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Das Keyboard [Jun. 9th, 2006|12:30 pm]
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So I got a new keyboard this week for use at work. It's a Das Keyboard II.

If you haven't seen them, check out the link. This is the Hotblack Desiato model of keyboard... all black, baby!

It has a really great feel to it. You get the crisp action of mechanical switches, while the II is a bit softer than a classic Model M keyboard. (goldenrod's post about his keyboard reminded me to post about mine.) I like the key action a lot -- I always found M's to be too stiff. I realize, it's almost verboten for a geek to dislike those keyboards, but there ya have it.

And it is good for your touch typing. I only rarely looked at my keycaps, anyway. This just enforces good behavior (while looking slick). Besides, in very little time you get used to ryoubf sikekt vt fdeej,

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-09 08:30 pm (UTC)
I've been typing for, what, two decades now? (Pretty soon I'll have been programming for two decades. Yipes!) So I do know my way around a keyboard fairly well. Turns out that loosing the visual cues was easier than I expected, too. The only ones I don't really remember are the row of three including Scroll Lock.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2006-06-09 08:41 pm (UTC)
while i agree that keycaps are for the most part not critical, they come in handy for times when you are trying to type with a cat in your lap and your hands can therefore not assume their customary positions. also for hunting for lesser-used punctuation, occasionally.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-09 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I gotta agree with you on the cat thing. Our cat so rarely wants to be cuddled that it isn't too much of a problem for me. (And I currently only have one at work where, not surprisingly, cats aren't as much of an issue.)
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[User Picture]From: kit_ping
2006-06-09 09:45 pm (UTC)
It's not that she so rarely wants cuddles, it's that I appear to be the target-of-choice when typing. (Laptop? laptop? I think there's one behind this wall of fur... :)
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[User Picture]From: cateriona
2006-06-10 06:42 pm (UTC)
All I can think of is fur magnet. But then again I think that with anything that is all black, Geoff and now Patrick being dominantly light colored.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2006-06-09 08:57 pm (UTC)
I really love that keyboard; I've been wanting to buy one for a while, but it's not cheap and shipping plus taxes to Mexico make most online purchases of electronics inpractical for me
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[User Picture]From: hetzakoatl
2006-06-09 09:44 pm (UTC)
*wants one* Gotta have one!
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[User Picture]From: foxcoon
2006-06-10 10:52 pm (UTC)
I have one of these, too. I took a typing class in high school, and it was a really great idea that I learned to touch-type that long ago. I saw this keyboard as a challenge to myself: Do I really know how to touch type? What better way to find out?

The only problem, it turns out, is that I can't touch-type numbers very well. The numbers and punctuation marks are not known very well by my fingers, and they are not used so often, so it has been difficult to adjust to that. Also, the stranger punctuation marks used when programming are not so readily found by the probing fingers.

The keyboard hasn't helped my typing accuracy at all, either. This makes typing passwords more difficult: I can't watch where my fingers are going to be sure that I have typed exactly what I meant to, especially when changing to a new password, where accuracy is very important and most systems will not show what you've typed on the screen.

But still, I use it, because it gives great bragging rights. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-06-13 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm a little weak on the number row and its shifted punctuation, but otherwise pretty solid. The transition has been much easier than I expected.

Though I agree with you on passwords. That's the one thing that's still troublesome. In fact, out of habit, I stare at the keycaps when typing passwords! (I know the layout well enough that I can count keys if I get stuck, so I suppose it is a helpful reflex.)
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[User Picture]From: foxcoon
2006-06-13 06:29 pm (UTC)
Heh, I do the same. I know where the keys are, so I am just watching my fingers to make sure they are actually hitting the right keys (even though the keys are blank)! :)
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