Predictions

by Mike Masnick


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Perhaps The Paperless World Isn't Such A Myth

from the mythbusting-the-myth? dept

At the beginning of the personal computer revolution, there were plenty of predictions concerning things like the "paperless office." However, during the 90's it was widely decided that the paperless office was a myth -- and, in fact, the use of computers had actually generated even more demand for paper as there was more stuff than ever before to be printed. Perhaps, though, the myth of the paperless office was a bit of a myth itself. Or, at the very least, it was merely off by a decade or so. The younger generation is less interested in using paper and more and more people are figuring out that they really don't need paper any more. This won't mean the end of paper over night, but it certainly appears that we're finally reaching a point that some had predicted decades ago, where people are recognizing that it's easier to store things digitally than on paper.

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    Iron Chef, 12 Feb 2008 @ 10:25am

    Re: Tablets to replace paper

    I tried the tablet thing for a while, was extremely impressed with OneNote specifically. (Wow! Whoever did that needs a prize or something.)

    The problem however, was the equipment. I had a HP TX1200-series and it seemed like they tried to cram every thing under the sun in that machine. Sure, it was a consumer machine and for $2100 it should probably try be a traditional laptop.

    But if I had a "One Note Appliance" per-se with basic internet/outlook functionality that was under $1000 it would be a huge productivity enhancer.

    Thougts on how to develop the product:
    Consider what we do in meetings, and a "Meeting device" One with the basics- OneNote, Office, eMail, Internet, would be something that there's a market for. Make it rugged without the flip thing. If I sit on it while getting into a taxi, will it break?

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