Who got a Blot? The 5th Annual Life on the Wicked Stage Ink Blots Awarded

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2009InkBlotAs we march into the holiday season, it’s time again for festivities, gift-buying stress, flu shots, and, of course, the highly prestigious Ink Blot awards. Our very own Warner Crocker is into the fifth year of his Life on the Wicked Stage Ink Blot Awards. The “Blotties” as I call them (every good award needs a nickname) recognize the best (and worst) in the Tablet PC and blogging communities, as well as throughout our shared culture. If you’re interested in the high and low spots of the past year, this is the list to read. A few mobile tech highlights:

  • Best Tablet PC With Windows 7 and Touch: Lenovo X200T
  • Best Tablet PC Screw Up of the Year: Dell for Not Having Drivers Ready for the Only Tablet PC with Capacitive Digitizer When Windows 7 Released.
  • Best Excuse for Best Tablet PC Screw Up: Dell for saying The Latitude XT was legacy hardware
  • Best Platform Agnostic Sync Software: DropBox

Lot more where that came from, including “Best New Mobile Solution of the Year,” “The I Won’t Give up on MIDs Award”, and “Best We Have No Idea What Tablets Are or What They Should Be”. Be especially sure to check out who is named “Best Tablet PC Blogger.” Not naming any names, but this guy added a tablet to his Tablet PC.

The awards also mark the fifth year of Warner’s personal blog, which he maintains on an amazingly consistent basis in addition to his duties here. That’s like a thousand in blog years. If I were handing out Blotties, I’d give Warner the “I CAN hold time in a bottle” award for somehow having the chronal capacity to do all this for so long on top of his hefty professional and personal concerns. I don’t know where he finds the time, but I guess that’s why he’s the man handing out the awards. Congratulations and thanks for fighting the never-ending battle these past five years, my friend. Looking forward to the next five.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]

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  1. Joshua Beall II

    12/06/2009 at 9:22 am

    Dell had drivers for the currently shipping version of their tablet, the XT2, on day one. What they didn’t have, and still don’t, is drivers for the original XT. I know because I have both.

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