Good points. I'm not sure there's *one device* that is the swiss army
knife of technology - these days I'm carrying a small laptop (or large
netbook), an ereader, and a smartphone. I can't say I miss an optical
drive, and I have had success printing from iPads and iPhones onto HP
laser printers via CUPS and a magic PHP script I came across.
The first time I used an iPad I was not impressed - it didn't seem to
me that it could do much. The second time, a year later, I was more
impressed - either it changed or I had. I think it's a useful tool to
have in our toolbox.
It does seem to me that most of these technology tools we have are
prototypes - whether it's Google Docs, tablets, or the Internet
itself. It's still all a lot harder to use than it was on The Jetsons.
Too much rambling,
On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM, Steve Cavrak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Quoting Drew Blanchard <[log in to unmask]>:
> Some apps are truly amazing, and their interactive features score big points
> on the "very cool" meter. But the fact is, you must rely on those apps to
> work with the tablet. Typing/presenting a major research report on them
> (for example) is, to put it mildly, annoying.
> If you think tablets are annoying, you should try a typewriter ! :)
> More seriously, I've used an iPad from day 2, even bought a wireless
> keyboard on day 3 to see where that would go. The keyboard sits unused since
> day 4 - really found I didn't need it.
> My biggest disappointment has been that no handwriting recognition
> application has come up yet (I don't have an iPad 2, so no Siri - maybe we
> can just dictate our papers ?) ...
> Which brings me to one of my big gripes about the "debate." We seem to be so
> technologically captured by the PC mindset, that we've forgotten that there
> are many ways of creativity (and "content creation") that don't require a
> keyboard, a printer, or an optical disk.
> ** A second disappointment has been that no "neighborhood" app ala OLPC
> seems to have been developed ...
> *** A third being that app discovery is tedious :)