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Clock-Pen retro-convergence

November 2, 2009

Re: This post by James Fallows, I do think that eventually, we’ll have a single device for most electronic and digital things we do. And in a way, we’ve been doing this for years. Remember when you had a calculator, typewriter, Atari 2600, atlas, Baseball Encyclopedia, TV, VCR, stereo, newspapers, and stamps? (We had those things and also a computer and I can’t figure out what we did on that computer.) Now, I have a computer that has taken the place of all of those things. I also use my computer to make some long distance phone calls and use my phone to tell time. Why should we expect this trend to change?

My biggest problem with my computer is that the speakers are so-so and it’s kind of heavy. I’m looking forward to the day that I can put my computer in my pocket and fold my keyboard up.

But convergence hasn’t always worked. For instance, the pen with a clock embedded in it never really caught on.

(Ahh, I was going to post a clip from a Friends episode I remember about Joey giving a clock-pen to his girlfriend, but I don’t know how to do that and can’t find the clip anyway.)