Stowaway Folding Bluetooth Keyboard Review

To solve the problem of mobile text entry, I am using a Think Outside Stowaway Universal Bluetooth Keyboard with my iPod Touch. This one is model number XTBT01 and I bought it used, because unfortunately these have been discontinued.

This keyboard on Amazon

The pairing process used to connect the keyboad wirelessly to the iPod is not shown in the video. To pair them you hold down the Control key and both Function keys at the same time to put the keyboard in “discover mode”. Verify they are connected by opening Settings app on the iPod touch, then tap General and Bluetooth. I did this a while ago so I don’t remember the next step, but you might have to type a phrase that displays on the iPod – but just follow what it says on the screen.

In the video I show a couple ways that you can type using the on-screen keyboard in both portrait and landscape modes. The fastest way to type in my experience was to hold the iPod vertically in my left hand and type with my right index finger. Still, typing this way was too slow for me. I can enter something on a to-do list or make a quick notation, but couldn’t do long-form typing sessions.

The ThinkOutside keyboard has been working well! It folds up so I can take it with me in a jacket pocket along with the iPod touch – no need to bring a briefcase. It has real laptop-style keys with scissor switches, not the cheap rubber dome style keys. There’s no number key row, but you can type numbers and symbols using the function keys, and this actually makes the whole keyboard smaller when folded.

The only negative things are the Y key sticks when I open it, and the stand doesn’t stay closed when you fold it up. The stand is removable.

Pay It Backward – Five Channels to Check Out

Pay it backward – making a video to recommend five YouTube channels that have fewer subscribers than I do. This is a contest that you can enter too, with a prize of $50.00! Upload yours before the end of September if you want to participate.

Buck Redbuck – Travel Dude

Craftchest’s Nation of Truth

Quite Decent – Name That Snack

Nora Dunn – The Professional Hobo

Tara Talk – Comedy for grownups

Tell them Carl Blemming sent you!

HP Mini 1000 Netbook running Lubuntu Linux

This video is about the HP Mini 1000 netbook and how it performs with Lubuntu. The “mobile internet” desktop interface is shown first, then I erase it and install the 32 bit Intel version of Lubuntu Linux (download link). We then see how it plays streaming video using the flash player, on both YouTube and Hulu.

This is the battery on Amazon that I might get.

Hewlett Packard Mini 1000 “Mi Edition”
model 1120NR (mobile internet)
released in January 2009

1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270
10.1″ Screen 1024 x 576 pixels
802.11b/g wireless LAN


My friend “Number 6” who lives in The Villages created this as a product to sell, around the year 1980. Bumper-Grams are blank bumper stickers on high quality white vinyl with a red border that you can write on yourself with a permanent marker. Create your own slogan! Yes, well doesn’t that sound like a fun afternoon activity.

Seriously though, I do have a few of these and will mail you one if you send me a dollar through Paypal at this link.

Human TNT Cannon in Minecraft

The underwater human TNT cannon I built in Minecraft, using the plans by Monkeyfarm. Each trip uses 16 blocks of TNT, to launch yourself into the air and land safely in water. The TNT explosion does not kill you in survival mode with this design.

I was thinking this might be a fast way to get up to a floating island in the sky, or part of a crazy obstacle course. Try it!

No More Ads on my Videos

In my humble opinion, the new types of advertisements that are playing on YouTube videos are too intrusive, and I am going to stop monetizing my videos in order to spare my subscribers the discomfort of waiting for ads to play before watching the video they clicked on.

There may be an occasional affiliate link in the description box, but it will not interrupt your video watching experience.

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