Saturday, December 6, 2008

Horrible Hundred 2008

Exactly one week ago Kathy and I were playing host to approximately 1000 cyclists participating in our bike club's annual Horrible Hundred ride.

Seth Krieger

Mobile Blogging

On the Tour de Fred earlier this year I posted using my Palm T3, my cell phone, a borrowed computer, and various hotel lobby computers. Posting using the mobile devices was, to put it mildly, painful. Entering text is just too cumbersome.

I am planning a little three-day tour in a couple of weeks and would like to be able to post blog entries while on the road. I could schlep along the smallest and lightest of my laptops, but that computer is still five pounds or so, and would take up more room in my pannier than I would like. As much as I would like to add one of the new micro units to my collection, there is no way to justify it right now. Instead, I am testing the feasibility of using my Palm TX along with a little foldable bluetooth keyboard I found on eBay for about $35.

I am using that setup to write this entry. So far it is turning out to be workable, but I do have to type more slowly and deliberately than I normally do on my regular keyboards. I am not sure if it is the speed or the keyboard pressure that makes the difference, but if I don't pay attention, there are pretty frequent dropped characters. The keyboard, by the way, is a discontinued item that used to be marketed by iGo. OK, with that adjustment of my typing technique, this does seem tolerable, if not ideal.