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What the Times Got Wrong

From the NYT in 1985.

The limitations come from what people actually do with computers, as opposed to what the marketers expect them to do. On the whole, people don’t want to lug a computer with them to the beach or on a train to while away hours they would rather spend reading the sports or business section of the newspaper. Somehow, the microcomputer industry has assumed that everyone would love to have a keyboard grafted on as an extension of their fingers. It just is not so.


It is easy (and fun) to look back at the experts and sneer at what they got wrong thirty years ago. The lesson of course is to be cautious with trying to predict the future. What the writer seems to have missed is that computers are not just a business machine but a personal machine that enhances all the things he mentions like reading at the beach or browsing the sports pages.

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