"With all the chatter about Apple's iPad, you'd think it was the first tablet computer ever available, although tablet computing has been around awhile.
Bill Gates in 2001 predicted tablet computing would overtake traditional computers by 2006, and Apple itself noodled around with its Newton PDA tablet for almost a decade. I have been writing my columns for several years on a small, lightweight tablet computer. If you don't have a tablet PC, Wacom offers a whole line of separate tablet cursor controls that attach to PCs via USB. (I expect to review these in the near future.)"