Sunday, 17 May 2015

Finally got my new tablet - part two

As recorded several weeks thence I got my new tablet. No more problems, thought I - what a simpleton I am.

   I've been typing for over thirty years. And you'd think after all that time I could do it really quickly. Well I can, but little of it actually makes any sense. So I use the opportunity to spell the words correctly and replace them with others that work. The only problem is: virtual keyboards.

    They're all too slow. Even with my much heralded quad core chip thingy the words still take nearly ten seconds to crawl onto the page after I've stopped typing.

    And who in the name of all who art holy decided to put an emoticon/emojo, thingy on the keyboard? Probably the same person who thought that a DELETE key was no longer necessary. I don't know about the rest of you but most of my editing is done with the delete key rather than the backspace - probably the obscure way my brain works.   
    I even tried one of those keyboards we can swype, but I firmly believe the word suggestion database must have come from a galaxy far, far away because my first sentence was proudly displayed thus: skjdghag asdl'fuhyffod o' dalfjhiofg adlfh. And I scratched my screen up - through a screen protector.

     In fact I tried so many of them my tablet was positively bulging with set up files and junk.

    Then I tried the largest computer shop in England only to find nothing, and no help. No wonder their prices are so low, they can't even afford to employ staff. I swear I could have sauntered out of the front door clutching their new 100 inch LED to my bosom without a soul noticing.

    Undeterred, I went to another shop and there found a small bluetooth keyboard, (minus the delete key!!!!!) for thirteen pounds.

   So finally I can get to work; and as I spend most of my time driving around London - the slowest driving city on the planet - I expect to finish my next book by the time I've managed to get to the end of the road.
 

11 comments:

  1. Keep on keeping on, Roger.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You know what Roger an A4 pad and a pencil would probably be quicker and easier. If I had an emoticon thingy on this pc I would send you a smile – but I don’t so you will just have to use your imagination!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wrote my first three novels longhand. the only problem is that they've all gt to be typed up. I'll take the smile with thanks; there's little enough to smile about around here. :(

      Delete
  3. Hm ... my wife says she's going to set me up with one of those when my laptop gives up the ghost. Now I'm wondering if I won't end up throwing it against the wall ...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. As much as I loathe anything to do with Windows. if you get a tablet it better be a windows version. At least that way you can use it like a laptop. I wouldn't since a Surface (not even the Pro) costs about £500 over here.

      Delete
  4. I find tablet to be great - for writing. They're absolutely rubbish at editing as it takes about ten hours to load the file onto the tablet, then how are we supposed to send the edited file back to ourselves without messing up everything on the computer? Thus I play a lot of 3D solitaire after the first draft is done. Keep to a laptop. But wait until September. I've seen windows 10 and it looks, if not great, then at least a lot less bad than Win 8.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. But I want the editing to go quickly!

      Delete
  5. I use the swipe method of typing on my phone and still have trouble, but it keeps up better because i am forced to pause between words. unfortunately my brain is way ahead and I often forget what word I am swiping half way through and end up with mysterious, strange things because I then just wave my finger randomly over the keyboard. I use both backspace and delete ans I hate doing real typing on those digital keyboards and will never switch unless they force me to. I also type very fast but it is not exactly legible when I finish it until after I edit it into something readable.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sounds like me. Over eighty words per minute and about three readable. I love my new real keyboard even if it doesn't have a delete key. The only thing it doesn't have is the inbuilt word suggestion, but that just makes me type more carefully.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Cool. A bluetooth keyboard, and at such a good price too.

    ReplyDelete

Labels