The War of Pockets and Wrists

Among the doubters of the nascent but, I think, promising smartwatch market, I often hear something along these lines...

Why would I want a smartwatch? My smartphone does all the same things and it only takes a second to get it from my pocket.

My usual reply to such people is that the war between a device in your pocket and a device on your wrist has been waged before - and the pocket watch lost. 

While that argument is true, it's a little simplified because the pocket watch and wristwatch were both single-function devices and that single function worked perfectly well when shrunk down to a size that fitted on your wrist. However, the smartphone has a large screen which is used to its fullest. With a smaller, more limited display, a smartwatch will not be able to do nearly as much. So, unlike my analogy of the war of the watches, the smartwatch is inherently crippled compared to a smartphone. 

The basic point, however, is still a good one and is borne out by a thousand other inventions like the TV remote, garage remote, smart homes, microwaves, keyless entry, voice control on your phone, NFC payments, and even things like SSDs and the relentless march of faster, more powerful computer processors.

You should never, ever underestimate an invention that saves time, even if the time it saves if less than a second.

Where'd it all go?

I have moved my website to Squarespace - just because I don't particularly want to micromanage HTML and CSS any more - and this has two important effects.

  1. Whoa. Everything looks different.
  2. Wait. Where is everything?

Well, as to the first, I will be fiddling around with this template to create something more me but this will be a gradual process and the current look is nice enough, if a little stark.

And as for the second, I will be moving everything across over time, possibly doing a little editing as I go. This will include my old webcomic tutorials that I wrote under the nom de clef Joel Fagin.

In the meantime, the old site can still be found here.