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Blackberry has this nice feature where you type a word without bothering with capitalization or punctuation, for example, typing “im” for “I’m”, and it changes it on the fly. (Funny, because there’s no actual spell-check…) It’s a feature that’s convenient, although I tend to under-use it.
Anyway, little glitch, I tried to send someone my Israeli email address the other day. It ends with @netvision.net.il. Except that my alert Blackberry insisted it was @netvision.net.I’ll. I went back to erase/change/fix maybe 6 times, unsuccessfully. Not a helpful feature, in this case! Why should I be in a power struggle with my cell phone?
As with many of my blog musings, this one is written on my Blackberry. It’s one of the main uses I have for it: jotting down thoughts and notes to myself for collection and processing on my laptop later on. I’ll have to move now before I get beaned by a hard date; several have clunked down hard from the date palm under which I am sitting in the warm breeze of a luscious Israeli autumn afternoon. Golden light. Sweet smell of the dates. Some lazy, dusty trees in what was, I guess, an orchard some years ago, but now is the parking lot adjacent to a major corporation. Aaaaaaah.
Update (December 16, 2007):
Found another one: can’t type the word “id” (as in Freudian), or the initials for identification or industrial design (ID). I just keep getting “I’d”.
When is the tradeoff of 95% accuracy offset by the 5% error rate (uncorrectable errors)? Another long tail question? Kind of.