Robert Hahn

inspired by integration

I'm always interested in infrastructure that brings people together and facilitates communication. I'm currently exploring social software, markup & scripting languages, and abstract games.

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noted on Thu, 02 Sep 2004

What I want in a PDA

Slashdot gives us an opportunity to tell the world what we want in a PDA. Here’s my list:

IMHO, a PDA should be treated like a thin client. With something like this, I’d never need to upgrade to the latest and greatest. If I need more memory, I buy a new CF card. If I want to run new software, I get it installed on the ssh server. I might have to update ssh and the ebook reader periodically, though.

Consider: the screen’s good. The keyboard lets me input stuff far more easily than any of the pen-based methods, and actually, I wonder if the fitaly layout would prove to be a better fit for thumb computing than a qwerty keyboard. Running ssh would allow me to run any program I’d care to run, provided I have a server to log into. If I’m not connected, I have books to read still, and I don’t mind doing a nightly charge to get all that.

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