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    Re: Digital or analogue timekeepers
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2009 Jan 24, 15:48 -0400

    Details, details.
    
    On 1/24/09, Lu Abel  wrote:
    >
    > Hey, guys, you missed it!   What Frank was describing was an iPhone!
    > (doing everything else it does but phoning)
    >
    >  And, oh, Dick Tracy's device was worn on his wrist, so that violates
    > Frank's "pocket watch-sized device"
    >
    >
    >  Hewitt Schlereth wrote:
    >  Re iThingie. I dig it. BTW: Didn't Dick Tracy have one of them thar
    > then? -Hewitt
    >
    > On 1/24/09, frankreed{at}historicalatlas.com
    >  wrote:
    >
    >
    >  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 in:
    >
    >  "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.
    >
    >  -FER
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