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Postby Tim Broderick on Sun Nov 19, 2000 6:29 am

The next couple of weeks, David will be upgrading his portable hardware. I kind of screwed up in the beginning, not having his tools fully realized. <P>If you were going to have the ultimate handheld, what woud you want on it?<P><P>------------------
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Postby Russ on Mon Nov 20, 2000 1:59 am

Go game recording software.<P>MP3s of all my music.<P>Live webcam from an expensive German brothel.<P><P>------------------
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Postby Dan Nicholls on Mon Nov 20, 2000 7:14 am

Why, ebay of course.<P>------------------
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Postby Truk77 on Tue Nov 21, 2000 6:53 am

How 'bout a searchable database on just about anything...with varying results.<P>Kinda like a earthling's Hitchhiker's Guide ;-)
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Postby Tim Broderick on Tue Nov 21, 2000 8:06 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by truk77:
<B>How 'bout a searchable database on just about anything...with varying results.<P>Kinda like a earthling's Hitchhiker's Guide ;-)<P>
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Hey, Truk! I'm pretty honored to get your very first forum post! Welcome.<P>The tech I'm starting to drool over is at microsoft.com. Take a look at the the new Tablet PC. It's not so much that this is THE thing I want, but the idea that tablet technology has advanced enough to make it viable makes me very excited. David's new portable expands from a pad to a tablet. <P><P>------------------
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Postby Megazone27 on Tue Nov 28, 2000 9:39 am

voice command and dictation of email (who wants to see a guy typing). Encrypted email and cellular, built in camera (doubles as a scanner to input printed text), voice-stress analysis, FBI most-wanted database, AI bots to sift through truckloads of data on the internet. GPS, optional eyepiece to create a virtal 60" screen in front of his eyes (<A href="http://www.ita.sel.sony.com/products/av/glasstron/">Sony Glasstron</A>.) Automotive Diagnostic plug (when the car won't start).<P>Sorry got carried away, just a few suggestions.
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Postby STrRedWolf on Wed Nov 29, 2000 6:54 am

A PDA of my dreams would be:<P>* 240x320 display, 24-bit color
* About 64 megs of working ram, a half-gig of Compact Flash
* Wireless connectivity, with pager/TCP-IP service.
* Phone integration.
* IR, Ethernet and standard serial connectivity
* Seperate keyboard (via serial port or Ethernet) with serial/Ethernet, paraell, mouse.
* Runs Linux<P>It would be sort of a mix between a Compaq iPaq and a Handspring Visor. Note there's already Linux for the iPaq, and most everything else for the Handsprings and PalmOs systems.<P>BTW - Great work. I'll have to peruse though the archives later.<P>------------------
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Postby A Man In Black on Wed Nov 29, 2000 11:02 am

Speaking as a writer rather than a tech geek, why not leave some features unexplained, as future plot devices? It can help to get yourself out of an unforseen writing corner.<P>BTW, I found Odd Jobs on a random wander through Keenspace, and I am INCREDIBLY impressed. This is easily one of the best strips, let alone Keenspace strips, that I have found. Odd Jobs has a place in my favorite 10.<P>------------------
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Postby A Man In Black on Thu Nov 30, 2000 2:46 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tim Broderick:
<B>Consider this: I figure that unless it's something he's going to use a lot, David will basically "pay as he goes." <P>Take the idea of the AI bots. David may need to do this kind of extreme database searching maybe once or twice a year. So instead of purchasing the package and having to worry about upgrades and software bugs, he goes to a site that has this option, pays for the use of it, and runs his search. This way, I'll also be able to introduce anything new to the plot as I need it. Of course, it will only be based on fact or near-future speculation. No technobabble in this strip.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Not even speculation. This is basically the software business model that Microsoft wants to completely change over to in the next few years.<P>Computers-as-appliances is basically the direction that consumer computers are moving towards. There'll probably still be the high-complexity, powerful equipment, but the idea of upgrading your computer will somday be as silly as the idea of upgrading your microwave or refridgerator.<P>When those high-power resources are needed, then it'll be by rental (or by payment for service, just like if you need a U-Haul for a tiny fraction of your driving time.<P>------------------
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Postby Tim Broderick on Thu Nov 30, 2000 8:03 am

