When I started travelling as a consultant, I very quickly started to find a need for a portable "blogging" solution. I had my laptop, sure, but 10 years ago, a laptop sucked that little battery dry almost before the drink service on the flight had come out.
After a few years, I had it down to a folding keyboard and my Palm PDA. The keyboard was great, folding to something only slightly larger than the Palm, and the two together could be up and running a text editor within seconds of the seatbelt light going off, and I got four or five hours before the batteries died.
The setup was beautiful in its compact simplicity. It fit on an airline tray table. I could share a table in a coffee shop. I could set up anywhere, and I'd write, back then.
Now I go out, and when there's time to kill on an errand, I have note cards, but they're slow and analog. Give me a keyboard where I can spill out my words at the speed of my thought.
I sat at the mall today and read where I'd rather have written. Because I didn't have the laptop. And my phone has a keyboard, but it's not really much fun for anything serious.
If the iPhone supported one of the old stowaway style fold up keyboards, I'd get one in a heartbeat. My phone actually *does* support bluetooth keyboards, but there are no drivers for the old models that are out there and for whatever reason, the last time I looked, I didn't find any.
So where has this segment gone? Granted, I'm the only one I ever saw, but am I actually the only person who ever used this? I don't believe it, seeing the mockups of iPhone keyboards that I've seen. And yet, the animal exists only as hacks.
I'm considering a netbook as a poor substitute for my old ultramobile setup. A 10" block isn't going to fit in my pocket the way the 5" diagonal of the Palm.
But something is better than nothing. Right?
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