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WANT.



It's a Das Keyboard. Or possibly it is Das Keyboard, in German. Who knows. But I want it anyway, and I'm not quite sure why. I could take it to work and impress people, and also it would protect me from Sneezed-on Keyboard Disease since nobody else would use it. Or I could just use it at home and cackle smugly at myself until I needed a hyphen and couldn't find it.

I went into Curry's today and the bloke behind the counter had never heard of Eees (or possibly was just confused when I wandered up to him and said "Have you got any Es?", but he didn't seem any the wiser when I clarified.) So I ordered one from t'internet when I got to work. Oh dear. I meant to at least wait till payday. But, shiiiiiny.

Also, I may have turned into Hugh Grant. A couple of weeks ago a guy started working in the Co-op near me who I was sure I knew, and he was sure he knew me, but we couldn't figure out where from. Today, as he was serving me:

pickwick: Oh! Did you used to go out with with a girl called A?
bloke: I did!
pickwick: Ah, I lived with her in Dennistoun. Yes.
bloke: I'm not going out with her any more.
pickwick: (fairly quietly) Good. [Well, I always thought she treated him like shit.]
bloke: I'm married to her now.
pickwick: ..Excellent. (finishes packing bags) Er, say hello to her from me. (runs away)

Must be seven years or so since I lived with A, and we haven't been in contact since - we didn't argue or anything, we just weren't really friends in the first place. Just as well, otherwise I might be a bit less amused about the whole thing! I'm most perturbed by the fact that I'm still not sure I remember the guy's name - I thought it was Simon, but I'm starting to convince myself it was actually Alan. I got on well with him, too. (Not any more, I should think...)

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momentsmusicaux
Feb. 8th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Or just get your regular three quid keyboard and apply white spirit to the keys.
blue_condition
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)

When your hands are worth three quid to you, use a three quid keyboard.

momentsmusicaux
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC)
I've never noticed much of a correlation between keyboard price and comfort.
I still use an ancient keyboard that came with (I think) my very first PC, because I'm used to the way it feels (quite chunky, no springiness, and fairly deep) and I can type fast on it.
I do rather like the keyboard on my powerbook too though, and that's very soft and shallow.

And I'm not sure I buy the 'without symbols on the keys you remember them better, like a piano' line. In fact, I suspect it's bollocks. The piano has no need for symbols because it has a clear pattern, and because of the scale of the thing (it repeats only 8 times over about a metre and a half) it's always obvious where you are (and if you really can't find middle C, look beneath the manufacturer's name on the underside of the lid).
blue_condition
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
That thing's a keyboard for geeky tw*ts. I think there's no substitute for a proper buckling-spring IBM keyboard.
momentsmusicaux
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
I've just been to look, and it turns out the keyboard I really got with my first PC looks a lot like it's a rebranded one of these: http://www.clickykeyboards.com/
Though taking the back off I don't can't see if the keys are sprung or not.

Which means the one I'm using now must have come with my 486, and it's just keys bouncing on a rubber mat. But it's very easy to clean because they all pop off with a screwdriver.
pentane
Feb. 8th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
The keyboard in particular that you mention is considered a classic among keyboards (the 'proper buckling spring IBM keyboard' mentioned below).

I know people that have several of those they keep in storage to replace when one goes bad.
pickwick
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
I do sort of buy it, actually. Cos I'm a touch-typist for all the letters, but as soon as you want numbers or any punctuation apart from commas, full stops and maybe question marks, I have to pause and look at the keyboard. So I think this one would help me learn where all the numbers and punctuation are by touch...or it would just confuse me utterly, one or the other!
andrewducker
Feb. 8th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
I want one as well - but I'm not paying £35 for it.
pickwick
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I found a pack of five blank white keyboards on ebay - ten quid postage and the auction has no bids (starter bid 99p) with two days to go. I'm quite tempted to get them and post them out to whoever wants them...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=180212393048&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=008
andrewducker
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm broke right now, or I'd be tempted to take you up on that!
fortuneandglory
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
I think anyone who's annoying enough to do the old "She's not my girlfriend anymore...she's aaaaaactually my wife!" deserves everything they get. ;)
pickwick
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well, precisely, yes :D If you're going to angle for that sort of reaction, it really does serve you right if you get it.
gwinniegirl
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
Das Keyboard! Hehehe. Regarding the bloke situation: I hate it when something like that happens. You feel like you just want to crawl under a rock. But yeah, probably best to take an amused attitude to it all.
pickwick
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
I don't even know for sure if he heard me, because neither of us said anything about it o_O Or he might just have thought I wasn't paying attention, and going "Good, good..." at everything he said... I have no idea.
camtarn
Feb. 8th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
For rather less money, you could buy a sacrificial keyboard, pry the keys off it, and spray-paint them black. For bonus geek points, use the Dvorak layout :) For even more over-the-top keyboard-ness, you could alleviate your worries about not finding keys by painting the key symbols on with invisible UV paint and using a UV torch...

Also - Oooh, Eee!
pickwick
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
You know, I've always rather wanted to try a Dvorak keyboard. Ideally with the letters on first, though!

Oddly, I just ordered a torch/UV/laser pointer combo thing from ebay because someone at work had one. Heh.
donbert
Feb. 8th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, if only that keyboard came in metal finish to go with my Mac.

Note: I don't mean that repulsive silver-paint-sprayed plastic that goes white when it gets worn (after about two weeks) I mean actual metal.

Then again, my poor aging fingers prefer low-profile keys these days, like my Ice-Key, or the laptop keyboard. I reckon in another couple of years I'll be wanting a ZX81 keyboard!
pickwick
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Heheheh, I actually prefer less clicky ones, but I'm told clicky ones are better for you...
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