I’m not about to claim this as a reason for my continued lapse in posts, but I will admit that it has probably impacted something about my posting, if only certain typos.
I had a really rotten keyboard.
At some point in the past 5 years (yeah, that long), I wound up with an old, very basic, very non-responsive keyboard attached to the computer from which 75% of my posts came (now 100% because the tiny tiny laptop known on my network as “Inara” shuffled loose the electro-magnetic coil about a month ago and because Asus no longer makes netbooks exactly like her, I am in ponder mode on her eventual replacement….but that’s a topic for another post). Honestly, the thing had keys that you had to pound to get a letter to appear (even after I cleaned the dust out). The keys themselves were very shallow and had a poor feel–when you hit a key, you didn’t always have the feeling you’d really hit much more than the surface of the desk. I lived with it, because, well, my work keyboard was only marginally better and I spend a lot more hours of the day with that machine than this one.
But, last week I carried a box down to the basement (yet another topic for yet another post) and as I made room on the shelf, I stumbled on a half empty box….half empty but for some very serviceable keyboards that I remember having liked (if you are looking shocked at my having a lot of random keyboards in a box in my basement, clearly we’ve never met in real life…I also have boxes of hard drives, video cards, network cards. If you’re picturing me with horn rimmed glasses you’d be wrong…but if you’re wondering if my Slashdot number is lower than yours, there’s a good chance of that).
So, I brought the old keyboard upstairs, and swapped it for the brick that had been masquerading as an input device.
Cue the chorus of angels.
I’m half tempted to carry this thing back and forth to work. It’s not that it’s the best keyboard ever, but it’s been this highlight of how sucky my old one was and how much nicer it is to work with an input device that responds appropriately. I actually want to spend more time working on the computer than I used to. All of the posts I’ve been scribbling in notebooks for the past months I’m actually willing to type. I had no idea the amount of reluctance that old thing was causing in my getting things that final step from analog to digital.
It’s not going to cure my posting problems (one day there will be a post about that. One day), and it sure won’t cure all my typos (or my grammar and spelling issues) but it sure as heck isn’t going to make it any worse.