Re: [NTLK] No New Newt, epaper witn pen

From: Jon Glass <>
Date: Sun Jan 20 2008 - 16:49:11 EST

On Jan 20, 2008 7:30 PM, dotline7 <> wrote:
> Does a piece of paper has a keyboard? No.
> I think with Air Jobs is closer to piece of paper than to typewriter.
> Question: should, The Computer of Our Future, be a mixture of calculator and
> a typewriter? Answer: No.
> Computer should be more like e-paper with a pen.

but why? I type much faster--and yes, on the QUERTY keyboard--than I
write by hand. Typing with even the most ineffecient keyboard layout
is faster than writing by hand. And it takes little effort to
learn--all my kids could type by the time they were 8 yrs old. So,
inertia is working against ever changing the layout of keyboards, and
handwriting, as we are all probably experiencing, is on the wane. I
know my handwriting is much worse now a days than it used to be, and
I'm working on improving it again... :-)

The problem with keyboard entry is that it requires a decent seat,
good posture, and--well, keyboard. Newtons are great for standing or
riding in a vehicle, or even sitting in a chair without a desk-type
surface, but not so hot when you really want to crank out the volume.
I used to write tomes-worth of emails on my Newton ages ago, but it
was _always_ painful. Taking class notes never seemed so bad, but I
guess that's because I am used to writing class notes--never typed
any--toold for that. ;-)

I think that, rather than hwr, somebody may finally figure out how to
do speech recognition, but that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish to

 -Jon Glass
Krakow, Poland
"I don't believe in philosophies. I believe in fundamentals." --Jack Nicklaus
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