Megazone! Welcome and thanks for the first post! I like your suggestions. <P>voice command and dictation of email - good idea.<P>Encrypted email and cellular - that we can assume.<P>built in camera (doubles as a scanner to input printed text) - interesting. Cameras will probably be standard someday, much like microphones today.<P>STrRedWolf had some good tech ideas too.<P>But here's a thought: <P>
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by A Man In Black:
<B>Speaking as a writer rather than a tech geek, why not leave some features unexplained, as future plot devices? It can help to get yourself out of an unforseen writing corner.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Consider this: I figure that unless it's something He's going to use a lot, David will basically "pay as he goes." <P>Take the idea of the AI bots. David may need to do this kind of extreme database searching maybe once or twice a year. So instead of purchasing the package and having to worry about upgrades and software bugs, he goes to a site that has this option, pays for the use of it, and runs his search. This way, I'll also be able to introduce anything new to the plot as I need it. Of course, it will only be based on fact or near-future speculation. No technobabble in this strip.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>
BTW, I found Odd Jobs on a random wander through Keenspace, and I am INCREDIBLY impressed. This is easily one of the best strips, let alone Keenspace strips, that I have found. Odd Jobs has a place in my favorite 10.<P>[/B]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Postby Macclint on Thu Nov 30, 2000 9:47 am

I would think wireless access to the internet?<P>-Clint<P>------------------
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Postby Megazone27 on Sat Dec 02, 2000 6:46 am

<P>Tim, Thanks for the Link with the Fan Art!<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by A Man In Black:
<B> Not even speculation. This is basically the software business model that Microsoft wants to completely change over to in the next few years.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Paying for microsoft by the Mb that sounds good. Have you seen Magic:the gathering or Pokemon cards? Can you say that they saved money by buying piecemeal instead of once?
It's Heroin-ware, keep paying or we cut you off! <P>P.S. My PDA has a camera already, I did't make that one up.
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Postby A Man In Black on Thu Dec 07, 2000 6:01 am

Ah, I see you noticed.<P>Still, I see the idea of "my computer" fading as time goes on. Hell, I can see it fading, myself.<P>And my GAMEBOY has a camera. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/wink.gif"><P>------------------
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Postby Didjeridrew on Thu Dec 07, 2000 9:25 am

Go Tim! I don't know how I found your site, but it's one of my top five webcomics. It's a shame you're not on Keenspot. You've got a thin, spare style that goes very well with the subject of your strip. It's hard to find a comic on the Web that doesn't even occasionally submit to a gag strip.<P>About the PDA: What exactly is the microwave burst for? Is it related to the GPS? I'm confused. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/confused.gif"> Perhaps there should be something on it for self-defense, like a little taser or something. I like AMiB's idea of leaving all of its features open-ended, to give it a bit of mystery. It might help if he could get into police databases or something like that, for a little inside info. David is sort of a private investigator, right?
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Postby Tim Broderick on Thu Dec 07, 2000 9:40 am

Cool, another first-time poster!<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Didjeridrew:
<B>Go Tim! I don't know how I found your site, but it's one of my top five webcomics. It's a shame you're not on Keenspot. You've got a thin, spare style that goes very well with the subject of your strip. It's hard to find a comic on the Web that doesn't even occasionally submit to a gag strip.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Thank you very much, I really appreciate that!<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B><P>About the PDA: What exactly is the microwave burst for? Is it related to the GPS? I'm confused. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/confused.gif"> Perhaps there should be something on it for self-defense, like a little taser or something. I like AMiB's idea of leaving all of its features open-ended, to give it a bit of mystery. It might help if he could get into police databases or something like that, for a little inside info. David is sort of a private investigator, right?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>A taser! Now that's an idea! <P>David's not really an investigator so much as his jobs will lead him into mysteries. I like how the mundane can lead into the extraordinary. That and the idea of random links leading to anywhere...<P><P>------------------
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Postby Tim Broderick on Thu Dec 07, 2000 9:50 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Didjeridrew:
<B>About the PDA: What exactly is the microwave burst for? Is it related to the GPS? I'm confused.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Oh yeah, that's exactly what it's for. You're not confused at all!<P>That's based on Iridium, the Motorola-developed global system. Biggest complaint was people had a hard time connecting in urban areas.<P>On the other hand, scientists in the field and Red Cross workers loved it. But they didn't have to punch through concrete to make their connection.<P><P>------------------
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Postby STrRedWolf on Tue Dec 12, 2000 10:49 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tim Broderick:
<B> Oh yeah, that's exactly what it's for. You're not confused at all!<P>That's based on Iridium, the Motorola-developed global system. Biggest complaint was people had a hard time connecting in urban areas.<P>On the other hand, scientists in the field and Red Cross workers loved it. But they didn't have to punch through concrete to make their connection.
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Not only that, Iridium's still alive. A private groop is keeping the satelites up, and the Defense Department awarded them a telecom contract. It proved itself when the Cole got it's now gaping hole blown out over in Yemen -- there was no power and it was the only thing that was self-contained to communicate back to HQ!!!<P>------------------
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Postby A Man In Black on Wed Jan 10, 2001 1:46 am

And such things tend to filter down.<P>"The street finds its own uses for things."
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