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New Blackberry Patent shows new keyboard

December 28th, 2007 Filed under: Battery Powered, Technology by admin


I love the Blackberry.  It works far better than any smartphone or palm that I have tried… it is easier to punch out emails, and more important, it seems to have the rare quality of working intuitively… exactly as you might expect it to.  The blackberry is specialized for business use, and it shows.

So, having gushed sufficiently, my gripes with the newer models, the 8800 series, pearl, and company, is that they are harder to type with.  My old 7250 is so far superior to any of the new ones that I have tried - if email is all you really care about.  The keys are too close together on the new models, which makes it hard to type fast.

So it will be interesting to see if this new design makes it to market, and how it will be to actually use.  The angled idea seems genius to me, but I would still prefer a bit more space between the keys to help avoid typos and enable increased typing speed.


Yes, I would Like a 3-Way

December 19th, 2007 Filed under: Technology by admin

We will see if NVidia is cheeky enough to use the obvious connotations in their advertisements for their new product -  NVidia nForce 780i SLI.NVidia-nForce-780i-SLI

SLI is NVidia’s technology for sharing the processing of graphics intensive applications over multiple video cards.  I run an SLI based based system using two older Geforce 7600GT cards on an MSI board.  Ostensibly I bought this system to help power the multiple screens that I use for my metastock trading platform, but the fact that it would make a great gaming system didn’t hurt either.

The performance is greatly improved with two cards, so I can only imagine how much better it would be with three.

My only complaint with the existing system is that the cards (made by EVGA but using the NVidia chipsets) seeem to suffer from the strain and degrade over time.  As anyone who really knows me can attest, (with a sad shake of the head), I am a Rise of Nations junkie.  The game is six years old but for some reason I never tire of it.  That will require a different post, but I digress….

Anyway, about three months ago, my existing system suddenly developed instabilities in certain applications (namely said game).  This was a serious emergency!  Using all my diagnostics powers, I switched the two video cards, and all was fine.

Anyone playing the newer 3D first person shooters will find SLI indispensible.  Sadly, I never made it past Doom and Quake.