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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-04-2002, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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My New Toy... With just one problem

I just got started on a new design/research project, and today they gave me a computer to use. It's a ViewSonic ViewPad 1000 tablet PC, with wireless keyboard. I've been looking at the specs online, and it looks kinda neat. Seems like it could be quite handy, especially with the wireless internet capability, because I'm going to be doing a lot of video conferencing and moving around the labs at the same time. The problem is, I haven't been able to use it yet. I think the administrator screwed up my account, because the username and password he gave me aren't working. Oh, well.... That'll get straightened out....

Even though I haven't really used it yet, I can already see one problem with it -- some idiot decided to put Windows 2000 on it, which means that every time I turn it on, I need to use the wireless keyboard to log in, since at that stage in the boot-up, it won't interpret handwriting on the screen. This is a real pain in the ass, because the keyboard doesn't operate on RF -- it's actually infared-based, so you need to have a line of sight between the two components. Also, the keyboard doesn't fit in the case with the computer, so you have to worry about it getting smashed if you take it anywhere. So basically, since you have to use the keyboard all the time, that almost completely negates any benefits gained by using a tablet PC!!!!!!!!!!!! Might as well just get a laptop. In fact, that would probably be more convenient.... Gah! :mad:

Anyways, anybody used one of these before? Any opinions on 'em? Seems like they could have great potential, if you didn't have to lug around a keyboard everywhere......
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dude, its like my iPAQ on steroids thats pretty sweet
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dude, its like my iPAQ on steroids thats pretty sweet
Heheh. That's what went through my head when I read about it too. And even though at this point, the only thing I can do is turn it on , everybody who's seen it seems to think it's pretty nice. Must've cost a good sum, too. But hey, it's not my money, and I guess NASA's got the dough to kick around......

Your taxpayer dollars at work, eh?
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-05-2002, 12:33 AM
 
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hey jgarret hwo you like your ipaq i am debating on buying one. worth the money???
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Whatever you get, you might want to go with something that uses a Windows (CE) OS. I'd definitely recommend against getting anything that uses the Palm OS. Simply put, it's a pain in the ass. I should know, I've got a Palm.....
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whats the pa that uses Linux?
i'd get that faster than i'd get a PalmOS which is a damn nice toy as well.
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I have PPC2002 on my iPAQ 3640 that I picked up new off ebay a few months ago for $225 and I absolutely love it... its so much easier for me too keep track of what I have going on at college, plus with Avantgo I can d/l all the local weather/news etc and read it during or between classes
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what's prices for the internet and such??? can you send e-mail and shizz too?
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what's prices for the internet and such??? can you send e-mail and shizz too?
you can get wireless cards off ebay for $50-60 but I've heard from people that they drain your battery like a mofo and you'd need the external battery pack with expansion slot which i believe is around $100 from compaq
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Re: My New Toy... With just one problem

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Even though I haven't really used it yet, I can already see one problem with it -- some idiot decided to put Windows 2000 on it, which means that every time I turn it on, I need to use the wireless keyboard to log in, since at that stage in the boot-up, it won't interpret handwriting on the screen. This is a real pain in the ass, because the keyboard doesn't operate on RF -- it's actually infared-based, so you need to have a line of sight between the two components.
You know, if you login as a user with admin priv, you can cut off the ctrl+alt+del logon option. When you do that you can do a search for TweakUI (I think it is the same for all versions of windows, but make sure by searching for TweakUI 2000), install it and set it up in your control panel to perform an automatic login. That would solve your login problem that you hate, but would allow others access to your machine if they snatch it...
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You know, if you login as a user with admin priv, you can cut off the ctrl+alt+del logon option. When you do that you can do a search for TweakUI (I think it is the same for all versions of windows, but make sure by searching for TweakUI 2000), install it and set it up in your control panel to perform an automatic login. That would solve your login problem that you hate, but would allow others access to your machine if they snatch it...
Thanks very much for the tip. Unfortunately, I am not a user with administrative privileges -- I'm only a "power user," even though I'm the only person who's going to be using this machine. So I can't really change anything like that, unfortunately. (I did try disabling the secure boot-up in the control panel, but it wouldn't let me.) This lack of administrative privileges is really getting to become a problem for a lot of the other people in my group that got these, because they can't do such simple things as enable hibernation (save to disk, as opposed to stand-by mode) or even tweak the wireless internet connection settings for use on their wireless networks at home. The administrator said the reason we can't have full privileges on these computers is because if we did, then we'd also have full privileges on ALL the computers in that department of the university. So basically, any time we want some simple little setting changed, we have to set up an appointment with him and go all the way down to his office so HE can do it.

So here's my question -- can anyone think of a solution to this problem? I've dealt with this guy (the administrator) a bit by now, and to be honest, he comes off as kind of a dipshit. He didn't even know about the option to disable the secure boot-up. So I'm thinking that perhaps there's a solution (to the problem of us not having enough control over our machines) that he's either just not aware of, or too lazy to bring up. Any suggestions????

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So here's my question -- can anyone think of a solution to this problem? I've dealt with this guy (the administrator) a bit by now, and to be honest, he comes off as kind of a dipshit. He didn't even know about the option to disable the secure boot-up. So I'm thinking that perhaps there's a solution (to the problem of us not having enough control over our machines) that he's either just not aware of, or too lazy to bring up. Any suggestions????
Well, I have a program that will allow you to reset the admin password to whatever you want to set it to. With that, you can do whatever you want. Send me a PM if you want it. It will not allow you to view the password, only change it. It is a pretty good program. All you need is a floppy drive that is bootable at startup and 5 floppies. Let me know...
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Thanks for the offer, dwpoyner, but unfortunately this computer does not have any drives in it, other than the hard disk. If you want to attach a drive to read any kind of media, it has to use a USB connection.

In any event, I don't think the administrator would look kindly on me screwing around with his password. Making his job harder is probably not a good idea.... ;)

Thanks anyway.
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Not a problem. And just for the record, a USB floppy drive is bootable. That is what I use on my ThinkPad. Just a point of FYI...
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Tell your admin that they need to find a new job.

Seriously though, they can make you a "Local Administrator" on the pad and still keep you in whatever domain groups you are in at the current privelege levels. It's basic Windows user administration and the guy should know how to do this.

Offer it up as a suggestion and see what they say. If he still says that you'd have access to all machines in the department, tell him to go back to flipping burgers and let someone with experience get his job. I'm sure there are a few qualified people in your area hunting for work...
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