Survey about the Touchscreen

Dale Maggee antisol at
Sat Nov 22 16:13:02 CET 2008

Sometimes I wish this was Slashdot:
"Score: 5, Insightful"


Stroller wrote:
> On 21 Nov 2008, at 16:41, Tilman Baumann wrote:
>> I just want to point out that I will not vote because the vote is  
>> bullshit.
> +1
> I when I finished reading this list yesterday it had only 3 replies,  
> and thought about replying.
> Unless your email address ends in, please keep "surveys"  
> and "votes" off this list!
> They seem to generate a very high number of posts lacking in  
> thoughtfulness - as opposed to, say, those a thread titled "capacitive  
> screens vs touchscreens" might - and it is naive to consider what kind  
> of hardware an individual user would prefer in isolation of all the  
> other compromises that would be required to accommodate the decision.
>> And even more important. Price and availability.
>> What you want is totally unimportant. The question is which  
>> compromises
>> are you ready to make?
>> This is nothing that can be figured out by some stupid two options  
>> poll.
>> ...
>> I would like openmoko to do bold steps.
>> But they should also be careful.
> Introduction of a multi-touch screen would only fragment the userbase.  
> 10,000 Freerunner owners would be bitching that they can't run  
> $ because it requires the new screen type; owners of the new  
> device would be bitching that existing apps don't use the cool new  
> interface.
> Hardware decisions are best made by those who actually have an insight  
> into ALL the variables of the planned hardware. The whims of you & I  
> are simply irrelevant if Openmoko / FIC are unable to purchase multi- 
> touch screens. In case you're not aware, hardware decisions have  
> already been constrained by an unavailability of parts in such small  
> quantities as those used in Openmoko devices - you might have to buy  
> 100,000 or 1,000,000 units before the vendor will talk to you.
> Besides that, GTA03 is no longer subject to change - isn't it stupid  
> to be making plans (especially when you're not in a position to do so)  
> for GTA04 or 05, when the hardware available by that time might be  
> quite different from what is on the market now?
> Thanks for cluttering up my inbox with this irrelevancy.
> Stroller.
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