The idea of typing shell commands on a touchpad makes me cringe...do people really do this?
Yeah. Not for day-to-day work, mind, but if I am on-call say, this is the difference between being able to go out in the evening and just check something quickly if I have to, or restart sommething, or lugging a laptop around and needing to find some space to set it down, connect the 3G dongle, log in, blah blah, all that business takes longer than actually fixing whatever's gone wrong sometimes! I am really looking forward to the iPad, it will be liberating.
> The idea of typing shell commands on a touchpad makes me cringe...do people really do this?
Granted, I think that about netbooks. I used a 10" ThinkPad for two years and the idea of using something smaller just sounds insane to me.
A 'reimagined' shell for the iPhone might work really well. Something similiar to zsh, with lots of prediction.