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I h8 txt msging

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I've decided that I really dislike cell phone instant messaging. I dislike the terrible interface, where you're shoving 26 letters on to 8 buttons (1 is special, as is 0). You'll note that the division doesn't work very nicely. In any case, the whole method of entering words is unfriendly and awkward.

Take for instance my name. If I wanted to type out "Burton Simmons" on a cell phone, it would be (shift) 2 2 8 8 7 7 7 8 6 6 6 (pause) 6 6 (space) (shift) 7 7 7 7 4 4 4 6 (pause) 6 (pause) 6 6 6 (pause) 6 6 (pause) 7 7 7 7. That sucks, a lot. And of course with the "word completion" software, it's not a heck of a lot quicker because you still have to make sure it's got the right word. For instance "eat" and "fat" are the same combination, but could get you in a lot of trouble if you're not careful. Same with "home" and "good".

See my point? The "qwerty" keyboard - while designed to slow down typing - at least has one button per letter... and it's in a familiar location, too. Sadly, I can't afford a Treo or any of those fancy cell phones, so I'm forced to either not text message anyone or use a terrible layout.

I think we all know what kind of social creature I am. :)


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