In the BS days (Before Slate) when I was still using a tablet notebook with a keyboard, I was looking for the answer to the three big questions I’d expected to encounter when making a switch to the keyboard-less Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q550 slate PC as my only business device. Like many in business, I’d used a slate as a complementary device to my notebook – but if I made the switch, could I can sustain my productivity, would the STYLISTIC Q550 be able to shoulder my workload, and would it also work for my private stuff?
In fact, I can answer the last question first. Browsing and reading work well. I’m not making any compromises here and enjoying a much richer user experience in comparison to my Android slate. Last weekend proved this beyond doubt. I wanted to tweak the EFI (fuel injection system) for one of my motorbikes and needed access to the electrical wiring diagram, which I have in PDF format. It’s almost impossible for me to read a printed version, since I wear glasses – and tracking the wires on a piece of paper is both error prone and tiresome. So I put the STYLISTIC Q550 on the tank, zoomed in on the wiring diagram and finished the modification without blowing up the EFI or shorting any circuits. This approach is definitely recommended.
In a previous post I mentioned post-delivery improvements to the software that is preloaded. As with all new devices, you typically see numerous updates to software and drivers in the first months. Fujitsu has a pretty smart tool for this purpose called DeskUpdate. This automatically scans your system and updates drivers when new versions are available. I run this every couple of weeks to keep my system current. The software works on pretty much every Fujitsu PC, notebook, workstation, mobile workstation, slate and tablet PC sold in the last 5 years and can be downloaded free from http://ts.fujitsu.com/support/ – the link is on the left side of the browser window.
Security is a key consideration, especially for mobile devices. The STYLISTIC Q550 comes with a load of security features, such as fingerprint sensor, Smart Card, TPM and FDE SSD – which stands for Full Disk Encryption of the Solid State Drive. In plainer language, every bit of data written to the drive is encrypted using the AES algorithm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard). That’s quite secure as a brute force attack would take an estimated 149,745,258,842,898 years – I probably won’t care anymore by then.
However, perhaps of interest most for those who are interested in the theory of Singularity, did you know that Fujitsu went one step even further? If you select an SSD password in the Q550 BIOS setup then if you take out the SSD and hook it up to another computer, it won’t even register. That’s security at a very high level – but remember that typically the user is the weak link. This means: Choose a password that is secure!
While browsing, in addition to Microsoft Internet Explorer, which already supports finger and pen usage, I am also using Firefox. At first it bothered me that Firefox does not natively support zoom via pinching, until I came across a neat pimp to enable this:
To enable gestures, enter “about:config” in your address bar then click the button to confirm. Either scroll down the list or search on “gesture” for the “browser.gesture” strings. To enable pinch gestures, change the following values.
The copyright for this trick belongs to: http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/03/24/enable-pinch-and-twist-gestures-in-firefox-4/
On that note, I’ll wish you happy fingertip surfing…