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Re: Portable emacs devices

From: ken
Subject: Re: Portable emacs devices
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 14:15:09 -0400
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The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the
same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
        -- Albert Einstein

On 08/28/2008 12:30 PM Sven Bretfeld wrote:
> ken <address@hidden> writes:
>> Have a look at the Open Moko phone <> and
>> <>.  It's about the size of an iPphone, but is a
>> handheld computer running Linux.  It has a phone (of course), GPS &
>> mapping (might be handy for biking around), touch screen, USB (albeit
>> v.1.1), and some other things.  A lot of the functionality is still in
>> development though.  But if you just want to run emacs on it, that
>> shouldn't be a major deal.
> It's no problem at all. In this very second the installation process
> of Debian is running on my new OpenMoko which was in my postbox
> yesterday. I've already tried Debian on the device yesterday but I
> have to reinstall it since I bought an 8GB MicroSD today to have more
> space available. Debian is running fine, all packages of the
> distribution are available
> <>. You can run xfce and, of
> course, Emacs. Emacs is starting up quite slowly, but then it works
> smoothly. The keyboard is part of the display and, therefore, quite
> small; you have to handle it with a pen. But it's wonderful to be able
> to hack in some notes everywhere you go, especially if you are an
> addict of org-mode like me. But I wouldn't write a PhD thesis on the
> OpenMoko.
> Greetings
> Sven


Congratulations!  Yes, I'd agree... I wouldn't want to write a long
document on a little touch screen either-- even using emacs.  But with
the USB port, you could plug a regular keyboard into it.  Some years ago
I read about a keyboard that was essentially a thin piece of plastic you
could roll up when not in use.

I also read about a text input device developed by a student at the MIT
AI lab.  It was a small, palm-sized device that you held in one hand
with the cable running down inside your shirt sleeve; it just hangs
there when you're not using it.  You have to re-learn how to "type" with
"keyboard" designed for one-handed (left-handed) use.  It was one piece
of a complete computer developed as a "wearable computer".  I've never
heard of any of the wearables coming out on retail markets though.

Enjoy your open moko and let us know how it works for you.


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The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the
same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
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