Thursday, January 13, 2011

Laptop versus Pen and Paper

We have spent so many years inventing something or the other. Our scientists have made huge success in the area of science. We discovered few things very quickly while many took much longer period to evolve.

In no time (considering time from our origin) we made it from abacus to laptops in computing field. The progress on writing tools is not that great (may be because it is difficult to improve the best).

A side to side comparison of latest computing device (laptop) with latest writing tool (nothing came to my mind except a pen and paper) is given below.  You yourself decide the winner.

Comparison factor
Laptop
Pen
Winner
Price
Few hundred dollars
Few dollars
Pen
Size
Big
Not so big :)
Pen
Weight
More than a pound
Negligible
Pen
Standby time
Few hours
Few years
Pen
Startup time
Many seconds
Few seconds
Pen
Word application
Commercial/FOSS
Built-in – Free
Pen
Drawing application
Commercial/FOSS
Built-in – Free
Pen
Spreadsheet application
Commercial/FOSS
Not supported
Laptop
Maintenance
Few hundred dollars
Not required
Pen


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