Thursday, January 09, 2003

Microsoft and Apple's new "convergence" devices

Microsoft has unveiled a host of little, networked devices, including a watch which offers "local time plus real-time information such as news, weather, sports scores and instant text messages." What I really want from a watch is a screen telling me when appointments (from my palm pilot) are coming up.

Apple, understanding the very real tradeoffs involved in mobile computing, have expanded and shrunk their popular G4 PowerBook. I know one of the reasons I went for the little iBook was battery life, internet connectivity, and portability. Had the 12' aluminum PowerBook been available, I might have bought that instead. I really want it now. I haven't felt this way about computer hardware since I was 14.

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