March 24, 2003

Bulk view

“Hello, tech designers? This stuff is too small”

ACM TechNews links to
http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20030304/4914082s.htm, an article
about how small things are getting. Americans seem to not like the
idea of tiny devices, but I certainly do! I’m typing this now on a
Sony PCG-U1, which is among the smallest notebooks in the market. I’ve
adapted to its keyboard, and am starting to find the P1110 keyboard a
little too large. True, I’m still typing in QWERTY – have to do some
tests to see whether QWERTY actually suits this computer better than
Dvorak. I need both hands on the keyboard in order to type Dvorak – a
consequence of having done Proper Training – but can cheerfully
two-finger type QWERTY.

I’d love to have the ring-phone they described – “a receiver on one
finger, a speaker on another and a wireless transmitter on the belt.”
As long as I never lose it, of course, and as long as the rings are
_thin_. I don’t wear rings because my fingers are small, and most
rings tend to be fairly bulky. A bracelet, on the other hand – one
that doesn’t unclasp easily – or a watch… That’d be fun.

news.freshmeat.net

Google:gnus+freshmeat leads me to nntp://news.freshmeat.net, an NNTP server
that provides Freshmeat news with the right subjects! Yay. I am
definitely going to use this instead of the mailed digests, which have
a nasty habit of piling up in my archives and are much less fun to
browse through than a newsgroup…

dasher and jogdial?

I wonder if there’s any way of getting dasher to work with the Sony
jogdial. That might be a nice input method I can use when I’ve got my
left thumb on the mouse buttons and my right thumb on the mouse or jog
dial…

Elbert T. Or

Elbert T. Or writes in telling me that Marcelle had been “gushing
about” OnLove, of all things. Elbert is into comics. His sig says
that he’s a freelance writer and illustrator, loves his palm m515 and
palm keyboard, and has interests in history, literature, comics, and
pop culture. He also happens to be Marcelle‘s history classmate.