This is a small article I typed with the AlphaSmart 3000. What term I should use to describe this machine? It looks like a full-size keyboard. But it comes with a four-line black & white LCD screen on top. On the top right of the machine, there’s a USB port labeled “Computer”. On the top left, there’s a PS/2 port with a “Printer” label. The machine could be powered by three size AA batteries. People say these batteries can last one full year. It does have the third port on the right side, a standard DC power supply. All the features here make me believe this machine is a poor man’s personal computer, or anyone’s electronic typewriter.
When you connect this machine with your Mac or PC. This machine will be identified as a standard “Keyboard”. You can type to your computer with this gadget. Look at the layout carefully. You will find it is almost identical to your Mac. It even has the famous Command key which could be found on every Macintosh.
So it is a computer, a typewriter, and a keyboard.
我认为只有哲学问题才能通过思考解决，于是用一柱香的时间从思考的深渊中爬了出来，连上互联网开始调查。发现目前的确没什么人在做好一点的体温计，除了一家叫做 Kinsa Health 的初创公司看上去还靠谱之外，其他的产品简直惨不忍睹不堪入目。于是下单交钱，然后陷入了漫长的等待：家人已经不再发烧，还没发货；漫长的冬季已经结束，还没发货；转瞬即逝的春天刷完了存在感，还没发货；五一国际劳动节已经开始，还没发货……