Out With The New And In With The Old
November 7, 2013
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I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I am back using “the tank” – my old keyboard. I gave the new slimline KeyTronic keyboards a fighting chance. but I’ve ruined three already – not a good sign at all. The first one, something happened under one of the keys, so I pried off the key caps to fix it and wound up breaking the spring on one of the keys,resulting in the key being stuck down. I RMA’d that keyboard and I think I had to pay shipping. Its replacement, I spilled a very little bit of Coke on it, and the Delete key started sticking. There was no way I was going to pry off the keycap to clean it! So I lived with the sticking delete key for quite a while (and I use it a lot). The keyboard I took to work has actually failed from use. The left Control key sticks randomly. With all the key commands I use every day: Ctrl-X/C/V – cut/copy/paste, Ctrl-E – Execute query, Ctrl-S – Save, Ctrl-A – Select All, Ctrl-Z – Undo, it just couldn’t handle the stress.
I’m taking the other tank to work and will start using it there again, too. I have some new co-workers, so I suppose they’re going to be ridiculing me for my ancient technology. Laugh if you want, but it is damn good technology. They don’t make ‘em like they used to. When I started typing this post on the old keyboard, I was surprised at how much better the action felt than the thin, low-profile style. It’s much more forgiving.
I still have one of the slimline keyboards. It’s still new in the box and I’m unsure what I even want to do with it. I think it’s going to be donated to a junk sale.