Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Getting Back Into the Swing

It has been a while, but I am getting back into the swing of writing. There have been too many distractions lately, and the constant din of the day after day can drag on you.

Yes, the new keyboard is wonderful.

I may have some voice dictation updates to report on soon as well, but I need some more practice and data to make a final verdict on the product. More on this soon.

Refocus time...that is helping. More on a couple projects very soon as things ramp back up.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K740

With a new setup comes the need for a new keyboard, and I am trying out the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard K740 for a while.

I like this one because it mimics a more laptop feel, instead of the big, high mechanical keys of my old (gamer) keyboard, this one is flatter, with a crisper feel and a shorter stroke to the keys. I type really well on the Mac keyboards, and I wanted one that has that same feel, but with a tad bit more travel to the keys, but not too much.

I love the feel of mechanical keys, but the sound does get to be a bit much, especially if one is on Skype or voice chat with friends.

This is wired and backlit, two must-haves, and the spacing is a bit wide, but I am sure I will get used to it and be flying along soon. It feels good, and it also types good, so I expect to be back up to my normal non-dictation speed very soon.

At least I won't be missing capital letters. Sometimes with really high and soft keys, you won't get a full press, and you will leave an error trailing off in your wake. You know how that goes.

Overall, this feels heavy and flat, which I like, since again this has that laptop feel I wanted for a workstation keyboard. The letters are also very clear and almost large-type, so they are highly noticeable and recognizable right off. This one also has a very large oversized delete key that reminds me of the old IBM keyboards, one you can pinky over and whack to wipe out things which do not please you. Nice touch.

I will let you know how this goes in the next couple weeks, and give you a feel for how writing with this keyboard is for me. Until then, I'll see you between the pages.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer Cleaning is Done

Oh, am I tired, but it was worth it.

My keyboard is clean, my workstation shines, and my environment is shiny and new. A printer no longer boxes me in. Desks were moved. Dust was removed by the bucketful. A window is closer. More light flows in. Cables have been bundled and tied. Computers were moved, cleaned, dusted, and everything plugged back in.

Where I work is new again.

I hate getting into a rut, and having a place to work so cluttered I can't think my way out of it. this is good. It is new, and it is clean. Is it perfect? No, the keyboard I replaced my old one with isn't the best, so I am looking to replace that with something snappy and fresh.

It transfers to your work, I know it does. You can't be in a negative place and do your best work, and putting in some sweat and cleaning into the place where you create is a part of the self-improvement process. You have set yourself up for creativity and success. You have cleaned things up. You have made where you dream a better place to imagine and create.

Even my piano is within reach, dusted, and ready for life and sweet music. I am a happy person.

Will it get stale again? Most likely so. In six more months I shall be back here again, and my creative space will be dingy, and my energy drained by untidiness. But for now, it is spring again, and where I work and what I do has a fresh look and a clean feeling. It is a blank sheet of paper where I shall take my next steps. It is mine again.

Now, for a nap.