Friday, December 30, 2005

"The Chief Designer" by Andy Duncan

I have been very busy, as crystal is here, and I'm also still working albeit on a reduced schedule.

I found this when looking at some records of very large engineering projects.

It's fictional, of course, but very well grounded in the period. Sergei Korolev AKA "The Chief Designer" is one of my personal heroes.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005

Frogpad, ergonomic keyboards, left handed keyboard, ergonomic keyboard, bluetooth keyboard

So today I recieved my very first christmas present, and the one I was most looking forward to. It's a one handed keyboard.

I've used a lot of input devices, your standard qwerty, plus dvorak keymapping, the old twiddler, various pen-based systems, like Palm Graffito, block, and touchscreen pda units. But I'm very excited about frogpad because it seems like it might have a chance, both to last as a product, and to be used more widely than your standard keyboard/mouse, or pen, or whatever. This frogpad is bluetooth, which means it can be used (primarily on my computer, without nasty wires) with many kinds of peripherals and hardwares. Phones and PDAs.

Now it's just a matter of seeing whether it cuts my input speed by too much. I actually recorded all my keystrokes in a trivial script some time ago, and the statistics are surprising. How long I can go without typing in normal day, how slow my average typing speed is, the burst speed, etc. I should ressurect that script for the purposes of this keyboard transition. Ah well. I'll start trying to use it tonight, when I have a bit of free time.


Saturday, December 17, 2005

generation5 - At the forefront of Artificial Intelligence

Generation5 has an enormous amount of content on 'normal' AI: machine vision, robots, and all that good stuff.

Like too many sites, it appears to be dead or dying(no updates for a long long time).