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From: "Evan Koblentz via cctalk" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at
Sent: Friday, November 03, 2017 11:15 PM
Subject: Re: looking at buying a pocket PC / PDA
you'd also just dismiss Harlan Ellison, Woody Allen, Isaac Asimov and the dozens of
other writers who prefer to use a typewriter over a modern computer as "old
They used typewriters in the 1980s, maybe some into the 1990s, when
typewriters were still common. You're talking about the Model 100 which
is now a 34-year-old computer. Big difference.
It's actually one of a group of fairly unique 34-year-old and newer tablet computers
that can be and often are updated to remedy most of the deficiencies of the original
version while retaining the simplicity and other features that make it popular among some
How many modern computers have a full size regular keyboard in a tablet format with a
display that's clearly legible in bright sunlight, instant on, cheap batteries that
last for days and can be replaced in seconds, etc. ?
Your point was that no 'real writer' in his/her right mind would use anything
older than a last-gen laptop today; the reason Asimov et al are often mentioned in this
context is precisely because they preferred to use typewriters when much more efficient
technology was readily available.
I think that some creative writers value simplicity above all, with a minimum of
distracting technology between the idea and recording it; reporters and journalists like
yourself on the other hand have somewhat different needs such as instant access to
research, powerful formatting tools, compatibility, communication and fast file transfer,
The bottom line is that members of both groups use what they believe is most effective for
whatever they're doing and, whether you believe it or not, not all writers then and
now need or want the latest technology; I find your suggestion that anyone who uses old
technology like the M100 can not call themselves a 'real writer' like you somewhat
insulting and elitist.
I suspect that you've been trolling anyway, so can we leave it at that?