Fellowes makes a laptop stand for the desk that looks like it would be useful as a tablet PC stand. I just found this picture on my Treo from a shopping expedition earlier this month.  


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Mystery box arrives

Friday, March 31st, 2006
Well, there's something, big in that large computer box. The box is not as heavy as it's size would seem to indicate, so it's probably just packed extremely well. That's promising.

Here's a picture of Amy and Wendy, coming down the driveway, with the box that FedEx just delivered. (Captured on my Treo 650)

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Ultra-wide screen Tablet PC coming!

Thursday, March 30th, 2006
I guess my blog posts about my ideal Tablet PC haven't gone unnoticed. At least one Tablet PC manufacturer is actively reading my blog. [You can probably guess that it's not my current Tablet PC manufacturer.] I just got off the phone with an excited representative from a well known computer manufacturer who called to let me know that, because of my blog, I've been selected to evaluate one of their new ultra-wide screen Tablet PCs. She promised me that it was perfect for Tablet PC mind-mapping and that I would be very happy with the display resolution and size.

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Productivity Juice for Getting Things Done

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
One of the challenges of using digital productivity tools for extended periods of time is endurance. Last week, I found a solution to this challenge.

Many new increases in portable computing power require equally significant increases in battery power. I'm not complaining. My Tecra M4 is not nearly as heavy as my first computer. Still, it's hard to boast about the utility of Tablet PCs and mind mapping software when I can barely get more than 2 hours of use out of my system. Again, I'm not complaining [much] but I want a solution I can use for 8-10 hours at a stretch, even when I don't have access to AC power. I considered travelling with a small super-quiet Honda generator, however, I decided against this approach in pursuit of a better solution.

James Kendrick once mentioned that he uses an extended-run-time battery pack, from BatteryGeek. I had resolved to buy a BatteryGeek power pack to use at the GTD RoadMap seminar in Santa Monica. Unfortunately, I did not receive a response to my email inquiry in time to place my order.
Time was running out; I had to get creative ...

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Yesterday, I enjoyed a special treat. My friend and colleague Jason Womack, invited me to sit in, as he presented a one day Getting Things Done seminar for one of his corporate clients, in Ventura, California. I've known Jason for many years, but this was my first time to really see him in action.

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I arrived at the client early and found a good seat at the back of the room.  Since I was a guest, and I was already familiar with the material. I ended up focusing on the presentation itself and watching how the audience responded.  I was amazed.  Jason delivered an awesome presentation; for eight hours, he kept an audience of close to 250 people focused and engaged. Jason's presentation and delivery skills made it evident to me that he has invested thousands of hours in perfecting his delivery.

I ended up taking five pages of notes, mostly on the presentation itself, and I was able to share these with Jason over dinner this evening.  I think the three things about Jason's presentation that stood out to me were:

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Picture challenge for Mr. Womack

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
Dear Mr. Womack, We really enjoy your picture challenges. We have one for you.

Recently, we were on vacation and were able to view a small part of a race.  What kind of race was it, what was it called, and what city were we in?  Here are your clues: wheels, ocean, man powered, helmets, hundreds of participants, cow bells.

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Flight status on your Treo, in real-time

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
Several months ago, I wrote about real-time flight tracking from your PC. The next logical step, of course, is to track your flight from your web-enabled PDA. Here's a useful real-time flight-tracking application that I found for the Treo 650.

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Monday, March 6th, 2006
I looked up this morning from my studies to see a very unhappy Channel 9 Guy, sitting all alone on my digital whiteboard.

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Remember the commercial where all you see is the upper floor of an office building; then suddenly the mirrored glass shatters and a CRT monitor flies through the window and smashes into the parking lot a few stories below?

I've been away from the blog for a while to visit with my family, work on a few client projects, and study.This topic, however, brought me back to the blog. It even made me think of a new challenge.

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