Laptops, PADD devices, just wondering.

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  1. Cyanide Muffin

    Cyanide Muffin All hail Doctor 13 Premium Member

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    Just I was thinking this while using my laptop today and wondering if such things exist in the time Discovery takes place, and also say Enterprise, since that show is more closer to our time then Disco but would things like laptops still exist and would people still use keyboards?

    I know there's that scene on the shuttle with one but just wondering if they'd still exist and be used by people, and what would they be like in terms of power / weight etc?

    Then we get TNG and everything is done on padd which seem common and disposable.
     
  2. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Didn't Picard, Janeway and Sisko all have futuristic laptops in their ready rooms? Pretty sure Picard was using a stylus with it once.

    And yes, we've seen loads of tablets/PADDs.
     
  3. cultcross

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  4. SolarisOne

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    Having a ton of PADDs on one's desk, per Berman Trek, looks so quaint now in the days of tablets and e-readers.
     
  5. DonIago

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    Does it? I've had times where I have my dual-monitor PC up and running and I'm still checking something else on my tablet or phone.
     
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  6. SolarisOne

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    Yes, it does. How many of one thing do you use at the same time? Seven to eight tablets with basically one item on each one? Five phones?
     
  7. cultcross

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    Yup, there's a scene in Voyager where Neelix delivers an actual box of PADDS. I get that they were visual shorthand for books in an era before everything was on one device, but it does look odd in retrospect.
     
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  8. Cyanide Muffin

    Cyanide Muffin All hail Doctor 13 Premium Member

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    Considering one padd had literal gigabytes of storage it just seems weird they'd have a pile of them on a desk with one item on each yeah.

    Picard did have a fancy desktop thing but it had like a round bottom bit and he navigated it using that round bit. I just wondered since in Disco and Enterprise we still see keyboards, when would they go out of fashion?
     
  9. cultcross

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    I like the TNG laptops in that they were a nice attempt to update the idea of a personal computer. Sure, they didn't really take it far enough, but they went the right route.
     
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    I'm speculating that, yes, in the future they could still have laptops and devices, but obviously those laptops and devices would have an incomprehensible multiple of the amount of storage that present day stuff has.
    Maybe.
     
  11. Cyanide Muffin

    Cyanide Muffin All hail Doctor 13 Premium Member

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    Oh definitely and I bet CPU power would be through the roof compared to a laptop of today.
     
  12. DonIago

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    Ah, I thought you were simply referring to having a bunch of devices that all essentially do the same things.
     
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    This seems excessive:
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  14. DonIago

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    I mean, is it worse than having a bookshelf?
     
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  15. Spaceship Jo

    Spaceship Jo Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    This has been discussed here before, and I originally came down on the side of "pile of PADDs is silly", but since then I've worked on projects that were restricted to a single device until they were done and my spouse does every project on multiple screens so they all can be seen without switching tabs or windows or whatnot.

    Besides, one should never underestimate the human tendency toward physicality. The most productive people rarely are the ones with perfectly neat desks with a single screen or document.
     
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    NewHeavensNewEarth Captain Captain

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    Instead of Troi advising him, he needs Marie Kondo.
     
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  17. SolarisOne

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    Well, for one thing, they almost certainly wouldn't be using silicon chips, since we're already beginning to bump up against physical limits with modern cpus.
     
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    He trying to find some old files and he's not sure he transferred it to his current device. So he's dug out every device he's owned.
     
  19. The Wormhole

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    I never get over the crateful of PADDs that contained Seven of Nine's parent's logs.
     
  20. NewHeavensNewEarth

    NewHeavensNewEarth Captain Captain

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    Although this is already a dated example, it's like having a boxful of iPods for all your favorite jams.