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

From: John Chu <>
Date: Tue Jan 29 2008 - 07:21:45 EST

> It's not about being the fastest. It's about
> being comfortable with it.

Coincidentally, I said this to a friend of mine yesterday in
approximately this context. i.e., what I'd really like is a Newton
which fits in my pant pocket. (e.g., an N800/N810 running Einstein if
it were fast enough to be useful. I suspect, with Relativity, one can
write a Newtonscript to get data back and forth between the Nokia and
Einstein.) Handwriting isn't fast, but it's more comfortable for me
than a thumbboard, or a virtual thumbboard.

The danger with the "comfortable" argument though is that people
aren't born comfortable handwriting or typing. They're trained into
it. I suspect it took a while before people viewed keyboards as a
comfortable means of text entry. If I had more experience with
thumbboards, I might easily find that they are comfortable after all.

William Pociengel's argument could be restated: "A keyboard is
comfortable because you've never tried to do something else."

(This is all very much like the old joke about acquired tastes. i.e.,
if you have to acquire it, what keeps you coming back for more until
you enjoy it?)


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