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Sunday, September 26, 2010

  Three pieces of hardware I'd like to see

In casting about the past as I have been, at all the stuff that was too hard at the time, I keep remembering good ideas, not fully implemented, or with new applications...

I'd like to see a:

Lighting safe, battery backed, POE adaptor


I'd like to see a POE adaptor that includes a serious lighting arrestor. I just lost an access point to a lighting strike and I'm out 84 bucks - plus getting the darn thing off the pole is a real pain in the arse.

I'd also like one that had a small Li battery - good enough for 20 seconds of power at minumum - this would cut outage incidents in Nicaragua by 80%.

Either is feasible. Both? I found a circuit that would do some of the job...


The return of the butterfly keyboard


The patents on the Butteryfly keyboard are due to expire, soon. It was the best laptop keyboard I'd ever typed on. I'm not the only one that would like to see that keyboard make a comeback.

Portrait mode laptop


For years I thought I'd like to see a laptop that had a portrait mode display - for people that write code and text in front of a computer, rather than watch DVDs. I don't need one now - I can just velcro an ipad - or any of the innumerable upcoming competitors - to a wall in any orientation I like, or maybe use something with one of these fancy new roll up displays.

Sometimes I use xrandr -o 1 and turn my laptop on its side. It really is nice to see a full page of text on the screen, for what I do.

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