Ask The Readers: Help me find a new keyboard

For quite a while now I have been using Microsoft’s Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000. I really like the look of the keyboard and it’s relatively small size, but there are a couple of drawbacks. For one, the mouse that came with the keyboard has massive problems with its rechargeable batteries. And while I really love the keys on the keyboard, it’s always a hassle to remove single keys when you want to clean the keyboard. I always fear that I break it in the process. And getting crumbs under the keys is the best way to render it totally unusable. Normally keyboards are not that delicate, alas this one is.

So I have been looking into alternatives. And of course I found a great keyboard pretty fast, but there’s a problem: it’s the Apple Wireless Keyboard. The keyboard looks and feels almost perfect but since it’s meant for Apple computers it’s not really a perfect fit when used with Windows 7. Of course I could get it to work with my PC but there still would be the problem that certain keys are missing. Seriously, I don’t want to live without a Delete key. Using Fn+Backspace instead is just too much hassle. It would be much better if there was a Windows keyboard with a similar look and feel like the one from Apple but with everything needed to run under Windows 7. It doesn’t have to be wireless, but it should be pretty small.

So, what would you guys recommend? Are there any keyboards I should check out?


Commodore 64 FTW!!!

I never owned a Commodore 64 computer myself, but damn I was jealous of the friends who got one. Later my parents bought me an Amstrad CPC 464, on which I learned my first computer skills.

But it seems I now have a second chance to be the proud owner of a Commodore 64, since a new company called Commodore USA has decided to release a modern computer with a lot of “old-school” charm. I hope it will a) be available in Germany an b) low-cost, so that I can get one!

New Commodore computer

Isn’t that a sweet little machine? You can get more details on the company’s website.

Motorola Cliq

Most of the smatphones using Google’s Android OS were pretty ugly in my opinion. But now Motorola surprised me with the Motorola Cliq.

On the first glance it looks much like an iPhone. But in addition to a 3.1” touchscreen it has a full QUERTY keyboard that neatly slides under the screen, when you don’t need it.

It comes with a 5-megapixel camera, GPS and all other features you expect from a modern smartphone. I am not sure if this phone could convince me to replace my iPhone 3G, but it’s actually looking great.

One of the most interesting features is Motoblur. This software syncs personal and work contacts, connects to social networks and shows all relevant information on the phone’s home screen. Motoblur comes with out-of-the-box support for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

It also comes with a MicroSD slot that supports MicroSD cards up to 32GB. The internal memory of 2GB is a bit small in my opinion, but that’s only a minor drawback since you can use MicroSD cards. All in all it looks like an interesting alternative to an Apple iPhone.

Nokia enters the netbook market

Nokia-Booklet-3G-camera This morning I stumbled upon a blog post on the Nokia blog that unveiled the upcoming Nokia Booklet 3G, a Windows-based netbook powered by an Intel Atom processor, that promises a 12h battery life. Wow, that’s impressive, if true.

As it’s a device by Nokia it has WiFi and 3G/HSPA support and hot-swappable SIM card functionality. It also has assisted GPS on board. All in all the Nokia Booklet 3G looks pretty cool for a netbook and has all the features you can dream of, but I am pretty sure this will have its price. I don’t think that this new netbook will be available for anything less than what a full-sized notebook costs at the moment.

It would be nice if the mobile network companies would consider bundling a subsidized Nokia Booklet 3G with a affordable 3G data plan.

If you want to have a closer look at Nokia netbook, check out this video:

What do you think about this bold move by Nokia? Do we really need another brand of netbooks? And do you believe Nokia can compete with the more established netbook manufacturers?

The #1 PMP for Trekkies!

Or is it Trekkers now? Hmm, I think it doesn’t really matter, because the Portable Media Players by Ameralis Grafx are any Star Trek fan’s wet dream:

This tricoder replica which starts around $250 is not only a pretty close replication of the original Star Trek prop with all the sounds and light effects you know from the series, but it’s also a PMP with a built-in MP3 player, video player and FM radio.


What happens when a CRPG enthusiast has too much money on his hands?

This question is answered by a recent ars technica article. Author Jon Stokes purchased an obsolete, slightly brickish $1300 tablet PC to play his favorite old-school isometric RPGs on it.


I have to admit, that looks pretty cool, especially since the point&click interfaces of these games probably work great on a touchscreen. Alas the $1300 price tag for the hardware will prevent most geeks to give it a try.