* Posts by Daniel Nebdal

3 posts • joined 14 Feb 2008

Merchants and punters cry foul over Verified by Visa

Daniel Nebdal

Passwords?

Hmm, all online bank sites in Norway that I'm aware of use some form of authentication keyfobs plus a PIN - and that's also what we use for VbV. Of course, this means that you can't get past a VbV screen unless you're set up for online banking - but I don't think the "online shopping but not banking"-subset is large enough for that to be a big problem.

Customers give Dell the finger over keyboard screw-up

Daniel Nebdal

Re: Revising US keyboards

There's already a modifier key you can use to do much of what you ask for in the "Euro key" in AltGr. With an US-international layout, AltGr N gives you ñ (alt AltGr E does indeed give € . They've even snuck in ÆØÅ in some random free spots.)

Of course, I'm partial to what I'm used to (no surprise there) - the standard norwegian layout. I've got a norwegian-layout mobel M here, and using that as a base:

* There's a number of dead keys you can use to build characters. I can type èéêëñ without too much trouble - as an example, é is AltGr+\ , followed by an e.

* Shift and dot, comma, hyphen gives the entirely logical colon, semicolon, underscore

* I like having ,.- on the right of M, but I guess that's a matter of taste.

There's a few downsides, though - I've got the quite useless ¤ as shift 4, with $ dowgraded to altGr 4. This makes PHP and shellscripts even less fun to type.

Ditto for {[]} - that's AltGr 7890. A fragment like " =$arr[$x][$y];} " is downright fiddly to get right.

Lenovo ThinkPad T61

Daniel Nebdal
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Regarding the 4:3 models

I quite recently picked up not one but two 14.1" 4:3 T61 laptops (part number UZ26DNO, which seems commonly available), one for my mother and a bit later one for myself. Both were bought after the "what's available for a reasonable price" - principle, so her has Vista while mine has XP Pro. Vista is not really a good choice; the XP laptop has identical hardware but feels much faster and has a longer battery life. There's also some problems with the fingerprint reader in Vista: Unlike in XP, logging on per fingerprint is never fast, and often stops working at all.

Oh, and the battery life on the 14.1", intel-GPU model should be somewhat better than the tested one. It's also a bit trimmer - the keyboard seems to be about the same size, but there's no open space on the sides. (The front/underside mounted speaker is crap, though.)

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