Tablet PCs were way ahead of their time and suffered as a result imho. It was hard to find one that wasn't under-powered, and I suspect that it was a way to make them affordable, but hot-damn those things were cool.
Frankly I'd argue we've still to perfect that idea. We've got those "transformer" laptops now-a-days, but finding something with a decent digitizer has still been elusive; or at least it is to me.
Regardless, thanks for the fish Mr. Thacker, hope you enjoy your seat at the pantheon of computer gods.
Have you tried the surface pro (4+)? In my mind the main issue with the sp4 is battery - but that may be a bit better in the latest device (due to change in cpu generation).
Then there's also wacom's tablet pcs:
Another issue from 3 weeks ago on HN:
>One import thing with all Surface laptops that most people don't know:
>>Support is limited to the country you purchased the device in.
He joked that he was an unfortunate guy because he always invented something decades of years ahead of mainstream era.
And the secret of so many original inventions? Read the original papers, the very old ones in various fields and learn how people initially thought, and why they failed.
> "Choose your colleagues carefully to the extent that they help you and you will be more successful and the extent that you can help them and they will be more successful. …Value simplicity and elegance. …Pick your problems carefully."
"Presentation given by Chuck Thacker (introduced by Ed McCreight) at the ACM Conference on the History of Personal Workstations, held at Rickey’s Hyatt House in Palo Alto, California, on January 9 and 10, 1986. The conference was sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and hosted by the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)."
Today I learned. Might be a nice thing to make something a little more prominent.
The first few time I saw it I thought it was a bug too, until I inspect it and saw a correlation.
I know you weren't being a jerk, so on some level my response is unfair, but I think that a life of service is underrated.