Observational Cybersketching on a Tablet PCUMPC

Tablet PCs and UMPCs may have the advantage of screen size over PDAs, but they are heavier and more tiring to hold over long periods of time. Strapping big folk who work out with dumbbells may be able to hold a tablet PC in one hand throughout an entire observing session without giving it a second thought, but most people may feel slight discomfort after a while if they remain standing while holding the device in the hand. It would be nice if manufacturers incorporated a clip-on hand strap to...

WinCE

Aware of the success of Palm-powered devices, Microsoft was keen to establish a foothold in the growing handheld computing market, and in 1996 they released the first version of Windows for devices with minimal storage - Windows CE (Windows Embedded Compact post version 6.0). Devices using the WinCE operating system appeared later that year, with Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, NEC, and Philips being the major manufacturers. Following the launch of WinCE, two basic forms of device making use...

Graphics Programs for Cybersketching

GIMP (GNU image manipulation program) is a free application with a great deal of functionality. It's well worth downloading even if you already have a full-featured commercial graphics program. GIMP is suitable for a variety of image manipulation tasks, including photo retouching, image composition, and image construction. It can be used as a simple paint program, a high-quality image retouching program, an image format converter, and so on. The program is expandable, designed to be augmented...

The Windows of Change

During the 1990s, Microsoft Windows became the world's most popular operating system (in terms of the sheer number of its users). Windows went through a variety of incarnations, including Windows 3.1 and Windows NT (both introduced in 1992), Windows 95 (1995), Windows 98 (1998), Windows 2000 (2000), Windows ME (Millennium Edition, 2000), Windows XP (2001), and Windows Vista (2007). These operating systems were not without their faults, and critics of Microsoft were (and still are) vociferous....