rotate button sucks on the XO

Frederick Grose fgrose at
Sun Mar 1 19:08:01 EST 2009

By opening the XO in its traditional laptop configuration and then holding
it by the handle as if it were an opened book (twist 90 degrees), results in
a portrait mode configuration that is more ergonomic for a standing user and
perhaps more comfortable for casual use while sitting on a couch or in a
reading chair.  Applications for such a use might easily be imagined.

The track pad and keys would be available and could be exploited by
application designers.

On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 6:23 PM, Eben Eliason <eben at> wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 5:39 PM,  <david at> wrote:
> > On Sun, 1 Mar 2009, Eben Eliason wrote:
> >
> >> This whole argument, I feel, is fruitless.  That's just my opinion, of
> >> course.
> >>
> >> The touchpad isn't readily accessible in handheld mode, and was never
> >> made to be.  I'll continue to suggest that the cursor simply be
> >> automatically hidden in handheld mode, and that a simple means for
> >> taking full advantage of the handheld buttons which are present be
> >> made available to activities in a standardized way.
> >
> > actually, it's pretty easy to lift the screen a bit and hit the touchpad
> if
> > you have the screen oriented in portrit rather than landscape (in many
> ways
> > it's easier than hitting the game keys)
> But /why/?  Can you honestly say that's a desired mode of interaction?
>  I think proper support of the keys would negate the need for such
> clumsiness.
> - Eben
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