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So. Yesterday morning I'm sitting here innocently and a cat bumps into the scanner and knocks my bottle of Diet Coke over. It splashes on my keyboard. I shriek, grab the bottle, and start to mop up. I think I get everything and the keyboard continues to work, so I don't worry about it.

When I get home from work, I sit down to the computer. I download my email and go to delete some spam. As soon as I hit the shift key, Eudora explodes and the computer re-boots. Brainiac here doesn't figure it out and after the re-boot, tries again, after Eudora rebuilds my mail boxes. Boom, to the second power. Oh, yeah, Diet Coke spill. I pick up the keyboard and there's a puddle of Diet Coke UNDER the keyboard. It's been soaking through all day. Yippee.

So I turn everything off and head for Best Buy, where almost every keyboard now on the shelves is a wireless and run from around $30 to $100 bucks (including spill-proof ones, heh), except this one, which was $21.51 (with tax). It's not bad. I really liked one of the wireless ones, but I'm not that flush this month due to glasses and car registration, so I went for the cheapest one there. It's at least a slick black one, and the keys are reasonably snappy, which is something I always check for.

My Eudora is frelled up, but I think I managed to get everything back into place. (General swearing, fuckity fuck fuck, and all.)

Two nights ago, I woke to find Sam in the front yard, where he does not belong. I put him in the house and went to search for his manner of escape. We narrowed it down to two places -- the fence by the house on the driveway side, or a slight gap in the fence on the other. We can't really figure it out, so out he goes again. The next night, I wake up to hear him barking in the front yard again. I let him back into the house and go back to bed, figuring to deal with it later. This time, however, I find he knocked down the shelves that are behind my truck in the driveway, so that's where he's coming over. Yes, our dog has learned to climb the chain-link fence. {heavy sigh} So last night he spent the night in the house, and this weekend we'll have to figure out a way to keep him IN the back yard, even when there's thunder (which he's terrified of, and apparently believes he can escape by getting into the front yard).

Animals. For some reason I still like 'em.

Off to work, and then my vacation begins. Yippee!


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Jul. 21st, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
So I turn everything off and head for Best Buy, where almost every keyboard now on the shelves is a wireless and run from around $30 to $100 bucks

I'm incredibly picky about keyboards, though fortunately the type I like are generally found at thrift stores (although I've heard that someone supposedly makes this style with modern options, I've yet to find this mythical company). I've got, I think, four backup keyboards stashed in a closet upstairs... just in case.

Yes, our dog has learned to climb the chain-link fence. {heavy sigh}

Clever dog! That's going to be fun, though... because unless you want to put up a section at the top that slants in (rather like the barbed wire sections at the top of security fences around military bases... only without the barbed wire), the only other option I can think of would be to put him on a chain (which isn't a lot of fun).

Oh... I wonder if those radio fence type thingies would work? Except they're not cheap... and I'm not sure how you feel about using what amounts to a shock collar on him (the idea always made me a bit uneasy). But they're supposedly fairly effective.
Jul. 21st, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
I'm faily picky, myself; I have to try them to make sure the keys "snap" properly. I didn't like any of the Logitech ones they had at Best Buy, and this one is fine, so I'm glad it's the cheapest one. The one I liked BEST ran about $100, but I don't have that much at the moment.

Sam is an annoying dog. :) We're going to try and come up with something that will block the fence. Not sure what.

Jul. 21st, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Keyboards are being way over-tinked. Now don't get me wrong, I love the ergonomic keyboard I have for home, and the one I have at work (different models for different manufacturers), but both they and mice are just having too many thing put in 'em.

The one I have at home has a whole extra row of special keys that only work if I install the memory-cow software that came with it... and there's too many figgin' drivers and such on my computer as it is. This software bloat is driving me nuts.

I should seriously think about setting up the wireless keyboard and mouse Michael got me for Christmas, which I have only taken out of the box once. Now that I've watch dehd use a similar one with his laptop, I realize it's the perfect laptop accessory.

I'm babbling. Sorry.
Jul. 21st, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
I really wasn't looking at the bells and whistles. I bought a keyboard that was cheap with relatively snappy keys (I can't stand mushy keys), and I really don't worry about all the silver buttons at the top. I never "installed" the stuff that came with the last keyboard, and THAT one came with the computer. :)

What I want is one of those silly clear-colored plastic ones because they're pretty. This one is black, which is nice, but since the last one was beige, I keep thinking it's not there when I glance at my desk.
Jul. 22nd, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
Yep. The keyboard that came with my computer has a row of "special" internet keys and whatnot at the top, and I never use them. I do have to admit that I was quite taken with a couple of the mice at Best Buy (I was over at their house, so I went with them), but that was because they were "cute" (one was a ladybug; the other iridescent). Not that I'd buy them, but they were awful cute. ;-)
Jul. 22nd, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
Good luck in keeping same in the back yard. Don't be surprised if you modify the fence and find him assembling an ACME dog launcher to get over it. He is one determined dawg.
Jul. 22nd, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, he is... :P
Jul. 22nd, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
You know, I keep thinking you need an icon of a smiling Sam face with "HEE HEE HEE!" on it. The stinker. ;-)

Why are animals so ingenious in learning the things you don't want them to do?
Jul. 22nd, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
My dog-related suggestion to rahirah was the same as fenchurche's above. It's all I could think of, really.

And as a notebook user, I'm 1) at the mercy of whatever keyboard comes with the machine I think has all the features I need at the lightest weight, and 2) petrified of spills, because there goes the whole computer. I will say, though, that since I only type with one finger, the keyboard's not a big deal to me.
Jul. 22nd, 2005 01:42 am (UTC)
I don't have a laptop at all.

I touch-type at, last tested, about 98 WPM (that isn't without typos, though... :D ). The keyboard's feel is ALL! :)

Jul. 22nd, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Wow! You are fast! I only tested at 72 wpm.
Jul. 22nd, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
But not accurate, I stress! :)
Jul. 22nd, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
I type fast considering I only use one finger, but not that fast, and with lots of typos.
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