[FoRK] PDAs (was: Sony Reader for sale, and thoughts on e-books)

Ian Andrew Bell <hello at ianbell.com> on Fri Aug 31 11:47:25 PDT 2007

On 31-Aug-07, at 11:34 AM, Aaron Burt wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 10:45:39AM -0700, Ian Andrew Bell wrote:
>> TREOs and even more certainly all of the early-generation of Palm
>> devices are examples of technology that has failed to exit the
>> confines of technology industry culture. <snip>
>> My mother has no idea what a "lifedrive" is or how that benefits her,
>> and doubtfully ever will.  If members of this and other groups
>> continue in general to use themselves as benchmarks for what the
>> market really wants, then they can only  really hope to be massively
>> successful in marketing products and services to people like  
>> themselves.
>> Think Wal-Mart.  Think 97%.
> Please forgive my cluelessness here, but *why*?  Would you try to sell
> sledgehammers to soccer-moms?  Even with careful UI engineering and
> collaborative stakeholder-focused task-oriented blahblah design?

Because once we do, technology businesses won't generally grow within  
bubbles and endure massive slumps.  They'll be endurables.


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