Gas Milage, MPG, and contraptions

November 14, 2008

Gas is starting to come down in price, but it doesn’t mean that people have stopped worrying about saving money. I found a few sites that give some great tips on SIMPLE ways that you can get better MPG without any major modifications.

if your trying to find what you can do now… there’s good news, there is a lot you can do now to get better gas milage and all WITHOUT (for the most part) any damage and/or mods to your car

incase you still wonder about some of these MPG options check out

this first two links talk about mods to your car that may or may not work –
http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/new_cars/1802932.html

gas saver flops

Edmunds puts myths and hear-say to the test..
Edmunds fuel economy test

A few websites with some great tips… because behavior is the number one way to save on MPG
fuel academy tips

fuel economy tips

More tips

-this is a great video… although i don’t recommend turning off your car while driving
great video

even more tips

I have plenty more, including some info on the great Ethanol (which you might already be using and not know it)

Stay tuned… do your research


Fast text entry for WM phones

November 2, 2008

If you look at some of my other post you know i have the Sprint Touch by HTC-

Recently a few similar programs have come to light…

SWYPE has been in the news because of it’s success at Techcrunch50.

Swype:

Swype provides a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods—at over 50 words per minute. The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens and more.


However, now that it has gotten a lot of attention, many are saying it’s not an original idea at all. I found two other companies with similar ideas:

ShapeWriter:

ShapeWriter™ makes mobile phones, tablet computers, game pads, and all other touch-screen devices more useful – and user friendly.

The next step in the evolution of touch-screen technology has arrived. ShapeWriter makes using touch-screen devices easier, faster and more enjoyable than ever before. Ideally suited for touch-screen devices such as mobile phones, handhelds and tablet computers, ShapeWriter’s cutting-edge text input technology helps manufacturers of these devices create the most innovative new products for consumers.

ShapeWriter is already out on certain devices, however the only one i care about is WM6 since that is what my phone works off of, and no it’s not out yet on WM but i’m hoping sooner than later.

SlideIT:

SlideIT™ is a breakthrough, speedy and intuitive way to write text on touch screen enabled devices. Instead of the current method of tapping each letter on the screen, the user points to the first letter of a word and slides the stylus to the subsequent letters. .

When reaching the last letter of the word, the user simply lifts the stylus and the recognized word is automatically inserted together with a space after the word. Suitable for writing text in all applications, users love the feel of being able to write quickly and accurately. Speeds of more than 50 words per minute are achievable.

SlideIT is the only out of the three that is currently available for WM.  SlideIt offers a free demo and if available for purchase a low $40.

I’ve tried out Slide it and it’s pretty fun. My gripes about it include the half dome shaped keyboard (i know they do this in order to allow for the graffiti input to the left).  However i have found my speed on the keyboard increasing as i use it more and more.

Check back as i will be updating as i start to use some of these other keyboard options soon. Of course if you have tried any (of these or others) feel free to comment.