April 26th, 2005

Manga-style me

A brief rant on my perfect keyboard, or I type hard.

I type hard. I eat through inexpensive membrane-based keyboards and usually replace them after keys quit responding despite the keyboard being recently cleaned. I almost always wear the letters off the key caps to a point that people using my keyboard complain that they can't read it. (I don't think I count as a touch typist since I do occasionally look down at my hands, but I don't *have* to in order to type accurately.)

In hopes of finding a longer-lasting keyboard, I've been using a Key Tronic keyboard I picked up at an office liquidation store. Since I acquired it in late 2003, five letters have at least halfway rubbed off the key caps. The wear will probably accelerate if past keyboards are any indication, but it's satisfyingly clicky compared to the overpriced "soft touch" keyboard it replaced. (I hated it, but it was the only keyboard I could find in Goldsboro had that didn't have a "natural" layout or all those extra buttons for features like volume control.)

In a perfect world, I'd be typing this on an IBM Model M (unofficial motto: "Type hard or go home") or a Northgate (more likely a CVT Avant keyboard, which are reportedly based on Northgate keyboards). Alas, I own neither and they're rather pricey. Whatever I eventually replace this keyboard with will not have Windows keys because they bug the crap out of me, which in turn bugs Vogon since I remapped them on my system. Heh heh.

edit 2100: I picked up a Model M made between 1989-1993 on eBay with Buy It Now (I prefer it to bidding on most items since I don't use a sniping service or whatever) for $26 including shipping. I am pleased.
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You Had To Be There: Crouching Network, Hidden Programming

vogonpoet said I had to blog this...

I left the TV on after the news while preparing dinner and found Laurel staring zombie-like at the beginning of Wheel of Fortune. I asked her "Do you want to watch this?". She replied "Yes, but I don't." We all laughed and I changed the channel.

I turned to tell Vogon I'd changed the channel to Cartoon Network. He asked me to repeat what I'd said, remarked he must be losing his hearing because he thought I'd said 'Crouching Network', then asked "What is Crouching Network?".

I replied, "Hidden programming!"