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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Der Keyboard

For some reason, in the last couple of weeks I've become very interested in keyboards. Not musical ones (though I want one of them too), but the QWERTY variety. For years I've been using the stock-standard rubber-dome keyboard that came with my computer, but an article has intrigued me about the prospect of using a buckling-spring keyboard like IBM's classic Model M. They're non-existent on eBay, except in America, and they're too heavy to ship from the US for less than about $60. I found some 122-key monsters on there, which look pretty leet, but they're not buckling spring, despite the listing's dishonest implications. I'd probably buy one anyway for the hacker cred, if not for the weird, gaming-unfriendly cursor key layout. The search continues.

Thinking about this reminded me of the fact that I still can't touch type - well, I sort of can, if you call 14 WPM "typing". So, inspired by Das Keyboard's supposed ability to force people to learn by preventing them from looking at the keys, I've painted my keyboard all black. It looks pretty cool, if a little emo. I also downloaded TuxTyping, a touch typing practice program. It's aimed at kids, but it should help a lot anyway.

Maybe in the holidays I'll do something like this. If only I had the necessary tools and stuff. Oh well, I'll think of something.

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