Seattlepi.com publishes a bit that got but out of its Bill Gates interview from PDC:
This is the Tablet, I don’t know if you’ve seen this Motion machine. [Gestures to a Motion Computing Tablet PC.] Just think of that two years from now, four years from now, in terms of the thinness, the cost. Every student, instead of having textbooks, they’re going to have a Tablet PC, and so the PC is very significant.
The problem is that slate Tablets have proved the least popular type, for a lot of users, and that’s nothing to do with the thinness or lightness. Anyone writing long documents – where long is over a few hundred words – wants a keyboard. For notetaking, reading, and annotating, though, a portrait tablet form is really comfortable.
So the obvious compromise is the convertable – and how slim and light a convertable can get is limited by the fact that it needs to include a keyboard and fold over itself.
One interesting point, though: everyone having Tablet PCs as students would make pirating text books much more likely…
Some really cool stuff is coming down the line in OneNote 12, according to Chris_Pratley’s OneNote WebLog. The best bit for me? Indexing of audio and video content:
Audio and Video you have recorded or placed in OneNote will also get indexed (Video is indexed by the audio stream). This is some cool MSR technology from our lab in Beijing that we’re quite pleased to have. The way this works is pretty cool. The audio is converted from waveforms to phonetic equivalents, and those are indexed. You can type your search term, then this is converted by OneNote into a phonetic equivalent which searches against the phonetic index of the audio. Actually this is a gross oversimplification but you get the idea. You can use this to search your notes for a particular voice note you took, or to find the point in an hour-long interview when a particular word is mentioned (way better than fast forwarding and rewinding to find a spot)
My only concern is whether OneNote’s file structure can cope with god knows how many embedded podcasts in a notebook!