One of the big complaints against touchscreen smartphones is that that their cramped keyboards make it too hard to type. Inventor David Baker hopes to rectify this with the Crocodile Keyboard. The Crocodile Keyboard’s triangular keys create more finger space between letters. With more dead space around the keys, users are less likely to type the wrong letter. The keyboard was originally designed for the Palm Pilot, but didn’t make it on to the final model. Baker hopes to make it available as a virtual keyboard for the iPhone.

I hope to see das kleine Crocodile Keyboard on smartphones soon; it would be very desirable on netbooks as well.

Speaking of netbooks, Microsoft today announced that it doesn’t really get the concept.

Not really, but it has decided to call the (already well branded) ultra-portable computers “low cost small notebook PCs.” That’s not really leveraging linguistics very well, language tending toward concision and all that. Nice alliteration, though . . . I guess.

Microsoft’s term doesn’t really shimmy off the tongue -- Nabakov's "Lo-lee-ta" it is not -- but, on the bright side, Microsoft Word will actually recognize the not-netbook name in Spell Check.

By Mark Alvarez