The Return of the Teleputer

Computer/TVs never caught on their first time around, but HP's new Media Center may be a keeper

Back in the 1990s, the futurists who wrote about technology (and the journalists who believed them) were briefly infatuated with the idea that computers and televisions were destined to converge into a single unit, a "teleputer," as some dubbed it. Toshiba even went so far as to market a home PC that ran TV and music as well as word processing and spreadsheets. It was a flop.

The problem is that people use computers and televisions in very different ways. They sit right in front of a computer, usually alone, and type into it. They sit back from a TV...

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