February 23, 2015

WHAT THE NEW YORK TIMES THOUGHT ABOUT LAPTOPS 30 YEARS AGO:

For the most part, the portable computer is a dream machine for the few.

The limitations come from what people actually do with computers, as opposed to what the marketers expect them to do. On the whole, people don’t want to lug a computer with them to the beach or on a train to while away hours they would rather spend reading the sports or business section of the newspaper. Somehow, the microcomputer industry has assumed that everyone would love to have a keyboard grafted on as an extension of their fingers. It just is not so.

Heh. I remember this piece. Shortly after it came out, I bought a Toshiba T1100+ laptop, and I’ve never looked back.

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