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Comment: Re:10 of them for a virtual keyboard (Score 1) 65

This was the first thing I thought of when I read this. With a positional accuracy of 1mm (sure to get better) you can 'easily' type away at a virtual keyboard. You could do the above key chording as well for shortcuts or whatever. I would love to lean back in my chair, position my hands comfortably, and be able to type without being tied to a particular format of keyboard on my desk. My current favorite keyboard is a Microsoft 4000, I HATE the non-ergonomic straight line keyboards, and save particular loathing for laptop keyboards.

Comment: Cochlear hair cells (Score 1) 34

by renfrow (#46830487) Attached to: Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing
How similar are the 'hair' cells in the cochlea to regular hair? Two things come to mind: Rogaine(TM) and hair plugs. Maybe injections of Rogaine into the cochlea would prove fruitful. Or transplanting those fine hairs you have in various places into the cochlea will do the trick. I suffer from general hearing loss, and also have a brick wall at 3600hz... nothing after that. I would LOVE to be able to hear music as others hear it.

Comment: I'm holding out for embedable. (Score 1) 254

by renfrow (#45923307) Attached to: I think wearable computing will take off...
When nano-tech becomes really mature, I'm hoping for leds embedded in my eyes, that can shine on the retina and overlay information on what I'm seeing, or not seeing in the case of eyes closed. I can envision 360 degrees of sensors in various em/ultrasonic spectra that are used to select-ably feed me real-time vision from all around me. And with ubiquitous networks I'll never be more than a few seconds away from knowing anything I care to know.

Comment: Maxpedition Fatboy (Score 1) 296

by renfrow (#44569325) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Device Holster?

I just recently bought a Maxpedition Fatboy to carry around my stuff. Nice, as it has a readily accessible back pocket that my Google Nexus 7 fits in, a separate pocket for my cell phone, AND a pocket for my water bottle. Lesser accessibility is under a buckled strap, where I put my wallet. For my purposes, this is actually overkill as 90% of the storage is currently unused. But, give me some years and I anticipate filling it.

Comment: Apple Script (Score 1) 704

by renfrow (#42711399) Attached to: What Early Software Was Influential Enough To Deserve Acclaim?

I loved apple scripting, I used it to tie a multitude of programs together. I would use apple script to close the file I was in in LightSpeedC, open it up in MPW, format it the way I liked it with the gnu indent tool, save and close it, and reopen it in LSC. I wrote boatloads of this type of stuff integrating different programs together. I'm sad that it's an idea that never really took off :(.

Comment: Re:SCSI Plextor (Score 1) 330

by renfrow (#42164257) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: SATA DVD Drives That Don't Suck for CD Ripping?

Last year I bought an Adaptec 20160N scsi controller, and 3 Plextor Ultraplex Wide cdrom drives. I don't sit at the computer and rip cds all the time, I'll just have a session where I'll rip about 20 at a time, scanning the covers at the same time. They rip >20x so about 2 minutes per disk. And the scanner scans the covers in much less time so I do have a little idle time, but,it's not too bad. With them round robin-ing I don't have to worry about having to cool down the drives.

Comment: I have both the Nexus 7 and the Nook Tablet (Score 2) 134

by renfrow (#41468341) Attached to: Barnes & Noble's Nook HD Tablets Face iPad, Kindle Fire HD

I bought the Nook the week they came out, after researching the hardware available at the time, and after seeing the screen at the store. It had, at the time, a really nice screen, and I still like the screen. However, I didn't realize that only the B&N app store was going to be available. As someone said, above, the B&N app store is a ghost town... though I must admit they do have, literally, hundreds of apps. The browser interface, to be charitable, sucks. The book app periodically freezes necessitating a hard reboot. It did not come with a calculator! To be fair, the book app IS fast, and pleasurable to read with. I've heard that you can copy and paste from some of the apps, but, none of the apps I have have copy and paste.

I wanted a tablet so that I could retire both my Sony eReader and my iPod Touch, having just one device that would fit my back pocket. The Nook sucked so much that I was not able to retire my iPod... When the Nexus 7 was announced I was a little more careful in evaluating it. With it having Android 4, and access to a large app store, I was satisfied that I'd found the replacement for the Nook. I pre-ordered it, and have been happily Nexusing since. It doesn't have quite a 'retina' display, but, very dense, and quite pleasing to use. I was able to get all the essential apps that tied me to my iPod. I bought the 16GB version, and was not irked by the lack of addon memory.

Postscript: However, it got run over last week by a car and the screen protector failed to protect it... And I discovered that all the data that I had on the device was now locked inside a brick. NEXT device I get will either have addon memory for all user data, or some kind of cloud sync for ALL user data.

Comment: Worst fate (Score 1) 214

by renfrow (#37707250) Attached to: I'd like to see Yahoo ...

Obi-wan, upon hearing that Yahoo had been bought by Microsoft, clutched his head, sat down suddenly and said:

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force... as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and kept on crying. Can't someone do something? There's never a Death Star around when you need one."

Comment: I just bought an ebook reader instead of an iPad (Score 1) 584

by renfrow (#31457840) Attached to: Here Come the Linux iPad Clones

Have any of you simulated an iPad, to see what size it's going to be? I have and love my ipod Touch, and was fully planning on getting one when they came out. But, I wanted to make sure it was going to fit the pockets that I'd be (or attempting to) putting it in. I cut a sheet of paper to the iPad's dimensions (Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm) Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)). It's HUGE! Well, relatively speaking. I have no pockets that it would fit into. It's not going to be blowing any ebook readers out of the water at that size. If I were in school, toting around a book bag anyway, it'd be no big deal, and probably a good choice, but, for me, it's too large. A 600x800 screen in a 7.5x5 inch form factor would have been perfect, which is about the size of the reader I got instead.


Comment: Expecting good things (Score 1) 186

by renfrow (#29929077) Attached to: <em>The Gathering Storm</em> Discussion

I had heard that this book was supposed to be out in September, so I reread the entire series in August. Then I found out it was supposed to be November. Now I find out it's been out two days. Anyway, despite the slowness in places and repetitive annoying idiosyncrasies, I've enjoyed this series. Jordan had a visual manner of writing that immersed you in the story. Or at least immersed me. I look forward to getting it on the way home from work.


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