Keyless Keyboard?

Yup.  It's not a joke.  orbiTouch is a new kinds of keyboard and it has no keys, just two orbs that you move independently in eight directions.  You can read the full review at ExtremeTech or watch a short video clip showing it in action (use the demo button on the orbiTouch home page).

I think I'll wait until there is a Pamela Anderson model because, if I have to pay $695 for a keyboard, I want one that will make me grin like a Cheshire Cat as I type.

On Three, Commercialize!

Online Music Service Association (rough translation) in Korea announced on May 28th that nine of its member companies will start charging money for music as of July 1st.  It is interesting to see nine companies doing it together.  Price fixing might be the next step IMHO.

Enriching iCite

Jay Fienbert embraces my Blog Comments, Images, and Audio idea and rocks on, elaborating on it and thinking about implementing it in his iCite.  He wrote:

"The social aspect of all of this is that you will be able to offer your participation with others in richer ways. You can build online resources for yourself and share them with others, or build online resource with others and use them yourself. (In other words, you can build a part that gets used in a larger whole, or you can build a larger whole and extract a part.)" - Jay Fienbert of iCite.net

Marc gets it, Jay gets it, Boris gets it.  Pass it on and let's rock.  Here are links to my posts for your convenience:

Riffing Riff-Raff

I learned a new word today: riffing.  Apparently, it is a common word of sort although I haven't run into the word until now.  Just in case you didn't know either, it means:

  1. Music. A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.
  2. A clever or inventive commentary or remark: “Those little riffs that had seemed to have such sparkle over drinks… look all too embarrassing in cold print” (John Richardson).

Thanks to Boris Mann, a Canadian infovore, for using the word in his blog to describe one of my posts.  He seems to be having a lot of fun with stuff Marc and I are rocking on.

CSS Zen Garden: an example of style over substance

CSS heavy web pages on display at CSS Zen Garden look great.  They make you stand up and shout "Wow!"  Now, try to read the textual content.  If you managed to keep your eyes focused on the page after reading the first few paragraphs, you did better than me.  It's like trying to read in the middle of Time Square at night.  In their pursuit of beauty, they succeeded only in catching vanity.

Killer Business Blogging Issue

Ray Ozzie raises what I think is a dark cloud looming over Blogland.

"By suggesting that employee blogs might be "officially sanctioned", or by in some way acknowledging that the corporation benefits from the blog, the company is arguably exposing itself to claims that it is contributorily and/or vicariously liable for any injuries the employee-bloggers cause."
"By providing the employee resources and active support related to blogs, if the blogger is ultimately sued for libel, the plaintiff may very well claim that the corporation is also liable … not a totally specious position." – Ray Ozzie's Weblog

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p dir=”ltr”>His other post about Nullsoft's WASTE also raises a worthy point: importance of complacency-immune security.