Geekspeak: June 11, 2001

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-06-11 Print this article Print

Handy if graffiti's not spoken here

There has arisen among Palm OS device users a cult of Graffiti—Ive heard some joke that they frequently break into the arcane Palm script while writing with pen and paper.

For those whove yet to adopt Graffiti as a second language, however, portable keyboards offer a swifter route to total data input nirvana, and in Fellowes Manufacturings PDA Pocket Keyboard, Ive found a very effective one.

The PDA Pocket Keyboard is driven by touchpad technology from Cirque Corp., so the "keys" dont move. Although I prefer the tactile feedback of traveling keys, the PDA Pocket Keyboard wins major points on three fronts: It costs $40, compared with around $100 for other portable keyboards; its about the size of half a deck of cards; and the unit connects to Palm III and Palm V devices via a swappable adapter.

The removable adapter leaves the door open for compatibility with other handhelds as well, provided Fellowes produces more adapter plugs. Head to for more information.

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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