On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM, dmccunney <dennis.mccun...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM, Rugxulo <rugx...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> P.S. The buzz is all around tablets and touchscreens these days. While
>> I can (barely) see the point, it seems bad for things like text input.
>> But I guess if all you're doing is browsing around or playing (very)
>> simplistic games, it doesn't matter.
> Think of tablets as half-duplex.  They are media consumption devices,
> and the communication is mostly *to* the tablet.
> If you use a tablet, for the most part, you don't *do* text input.  A
> touch screen interface is quite adequate to select media you want to
> consume.

Right, just to watch a movie or listen to music or read an eBook
doesn't really need a keyboard. I get that. But you know how some
people are, "The traditional PC is dead, long live smartphones +
tablets!" etc. etc. I don't think it's a universal solution to what
PCs can do.

> If you *do* need to do text input, that's what USB keyboards are for,
> and many tablets support them.  I know a few writers that find an iPad
> and external keyboard a handy portable writing solution, much smaller
> and lighter than a laptop.

I perfectly agree, and I would definitely get a keyboard almost
without hesitation. However, it's almost as if some people imply that
lacking a keyboard for form factor reasons or whatever is "cleaner"
design and somehow superior despite obviously higher typing error
rates (and slower too, IMO). Some would say you don't need tactile
feedback, you don't even need a keyboard at all. While I agree that
105+ keys is too many, I don't think touchscreen is the ultimate

This also goes back to the "wonderful" invention of the mouse (and
GUI), which is seen as so incredibly useful that we can't live without
it. It's only (typically) three buttons (sometimes less, very rarely
more), but it's "teh modernz, kthxbai !" I just think it's unnecessary
for some (or even most) things. To me, it's hard to be a computer
without heavy user input, and a mouse just isn't that, only for
lightweight usage (except in rare specialized circumstances). Maybe if
we had decent speech recognition (as if), but we don't.

P.S. Dennis, sorry if I come off as a bit harsh sometimes about
"modern" things. I know some people here are more sympathetic to it
than I am. But it's indeed frustrating when modern throws out
everything else (or most everything else) just because they consider
it "fringe" or "legacy". Sometimes modern things make everything
harder and more difficult. (Worse is when there is no easy
transition.) One size just will never fit all. Anyways ....

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