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Old 11-22-2008, 03:48 PM   #1
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Viewsonic Airpanel 100 - Poor Man's Iliad?

I came across this on Ebay. It's a 10" LCD tablet running WinCE. Normally I'd buy one before discussing it, but this is such an interesting possibility that I wanted to share it.
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:49 PM   #2
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BTW, I am going to buy one.
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:52 PM   #3
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:05 PM   #4
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That does look interesting. I'd consider getting one, but the cats would just pee on it.
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:09 PM   #5
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I came across this on Ebay. It's a 10" LCD tablet running WinCE. Normally I'd buy one before discussing it, but this is such an interesting possibility that I wanted to share it.
Can you find a product page about this at viewsonic.com? All I can find is a press release from 2003.

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Old 11-22-2008, 04:19 PM   #6
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I came across this on Ebay. It's a 10" LCD tablet running WinCE. Normally I'd buy one before discussing it, but this is such an interesting possibility that I wanted to share it.
I was also toying with the idea to buy some WinCE tablet - there are several more brands out there. The only thing is - they generally have a terrible battery life :-( So, still sticking with my Axim ...

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Old 11-22-2008, 05:15 PM   #7
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I found this review.
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Old 11-22-2008, 05:53 PM   #8
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I found this review.
Cool thanks. I guess the $120 close out price makes it alot more compelling than the $1000 original price.

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Old 11-23-2008, 05:37 PM   #9
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Thanks. $120 for a new tablet is a great price even though it's Win CE. Now I need to find an old copy of mobipocket and tcpmp. Need to also check if adobe has a reader for Win CE that will remove the watermark from my Marvel comic DVDs.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:02 PM   #10
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The site I'd normally send you to is gone. Drat.
www.dt375.com

Mobipocket Reader can be downloaded from here. You want the one with for Arm CPUs. Also, you should try v4.9 before v4.8 because it supports a couple extra features. BTW, there is a free activation code for MobiReader: "JWNLMXVU". Without it some features will expire.

You can also have MSReader as well as Ereader. Here is a good source of (mostly) compatible software:
http://www.yetanotherhomepage.com/j7xx/j7xx.html

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Old 11-23-2008, 09:19 PM   #11
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The site I'd normally send you to is gone. Drat.
www.dt375.com

Mobipocket Reader can be downloaded from here. You want the one with for Arm CPUs. Also, you should try v4.9 before v4.8 because it supports a couple extra features. BTW, there is a free activation code for MobiReader: "JWNLMXVU". Without it some features will expire.

You can also have MSReader as well as Ereader. Here is a good source of (mostly) compatible software:
http://www.yetanotherhomepage.com/j7xx/j7xx.html

There are a bunch of PDF viewers, and the tablet should come with one. If it doesn't, look here for a Foxit one that should work. Or, look here for Adobe Reader 2.0.
I just realized that I know a lot of useful stuff like this. It's about time I wrote another beginner's guide. I'll try to get to it some time this week.
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Old 11-23-2008, 10:01 PM   #12
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Thanks. Saves me the legwork. I haven't used Win CE since my old Ipaq died and I replaced it with an Axim running windows mobile.
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:09 AM   #13
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Ah, yes, the old Airpanels. I looked at them at the time they first came out, but they seemed to be just a monitor echo device, with "pen" control of the mouse, so not nearly useful enough to justify the $1k original pricing for me.

I didn't realize they were WinCE machines however, so this may be a later incarnation than what I looked at.

I'll be interested to see what you make of it, Nate.
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:51 PM   #14
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There are actually 3 related Airpanel models (v100, v110, v150). All run WinCE. The v150 has a 15" screen, and the other two have a 10" screen.

I think the v110 would be the best ebook reader because it has a faster processor than the v100. Unfortunately, it seems to be pretty hard to come by.
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