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    Keyboards really last!

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by JetBlackGT, Dec 2, 2013.

    I'm editing my third paperback that is over 100K words.

    It occurred to me that a keyboard takes quite a pounding over the course of writing a book!

    It's not so much the number of words, as it seems to be the number of *spaces* that are in the book. Every word is followed by one. Three books means that I have hit the space bar over 300,000 times, just for the books! That doesn't even count forum posts and putting the smackdown on flamers and the ever-present Facebook updates.

    I appreciate the durability of something that I take for granted.

    All of the keys are worn smooth, but the poor space bar....

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    The spacebar on my keyboard doesn't work unless you press it exactly in the middle. :p
    But that's mostly from playing games rather than writing. :/

    Maybe our servants deserve some rest? A spa-weekend to relax, maybe?
     
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    I actually took my keyboard apart, when it was brand new. I snipped out the little contact that activates the [caps lock] button. :) Who put the least used button right next to the [shift] key? Put that thing on the under side of the keyboard or something!

    I know (because I'm that old) that the [caps lock] used to be a mechanical little button that activated a latch that held the [shift] button down; but really? Now it is only used for shouting which I don't do. I figured the world would be a better place without the [caps lock].
     
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    Agreed. I hate it every time I miss-click and have to erase a sentence because I missed that I had caps-lock activated!

    Lately, however, I've been writing without looking down from the screen and thus I notice caps earlier so the problem is almost eliminated. There are also times when I actually use it ( :eek: ), though I can't remember the circumstances, and it rarely happens.

    I still find it to be an annoying button, though, but I think it would be even more annoying for the caps-users to need to hold shift down continuously while writing compared to erasing a couple of letters and rewriting them. Holding a key like shift greatly limits the reach of the hands and obstruct in the usage of the keyboard.
     
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    I have an IBM model M. I made such a mess of it. Spilled coffee on it, crumbs, etc. I took it apart, cleaned it out and it looks like new.

    It doesn't have all the amenities (window key, etc), but it's rock solid. I could probably beat a bull to death with it.
     
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    They don't ALL last, see the one in the movie Wanted.
     
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    Ah, but what a death! If only all keyboards could go out in such a blaze of glory!!!
     

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