~Happy\ tax\ day~
I've been updating the input peripherals on my computer here at home. Just picked up an Apple USB Pro keyboard. It has a very good feel and looks fantastic. The only issue I have with it is it feels like it takes a pretty light touch (or when you type on it, you'll want to tap it lightly) so sometimes I'll hit something and it won't register because I haven't hit it hard enough. Other than that, though this keyboard is a dream come true (yes, I like input peripherals). An interesting side note is that all Apple keyboards have been switchable to Dvorak layout since the Apple //e. Why do I know this? Because Dan is performing an experiment in learning if he can cope with using nothing but Dvorak, so he's switched all of his keyboards to Dvorak layout. The Apple Pro USB keyboard keycaps snap off effortlessly with a little help from a screwdriver, so switching the keyboard layout is painless on Apple keyboards. Dan uses a Macintosh for his primary machine, so swapping the keyboard layout was a no-brainer on his Mac. The PC side was another matter of course, since most PC keyboards are shaped at the cap level rather than at the keyboard itself (take a look sometime at the bottom row of your keyboard, and you'll see what I mean. The keys are shaped differently at the bottom than at the top). He found a cheap CompUSA multimedia keyboard that fit the bill, though. (Somewhere out there there's a CompUSA with a demo model keyboard with the layout all screwed up! :) ) The last time I was over there I wondered if he had had a stroke or something since he was typing so slowly, and Dan is one of the faster typists I know. So am I going to switch to Dvorak any time soon? Probably not, but if Dan's experiment pans out, I'll have to train my fingers to at least be comfortable on it if I'm ever going to remotely access my machines from his house.