"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
Compare to the newspad from Clarke's 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey and the padloid from John Varley's 1992 novelSteel Beach (which is not a display but is another clever contraction using "pad").
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