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Today VMware/Socialcast announced Strides, a cloud based task management tool for workforces. If you want to learn more about it, please visit the Stides website. You’ll find two videos which explain the solution and of course you’ll find some screenshots.
Weekend, vacation and it’s raining. A good time to play with the geek toys. Yesterday the USB port replicator arrived and I was really surprised. I only knew port replicators where I can connect my laptop via a special port, more like a docking station. This one here is a USB replicator which is connected to the computer via a standard USB cable. It offers you a USB hub, but also audio connectors (3,5”), Ethernet and also a DVI connector. This is really cool because I can use the DVI with the integrated DisplayLink technology to connect my tablet and use my 27” LCD display as a monitor.
I didn’t expected it to be so easy. Just plug and play, driver installation and ready to go. My new thin client! Now I can use the tablet on travel with my installed applications + cloud applications and when I’m at home it is my thin client for connecting to my VMware View Desktop.
This option is way better because I can use a proper keyboard and mouse now. Much easier than using the touch display and pen when working on a virtual desktop.
Even if I’m on vacation at the moment, I had time to play with the new toy. As I wrote a few days ago I’ve installed some software on the tablet including Zimbra and Microsoft Office. So good so far but I’ve seen that I need more software. Especially the synchronisation of data is a lack but this is the same with other devices i.e. laptops or smartphones. Dropbox or Box.net might be good candidates here. On the tablet where I’ve no proper keyboard and mouse it is even harder to copy files and folders to a centralized share. A automated sync service is a must in my eyes. By the way I’ve installed some printers drivers + PDF printer which was easy because there are loads of free tools for Windows 7 out there.
I also played a lot with the Q550 and my VMware View desktops but here I’m quiet unhappy at the moment. I’m waiting for the Port Replicator as it will enable me to use USB keyboard + mouse and also a DVI monitor. I guess this will help a lot.
At the moment I’m using the Q550 without 3G which is unhandy as I’m not owning a MiFi. I can only go online with WLAN which is not a big challenge as I’m using iPass. But this should get easier with the new Q550 version coming with 3G.
I’ll keep you posted on the port replicator test.
A few days ago I’ve started to work with a Fujitsu Q550 tablet computer as my main device for the timeframe of a week. I wanted to know if working with a tablet as the only device will work. Well, it works good but it is different to working with a standard Laptop. The Q550 is a real mobile device and it’s fun to travel with it as it is light and very handy because it fits into almost every bag. During the last three days I could do whatever I needed to do with the Q550 but as I already mentioned – it is different. You’ve to rethink about standard tasks as you are working with a digitizer pen or the touch display instead of using keyboard and mouse. It feels a bit strange not controlling Windows with the standard input devices. Compared to IOS there is room for improvement, but Fujitsu already worked on a additional “Touch” interface. Think about it as an Windows Explorer replacement which is actually only an overlay to the Windows desktop. But it’s great as you can integrate your Outlook Inbox into the app and also other functions like a RSS reader. A very good approach but I would add an open API or something similar which could help to integrate other applications. I would love to have my Zimbra client implemented.
All applications worked well, but this is no magic because I still work with a standard Windows OS. I had some challenges with the View Client and my virtual desktop which I haven’t addressed completely yet. The onscreen keyboard isn’t forwarded into the VDI session. This means that if I use the onscreen keyboard on the local Windows installation, the input does not go into the VM. The workaround here was to start the onscreen keyboard on the virtual desktop when I connect to it. Gestures doesn’t work in the session as well but this is no issue to me. At the moment I’m thinking about getting one of these boys to have a proper monitor, mouse and keyboard for my VDI desktop. If this port replicator works I think it will be fun using the Q550 as a thin Client when sitting at the desk. If I can get one of the replicators I’ll write how it works.
In summary I’d say that working with a slate tablet is easy but you need to get used to it first. I love the fact that I can use Microsoft One Note for the first time as I want to use it. The Q550 is so light and its even like writing on a piece paper. Great! It’s brilliant to take meeting notes with the pen.
Now I’m on holidays for two weeks but I’ll still work with the tablet and blog about it… stay tuned.