Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I'll Trade You My Fly for your Kindle

When Tim commented yesterday that he's getting a Kindle, I was going to suggest that perhaps in a few years I would trade my useless, goofy original Fly 1.0 pen for his Kindle. But then today, David highlighted a new iteration of "pentop computing," so maybe my Fly will become a valuable collector's item, recognized as a pioneering device.

Or... no. The one benefit of buying one of the things is that I'm quite certain these pen-based systems will never be more than an oddball sideshow, and the entire genre is safely ignored. Also, as a side note, despite David's post title, these pen-based computers have nothing to do with "e-paper." They use specially printed paper paper.

3 comments:

timlauer said...

Hey Tom,

Maybe... I've got a drawer full of stuff too (including a Newton and an e-mate :-)), so with this one, we'll see. I tell ya though, I have already ported 5 binders worth of school district guides, handbooks and documents and plan to port some more today. It is an interesting device, DRM issues yes, but interesting and so far I'm liking it.

Tom Hoffman said...

Hey, that e-mate is still useful. How are you porting the documents and to what format? It will be interesting to see how the Kindle plays out. With the "free EVDO for life" aspect of it, they're going to have to be draconian about how you can use/hack it.

timlauer said...

I'm working on a post... will explain...