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I need a good keyboard!

Posted by james on Feb. 16, 2007

How hard is it to make a good keyboard? I've used so many, but never found my perfect one. I'm very particular about it, first because I use it so much (10-12 hours a day?), don't use my mouse much (keyboard shortcuts!), and it's my livelihood.

My favorite so far as been old-school <a href="http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/keyboards/001-gowlin/">Dell QuietKey</a> keyboards. It's very typical, except that it's quiet and has a very positive feedback without taking much force. You know when you've pressed a key for sure, which prevents typos and makes me faster/more accurate.

That keyboard was loaned out and never returned, along with my then favorite mouse (Intellimouse Optical). I've also had a Microsoft Natural Elite (slightly mushy keys, ok layout, horrible mangled pgup/pgdn keys); this one died when water spilled on it. My current is a <a href="http://www.dansdata.com/images/minipc/elite260.jpg">Logitech Elite</a>, which I bought solely for it's USB capability. It's fancy looking, actually has a nice layout, but has really soft/mushy keys. Horrible.

The last keyboard I bought (and returned) was the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Natural-Ergo-Keyboard-4000/dp/B000A6PPOK">Microsoft Natural Ergo 4000</a>. It has fantastic layout (best ergonomic yet), solid construction, really nice palm rest (leather-ish). But the keys are stiff (not good) and indefinite. The killer is that the space bar gets stuck and wont register. You can press it a few times and unless you're going slow and with more force than any of the other keys, your chances of making it work are about 60%. That's not good. Such an amazing product, crippled by such horrible flaws.

So now I'm on the lookout for a keyboard:
-quiet but definite key-feel, like the QuietKey.
-no mangled keypad like modern keyboards like to do... leave the keys where they are!
and hopefully:
-ergonomic, like the Natural Ergo 4000
-USB (no sense in having a PS/2 anymore)

This really isn't a long list. Are there any keyboards out there that fit? And are there any I can buy locally and return with no hassle? We'll see.

I've heard about the PowerBook/MacBook keyboards being good, also some laptop-type keyboards. I'll try some if I can find any locally. If not, I may have to take a risk and get one of the <a href="http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/directron_1935_303983862">newer Dell keyboards</a> to see if it's like the old ones.

<b>Update:</b> I went to 3 stores, and tried out about 30 keyboards, and finally came away with... a <a href="http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=329430">Microsoft Wired Keyboard 500</a>. It's one of the cheapest keyboards carried at any of the stores, and was the only semi-decent feel keyboard that wasn't a) mangled b) split in pieces non-ergonomically, or c) built like mush. It makes me sad to have purchased another Microsoft product (even if it is just low-end hardware), but so it goes. I'm still on the lookout for something better.

Gene Patents are so stupid.

Posted by james on Feb. 14, 2007

Who in their right mind decided that allowing Gene Patents would be anything but criminal? It's one of the worst things to come out in the copyright/patent world lately, and that's saying a lot.

There's a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/13/opinion/13crichton.html?_r=1&oref=slogin">really informative article</a> that will probably be pulled offline at some point. But illuminates the core problem... if you invent something novel and patent it, great; you're a smart guy.

If you find something that exists in nature, that everyone has, and that has existed since time began, then you should get nothing. Discovering something is great, but that shouldn't grant you exclusive rights. Basically, should someone own any piece of your body? Because they already do. Read the article.

Congradulations, and welcome Angus!

Posted by james on Jan. 9, 2007

<img src="share/2007-01-08-662198_highland_cow_and_calf.jpg" align="right"/> Welcome little Angus! When you stop growing, we'll try to find a RocketMonkeys shirt small enough. Don't forgot to wake up mom and dad every chance you get, and put everything in your mouth... Everything!


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