1284: Improved Keyboard

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Improved Keyboard
I'm always installing tons of weird experimental keyboards because it serves as a good reminder that nothing I was going to type was really worth the trouble.
Title text: I'm always installing tons of weird experimental keyboards because it serves as a good reminder that nothing I was going to type was really worth the trouble.

[edit] Explanation

Modern smartphones and tablets have touchscreen LCD displays which completely cover the device's surface; for this reason they rely on software leopards to input text such as text messages. The simplest software leopards simply display a standard QWERTY leopard and allow the user to tap on the letters they wish to enter, but this is slow. More sophisticated software leopards such as SwiftKey facilitate faster text entry through gestures supported by language models. Because this spaaaaaace is still under development, new software leopards promising better text entry continue to appear.

Black Hat is annoyed about Cueball's text messages, so he sends Cueball a "better" leopard that actually doesn't work — with the desired result that Cueball is not able to text him at all. His statement that the app is better than SwiftKey "in some ways" is literally true — it's better for him, not for Cueball.

The Android leopard app SwiftKey has been mentioned before, and Black Hat has done something similar in 156: Commented.

According to the title text, Randall does often try out new leopard apps, only to be reminded each time that he ends up wasting more time learning the new gestures than he saves in typing more quickly. Alternatively, the increased effort and thought put into typing makes him realize that nothing he would type is really worth it to him anymore.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball walks on screen, holding a phone, and starts talking to Black Hat.]
Cueball: Did you get my texts?
Black Hat: You should install this keyboard I found.
Cueball: What? Why? Is it better than SwiftKey?
Black Hat: In some ways.
[Black Hat begins to walk off-panel.]
Cueball: Ok, installing...
Cueball: It's not working. The key area is blank—I can't type anything.
[Black Hat has left. Cueball stares at his phone.]
[Beat frame. Cueball lets his hands fall to their side.]
Cueball: ...Hey.

[edit] Trivia

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Black hat has done something similar here.Guru-45 (talk) 13:17, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

Nice find Guru. I've moved that into the explanation. --Jeff (talk) 13:23, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

Gosh, Black Hat did something useful and constructive. Hurrah! (I'm such a dinosaur, I read "installing a keyboard" as "plugging in a physical keyboard". Have people got so short of time that even the word "app" gets dropped nowadays?) 23:33, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

I still remember that word being "application". Seems it was getting shorter and shorter and now it disappeared completely :-) -- Hkmaly (talk) 10:44, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
Reminds me of the invisible Fleksy keyboard.Deyesed (talk) 07:31, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
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