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    Re: Digital or analogue timekeepers
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2009 Jan 23, 22:03 -0800

    Peter, you wrote:
    "On the other hand (ho ho) I'd rather wear a watch with an analogue display, 
    as a quick glance 'tells the time' quite well enough when precision isn't 
    needed.  A digital display needs mental interpretation, mental rounding, as 
    "19:38:52 .. hmm .. that means its about twenty to eight".  Learning as much 
    from a graphical display, which is what an analogue watch-face offers, is 
    much quicker, and involves no conscious effort at all."
    I agree. Within a short period of time, common consumer watches should have no 
    problem switching from one type of display to another, and I would guess some 
    already do. It's merely a software problem. Watches are rapidly converging 
    with tiny computers.
    Myself, I want a modern pocket watch --a pocket-sized device that will let me 
    select an analog or a digital time display. It should allow me to set alarms 
    and maybe include a planning calendar. And what the heck, let's throw in a 
    web browser, high-speed Internet access, maybe GPS, music and video playing 
    software, some cool games, a basic camera... and, dare I dream, the ability 
    to make phone calls, too. Hey! I think I should patent this idea. I will call 
    it the iThingie.
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