Monday, June 11, 2007

Blue Screen of Desk

Is Microsoft's Surface computer the next big thing? - By Harry McCracken - Slate Magazine:
At the D conference, I ran into one surface-computing believer whose opinion counts for quite a lot. "It'll be built into every desk eventually, but it's going to take a long time," said a confident-sounding Bill Gates as he hobnobbed with attendees after his joint onstage interview with Steve Jobs. You could dismiss his prediction of pervasive surface computing as self-interested hype. Then again, this is the man who founded Microsoft based on the far-fetched notion that every desk would one day have a personal computer. If Gates is right about the computer migrating into the desk, the mundane tasks that today's Surface will perform are nothing more than a warm-up act.
"Your desk has encountered a fatal error and cannot continue." What can we crash next? Your carpet?

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