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

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____/ Mark Kent on Friday 19 Feb 2010 08:18 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ 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.
> Oh, I understand the point very well, I'm just wondering whether it
> would be possible to learn to use it rapidly?

The other day I found:


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