Paul Krugman, meet Tablet PC. Tablet PC, meet Paul Krugman

Fujitsustylisticst5100Joe, one our readers, just shot me this link to Paul Krugman’s recent New York Times musing. I recommend the full, brief read, but here’s a quote with the gist:“…today I longed for the ability to do serious writing while sitting on a rock by the side of the babbling brook.”I’m not sure if Paul has missed out on the Tablet PC market that’s been evolving for the past four years or so, but I think there are some definite solutions. Paul is enamored by electronic ink and its ability to be used in bright sunlight, but we’re not there yet. However, outdoor screens are available on a number of tablets: convertibles like the Dell Latitude XT and Fujitsu’s T2010 & T4220 models come to mind for starters. Paul plans to write on the device, so I’d certainly add a slate or two to the list: the Fujitsu ST5100-series might be worth a look.Sadly out of the 30-odd comments to Paul’s story, a scant few even mention Tablet PCs. I realize that Paul’s looking for an electronic-ink device to take notes, but another approach might be to define many needs and evaluate solutions rather than to try and define solutions for one need. I won’t claim to know all of Paul’s needs, but I’m comfortable saying that an outdoor-viewable Tablet PC or two should be added to a list of possible solutions for him. Thanks, Joe!

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