Sunday, October 24, 2004

New log started (Click here to go there...)

Quite often I feel like posting something into the ether that is not
to do with Savi, so I set up another weblog.

It's called Andrew's Random Stuff at http://andrewsstuff.blogspot.com

It won't be anything too profound; mainly random thoughts that I might
want to share, or simply archive. Let's face it. This stuff is fun.
I'm finding that right now as far as blogging is concerned, I'm
clicking on and trying everything as far as the feature set goes. In a
few months I'll start fresh with properly designed layouts.

The second time should be a breeze. A.B.R. (Always be Refining) from kaizen...

Monday, October 18, 2004

Some Random Ideas

If it takes more than half a second to react then people will get frustrated and lose interest. The system must be always poised for input. When using the pen, the recogniser should anticipate the input by the type of field and have the appropriate keyboard standing by. Use gestures to launch functions and shortcuts based on short non-existent words to enter long strings of common text. An example would be writing hh to enter http://www. or cm to enter .com.

Grabbing an object and starting to drag then pausing could cause a list of logical targets to pop up next to the object.

Tapping the title of the timeline would pop up all of the object categories. Tapping the name of an object would show a view with only that object. Checking a name would add that object to the default view.

A services area for printing, backing up, burning to optical disc etc with targets that would be dimmed if the actual devices weren't connected to that particular host. The object could still be dropped, but it would be pending.

Printing paper with labels would have two dimensional barcode that would be similtaneously scanned and re-written by the printer. This would keep track of how many labels were used on the sheet.

The desktop device could include the ability to be always running and acting as a gateway for the PDA in wireless mode. Bob could walk around the house and get mail and news and make phonecalls. Those calls could use the landline. He could use that link to control the entertainment system. The entertainment hardware could be shown in the database panel or as part of a row of buttons that could include other attached hardware.