Dont Judge Tablet PCs by Their Ink
I'm positive about Tablet PCs, but it's getting tiresome to defend my position.Tablet PCs have become the galvanizing notebook event of the year. People are either skeptical or love them. Theres no middle ground. Thats unfortunate because at this stage, thats exactly what they are. Tablet PCs, based on the Windows XP operating system, have tight links to the subnotebook world, and they show exactly how the notebook market is evolving. Im positive about Tablet PCs, but its getting tiresome to defend my position. Many people believe that Microsofts Digital Ink technology is the basis of the Tablet PC and that the viability of the tablets inextricably depends on how well the Digital Ink technology deciphers a persons handwriting. Frankly, this is ridiculous. Most people cant read their own scrawl. The goal of Digital Ink is to offer a new way to input datavia a pen. Its not a magic trick.
Peoples reactions say more about our gizmo culture than the productivity of the Tablet PCs. Whenever people see me pull out the Acer Travelmate Tablet PC Ive been using, they flock to have their handwriting recognized. Thats too bad, since Digital Ink makes for a nice stored format on its own. Theres no real need to convert it to text.