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Re: [News] New GNU/Linux Sub-notebooks to Cost $149

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____/ Mark Kent on Friday 12 Feb 2010 07:26 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ Mark Kent on Sunday 07 Feb 2010 09:25 : \____
>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>> ____/ Mark Kent on Friday 05 Feb 2010 14:25 : \____
>>>>> Lusotec <nomail@xxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>>>> Mark Kent wrote:
>>>>>>>> Are you able to touch type?  I've found that people who seem to have
>>>>>>>> problems with smaller keys are usually either those who cannot
>>>>>>>> touch-type, or they are visually or motor-impaired in some way.  I'm
>>>>>>>> curious as to whether my model still fits..
>>>>>>> I guess it depends on tiny. iPhone keyboard, for example, is a
>>>>>>> gimmick/joke.
>>>>>> A good keyboard must have keys that give a good physical response, an
>>>>>> image on a screen is a poor replacement for a keyboard, at least for me.
>>>>>> Also finger prints and smudges on a screen annoy me greatly as does
>>>>>> people that need to touch the screen to point something on it.
>>>>> I agree, but I can touch type with no problem on my AA1, and could also
>>>>> do so on my Psion MX5.  The keys give a good physical response, no
>>>>> problem.
>>>>> I have an old Sinclair Z100 here somewhere, about the size of an A4
>>>>> sheet of paper, it's an amazingly early web-tablet (no, Apple didn't
>>>>> think of it first!).  The keyboard is a rubber compression type, but
>>>>> again, I can type on it.
>>>> I always wonder what it's like to type on these projected keyboards where
>>>> your fingers get scanned/captured for input. It's easy to slip between keys
>>>> without 'feeling' it. Nexus One (Android) is adding voice dictation now,
>>>> but it's not real-time.
>>> I think they will be exceedingly difficult to use.
>> The good thing about it is that it's not rigid. How about a keyboard that
>> relies on Markov chains of strings and then 'expands' certain keys _as you
>> type_ based on what you are likely to tap next. Might be confusing at first,
>> but has anyone tried it? It's a bit like a zoomable keyboard, only smarter.
> I'm not sure about that.  Having spent a lifetime playing (not all that
> well :-) the piano, I would be deeply concerned if the keys moved
> around;  piano playing involves several skills, one of which is
> pre-learning a huge range of hand-shapes which correspond to various
> keys and chords, and are reflected between left and right hands.
> If they keys changed as one were playing, how would one ever have a
> predictable hand-shape?

I was thinking about very miniature keyboards like the one on an Android phone.

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