why is it that some consumer devices, like the tablet PC, capture the imagination of some really smart and saavy people, yet fail to achieve any measure of commercial success? Is it that tech people are more amenable to the ideosyncracies of new devices, and accepting of their shortcomings? Think about the Newton, widely panned and even today Apple has not offered a PDA, yet for other companies at a different point in time, the results were wild success.
Most tech people are huge apologist for any type of technology (they are, after all tech people). It’s that whole dancing bear thing from The Inmates are Running the Asylum. That is they’re so suprised and pleased that it actually works (that the bear dances) that no matter how bad it is, it doesn’t matter.