[NTLK] Writing on Emate
big_kahuna_69 at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 28 17:56:48 EST 2011
I can't do handwriting, as my handwriting is terrible, but I can type up a storm
on the eMate. Even with my ham hands the keyboard feels pretty good to me. I
do have to to something about the battery, though. I put rechargeables in, but
I'm not sure they took a charge too terribly well. Once I get her to connect up
, that will be my next project.
From: Stephan Weber <ashkelon at gmail.com>
To: newtontalk at newtontalk.net
Sent: Fri, January 28, 2011 12:01:28 PM
Subject: [NTLK] Writing on Emate
Have done, and usually with not much problem, although I admittedly have
small, nimble hands and am used to a wide variety of keyboards.
Usually I build a folder for everything related to the document I'm writing,
and keep chapters (or even partial chapters as names single submissions.
If I switch from the keyboard to writing, I take a second and change the
screen orientation so the keyboard is to the left (right handed writer) or
even at the top. That doesn't take more than a few seconds, and makes it
easier. I actually prefer it to the 2100 any time I do any writing for long
because there's more support for my hand with the orientation changed.
I save everything related to documents like this on the card, rather than
internally. I use the ATA-card support programs,
It's WELL worth the time to go through the tutorials and learn the editing
gestures. They make ALL the difference in how pleasurable using the emate
is. I also love the NoteSlider package and the HWDRWorks by SAI. I don't
know now where I got most of this, probably off UNNA and also the various
CDs I've collected along the way.
And yes, the email gets a fair amount of reaction, including "where can I
get one?" Many people now recognized having used or wanted to use one in
school, others just flip about how cool it is. Most don't eve get
disappointed about the grayscale. And are wild about the battery life and
the beauty of the case (and it is pretty).
THe silliest thing was when (about the time Negreponte's project became
mainstream) I was asked if that was a "no child left behind" computer!
And yes, I feel serious envy about the pretty blue and orange clamshells,
having wanted one very much at the time, but not finding one when I had the
But as for my emate, one of them lives in the pack with my netbook and
travels everywhere with me. It's so unobtrusive in use and is killer for
taking notes and doing interviews.
The Masters don't give orders;
they work with everybody else.
When the job's done,
people are amazed
at what they accomplished.
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