Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Like many of you, I got a tablet (a Nook, if you’re interested) as a gift this last December (thanks Jeanette!). It’s pretty nice. I read Wired on it now, check news, post tweets occasionally. But it’s moderately frustrating that I can’t really do anything worthwhile on this machine.
The problem with tablets is that they are designed for consumption: of movies, books, websites and the like. People want to be productive while on the go. The size and weight of the average tablet is perfect for productivity almost anywhere. But the software isn’t there to support a productive worker.
What if there was a tablet with a real operating system and a collection of software that lived in the tablet (not in the cloud)? What if you could work on a presentation without worrying whether your carrier had an affordable wi-fi connection today? What if you could then use a USB port to plug your tablet into a projector when the time came to deliver that presentation? At under $300?