java Swing Apps on Tablet PCs (Part 2)

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Enabling Floating TIP for Java Swing Apps on Tablet PCs (Part 1)

I became a Tablet PC user this past summer when I acquired a TabletKiosk i7210 eo (an Ultra Mobile PC) running Windows XP Tablet Edition. My primary job is as a Java developer and I have done a fair amount of development using Java’s Swing windowing toolkit.

I very quickly learned that apps written using this windowing toolkit don’t work like regular windows apps on a tablet PC. They don’t offer access to the floating text entry window (Floating TIP) forcing the user to enter text via the text input panel at the bottom of the screen, a more cumbersome method of entry.… Continue reading

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igfxpers.exe really IS required on my UMPC

If you’re somewhat tech savvy, you may periodically look into the long list of processes that is running on your Windows PC. Google them by their “image name” or the name of the executable that’s running and you often can find entries in windows process databases like
this one, this one, this one, this one, etc. that describe the process as

It is a legitimate program, but it isn’t required.

After receiving my replacement eo from TabletKiosk recently to correct an issue
with the usability of the TouchStyk I found that it had a whole bunch of processes running that I didn’t recognize. One of them, igfxpers.exe, was described as “legitimate, but not required.” So in an effort to reclaim resources that “unnecessary” background programs are using, I removed the string entry for it it from my registry’s

\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

key without much thought. Only after about half a day, I discovered that it really was doing something useful and should be running.… Continue reading

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Wireless Adapters That Periodically Disconnect on UMPCs

In the UMPC realm, a number of people have commented about their wifi connections periodically disconnecting. Apparently, owners of the Asus R2H and some owners of Samsung Q1s have had a lot of problems with their wireless connections periodically dropping. I’ve had my TabletKiosk eo i7210 for almost 4 months now and have noticed occasionally that the wifi connection would drop and reconnect occasionally. It never seemed to cause any inconveniences to me, so I ignored it. But when I read DanDar3′s story on the issue and how he upgraded the Intel drivers in his UMPC and improved his situation, I decided to look into the issue further.… Continue reading

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“Turning Off” the display on a PC

I recently mounted a TabletKiosk eo i7210 in my Hummer H2. I quickly realized that when using it at night, it would be very handy when I’m not actively using it to turn off the display without turning the machine off or putting it in standby/hibernate. With the screen dimmed all the way, it is still bright enough to reduce visibility out on the road and is also annoying to anyone who might be trying to sleep in back like my son.… Continue reading

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Mounting a TabletKiosk eo i7210 in a HUMMER H2 – Part 2

Summary: Mounting of a TabletKiosk oe i7210 UMPC in a HUMMER H2

In Part 1, I mention how Ram Mounts was the only mounting component vendor (at the time) to have a UMPC holder that was sized well enough to hold the TabletKiosk eo i7210. Given that, I decided I’d go with an all Ram Mounts based solution to mount the eo in my HUMMER H2.

This is the full list of requirements I had in mind when planning this mount. Some were missing from my first post.

  1. allow for quick insertion/removal of the UMPC into vehicle
  2. don’t obscure air vents
  3. don’t obscure shifter or cup holders
  4. don’t obscure center console stereo, climate controls, transfer case, e-locker, and traction control buttons
  5. don’t encroach on passenger space
  6. securely hold it in off-road driving situations
  7. position at convenient location for use by driver, i.e. don’t have to stretch or bend to reach or read it
  8. allow for repositioning for use by passenger
  9. minimize visible impact to vehicle – while I own the H2 and don’t plan to get rid of it until it dies, I’d prefer not to mar parts of the dash that are in plain view

This is a pretty healthy list of requirements. I decided that, to fulfill them, I had to use some sort of mounting arm that’s attached near the floor in a carpeted area where holes are out of sight, where the arm can be adjusted after installation, and the eo sits in a cradle at the end of that arm. It probably wasn’t going to be the cheapest or most turnkey solution.… Continue reading

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TouchStyk Misaligned on my TabletKiosk eo i7210

I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that I’ve had a few problems with my new TabletKiosk eo i7210 UMPC. We’ll I’ve had questions via email from a few people about it so I’ll describe some of them.

One of the first things I noticed after getting the device was that if I tried to use the TouchStyk controller to move the mouse, it really only wanted to go to the right and down. Attempts to move it to the left resulted in the mouse moving very slowly or not at all.

After a while looking around for some sort of software configuration options, I discovered that the dish shaped stick on the right side of the i72xx is really just a slip on cover over a rubbery/plastic stick that is mounted in a hole in the front cover of the machine. When I pulled it off, I immediately saw the problem.… Continue reading

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Mounting a TabletKiosk eo i7210 in a HUMMER H2 – Part 1

The moment the UMPC platform was unveiled at Microsoft, I immediately knew that I was going to put one of them in my HUMMER H2. My H2 doesn’t have an in-dash nav unit. It’s just a stereo, CD player, tape deck. I’m currently using a Creative Zen Touch to pipe audio into the head unit using an aux input module from Pacific Accessory Corporation that I installed a while ago. I figured, if I’m going to have a UMPC, it’s going to replace my Zen Touch and add every other capability I might want in-vehicle since it’s a complete Windows PC.

— Added on Sept-29 —

My requirements for this mount are:

  1. don’t obscure air vents
  2. don’t obscure shifter or cup holders
  3. don’t obscure center console stereo, climate controls, transfer case, e-locker, and traction control buttons
  4. securely hold it in offroad driving situations
  5. position at convenient location for use by driver (i.e. don’t have to stretch or bend to reach or read it)
  6. allow for repositioning for use by passenger

So I am pursuing a mount that positions it solidly over the center console cupholders and allows its orientation to be quickly adjusted without tools.

Now, one major problem is that there is no mounting system available for the TabletKiosk eo’s yet. TabletKiosk has a “Universal Mounting Plate” spec’ed out, but I don’t know when they’ll be available. I contacted Arkon, Ram Mounts, Panavise, and ProClips and no one had anything specifically made for the i7210, nor were there any generic/univeral holders that looked to be the right dimensions to hold the i7210.… Continue reading

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I’m loving my TabletKiosk eo i7210

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.”

This is according to this post on September 13th at origamiproject.com‘s forums.

Thank you for contacting TabletKiosk. We have received your order, however at this moment we have stopped shipping units due to a identified software driver issue. We anticipate we should have this issue resolved within the next 72 hours at which time we will resume shipping these units.

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.… Continue reading

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InScribe Keyboard as Fullscreen Touch Keyboard Video

Ilium Software has recently released InScribe as an alternative onscreen keyboard for tablet PCs and DialKeys for UMPC. It can be downloaded for free right now and runs on any Tablet PC.

A few people have taken a look at this product already, including James Kendrick of jkOnTheRun in this article. It’s got a number of features including a way that you can drag your finger/stylus between keys and it recognizes presses by change of direction and the ability to make your own keyboard layouts. But I just wanted to show how useful it is as a simple transparent touch screen keyboard.

Here’s a brief video showing me using it on my eo i7210 UMPC to type into notepad.… Continue reading

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