Gearlog declares, "The Apple Tablet is Real -- Only it's Being Developed by Microsoft." I understand they're making the next iPhone too -- over Steve Jobs' lifeless corpse.
The Boy Genius Report exclaims, "Microsoft's Courier tablet concept: you'd leave your wife for it." May I suggest some marital counseling and/or a good divorce attorney?
However, as Mr. Technologizer/Harry McCracken points out, we've been down this road before with Microsoft.
I do remain skeptical about products based on the notion that people want to use styluses to input handwritten text that won’t be converted into accurate, editable ASCII into a computing device. That was the notion behind the Tablet PCs which Microsoft unveiled with absurd pomp and circumstance back in 2001–the company said that most notebooks would be tablets within a few years.
Wouldn't it be just wonderful if this were all just a really well-executed, extremely early April Fools Day gag? That would be the best thing Gizmodo has ever done.
What's interesting to me about all this is not the tablet per se. Hardware is hardware. If you think any combination of plastic, glass, and silicon is sexy, it may be time to bring your endocrine system into the shop for a flush and a lube (Boy Genius, this means you).
What's truly fascinating is watching the lemming effect at work. Gizmodo (or TechCrunch or fill in the blank) reports the vaguest rumors of a nifty new device and the rest of the blogosphere leaps on it like a pack of hyenas taking out the Domino's delivery guy.
The blogosphere is becoming exactly like the 24/7 cable news networks -- which the "mainstream media" bloggers so often claim to despise. If one of them reports a "breaking news story," they all have to tag along for the ride, no matter whether it deserves any coverage at all. There's always space to be filled.
Kind of like I'm doing now.