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Just Like the Pied Piper

Slept last night. 6 hours isn't optimum (and by $DEITY I never want to see 9am on a Sunday again), but it's a start.

Cooked my own breakfast for a change. Damn, there's nothing better than a proper fry-up. Especially after remembering gominokouhai's advice: "Scrambled eggs are what happens when you fuck up an omlette."

Climbed Arthur's Seat this afternoon. Fine apart from twisting my knee on the way down. Bastard thing only started playing up once I'd got sat down and had a cuppa. Another reason to will the cane here faster.

1700 in the can tonight. Just have to keep soldiering on.

figg has seeded my brain and it's finally throwing up ideas for chord-based straight (as opposed to phonetic) keyboards. Eight keys gets you 255 possible chords (null doesn't count). Generic European layout is only 105, and that's including locks, metas, and a numpad. But the real trick is working out which keyboard-key to map to each chord. There'd be some funky analysis in that, I think. Match frequency of key usage on normal boards against ease of each chord, and so on. Damn ideas, get out of my brain when I need to think on other things.

In other news, coaldustcanary has tickets to be here for Hogmanay. Excuse me while I squee for a while.



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Sep. 5th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
Don't think about biometric identification by keyboard timing patterns then.

timing attacks are fun.
Sep. 5th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)

I dread to think what people at work will say when they notice my notepad.
Sep. 5th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
Yes, but most of those chords don't work.
Sep. 5th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Why not?
Sep. 5th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
Tonal problems. You could play them but a lot of them just musically 'don't work'. The sound is off and poor, it's the reason in part why it has not really been done. As a pioneering musical instrument for experimental stuff it would be a nice idea, but the sounds it can produce would be rather scary.
Sep. 5th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Which would be relevant if I were talking about anything to do with music.

Chording keyboards are computer keyboards featuring a number of keys that generate characters when pressed in conjunction. No sound is involved unless you use one for the keyboard shortcuts for XMMS or something.
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
So you'd require either perfect finger-timing or meta keys.

Which are you thinking of using?
Sep. 5th, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
You know, since you have a few months until she gets there, you could be working on a cloning device to clone a copy of her. Then when the real Kristin arrives, you kidnap her, and replace her with the copy. The copy of Kristin goes back to America, and you get to keep Kristin there with you. I foresee no bad things coming of this, and certainly not the plot of a scifi original. ^_^
Sep. 5th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
Certainly not. It was an episode of The Outer Limits.
Sep. 5th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
One advantage of one-handed chords is, in principle, that you could alternate characters between two hands (although I don't know of a system that uses this), something that is generally cited as a reason why conventional typing is faster than chording.

I've recently been mentioning Morse code as an input and output method for cellphones. How do the easily reachable speeds of Morse and chording systems compare?
Sep. 5th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
It depends on what the chording keyboard produces.

Some chorded keyboards - like the microwrier produce characters.

Others, like he velotype and stenograph produce syllables.
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