On August 7, 2000, I wrote about a Swedish company and its newfangled pen. In the April 2001 issue of Wired Magazine, the company is mentioned again for the same reason: The hot new medium: paper (www.wired.com/wired/archive/9.04/anoto.html). So, they’re still rolling, although we’ll probably have to wait until 2003 before we can actually buy Anoto-powered input devices. Just imagine what that might mean: after all, what has been limiting the success of PDA’s and other similar devices is not the screen, but the difficulty of getting your data into them. Now how about a credit card size device with an LCD screen, using paper and pen as input? Remember: miniaturizing a computer is not that difficult, it’s the I/O that limits the dimensions of computers!
I have been fooling around with Perl, the programming language – see www.perl.com, for a few weeks. I’ll admit that Perl is great for string manipulation: I have been transforming all kinds of files and reports into XML with it. Trouble is, I would love to do some serious programming with Python – and my succes with Perl leaves me without incentives to do so… As far as I can tell, Python (www.python.org) looks a lot more lot more like the languages I have cherished up to this day (Pascal, Modula2, Eiffel, Applescript and Java) than any other scripting language (perhaps excepting Ruby); And of course, there’s JPython, which makes it possible to intermingle Java and Python. What more can you want, especially now that Eric Raymond is writing about the greatness of Python?