Ancient (1996?) Tablet PC and Squeak
Alan.Kay at squeakland.org
Fri Aug 15 17:55:54 UTC 2003
Hi David --
The copying and pasting sounds very tedious very quickly.
Duane Maxwell and his group at exobox did a great thing, which was to
run Mozilla as a Squeak plugin -- they used it to catch cases that
they had not written specific UIs for, and I had the impression that
this worked very well. It would be interesting to see whether this is
still a reasonable idea.... this is one of those cases where it is
probably not worth it to even try to reverse engineer a hefty subset
of modern browser features (as ugly as they might be)....
But I'm curious as to the opinions of others on the list regarding this issue.
At 9:37 AM -0700 8/15/03, David Faught wrote:
>Well, I've stepped in it again. I bought a used, old tablet PC with
>the idea of doing cool, wirelessly mobile things fairly inexpensively
>and found out something I didn't know before. The Windows 95/98
>handwriting recognition software commonly used on these things is
>licensed "per install". In other words, if it gets re-installed on a
>PC that it was formerly installed on, it counts as another install and
>is charged for again.
>It happens that on the particular tablet that I bought, the hard drive
>was wiped before the sale, as a reasonable precaution. So now there is
>no handwriting recognition unless I want to pay the licensing fee for
>the software again (which I don't). The pen does work, but strictly as
>a mouse pointer. I do have a regular keyboard too, but that detracts
>somewhat from the "cool, wirelessly mobile" idea.
>Enter Squeak. I was planning to use Squeak on this tablet anyway, but
>now I'm thinking that it may be the primary application, and using
>Genie should work for lots of things. For me, the one big lack in
>living in a Squeak environment is a full-featured web browser. So my
>question is this: how feasible is it to use Squeak in place of the
>native handwriting recognition, copying text out of Squeak and pasting
>it into other native OS applications, like the web browser? How usable
>will this really be? I'll let you know after I try it, but I'm looking
>for other experience or opinions.
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