Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jan 2010 15:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In an article about the supposed upcoming Apple tablet, Paul Thorrot made a jab at the hype that has developed, arguing that Microsoft was first with its tablet PC initiative in the early 2000s. Daring Fireball's John Gruber disagrees with Thurrot, and claims that Apple's Newton was the first tablet. In rushing to defend their pet companies, I say both are wrong. Apple nor Microsoft have anything to do with the conceptualisation or realisation of the tablet computer.
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RE: Only disagree with one word
by chikahiro on Fri 15th Jan 2010 23:46 UTC in reply to "Only disagree with one word"
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I completely agree. Innovation/implementation is great but quite risky. I can think of a good number of innovative things that were actually implemented but failed. I can think of some polished things that basically came to market after a lot of the hard work, trial and error, were done and exploded (getting more credit than they deserved for it). We all can.

Its nice to read about the innovators and implementors. Nice to know who we "owe" for what we're enjoying today and will enjoy in the future.

I would like to add one more thing (and forgive me if I fumble this): the Derivers. After all, how many different implementations of any given type of application are out there? Nice, polished, but not the first? Regardless of its some company trying to do their own take on a particular product or an open source project to make something, they're putting their own spin on an existing, polished, product. I use a bit of open source stuff that is not innovative in the least (save its OSS :p) but honestly I don't care. Its good, its polished, and it lets me do what I want to without grossly overspending for my needs! ;)

There's a place for all these things, and I think we're better off for it.

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with the iPod, Apple just didn't make a 'stylish' product, lets ignore the wheel and how unique it was and an actual LCD screen with an interface (the previous Rios just had forward/next/etc buttons), but the iPod had a real nice 5GB 1.8" HD which nobody else on the market even used.

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