Friday, September 18, 2009

When old school becomes new school

I managed to shoe horn windows 7 onto a Compaq TC1000 tablet pc circa 2002.

It runs, very slowly by modern hardware standards but not bad compared to how it rans when new with XP Tablet edition.

There is one hardware problem that is a show stopper. The digitizer for the tablet doesn't work. HP drivers for XP don't work. I found a Gateway driver than installs and while windows is happy, they digitizer/pen is useless.

So I fresh installed with back to XP Tablet 2005. It is my retro computer now. I call it my G-Touch. It runs ie well and supports my igoogle page nciely. Email, calendar, rss, piscasa.

and it has a feature not found today.

a built-in compact flash card reader

retro supports my D-SLR

all the new stuff requires me to carry a usb cable or reader & cable

when i go to starbucks, all the cool kids with have either netbooks or widescreen lugabouts

but i know i will be on to something with this retro computing when my teenager asks me if she can take it to school

btw, it scored a 1.0 rating but in fact it was so slow that windows could not rate it.

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