Posts from October 2002

Connected, unconnected: I’m attending the

Connected, unconnected
: I’m attending the Foursquare conference in New York next month with a long list of notable speakers: Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Steve Case, Elliot Spitzer, John Doerr, Susan Lyne, Brian Roberts, Arthur Salzburger, Jr., Michael Wolff, Sumner Redstone, Michael Powell, Peter Chernin, Sky Dayton, Terry Semel, Rob Glaser, Kurt Anderson.

They just anounced that Boingo will provide wireless connectivity.

I think I’ll blog from there….

: I’m warned that the talks will be off-the-record; figured as much. But I can still blog what they inspire and other atmospherics.

Whither tablets: I’m going to

Whither tablets
: I’m going to dare to disagree with Anil Dash twice in a week. I don’t think tablets will take over the world. I used to think so, but not anymore.

I worked with Intel on their once-ambitious, once-top-secret tablet project. You probably don’t know about it because the project was killed; the final straw was 9.11; the product was going to be introduced a block away from the World Trade Center only days after 9.11; after 9.11, no products could be launched and this one was killed.

I believed in the tablet project because it took wires off the Internet. It made the Internet portable. It brought the Internet to the kitchen and the couch. I was filled with soundbites about the wonders of tablets.

After the project was killed, I was lucky enough to get a rare Intel tablet. It was superbly engineered.

But there was one key problem:

No keyboard.

That kills — kills — tablets.

Everyone knows how to type today. My kid took typing lessons before second grade — second grade! My daughter will do likewise. Everyone knows how to type.

Typing is one heckuva lot faster and more accurate than writing script or, God forbid, Palmese.

You need to type to blog. You need to type to use Amazon. You need to type to Google. You need to type. Fact of life.

What was most enticing about the tablet, as it turned out, had nothing to do with its shape; it was its wirelessness.

But my new laptop has no wires.

Wirelessness will matter greatly; it will revolutionize computing in the home, in the office, and in other public places. Tablets won’t mattter, not much.

Reporting: Elizabeth Spiers does some

: Elizabeth Spiers does some good reporting from the Hitch/Sully meeting of the minds in New York last night. Here’s a good outcome from the blogosphere: something that would fall below the radar of the Times et al gets covered here.

Dead Horse: Take that!: I

Dead Horse: Take that!
: I was actually in on the Charles Johnson v. Anil Dash debate before all the rest of you. I complimented Charles; Anil scolded me; I became bored with the topic. And now we’re all bored with the topic.

But Richard Bennett has a decent (if characteristically blunt) final word.

Queda connection?: Found an earlier

Queda connection?
: Found an earlier reference to the sniper camp in Alabama now connected to the sniper investigation that also connected it to Queda. Here’s an earlier MSNBC story. And an earlier denial.