Ben NanoNote Trip Report

Alan Post alanpost at sunflowerriver.org
Tue Sep 21 08:38:41 EDT 2010


Ben NanoNote Trip Report
========================

This is my trip report for the first
extended use session with my NanoNote.
I went camping for four days without
access to power or any computer other
than my NanoNote.

The battery powered the device for the
duration of the trip.  I used the
NanoNote for the following of
applications:

 * Outlining
 * Writing
 * Task List
 * Summarizing Conversation
 * Journaling


Outlining
---------

I wrote outlines for a couple of topics
I wished to write about later.
Recording an outline was very easy.  I
would like rearranging the outline
material to be easier.


Writing
-------

I brought one partially complete
writing project with me.  Working on an
existing project was difficult:

 - The project was started on an 80
   character terminal, lines wrapped
   poorly on the 40 character NanoNote.
 - The document was poorly organized,
   which was more obvious and difficult
   on the small screen. 


Task List
---------

I recorded a handful of tasks for later
completion.  I haven't yet transferred
them off the device and into my normal
system.


Summarizing Conversation
------------------------

I used the NanoNote to summarize
several conversations.  This use was
similar to writing an outline.

The intention would be for this summary
to make it's way into a larger
document's outline.


Journaling
----------

I also used the NanoNote to record
thoughts and observations while engaged
in activities.  This use could benefit
from a template to record date, time,
and location.


Bugs
====

I'm experience a bug where typing a
right single quote in vim causes the
cursor to advance two spaces on the
display, rather than the one I expected.

Refreshing the display with ctrl-l
fixes the display.  The final output
is unaffected.

The del key being right above the enter
key was frustrating.  I would often hit
one when I intended to hit the other.

I was typing at night, and really
wished for a back lit keyboard.  I
settled for tilting the display down to
illuminate the keyboard.


Summary
=======

I consider my first extended use of this
device a success.  My most pressing
unmet need is to have a better
outlining tool, as the screen size on
the NanoNote makes outlining a document
a necessity to effectively see enough
context.

This document was written from my
NanoNote, while I was traveling and not
able to use a full size computer.

-Alan
-- 
.i ko djuno fi le do sevzi




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