Hardware stores and home centers sell some wonderful stuff made by 3M called Safety-Walk. This self-adhesive roll of gray, nubby rubber comes in 1-inch and 3-inch widths. Its intended to add skid-protection to stair steps, but I always have some of it on hand because its terrific for making personal electronics easier to handle.
Ive got a strip on the slick silvery back of my iPod. It prevents the thing from sliding off the passenger seat of my car when I apply the brakes. Ive got it on the back of my Sony 616 phone; now, it doesnt escape from my fingers when I dig through my pocket to answer it, it doesnt fly out of my hands as Im fumbling for a pen, and it wont slip out of my pants pocket when I sit down. A thin strip runs along the bottom edge of my LifeDrive PDA. Result: when Im eating at my favorite luncheonette, I can lean it against the napkin dispenser and watch a movie without it sliding flat against the counter.
And as I write this, three strips are on the bottom of my PowerBook, keeping it glued to my lap or to a tray table and stopping any suicide slides before they get started. It easily trims to any size and it blends so well with the modern metal-and-black style of modern electronics that it almost looks like a built-in ergonomic feature.
Its only about a buck a foot, too. Have this stuff in the house somewhere and itll get used.
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