From: Debbie Garside (email@example.com)
Date: Thu May 03 2007 - 14:55:43 CST
I agree with most of what you say. However, the idea of having a Latin
keyboard one minute and clicking an option and having an Arabic one the next
is very appealing to me at this very moment. And I type at approx 70 words
per minute so no onscreen options are useful. I need a real, robust
keyboard that can change at whim and doesn't mind if I spill my tea on it...
I also do not touch type conventionally so I like to look at the keys - dual
keys or sticky labels would be confusing (for me at least) and would not
give all the options that I require.
I wonder what the manufacturing costs are to change the keyboard layout for
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of John Hudson
> Sent: 03 May 2007 19:23
> To: Debbie Garside
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;
> Subject: Re: Optimus keyboard in the news
> Debbie Garside wrote:
> > IMHO the Optimus keyboard is way too over priced and
> because it uses
> > individual LCDs for each key it will remain over priced.
> My concern is less with the price per se than with the
> likelihood of such a thing breaking so easily. I've seen
> several laptop computers die, and the LCD screen always seems
> to be the first thing to go, and that's when the screen is
> just sitting there. A keyboard needs to be robust, especially
> for someone like me who learned to type on a manual
> typewriter and still hits the keys a lot harder than necessary.
> I've also managed to kill off a few keyboards, usually by
> spilling drinks on them. So an expensive and probably more
> fragile keyboard isn't something that I find appealing.
> Keyboards should be cheap and rugged, and so should
> mechanisms to customise the key displays (labels, indelible
> marker, etc.).
> John Hudson
> Tiro Typeworks www.tiro.com
> Gulf Islands, BC firstname.lastname@example.org
> We say our understanding measures how things are, and
> likewise our perception, since that is how we find our way
> around, but in fact these do not measure.
> They are measured. -- Aristotle, Metaphysics
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