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Piloting Through the Maze (19 Nov 2005)
What Palm did is learn from their predecessors: Their device was affordable, fit into a shirt pocket, worked faster than the paper alternatives, and you could 'photocopy' its entire contents in less than a minute with one button push. But for me, at least, the best part of this story is that Graffiti, the single-stroke script that the device used, was essentially a reincarnation of Notae Tironianae, a shorthand developed in 63 BC (!) by a slave of Cicero, named Marcus Tullius. So much for brand new ideas.
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