By Tom Z
11:06 AM EDT, October 24, 2012
Apple just announced its iPad Mini, which has people wondering, how many screens does a person really need? We’ve got desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers… how much is enough? Frederic Paul of ReadWrite.com tries to tackle that question in a new column:
After all, I already have at least eight screens in my regular rotation. And that doesn’t count spares, backups and obsolete or little-used devices still hanging around the house. Nor does it include the many devices owned and used by other members of my household – don’t ask, that number is truly shocking.
The scary thing, though, is that all eight screens of my screens are actually used almost every day. Some are more important to me than others, of course, but I don’t FEEL like they overlap. I need them all. Or at least I want them all.
He then goes on to name all eight of his screens. I hate to get all technical, but two of this guy’s eight screens are second monitors for his laptops. That doesn't count. I could hook up my laptop to so many screens my desk looked like the eye of a bumblebee, but that doesn't mean I'm accomplishing anything greater than the average laptop user with a 13-inch screen. The important measure of self-worth is how many devices you use. I have two TVs, along with three laptops, an iPad, my iPhone and a Kindle Fire. I also pay two actors from a local theater company to act out news stories in front of me. It helps bring some of the stories to life. I also have a typewriter and SOS machine nearby, in case I need to send a Dear John letter or pick up on stealth movements from the Nazis. And of course I watch out my window for smoke signals from my social network of Navajo Indians. Oh, and let's not forget my most important social network, the 2,000 carrier pigeons I keep in my kitchen. They're also coming and going, helping me keep in touch with friends around the world. Of course their squawking never ends and my house is covered in pigeon shit, but hey, I just like to feel connected.
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