Notes on the (relatively unknown) History of Pen-based Computing

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This is a short outline of a presentation on the history of "pen computing" I gave for the Pen Computing group of the Boston Computer Society, March 11, 1992. Unfortunately, I did not keep the full set of slides, which had pictures of the products and systems.

However, Dan Bricklin (CTO at Slate Corporation at the time) has posted a video of the same presentation on youtube, which does show all the pictures and slides:

Topic threads for tonight ...

Why this "historical view" might be of interest to this audience:

Historical overview:

"The Archeology of Pen-based computing"

"The Ancient History of Pen-based computing"

"The Early Commercial History of Pen-based computing"

"The Modern History of Pen-based computing"

"Current Events of Pen-based computing"

Specific shortcomings of the current art:


So ... What does this history mean ... to us?

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