Here are E (Elephant) and F (Frog), whom my daughter introduced into our lives this week:
E arrived on Tuesday, F on Wednesday, and I hear there are also C and D, yet to arrive. Each has been ferried into our lives on a quarter-size piece of scrumptious gingerbread.
I’ve set it for a six-line display (rather than the standard four) so I can still see the beginning of my sentences (and thus their subjects) before I reach their ends (and so the verbs and objects have an increased tendency to agree with the subjects). This would not be so important for someone who writes shorter sentences in first-draft material than I do.
It’s a comfortable, fast keyboard and when I am using it I have no inclination to go back and edit.
For me, that’s HUGE.
Because the Neo does not connect to the internet, I have no ability to fact-check as I go (I just type in [CHECK] when I am not sure of a detail and keep going). According to scuttlebutt, it has a better display than the net-connectable Dana model (which I couldn’t even consider because of the price difference and because the discount applied only to the Neo).
It takes two seconds to turn on, it opens precisely where I left off, it turns off in half a second, and it was built with kids in mind, so it’s not fragile. It weighs 1 pound 14 ounces (850g) and fits in my knitting bag. While the knitting’s still in there.
I’m not giving up either my laptop or my desktop computer, but this is a wonderful tool. Text is captured in ASCII. It gets dumped into an open word-processor document through a custom USB cable, or you can connect a regular USB cable to a printer and just print direct from the mini-computer.
It probably has more RAM than my first computer (which had 64K). It definitely has more document storage capacity than one of the first-generation floppy disks. All it does it word-processing, though. That’s okay.
Apparently people name their Neos. Mine does not have a name yet. It’s been working too hard to have a moniker catch up with it.
Accompanying E, F, and the Neo are the carry-around socks I’m working on now. I got the yarn at the Acorn Street Shop in Seattle. I’ve turned one short-row heel (in the manner of Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ Simple Socks) and am in the process of turning the second heel.
E and F seem to be amused by all of this.