Tablet PC

CommandI use my Tablet PC for about 2 hours a day, it’s quite important to me.


  • 1.1 GHz processor
  • 1.5 GB memory
  • 40 MB hard disks, one backs up to the other every night using a robocopy script, the scripts also does a backup of the SQL server databases.
  • 100Mb wired network connection to the hub
  • 802.11b wireless
  • Bluetooth
  • HP Docking station, with interal CD drive

Core software:

  • Dot net framework 1.1 and 2
  • Windows Tablet PC edition 2005 Firewall
  • Maxthon Browser (free), the best browser,  see my other posts
  • Skype (free)
  • Synergy (free), allows me to use desktop keyboard and mouse to control the Tablet when I don’t want to use RDP connections
  • Microsoft desktop search, and Adobe iFilter
  • DAEMON tools virtual CD drive (free),  for mounting all of those MSDN ISO images!
  • WinDirStat (free) to keep an eye on my hard disk useage
  • VMWare Workstation v5.5
  • FoxIT PDF reader (free) , my pain PDF reader, very quick
  • Adobe Acrobat 6, for printing to PDF and PDF document composition
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7 (free), for when FoxIT PDF reader has a problem
  • HP officejet d series Corporate Driver (free), Windows 2003 compatible driver for D125xi Printer/Scanner
  • Microsoft ActiveSync (free), synch to Windows Mobile/SmartPhone (not currently used)
  • Palm Desktop and Hotsync (free), for integration with Treo 650
  • WinZip, compression and archive manager
  • Robocopy (free), command line utility that I use for all disk synchronisation and backup
  • Process Explorer (free), task manager on steroids
  • Sun’s JVM (free), Java Virtual machine
  • Microsoft Reader (free), eBook reader
  • Clipname (free), explorer context menu that places URL for any file or directory that is right clicked, supports encoding methods for different applications
  • LiveMeeting Console


  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 7
  • Windows XP SP2 Firewall (free)
  • Microsoft Defender (free) – anti-spyware
  • Maxthon (free). Ad, popup and everything else blocking
  • Firefox (free), for comparison with IE and Maxthon

Telephone, Audio, Music and Video, TV

  • Windows media player 10 (free), mainly for Video, RIPing and Creating CDs
  • DivX player
  • Real player (free), because the BBC use it for their radio programmes
  • Skype (free), for calls to international land-lines and for recording conference calls. I use the phone for everything else
  • Quicktime (free) because my camera produces quicktime movies and I download some

Pictures, images, scanning etc:

  • Microsoft Flash (free) for screen captures and simple image editing, scale, crop, format conversion etc,  it shipped with HTML Help a long time ago
  • Paint.NET (free) for more complex image editing
  • PaperPort Pro for scanning of all of my paper, it really is a great product
  • Artrage art package
  • MapPoint Europe 2004

Notes and research

  • eWallet for everything I need to remember, cards, licence keys, cars etc etc.  Syncs with my Tablet and my Treo 650
  • OneNote 2007 beta for all other types of Notes and records
  • Notepad 2 (free), instead of Notepad
  • NetSnippets, integrated with Maxthon my main browser for capturing and storing web pages


  • Word 2007 beta
  • Powerpoint 2007 beta
  • Excel 2003 beta
  • Blogjet for blog postings
  • Camtasia Studio for multi-media authoring, screencasts, videos etc
  • MindManager X5 for most of my idea generation and meeting notes
  • CmapTools (free) concept map drawing software
  • v2,  for comparison to Microsoft Office, and to get around issues with readonly fonts in PowerPoint

Collaboration, Email, RSS, IM and Organisation

  • Lotus Notes 6.52,  my companies email system and my master contact database
  • Microsoft Outlook +Newsgator, my main RSS reader and Personal Email, also has backup copy of my contacts
  • OnTime 2006 (free), Client task, action and project manager
  • Lotus Sametime
  • MSN Messenger (free)
  • Groove v 3.1
  • OneBridge (mobile email for PDA) desktop connector


  • C: system disk
  • D: primary data disk

Backup, each night:

  • No backup,  all data on this disk is a replica of data on

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

3 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:


    Surprised that you do not have Picasa installed for media management.

  2. Cyril Hobbins says:

    Hi, Steve,

    I am about to invest in a Fujitsu Tablet PC running MS Windows XP Pro TABLET Ver:

    I am thinking of using the free OPEN OFFICE software with it; can you confirm that your TABLET PC and the virtual Pen & ink facilty are compatible with Open Office please



  3. Steve Richards says:


    I’m pretty sure that Open Office doesn’t have ink support, but I havn’t tested it myself


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