The HP Slate Truly Exists … soon


I have several clients interested in the HP Slate 500 tablet. And, I  truly intend to have one in my hands very soon so those clients can run the slate through its paces.  I’ve got people in distribution facilities across the country ready to pick one off the shelf and send it to me….as soon as it hits their shelf.

HP Slate 500

HP Slate 500

If you recall, It was originally unveiled by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at CES in January of this year…then HP went quiet on the slate’s existence. As a matter of fact, there were all kinds of speculation about the slate being discontinued or being replaced with something else.  Frankly, I think they put it on a slow burning back burner while they waited to see how the iPad did in the market.

The Slate 500 headed my way is sporting Windows 7 Professional, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB HD and an 8.9-inch display. It comes with a 3-megapixel camera and an integrated VGA Webcam.

I see plenty of benefits for a device like this in an active directory environment….or shall I say enterprise. Being able to manage these through Group Policy and natively run Windows apps is a big plus over the Android or Apple OS.

Truly the proof is in the pudding….er….slate. I’ll let you know when it shows up.

To find out more about the HP Slate, visit HP.com.

HECC, that was a great show.


I wanted to jot down some notes about the recent HECC (Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators) show while it was still fresh in my mind. The November 18, 2010 & November 19, 2010 conference at the Crowne Plaza Union Station in Indianapolis, IN was one of the best.

HECC Conference

HECC Conference

While attention to the MCPc booth didn’t allow me to attend any of the breakout sessions, I consistently heard that the sessions were excellent.  But what I found to be even more excellent was the true interest of the vendors at the show to help Indiana K-12 schools in these lean economic times and the thirst of the K-12 technologists to provide for the students on a limited budget.

I had the honor of working with ViewSonic and Hewlett Packard in the MCPc

booth this year. Sure, these manufacturers compete with each other on some product lines, but they were able to come together under the MCPc banner to present new technology to Indiana’s K-12 technology coordinators.

ViewSonic’s PJD7383i is an ultra short throw DLP projector with interactive whiteboard functionality. Built for flexible and engaged learning, the PJD7383i offers industry-leading educational interactivity. The included pen turns any available surface (including blackboards and greenboards) into an interactive whiteboard, allowing for cost-effective presentations.

ViewSonic Projector

ViewSonic Interactive Projector

Compatibility with PowerPoint and WebEx software, in addition to a PC-less display function allowing students to present via USB, make this projector a flexible solution for all learning group sizes and setups.

Offers full network display functionality. With the ability to connect globally over the internet via IP and access other learning sites remotely, as well as multi-user options, allowing up to four individuals to present at o

nce via split screen matrix, this projector offers a new level of classroom-to-classroom connectivity at a low price point.

Leverages BrilliantColor™ technology to produce flawless, vibrant colors, while high brightness and contrast ratios ensure that the images are clear and crisp even in varied lighting situations. Delivering 2500 lumens with a 1024×768 XGA native resolution, the PJD7383i provides the power and interactivity of a traditional interactive white board at a fraction of the cost. With a throw ratio of just 0.61:1, the PJD7383i displays an 81” interactive image from a distance of just 39”.

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One for all and All-In-One: HP’s Compaq 6000 Pro


If you’re familiar with the HP Compaq 6000 Pro family, then you know you can select from a myriad of configurations and sizes for the desktop. In fact, the options are so great that if you hear of someone talking about a 6000 Pro, you’re going to have to ask more questions to understand exactly what they’re talking about, “…is it a micro-tower, a small form factor, the size of a toaster?” Ok, so they don’t make them the size of a toaster, but last June they did put the reliable 6000 Pro innards into the framework of an all-in-one PC.

HP Compaq 600 All In One

HP Compaq 600 All In One

I got my hands on one of these a couple of months ago and it made the rounds to client sites with positive feedback following in its footsteps. It truly does meet the enterprise class expectations of reliability, security, manageability and stability already established by the HP 6000 series of machines.

The HP Compaq 6000 Pro All-in-One boasts impressive performance features, including a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo processors, Windows 7 Professional 32- or 64-bit operating system, up to 8 gigabytes (GB) of DDR3 memory, hard drives up to 1 terabyte and an optional 80-GB solid-state drive. Featuring a 21.5-inch diagonal full HD LED backlit HP BrightView LCD screen with dual display capability, the PC offers crisp videoconferencing for face-to-face communication, maximized through Bluetooth wireless solutions. Continue reading “One for all and All-In-One: HP’s Compaq 6000 Pro” »