Andres Salomon dilinger at queued.net
Thu May 22 17:33:24 EDT 2008

On Thu, 22 May 2008 14:07:26 -0700 (PDT)
david at lang.hm wrote:

> On Thu, 22 May 2008, Andres Salomon wrote:
> > On Thu, 22 May 2008 13:33:10 -0700 (PDT)
> > david at lang.hm wrote:
> >
> >> On Thu, 22 May 2008, C. Scott Ananian wrote:
> >>
> >>> There will almost certainly be a 'virtual XO-1' mode for
> >>> compatibility, where the lower touchscreen will display a keyboard
> >>> and touchpad like the XO-1.
> >>
> >> a touchscreen based keyboard is far inferior to a real keyboard.
> >> it's
> >
> > So plug a USB keyboard in if you're going to be doing some serious
> > typing.  If you just need to type in a few lines, the virtual
> > keyboard would be fine.  A USB keyboard gives far more flexibility
> > than XO-1 currently has in terms of languages, layout, cost, and
> > manufacturers. Being tied to a single keyboard/touchpad
> > manufacturer makes everyone sad.
> >
> > http://www.pricewatch.com/keyboards/usb.htm shows ~$4 for a basic
> > keyboard, and bulk rates could probably do even better..
> this makes it a $79 laptop, and I don't think it's really a good idea
> to say that every kid will carry the XO-2 and a keyboard everywhere.

Of course not.  Kids can leave the keyboards at school, and share them.
You're assuming that kids will even _want_ keyboards.  Maybe they'll
want to use something equivalent to Dasher, or they'll find themselves
becoming quite proficient w/ the on-screen keyboard, or perhaps the
processor will be powerful enough to support speech-to-text software, or
a stylus combined with handwriting recognition software,
or maybe they'll prefer writing on paper and just use the XO for reading
ebooks (despite having access to all this wonderful QWERTY technology,
there are certain tasks that I prefer to use paper and whiteboards for),
or maybe they'll come up w/ some radically new input system that
we haven't enough thought of.

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