Several people have written to ask me why I haven't blogged since July, and the answer is that it's been a very eventful couple of months, but most importantly, I'm saddened to announce the death of Porty the Portege. Porty passed on in his sleep (hibernate mode) at 10:54AM PDT, August 2 2004 after a massive hardware failure the previous day. Porty was 15 months old, it was just a few days before his 16-month birthday (you know you're a geek when you search google for your old blog entries to find out when you bought your TabletPC--the entry is here, apparently). I also that there are laptop-years, similar to dog-years, so a month in laptop-time is roughly equivalent to 3 human years. Which means that Porty died at the fairly young age of 45, but he lived a very full life, having travelled with me to 4 countries, and presented to a total of probably a thousand people.
Now that an appropriate amount of time has elapsed since Porty's demise (god rest his soul), I'm beginning to take a look at other Tablets. My friend Jay swears by the Fujitsu T3000D, but I'm also partial to the ViewSonic convertible because of its very light weight--I travel a good bit so weight is important to me.
It should also be noted that Porty was an organ donor, and his hard drive (brain) will likely see use again. In lieu of flowers, Porty requested that money be donated to his favorite laptop chartiy, please inquire for details.