Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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I agree with Thom about touch on the desktop, I think it's something that seems neat, but just isn't practical in day to day use. Touchscreens are fine for phones and kiosks, but on a desktop computer, running most applications, touchscreens are virtually useless. Not significantly faster than using a mouse, and you just end up with an aching arm and greasy smears on your screen. No matter how advanced, I can't imagine multitouch screens becoming a real alternative to a mouse.

Agreed, for the most part. Before the mouse was invented, there was a fair amount of research into the use of "light pens" as an input device - and they were found to cause a large amount of arm strain. With current "TV-style" desktop monitors, you'd run into the exact some problems using touch for any significant amount of time.

To make touch feasible on the desktop, as the primary input method, we'd need displays that were basically a hybrid between a drafting table and Surface.

But in the shorter term, I think it's more likely that we'll see smaller, secondary touch-capable displays (things like the Wacom Cintiq)

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