Speed Writing Test: Pen v keyboard v Newton v Graffiti v Treo v iPhone

An interesting comparison on writing/inputting text, a full size keyboard came out way ahead, even without Phil being a touch typist. In fact, keyboards of any sort (smartphone, virtual) beat writing of any kind, even good old pen and paper.

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If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online

The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones.

And because so many of them are multitasking — say, surfing the Internet while listening to music — they pack on average nearly 11 hours of media content into that seven and a half hours.

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How did Quakers conquer the British sweet shop?

Cadbury, which has been sold to US firm Kraft, is one of several great British firms founded by Quakers. But how did they gain such a stranglehold on the chocolate industry and why were they so successful in business?

But when it comes to confectionery, there has been a virtual monopoly for more than a century, led by Cadbury of Birmingham, Fry’s of Bristol and Rowntree’s and Terrys of York.

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The iPhone Inspired DIY Kitchen Touch Screen Project

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think this project was awesome, I have been meaning to dip my toe into a bit of futurology again as I’m so keen to point out my past successes and PCs making their way into other rooms of the house is one such prediction (I know they already have to an extent, but I think this year will see a turning point when they start to take off).

Anyway, while I just spent some time surfing around trying to find a way to mount a laptop to the wall and I’m too lazy to bother cutting holes and the PC used is over-powered and power-hungry it suddenly dawned on me that this is another obvious calling for a tablet/slate (have they rebranded to avoid the connotations of ‘tablet pc’ after they failed before?). Create a little holder that bolts to the wall and you can slip your tablet in, which is already touchscreen, is completely self contained and can be taken out to use around the house or in other parts of the kitchen so making it far more flexible. Not to mention a whole lot cheaper.

When the first wall-mounting kit comes out, think of me.

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Life on one of the world’s most remote islands

Often there can be weeks between sailings [of the RMS St Helena, the only ship to visit the island], and when the ship is being serviced, none at all.

The average salary on the island is just £70 a week and one in four so-called Saints have moved away in the last 10 years to seek better-paid employment overseas.

St Helena currently costs the UK about £20m each year to administer and while the airport would cost £300m, it was hoped that it would enable the island to become sustainable.

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On Rotating The Dishes

And this is what I sometimes worry about: do I put them back on top of the stack? Do I put the bowls back in the empty front spot on the shelf? Because if I do that, then guess which dishes are going to get reached for the next time? That’s right, the same ones.

I’ve thought about this too, I haven’t gone so far as to start rotating them yet, assuming occasional random events will do it for me, but I have thought about it.

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via Kottke