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phillipo
9/23/2010 6:54:36 PM


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Picking a tablet

Ok well I've never used a tablet before but I'd like to start. So I was hoping to get some advice on what to look for in a tablet and some good tablets for noobs, thanks in advance.
Oh and if anybody could point me in the direction of some good beginner CorelDraw tutorials that would be awesome.

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AZRainman
Independents
9/24/2010 11:19:13 AM


Status: Commander in Chief
Wacom Bamboo is the best bang for the buck that I know of for beginners and pros. I have seen them $50 or less shipped quite often. It doesn't need batteries or recharging either, since it uses an EMR pen.

Example: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1809679

I been using the same Wacom model (mte-450) for the almost 3 years on Vista and now a Win7 system. Meanwhile half a dozen keyboards, 2 mice and an lcd monitor all crapped out on me within the last 3 years.

Make sure you get the tablet with a pen, some cheaper ones are touch (finger use) only. The latest one w/pen is: Model CTL460
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DDB
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9/25/2010 6:02:43 AM


Status: Secretary of Treasury

On 9/24/2010 11:19:13 AM, AZRainman said:
Wacom Bamboo is the best bang for the buck that I know of for beginners and pros. I have seen them $50 or less shipped quite often. It doesn't need batteries or recharging either, since it uses an EMR pen.

Example: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1809679

I been using the same Wacom model (mte-450) for the almost 3 years on Vista and now a Win7 system. Meanwhile half a dozen keyboards, 2 mice and an lcd monitor all crapped out on me within the last 3 years.

Make sure you get the tablet with a pen, some cheaper ones are touch (finger use) only. The latest one w/pen is: Model CTL460





Great information as always.
How do like the Win7 format? Have you delt with any gremlins in the sys? I have a disk from HP to convert to Win7, but I'm hesitant to do so.
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AZRainman
Independents
9/25/2010 6:15:33 AM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 9/25/2010 6:02:43 AM, DDB said:
I have a disk from HP to convert to Win7, but I'm hesitant to do so.



No sure what you mean about disk conversion???

Format HDD and install Win7 on old HP puter?
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DDB
Democrats
9/25/2010 8:21:57 AM


Status: Secretary of Treasury

On 9/25/2010 6:15:33 AM, AZRainman said:

On 9/25/2010 6:02:43 AM, DDB said:
I have a disk from HP to convert to Win7, but I'm hesitant to do so.



No sure what you mean about disk conversion???

Format HDD and install Win7 on old HP puter?



I have Vista and some time back HP gave those who had purchased the Vista with certain models within a established time frame received the WIN7 upgrade disk free and I have one. See
http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=218101387

It's my understanding that Vista is partitioned in such a way that you can install WIN7 over Vista without the formatHDD

[Edited by User on 9/25/2010 8:25:52 AM]
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AZRainman
Independents
9/25/2010 9:13:39 AM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 9/25/2010 8:21:57 AM, DDB said:

It's my understanding that Vista is partitioned in such a way that you can install WIN7 over Vista without the formatHDD

[Edited by User on 9/25/2010 8:25:52 AM]



Should be no prob then, if your using a Windows upgrade disk. Tens of thousands of people do it that way and I haven't seen anything out of the ordinary to say it's bad. Although, I prefer clean installs, cause after several months of usage my puters have a habit of slowing down due to mass accumulation of orphaned/junk files and a ravaged registry.

Windows 7 is less buggy for me. Win7 even boots a little faster and I tweaked mine down to 38 seconds. Also my Win 7 is 64-bit vs 32-bit Vista, so that helps with performance. There's a lot of other new features in Win7 too that makes things easier and better. I definitely would upgrade, especially since it's a freebie. That's a frugal bas-tards two thumbs up in my book.


[Edited by User on 9/25/2010 9:13:02 AM]
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DDB
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9/25/2010 1:00:19 PM


Status: Secretary of Treasury

On 9/25/2010 9:13:39 AM, AZRainman said:

On 9/25/2010 8:21:57 AM, DDB said:

It's my understanding that Vista is partitioned in such a way that you can install WIN7 over Vista without the formatHDD

[Edited by User on 9/25/2010 8:25:52 AM]



Should be no prob then, if your using a Windows upgrade disk. Tens of thousands of people do it that way and I haven't seen anything out of the ordinary to say it's bad. Although, I prefer clean installs, cause after several months of usage my puters have a habit of slowing down due to mass accumulation of orphaned/junk files and a ravaged registry.

Windows 7 is less buggy for me. Win7 even boots a little faster and I tweaked mine down to 38 seconds. Also my Win 7 is 64-bit vs 32-bit Vista, so that helps with performance. There's a lot of other new features in Win7 too that makes things easier and better. I definitely would upgrade, especially since it's a freebie. That's a frugal bas-tards two thumbs up in my book.


[Edited by User on 9/25/2010 9:13:02 AM]





Sounds like a winner. I'll take a day or two and work on gettin'er done. I also have the 64bit. I assume 38 sec to boot and use. I wish I could get 38 sec. It takes about 2 min for mine to load.
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AZRainman
Independents
9/25/2010 5:17:12 PM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 9/25/2010 1:00:19 PM, DDB said:
Sounds like a winner. I'll take a day or two and work on gettin'er done. I also have the 64bit. I assume 38 sec to boot and use. I wish I could get 38 sec. It takes about 2 min for mine to load.



I'd back up all personal files, to include email contacts/accounts, browser profiles, password files, instant messenger accounts, etc, just in case there's a problem. Boyscout motto is still valid here, as in "Be Prepared".

My lastest Win7 cold boot according to diagnostics-performance in the event viewer (Vista has this log too). Note: I do several performance tweaks and eliminate preloading unnecessary drivers, services and programs. Virus and malware scanners usually are the biggest lag factor in boot speed. I use Windows Defender and Avira, but they are set for manual operation.

Windows has started up:
Boot Duration: 34884ms
IsDegradation: false
Incident Time (UTC): ‎2010‎-‎09‎-‎25T22:24:21.687200300Z

Cold start timed on the wrist watch was 41 seconds from power button press to desktop appearing. Lot of people just leave their puters on 24/7 and put them in sleep mode when away, which takes this system about 5-10 seconds to spin up the disks and come out of hibernation.

Solid state drive's reliability and pricing are getting better, so an instant boot may be had on the cheap and trustworthy in a couple years with a SATA3 motherboard. Perhaps when Windows Apocalypto 8 comes out in 2012, lol.

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