A Jef Raskin Interview From A Year Ago

I only just found out that Jef Raskin passed away last month. I thought I would post an email interview I had with him a year ago to illustrate some of his thinking in his last year: On Mar 9, 2004, at 7:22 AM, Jeremy Wagstaff wrote: Jef, sounds better if I send the questions …

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Fixing Friends’ PCs

I don’t have a huge number of friends but those that do like me and trust me enough to ask me for computer help. That, or they are just too cheap to call a professional. Part of the problem is, it’s horrible to try to fix someone’s computer over the phone. I get a headache just trying …

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Another Incentive To Leave The Office

I’m a big fan of AlphaSmart’s range of portable writing devices, which are aimed at students but are good for anyone with itchy feet who does a lot of typing and needs a device with a good keyboard, screen and battery life. After the Dana, the Dana Wireless and the AlphaSmart 3000, the company has …

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More Timesaving Software

Here’s yet another piece of software that bears a vague resemblance to ActiveWords — besides its name, that is. ActiveLaunch, from a company in Pskov, Russia, called GSI Software Research, allows you “the opportunity to faster [sic] open frequently used applications, documents, and folders using both the mouse and the keyboard.” You can assign all …

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News: Palm’s New Wireless Keyboard

 On the heels of its launch of fresh handhelds, Palm has launched some new accessories, including a wireless keyboard, multifunction stylus, six cases, a camera card, handheld device protection units and complete accessory kits.   According to UK PR firm M2 Communications the wireless keyboard lets users type using a QWERTY key layout without the need …

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News: Type Anywhere, On Anything

 From the This Really Could Be Funky Dept: iBIZ Technology Corporation has introduced its Virtual Laser Keyboard and has promised to start shipping the unit by November for $99.00. The Virtual Keyboard is an infrared device that projects the image of a keyboard onto any surface, allowing you to type straight into a PDA, a desktop, a …

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Column: AlphaSmarts

Loose Wire — Frustrated Writers, Take Note: This Palm-powered, plain-vanilla, word-producing machine has none of the bells and whistles of other computers and won’t break your back or the bank — meaning more time for haiku By Jeremy Wagstaff from the 26 June 2003 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review (c) 2003, Dow Jones …

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