Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 16:49 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The Minuum keyboard, through its simplicity, improves your touchscreen typing. Existing keyboards leave you barely enough screen to interact with your apps, and you can't enjoy typing on them. Minuum eliminates the visual clutter of archaic mobile keyboards by adapting the keyboard to a single dimension." You have to watch the video. This is yet another example of a strength of more open platforms - like Android - that often gets overlooked: the ability to experiment with core aspects of the operating system. Whenever someone says there are no Android-exclusive applications, they conveniently overlook things like this. No other platform has stuff like this, and I certainly miss this experimentation on my 8X.
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RE[3]: Oooh, yay...
by No it isnt on Mon 18th Mar 2013 22:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Oooh, yay..."
No it isnt
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2005-11-14

I'm sure I've heard the exact same argument made before, but then in favour of homeopathy. Your confident call of bullshit is nothing but anecdotal ... well, calling it evidence would be an exaggeration, as you only have your subjective experience with no objective metrics. But anecdote it is.

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RE[4]: Oooh, yay...
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 18th Mar 2013 23:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Oooh, yay..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

A bhut jolokia is hotter than a banana pepper. I know, because I tried them both. Is that purely anecdotal? If you answer yes, then how about you look it up and read all the scientific stats and findings that back it up, or better yet, try them both yourself?

Similarly with Dvorak, all the information is out there--you just have to look it up. I did, and it is quite fascinating. If you want a site with a more scientific background and analysis of the various keyboard layouts, look up CarpalX.

Martin Krzywinski, the guy behind CarpalX, is a scientist who specializes in bioinformatics and has written a program to assist in making keyboard layouts and testing the efficiency of existing layouts. So I think It's safe to say that this guy takes things seriously and looks at things from as scientific a standpoint as you could possibly get.

Edited 2013-03-18 23:46 UTC

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RE[5]: Oooh, yay...
by No it isnt on Tue 19th Mar 2013 08:33 in reply to "RE[4]: Oooh, yay..."
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Comparing the hotness of peppers is all about comparing the subjective experience (taste). The validity of any objective scale of taste can only be tested through repeated intersubjective verification. The subjective taste is actually the gold standard here. Of course, one also has to eliminate for bias through blind tasting, even though bias arguably is part of the experience.

I've looked at a few scientific studies of keyboard layouts (just the newer ones found with Google Scholar). Two of them found a speed advantage of 4% to Dvorak, which is amazingly small considering the propaganda. The gain hardly makes up for the months needed for retraining.

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