"My first day went well with my cheap $30 keyboard" by: Mike Reddell

.   OK, today was my first day with my new keyboard. 
   You know those keyboards where there is a “superior typing feel?”  
   Well, this isn’t one of those. 
   Nor is it the Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional HP Japan, produced by an affiliate of Fujitsu. 
   That’s the world’s most expensive keyboard, coming in at $4,240. 
   No, my new keyboard comes in at around $30. 
   There’s no ergometric design – like others in this household have - to this flat typing board. 
   I will say it’s functional. 
   Then again, the $15 models are functional as long as they last. 
   I’m relegated to this uninspiring slab of electronics because my track record with keyboards isn’t the best. 
   You see, I take my frustrations with the computer out on the hapless keyboard. 
   In fact, my just retired keyboard couldn’t backspace, or paste copied text or perhaps inflict hundreds of other slights aimed at getting even with me. 
   Sure, blame my childish behavior, but that’s not how I see it. 
   These things are the ultimate in artificial intelligence.  
   They know when I’m running late – every week, but who’s counting – and they even know when I need the copy to be as error-free as possible. 
   MaLinda and Jessica promptly hid the old keyboard knowing it would be the next target for any number of projectiles. 
   N o thu a dfad a…just kidding.  
   So far, so good. 
   My journalism career has taken me through a veritable museum of keyboards and typing machines. 
   Growing up in a newspaper family, I started pecking at an old Remington – the same thing I had in high school typing class and in college journalism courses. 
   The same machine was the standard issue at my first newspapers. 
   In the larger papers, you had to put a carbon sheet between two regular sheets to hand one copy to the city editor and the carbon copy to the managing editor. 
   I would watch to see if the managing editor would later walk over and say something to the city editor. Can you say rewrite? 
   As technology crept into all newsrooms, we started using the IBM Selectric. 
   That took some adjusting because of its speed. 
   From there I went through the computer evolution, and now a typewriter is a thing of ancient wonder. 
   While I don’t miss them, I never blamed them for things they typed wrong. 
   So, I’ve typed this over-sentimental column on this new quite-inexpensive keyboard. 
   And I’ve been rewarded by the backspacing key working just fine.  
   I’m watching it all the same.     

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