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A Macintosh keyboard for my PC

May 23, 2008

No secret my hands have been giving me trouble.  I needed a keyboard with a lighter touch and a lower profile and thought I’d try this one from Apple.

It was fifty bucks but I like it a lot. It plugs into the USb port, has an aluminum frame with large flat plastic keys, has a super-light touch, and the top surface of the ‘G’ key is only about 7mm above the table.  That’s really flat.  The Apple ‘Command’ key automatically becomes a ‘Window’ key when connected to a PC.  Seems to work OK in Linux also.  Have not tried customizing any of its functions though.

But it has a phantom NumLock key!  No big deal but did take me a few minutes to figure out.

Update:  I’ve been typing on it a couple days and although it has a light touch, my fingers are still bothering me.  Trouble is my hands are super-sensitive but I can’t seem to stop typing the way I learned back in high school.  On a huge Smith-Corona manual typewriter with 15mm key travel that you had to strike pretty hard if you wanted an impression on the paper.  Next step (and I have been trying to do this for a while) is to somehow re-train my typing to take advantage of the lighter touch.  Gotta stop pounding the keyboard, but how?

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  1. May 24, 2008 at 06:24 | #1

    Very cool!  I am havig problems as well.  I now have a keyboard tray (at work), a “natural” keyboard and a generic trackball.  I suspect a better (Kensington?) trackball would be most important in further alleviating problems with tennis elbow, but the Apple keyboard might also be a real help.

  2. May 25, 2008 at 12:45 | #2

    Uh-Oh… Marriage of a WinTel machine with an I/O device from the Dark Side. What comes out of it will surely be the devil’s spawn…

  3. May 25, 2008 at 13:10 | #3

    Actually my PC has an AMD processor and is running Linux, but please tell me more…  Would this devil’s spawn be able to do stuff like vaporize my enemies at the cost of my soul?  ‘Cause that would be cool.  They called me “mad”, well <em>Who’s ‘mad’ now, eh?!  BwaHaHaHaHa!

  4. May 25, 2008 at 22:40 | #4

    I might have to look into this keyboard. I likes the idea of the wireless.

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