GnuDiff writes: "There are several groups of people whose main and preferred package for producing documents is TeX, but "Eight hours with TeX" describes what does the time-honoured package feels like for somebody who just tried it out."
Microsoft Surface bears striking resemblance to Bumptop
By now, you've probably already heard of Microsoft's former 'top secret' project, known as Surface, which is a table-shaped computer that boasts a 30 touch screen for interactive 'touch' computing. It's certainly a great idea, but everyone seems to be missing the fact that this technology has been done before, in a prototype known as Bumptop.
The YouTube video (shown above) of Bumptop was added just a little under 1 year ago, and has since become the #1 watched video with over 1.8 million views to date.
The Microsoft Surface video (shown above) looks exactly like Bumptop, despite being a bit more polished.
Microsoft claims its idea for Surface came about in 2001, but oddly enough, no one from Microsoft, or anywhere else for that matter had mentioned this technology in the past. The idea is being played off as a 'top secret' project from Microsoft, justifying the delay in the announcement.
So was Surface dreamed up after Bumptop? Would you put it past Microsoft to copy someone else's technology, fabricate a history for it, and 1 year later release its 'future computing interface?'
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