RE: NTLK Other Platforms: Palm is definitely NOT the one, and Switching to Palm

From: Jerry Tom (jerrytommygal@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Jan 07 2000 - 03:48:16 EST


you're spot on!!!

>From: will.tell@iname.com
>Reply-To: newtontalk@planetnewton.com
>To: newtontalk@planetnewton.com
>Subject: RE: NTLK Other Platforms: Palm is definitely NOT the one, and
>Switching to Palm
>Date: Fri, 07 Jan 2000 02:24:32 +0100
>
>At 17:18 06.01.00 -0500, you wrote:
>snip
> >So my solution is the same as what my brother and sister-in-law did: they
>have two cars - the sedan for the city commutes and other small trips, and
>the SUV for when the go on longer trips and need the loarger space for the
>two of them and the car seat for my niece, and have to load up the cargo
>area with the stroller, high chair, Pack-n-Play, and thousands of my
>niece's toys. Two different vehicles for two different situations...two
>different handheld devices for two different situations. As long as Newt
>works, I will continue to use it for much of my portable computing needs,
>and keep the cheap-y Palm Pilot for the most basic of mobile information
>needs.
>
>Interesting analogy, with a big difference. Read on:
>
>Q:
>What's the most important thing in a computer?
>
>A: Data
>
>Q:
>What's the most important thing in a car?
>
>A: Very similar: the content: i.e. first the driver then possible
>passengers, luggages, etc.
>
>While it's very easy to exchange "content" between vehicle to suit your
>travelling needs, it's somewhat quite different with computers and your
>data.
>
>Here's what I think would be the ideal environment; and i've been thinking
>about that since close to 10 years now but nothing close enough to this has
>come on the market, yet.
>
>Imagine all your important content on a card: addresses, schedule, family
>pix, preferred songs, etc. The technology doesn't really matter: flash
>memory or harddisk like IBM's marvel: the Microdrive.
>
>Then when you want a small shirt pocket device to consult your information
>with just light data entry/modification, you slide it into a Pilot sized
>device.
>
>Then you require medium data entry/mod? Then you put your card into a
>MP2K/Toshiba Libretto sized device with small keyboard or HWR.
>
>Or if you want full size data access (kayboard/voice and screen) you put
>your card in a laptop or desktop.
>
>The main problem here is that today computing is too technology centric
>(hardware, programs) instead of being human centric: i.e. data. Look at
>your favorite word processor to see the long list of documents filters you
>need to be able to access all of the many file formats available. Graphic
>formats are plenty too. And adresses, schedule data files are also
>different from app to app.
>
>So of course my proposed devices should handle _one_ type of file for each
>app that the manufacturers have to agree to use as a standard.
>
>It took quite a while to have a "standard" in the VCR business and it
>didn't take off until the market chose ONE actor. It took a while to have a
>standard for removable electronic cards (PCMCIA/PC Card). Before that you
>couldn't use a Compaq's proprietary modem into any other notebook. And then
>the market took off. And new card devices where created: LAN, GPS,
>harddisks, SCSI, sound, etc.
>
>Concerning data, today you need syncing which means YOU have to adapt to
>the machine and not the other way around. This process involves a mess of
>transforming, organizing, setting up, transfering, etc.
>
>I believe the Pilot is a best seller because it does this syncing a breeze
>whereas the Newt, the WinCE machines, the Nokia 9xx0, etc. are way too
>clumsy for most. The only reason I can deal with those later machines is
>because I have a long history of computing to back me up.
>
>I'm thinking about getting an IBM Microdrive which I can use with my destop
>(I'll need a PC Card drive), notebook, and future digital camera, MP3
>player, etc. Unfortunately it's incompatible with my main electronic brain:
>my faithful and powerful MP2.1K.
>
>But think about my proposed scenario and you'll get that it's where the
>industry should be heading (hardware and software wise) to give us useful,
>simple, comfortable devices rather than just making money or manufacturing
>techno stuff (devices with lots of useless/difficult to use technology).
>
>My 2.
>
>Jean-Louis
>Newton grafted since 1994
>Gadgetman/computergeek since 1978
>Lausanne, Lake Geneva Area, Switzerland
>
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