Tablet PC use at church

I took my Tablet PC to church on Sunday and used OneNote to take down my sermon notes. I kept them in my own handwriting rather than trying to convert into text. It was amazing to search for my terms in my handwriting and have OneNote bring back the correct results. I plan on taking and archiving sermon notes each week using the Tablet since it weighs only about 4 pounds and is nice to have a more permanent record of notes that I can later review. I used to use the back of the church bulletin, but then would lose them after services.

I also need to find a Bible program to take along with me. I have LessonMaker from WORDSearch, which is quite powerful for creating Bible studies, etc., but that is not what I am looking for. I would love to use Laridian’s PocketBible on the Tablet since I like their interface and functionality. If any visitors here have suggestions, please feel free to post a comment or drop me an email. Thanks.

I have been reading several Tablet PC blogs lately and found Eric Mack’s blog where he just received a new Tablet yet has not opened up the box. I found out that Eric is also a Christian and homeschools his children. We homeschooled our first two daughters until this year and we are now homeschooling our youngest. I have met quite a few Christians in the mobile device community and it is always encouraging to know there are others out there that share your same passion for the Lord.

BTW, was Moses the first Tablet user?

  1. #1 by Jason J. on May 18, 2005 - 05:00

    I would recommend e-sword at I am a big fan of the PPC version though I do not have much experience with the full PC version or have any idea how well it would work in a tablet. Worth a try though as the price is right.

  2. #2 by palmsolo on May 18, 2005 - 07:20

    Ah yes, I used Pocket e-Sword last year during the Pocket PC Magazine judging and really like the software. I will have to give it a try on my Tablet and appreciate the tip Jason.

  3. #3 by Eric Mack on May 20, 2005 - 23:03

    Palmsolo, neat blog.

    How distracting do you think your tablet is to others, to your pastor? Big difference from walking into church with a Tungsten vs a 6 lb tablet that makes your face glow. Maybe that’s a good thing. Didn’t Moses’ face glow, too, around the time he got his tablet? (Forgive me.)

  4. #4 by palmsolo on June 1, 2005 - 07:48


    Actually, I find the Tablet less distracting than the Pocket PC. The Fujitsu has the excellent wide angle display so I have it set down on my lap just like a piece of paper and use OneNote to take my notes on it. The fan does not run at all since I don’t have a CDROM drive spinning and am not doing any intensive processing while taking notes.

    I was using my Pocket PC with PocketBible and everyone now knows to expect me to bring my Bible in electronic format anyways 🙂

  5. #5 by palmsolo on June 1, 2005 - 07:48

    I also have the brightness turned down and you can’t see any glow since our church is well lit during services.

  6. #6 by MePhD on June 29, 2005 - 23:59

    I’m using E-sword, but there’s no inking in E-sword. I really love OneNote and am using it for most needs. I saw a couple of reviews for one translation, but it only appears to run on Go Binder and Plan Plus for XP. I’m not inclined to buy Go Binder since it appears to be the same thing as One Note, only with a calendar, which might be nice. And, if I can’t get a Bible to ink on, then maybe I’ll have to succumb. Sigh.

    Please post if you find a solution that doesn’t require more software purchases. Maybe a Zino Bible?

    – Southern Girl

  7. #7 by MePhD on June 30, 2005 - 00:00

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