Ken Olson and iPADs

Back when I worked for digital equipment corporation Ken Olson (founder) was quoted as saying ” who would ever want a computer at home”.

He started one of the most successful mini-computer companies of the 70s and 80s but his legacy will be his inability to see that what the mini-computer did to the mainframe the PC was about to do to the mini-computer.

Fast forward 20 years…. I cant tell you how many people have asked me what I am going to do with my iPad when I get it. After all I have a laptop and an iPhone. My answer is, “ask Ken Olson.”

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  1. Jim Reply

    Sounds like it is really convenient for someone on the go. I will be interested to hear of any limitations. Do you use it at home when your laptop is sitting right there?

  2. mip Reply

    The iPad defies explanation – very hard to describe until you hold it, use it and feel comfortable with it’s strengths. For example, today, I’ve used only my iPad through the full day. I haven’t missed my laptop at all.
    It alters how content is consumed – whether that content is an email, a PowerPoint document, an excel sheet, photos, a book or a movie. It just all “feels” right.

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