Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
In the News "Kay says that some gadgets with superficial Dynabook-like qualities, such as the iPad, have not only failed to realize the Dynabook dream, but have in some senses betrayed it. That's one of the points he makes in this interview, conducted by computer historian David Greelish, proprietor of the Classic Computing Blog and organizer of this month's Vintage Computer Festival Southeast in Atlanta (the Festival will feature a pop-up Apple museum featuring Xerox's groundbreaking Alto workstation, which Kay worked on, as well as devices which deeply reflected his influence, including the Lisa, the original Macintosh and the Newton). Kay and Greelish also discuss Kay's experiences at some of the big outfits where he's worked, including Xerox's fabled PARC labs, Apple, Disney and HP. Today, Kay continues his research about children and technology at his own organization, the Viewpoints Research Institute." A great interview with this legendary man.
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RE[3]: Fully agree!
by hhas on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 17:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Fully agree!"
hhas
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The moment you add an external input device you have already lost.

It is no better than using a more convenient laptop.


Nonsense; you can add a keyboard to a tablet on those occasions you do need one much easier than you can remove the keyboard from a laptop on all the occasions you don't.

Whining about the things a tablet isn't good for is to utterly miss the point: it was never intended to be a jack of all trades like the PC, but a task-oriented device optimized for common consumer activities. For the majority of consumers it is quite sufficient to their needs, especially when they can add an external keyboard or printer when performing the subset of tasks where additional hardware devices are helpful. And for all the other tasks that don't require the extra hardware, users aren't forced to lug it around like so much deadweight. It's a clear win for them.

As to the minority of consumers who genuinely do need greater computing power, they can go buy a general-purpose PC as an alternative (or compliment) to a consumer-oriented tablet. Less of a win for them, but still nice to have the option to swap between devices as and when they like. e.g. I certainly preferred using my tablet as a casual living room device (much better form factor, battery life, and just all-round convenient) while still having the PC in the study for doing serious work.

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