New OQO

Tim Gee has a post a post about the OQO, a small computer. It is a computer that runs WindowsXP that fits in your hand. I test drove the device for about a month when the first one was released. I realized that the device was fundamentally flawed. The device is too small to be useful when running XP apps, and too big to fit comfortably in your pocket. In order to use the device applications must be written specifically for the small screen size. And today there are very few that are. If application support was there I may say that it is a good device for vertical applications, like an EMR front end. But today there is a dearth of apps and thus i found the device to be not useful.

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  1. Yes, that is the rub. For a point of care device to used, it must be comfortably hand carried. To meet that requirement means the screen must be small, requiring an “adjusted” user interface.

    Smart developers will use configuration tools to lay out screens so that changes like this can be made by users or system administrators, rather than pounding code.

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