Very Impressive!

Re: BlackBerry thumb keypad 29.50 seconds -- Sassan Sanei
Posted by Jean Ichbiah , Thu, Nov 21, 2002, 16:36:50 Reply Top Forum

Very Impressive!

First of all, congratulations on this very fast entry! Until now, this comes second only to Faith Perez' Dom Perignon II entry where she did 29.36s or 81.74 wpm.

For the time being, your entry is classified separately as an entry done with "Manual Timing" and therefore outside of the competition. Let me explain this. The contest requires all entries to be expressed in hundredths of seconds, a precision that cannot be achieved with a wristwatch.

This may not matter much for larger times but when it comes to the leading entries, we can expect them to be within a second of each other, if that much. The hundredth of a second precision will therefore be needed to do a fair attribution of the award. As you can see, in our previous competition, the second and third times were 31.19s and 31.22s, with only a 0.03 second difference!

The other possible issue with a manual entry is to verify that the full text was entered, with the proper punctuation and capitalization.

There may be a simple solution to both problems: If there is timer software on the Blackberry, you could use it to measure the time with the required hundredth of a second precision. Then you could submit a gif bitmap showing both the timer time and the text typed. If there is no screen capture on the Blackberry, the picture can be taken with a digital camera.

Again, thanks for participating and congratulations on the most excellent entry. I had heard about the quality of the Blackberry thumb keypad and your entry appears to confirm all the good that is said about it.

Jean Ichbiah

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