January 25th, 2007

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yuck.

So, at the Brew Ha Ha, in addition to the various beer venders, there were a few energy drink companies. I picked up a can of Resurrect, and am just now getting around to drinking it. It's atrocious. First sip, and I nearly sprayed it across my laptop . . . bleh.
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Neato

Okay, I'm a math geek. I'll admit, I loved teaching high school math. This new TI product looks pretty slick. Reading the wikipedia snippet, the thing screams potential. On the other hand, to really take advantage of it would require some serious thought and development. The idea of being able to manipulate an equation and see the graph/results in a split screen mode could go a long way towards teaching true understanding, as opposed to learning rote steps.

On a side note, this was an interesting story on NPR . . .
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Muscle memory

So, at work I inherited an IBM tablet. It's a pretty neat little machine (12" convertible tablet). On the other hand, IBM (and now Lenovo) use a slightly atypical keyboard layout. The two most noticeable things are the ESC key is in a row above the F-keys, and that the in the lower left hand corner, the keys from left to right are Fn, Ctrl, and Alt. While the lack of a Windows key is slightly annoying for those of us accustomed to using keyboard shortcuts for Explorer, find, run, etc, it's taken a bit of effort for me to re-teach myself where the keys are. On the other hand, there is a keyboard mapper that's let me assign the right Alt key to be a Win-key. (The Fn key isn't remappable as far as I can tell.)

Even as I sit here at home, it's interesting how I'm reaching for the wrong keys now . . . I had the same issue with the first laptop I had a work (an HP with a slightly different keyboard than the Dell 700m I have), but the IBM is even more radically different. I wonder if I'll always be screwing up between the two, or if I'll become adept at both . . .
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Freezing iPod

Did you know that holding down the select button and the menu button together on an iPod resets it?

I find it disappointing that my new Nano is freezing up enough (twice, and I've probably used it 10 times max) that I've needed to learn this . . .