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How Dare You Call My Laptop a Technological Dinosaur

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 11/18/08 (11:06pm)

_BeanManIdeaLight.gif Every once and a while I come across an article which pretty much declares any device larger than a cellphone as dead because cellphones are what the kids are using and hence everything else is on the road to extinction.

This is silly.

I use my smartphone/pda/call-it-what-you-like -- all the time but even I know it doesn't replace my need for larger devices depending on what I'm doing.

I'm not going to write my research paper on a cellphone, for example, for the same reason that I wouldn't do the same, twenty years earlier, on the back of an envelope. You choose the tool to fit the job.