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September 2003

Tablet PC

Interesting article on the Tablet PC, which I think is a pretty good idea, but it needs to about as thin and light as a notebook and be able to recognize anyone's handwriting. Until then, I agree with what Steve Jobs had to say.

The story is here and Steve's qoute:

Steve Jobs, the head of Apple, said at a conference back in May that his company has no plans to make a tablet, despite all the hype. "It turns out people want keyboards. When Apple first started out, people couldn't type. We realized: Death would eventually take care of this."

Say one thing for Mr Jobs: he's blunt. He concluded: "We look at the tablet and we think it's going to fail. Tablets appeal to rich guys with plenty of other PCs and devices already. And people accuse us of niche markets."

Stolen Spider

The Philadelphia Inquirer Online

"It was gone way before the hurricane hit. It looks like it was stolen. It's really pathetic," said Adam Solow, whose rowhouse on the 2400 block of Pine Street had been home to the large yellow-and-black spider since August. The spider, an Argiope aurantia, had captured the interest of many of its human neighbors and became a bit of a community bridge.

Who knew I lived so close to a spider, and I didn't even get to see it before it was 'stolen.'

Philadelphia is an odd place.

Secrets of the Jedi Lunchbox and Other Andy Ihnatko Tales

O'Reilly Interviews Andy Ihnatko.

My favorite quote:

We thought it'd be funny to have the three editors-in-chief play a special Macintosh-themed round of "Jeopardy!" I wrote a HyperCard stack to run the game and wrote nearly all of the questions and answers.

(My favorite category: "Woz, Jobs or God." I assembled a list of quotes and the contestants had to identify the source as either Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs...or the Old Testament. The Woz quotes were easy to spot, but when people guessed wrong, they usually wound up attributing Old Testament quotes to Steve Jobs. No surprise there.)