Thursday, June 15, 2006

Unlocking the key...


Yup, our resident evil bunny finally managed to sneak into the sun porch, where we keep our computer. He chewed through the modem cord, the phone cord and bit the keyboard cord into three pieces. We are actually relieved that that is all he did!

So I am now trying to break in my new keyboard. At first, Nguyen brought home the cheesiest $19 version from some unknown company. It was positively horrible. I brought it back and exchanged it for a logitech. We have had great luck with their mice, so we figured it was a good keyboard. And the layout is, indeed, much better. (why would you put a delete key to the right of the insert key, I wonder? Were the designers on crack?)

But, even with the delete in the correct spot, the Logitech takes a lot of getting used to. It has a completely different feel from the Dell.

My all time favorite keyboard is the old IBM. It weighed a ton, had a very heavy keytouch and actually clicked when you typed. I loved it. I actually bought a reconditioned one at one point and held onto it for years before it finally got so filled with crud I had to get rid of it.

Since then, I have had to make due with the silent, soft touch feel of the cheap piece of crap keyboards that are now standard issue. I must be old if I am waxing poetic about first generation keyboards.

And why do we still call it typing when no one knows what a typewriter is anymore? Shouldn't we call it 'keying'?

This is possibly the most boring post in the history of blogging.

Back to your lives, people.


jo(e) said...

When I tell my students that I went through college and grad school using a typewriter, they look at me like I am a million years old.

Now that I've gotten used to the keyboard on my iBook, the keyboard on the desktop in my house seems really hard to use ....

Rachel's Big Dunk said...

LOL, Jo(e)! Ain't it the truth about being a dinosaur. I remember when I used a computer at work for the first time. It had no hard drive. (Do you hear that, people?!??! NO HARD DRIVE!!!!) You used a 5 inch floppy in one drive, that had your goofy basic program on it, and another floppy in the other drive to save your three kilobytes of information on. Oh, and the screen was green, too.

IBM Selectric was the cutting edge, in those days. I thought I was the bomb because I had an electric typewriter that actually could erase a whole word at once.

Makes me laugh to think of it.