iPhone with a keyboard?

Here is an interesting article the The Register where they suggest that Apple is working on an iPhone with a QWERTY keyboard. The say that they have inside sources that Apple actually has a working prototype which they have been showing to carriers. I have no way to agree or dispute this, but find it interesting nonetheless. In short, they argue that QWERTY is requirement for mass penetration of businesses and Apple realizes that they need it if they ever want to gain a large foothold in the enterprise.

The above point is interesting. In my informal experience, I find that people get used to one method or another. I am a QWERTY guy and would not consider the iPhone for that reason although I have heard that you quickly get used to it. I like the tactile feel of buttons which is holding me back. That said, I would be interested in playing with the iPhone for a while and seeing if I really do like it.

A Computator?

A fellow blogger recently emailed me about an episode of “How It’s Made” that he saw on TV.  For those of you who are not familiar with this, it is a show on The Discovery Channel that discusses how various items are made.  It covers things as simple as Twinkies and as complex as semiconductors.  It is kind of a mindless show. 

Anyway, Ryan was watching an episode where they discussed building PC’s.  They had a scene where the person was connecting the wires for the reset switch and power button and the voice over mentioned that they were connecting the “Computator”.  This is a complete gaffe since there is no such thing as a computator at least that we are aware of or could find on Google.  Evidently, the show just made this term up.  It certainly sounds complex, but ironically has no meaning!

Here is a link to a YouTube clip of the video.

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Touchscreen Blackberry

There have been numerous rumors on the Internet of an upcoming touchscreen Blackberry phone. This is interesting since historically, RIM has always relied on physical keyboards in their devices. They offer both the traditional qwerty layout on the larger devices and SureType on the smaller units. I previously posted about a rumored keyboard for the iPod and now it appears that RIM is going the other way and potentially releasing a Touchscreen Blackberry.

The rumor about this device on The Boy Genius Report emerged a few months ago. They posted pictures recently and originally announced the device in May. The newest pictures just surfaced here. What do you think about this new device? Will it rock or be a disappointment?

More on this later….

EXIF Data

You may have heard the term EXIF data before or you may have not.  The reality is that this information is really important and you may not realize that you are even capturing it.  The entire process of capturing and including EXIF data is automated by the camera, but the information is there for the viewing.  The data inlcudes valuable information about each shot that was taken including date time and other pertinent information.  Read on for more information about it.

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Cleaning Gutters

One of the problem that occurs frequently for us is clogged gutters.  I am sure that many people experience similar problems and the source of the clogs will vary.  In our case, the problem is due to pine needs.  We are blessed with numerous large pine trees, but that can also be a curse as pine needles are very difficult to rake in the fall and seem to clog the gutter quite easily.

The question then is whether one of those gutter systems that claims to prevent gunk from getting into the gutters will work in our case or whether our best bet is to increase the frequency of cleaning.  I am still debating this.  My concern about the gutter systems is that I have no idea if they work since pine needles are actually quite small and so they may pass through the system.  Does anyone have any experinece with this?

I also recently ran across a robot from iRobot called the Looj. This is one of those robots like the roomba that supposably will clean the gutter.  In theoru, it would require you to simply put the unit in a gutter and it will automatically handle the rest.  I have no idea if this works, but the idea certainly appeals to the techie in me.  It does sound too good to be true and so I am skeptical.