Some tools for a stroll.

The umbrella… well… it is London.  The pint… well… I was thirsty.  The iPhone… well… full browser.  I got a cool rechargeable pack since these instruments are so power hungry.  It sure helped today!  As the phone ran down, I plugged it in and kept working!  Useful for an iPod too.

In the meantime, back at the ranch, my laptop now has little stickers on the keyboard so I can more easily toggle between a US and Italian layout!

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  1. Andy K. says:

    Where’d the stickers come from?

    They are pretty neat!

    I wouldn’t mind getting a “German” set, if possible… :-D

  2. Roland de Chanson says:

    I’m not sure what you mean by “Italian layout”. If you are using m$oft windows, you can load the “us international keyboard” and type all the acutes, graves, and circumflexes, including the digraphs “ae” and “oe” (which I never use). E.g. for an acute “e”, you type “apostrophe e” and for a “grave” i.e. Cività, you type a reverse apostrophe (on my keyboard the same as the tilde key).

    Umlauts are just a double quote plus the vowel – á ë ï o ü ÿ – yes, they work on non-German vowels as well. Also, the Scandinavian languages have their mappings as well.

    For Eastern European (Slavic Latinization) there are individual keyboards. Also for kirilica. They are all “phonetic” in that the “a” is where an American keyboard expects it to be, etc.

    I have typed for years in my languages using the “phonetic” keyboards. I have totally forgotten how to type in Russian using a real Russian keyboard. I once typed a thesis on one too! Computers are supposed to make simple things intuitive, and sometimes they do.

  3. Roland de Chanson says:

    Oops – I see my umlauts have failed – ä ë ï ö ü ÿ – sorry!

  4. sekman says:

    Do you seriously have that many applications on your iphone?

  5. Bill in Texas says:

    sekman, I don’t know about Father Z, but I have 58 on mine (so far), counting the ones that were installed on it when it arrived.

    My goal is to never need to carry a laptop with me again.

    But I really should look into getting one of those power pack thingies …

  6. Mary Jane says:

    I’ve been eye-balling those battery add-ons for the iPhone.

    Power-hungry is an understatement and there are simply so many wonderful things to do with your phone that it’s hard to control one’s use by keeping an eye on the battery indicator when traveling.

    I wish my iPhone were in London right now (and me with it).

  7. DustyD says:

    I just discovered the most useful Catholic prayer application on the iPhone. It’s called iPieta. It has the Douay-Rheims and Latin Vulgate Bibles, English and Latin readings of the day, any prayer you can think of to Jesus, Mary, Joseph, or the saints, the Baltimore Catechism, Intro to the Devout Life, Imitation, Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. John Marie Vianney, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. Catherine of Siena, plus the St. Thomas and Roman Catechisms.

    Technology really can help your prayer life. And it’s only $3!

  8. irishgirl says:

    DustyD-oooo, IPieta sounds really cool!

    I only have a ‘regular’ cellphone…not a lot of ‘bells and whistles’!

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