9 January 2007

So the phone with the virtual keypad is finally properly here, even if it took Apple to make it. I’ve long said that this kind of interface is the way to go, afterall, most of the time you don’t need a keyboard, so why have one? These phones with the sliding keypad that HTC is banging out at an alarming rate won’t catch on because they’re too thick!

I’ve stated my position on Apple before and I stand by it. Now, when someone makes a clone of this phone, and they will, if they could stick Windows Mobile on it that’d be great. Thanks.


Following on from my last post about mouse transmitters and my Logitech MX1000, I found myself with the bizarre problem of having the mouse double-click every time I clicked! I tried resinstalling the software, resetting the configuration and was going to hack the mouse settings out of the registry but hadn’t gotten round to it when I spoke to my friend Owen who suggested it might be that both the receivers on my PC were picking-up the click and sending them one after the other, well, he was right! Crazy, eh? Props to Owen! His prize is in the email.

Here’s the answer from the Logitech knowledge base:

Question: ”When I move my cordless mouse, it moves the cursor on the system next to me. What should I do?”

Answer: ”This is called ”Cross talk” and is characterized by one cordless device controlling the cursor or keyboard input of another device connected to a different computer. To avoid possible interference, try to keep the distance between systems at least 10 feet. Also, moving the mouse closer or further away to the receiver can also improve transmission and performance. If the above fails, try pressing and holding the ”Connect” button on the receiver for 10 seconds. This will reset the receiver’s connection information and allow you to do a first time connection with the receiver and mouse or keyboard. After holding the Connect button for 10 seconds, then press the Connect/Channel button on the bottom of the mouse to synchronize it with the receiver. If you have a cordless keyboard instead of, or in addition to, a cordless mouse, press the ”Connect” button of the receiver again, then press the ”Connect/Channel” button on the Keyboard. Perform these same steps on any other Logitech cordless devices in the area that are experiencing cross talk. Another step that can be tried is to remove the batteries for 15 minutes. Then re-insert them and boot the computer up. It is important that during this time, you do not press the connect button on the receiver or keyboard of the other cordless desktop system.

Logitech diNovo

7 January 2007

My current favourite mouse / keyboard combo is a Logitech diNovo for Notebooks keyboard with a Logitech MX1000 mouse (which for some reason has dissappeared from Logitech’s website) though if I were buying a mouse today I’d get the MX Revolution.

Anyway, Logitech use a combined receiver for the mouse / keyboard combos but because I don’t use the diNovo sets mouse I have the receiver from the MX1000 as well. I was wondering whether I could connect the MX1000 to the diNovo receiver and free-up a USB port. A look on Google revealed nothing so I decided to give it a go and found that yes, it does work. In my case it seems that the receiver is too far from the mouse to get a smooth signal so I’m back with the MX1000 unit but if the receiver were on my desk it would work fine.

One more thing; and this applies to all modern Logitech keyboards / mice and probably most other brands too; if the performance is poor with jerky mouse movement or missed letters while typing, it could be weak batteries, or it could be the channel it’s using. In the case of the Logitech models, press the connect button on the receiver followed by the connect button on the mouse or keyboard and give it a try. Repeat until (hopefully) a good connection is made. It’s important to note that on a shared receiver the different devices are connected individually, so if one device is connected well and one isn’t, reconnecting the misbehaving device won’t affect the other one.

The Suunto D9 dive computer has been updated for 2007 with a titanium bracelet. Apart from looking cooler in my opinion the bracelet also includes the strap extension that is a seperate piece on the elastomer version which I have in the past either forgotten, misplaced or dropped the little loop that stops the tail end of it flapping about on my wrist.

I contacted Suunto support to find out whether the titatanium bracelet will be available for existing D9s with the elastomer strap and apparently it will be.

I’ve better start saving…