Some Follow-Ups

The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad Mini

iPad Mini Logitech Keyboard Cover - WhiteI recently blogged about the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad Mini. Well, it has now arrived in the shops (John Lewis and Apple, for instance). From what I had previously read, there were some minor gripes about some keys being too small to hit automatically if you are a touch typist. Well, I’m not a touch typist and the key placement and action is everything a messy typist like me could want in a keyboard of this size. I think it’s a very real enhancement to the iPad Mini. Last week I spent a very productive 20 minutes on a train between Ilford and Liverpool Street with it on my lap, writing the beginnings of last week’s blog. As far as I am concerned, that’s 20 more minutes available to my working week. For some reason, I could never be bothered firing up a netbook for just 20 minutes, even if it had been in sleep mode in my bag. The iPad is up and running in a flash. And here I am now, writing this blog in Cafe Nerd (as my sister calls it).

The design, build and quality match the iPad itself very well and there’s one other advantage – cursor keys! The lack of cursor keys on iPads drives me bonkers. Now I can cursor up, down, left, and right, accurately positioning the cursor before adding, deleting or amending. It’s almost worth the £69.99 price for this alone!

The only minor gripe I have is that the cover doesn’t close against the iPad quite as firmly or convincingly as it’s big brother on the full-sized iPad. A couple of times I’ve taken it out of my bag to discover that it feels warm and, yes, the display is on. The auto shut-off hasn’t worked. Not a big issue, but it’s tempting to play the game of opening the fridge door to see if the light’s still on.

Computer Fairs

Computer FairA while ago, I wrote that I thought that the Tottenham Court Road Computer Fair seemed to be “dying on its feet”. I popped in two weeks ago and was told that they’ve re-introduced an admission charge. After I’d performed my Victor Meldrew Tribute Act and pointed out that there seemed to be few enough punters already without putting us off with an admission charge, I was told – perhaps inadvisedly – that the fair would have to close if the admission charge didn’t work (no, I can’t figure that one out, either). Cutting my nose off to spite my face, I refused to pay it.

I’m going back today (rather sheepishly, but I’ll hide behind my cool new shades), to see if they’re still open as I think it’s time to get some contact details from the better dealers in there. I must also get some broadband filters as they’re about a quarter the price in there that they are elsewhere. These are needed for a client with a property on several floors who has, of course, got lots of telephone points. You must have a broadband filter (also called a “splitter”) on ALL telephone points, irrespective of whether they’re connected either to a telephone handset or the incoming broadband line.

Readers’ Comments

Woman Touching iPhone to NoseI recently mentioned seeing a lady on a 37 bus operating her iPhone with her nose. This prompted a response from a reader who says that this was commonplace in Russia when the iPhone first came out. Perhaps the lady I saw was part of the Russian diaspora. She certainly looked more elegantly dressed against the cold weather than the average Londoner.

The Ted Talks LogoAnother reader responded to my mention of Ted Talks recently by suggesting that I might like to “look under the hood”. He says they have a “right-wing, US Evangelical” agenda. I agree that I have definitely seen a couple of very odd talks, but I’ve simply stopped watching them. I did a Google search to see if there is any evidence for his viewpoint. I couldn’t find any and, anyway, I would like to credit my readers with the same ability to discriminate as I credit myself with. On the other hand, I’d be the last person to wish to promote right-wing or evangelical organisations, so I’m grateful to that reader for marking my card.

Office 365Finally, I should have delved deeper into Microsoft Office 365 before writing last week’s blog. Some versions of Office 365 do include full desktop applications. This is definitely not the impression I gave last week. Sorry. I obviously need to do a lot more work unravelling the complexities of Microsoft’s new product range.