A vision of pervasive computing

By Sean M. Dugan, InfoWorld |  Hardware

I've got to travel where I carry all my papers with me. If I have to carry a separate bag with a 6-to 8-pound notebook on my shoulder, getting shoulder burns carrying two bags around, that's just too much. I want something I can just drop in that's the size of a magazine. When I'm on the road, if I need to get e-mail, I just pull it out and use it. If I don't, I don't have to worry about this device -- "do I put it in the bag or do I take it out" -- it's just there. And that's the persuasiveness issue we're trying to get to.

InfoWorld: It seems like we're on the cusp of an era where computers will be there for people who don't like computers, who don't want to worry about the megahertz or gigabytes.

Ditzel: I have a simple way of putting it: The vision is not one of computing. The vision is about communication. You're not going to be worrying about megahertz or whatever -- the computing performance will be sufficient. The real issue is how it helps you communicate doing e-mail, getting to Web sites -- that's to be the functionality of portable machines. The fact that it also happens to run a spreadsheet will be an afterthought.

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