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A few days ago I was commiserating about my apparent inability to get my keyboard's spacebar to feel "just right" after a Coke spill and taking it apart to clean it up and then reassembling it. Seems like a lot of people agree that given the value we place on our time, it's simpler to just get a new keyboard.
I did, for years; cherry keyboards are cheap.
Then someone gave me a corsair keyboard. A gaming keyboard, K68 RGB. Mechanical. Backlit with that nice RGB. 'spensive.
And I spilt coffee on it. Twice, dammit.
..but the thing is spill-resistant. There's youtube video's with people pouring water on it and continuing their games. And water isn't as sticky as coffee with sugar, but taking it apart per instructions, it was very easy to clean.
I also smoke; did I mention that? Ash and coffee make a kind of cement when combined. And the keyboard was as good as new after a quick clean. TWO times I messed up, and it just shrug it off.
Ain't ever going back to those cheap cherry's, costly as the Corsair is, it convinced me.
1) I'm used to finding the Windows key by feel
Most people are used to operate their mouse with the same hand. I switch hands every two months, since school (approx 20 years ago)? Still not as quick with left, but enough for a game without dying. You get used quickly, even if it annoys you for a week.
2) The main Enter key is somehow narrower than the one I'm used to, so I'm often hitting the key to its left. But it's not as bad as the item above.
Year, this one was weird to me too; even the German keyboard has a bigger enter-key. It's usually smaller on their layout due to extra buttons.
3) I want to reassign some of the extra keys that Windows 10 picked some poor defaults for, and while Microsoft's latest version of their Mouse and Keyboard Center identifies the keyboard exactly, it still doesn't let you change some of those key assignments. Why, I don't know.
There's freeware for that. See "AutoIT". Does a lot more too, you'll like it.
4) The numeric keypad has a "Clear" button that only calc.exe seems to recognize. It doesn't bother me since the key it's replacing (the NumLock key) isn't something I ever try to use without looking at the keyboard anyway.
Sounds more like a reason to hit 4 arguments
..but I do agree on the enter-key. I'd prefer to loose one of the useless keys.
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I have a similar issue with the lit keyboard I use. I work at night a lot while my partner is sleeping behind me - he insists the PC be in the bedroom. He's just weird. Anyway, the ambient light from the keyboard helps light my desk some. I touch type so I don't care about seeing the keys.
What I didn't count on was the keys being so high because of the LEDs underneath. And the narrow enter key. Fortunately these folks kept their extra keys like the Fn key on the *right* side of the spacebar, and made the spacebar just a little shorter and slightly to the left to compensate
Otherwise it's almost exactly the same as my ancient Dell OEM keyboard i picked up from a thrift store because i love the feel of them.
But I feel your pain. I share it currently.
On the other hand this keyboard weighs several pounds which is unexpectedly nice.
What I didn't count on was the keys being so high because of the LEDs underneath.
Interesting point. Someone had suggested I look into a backlit keyboard, and it's something I had never considered...or rather, I never even knew them having some extra height was a thing. I've never even bothered looking at them in person, in a store.
The legs on the desk I use are adjustable, so if resting my hands on a keyboard felt "too high" to be comfortable, I suppose I could try to adjust my desk height to compensate. The top of my desk is almost 29" off the ground, and that's generally my preference.
I was on BestBuy's web site looking at their desktop offerings. Seeing what I thought was an error on a particular page, I decided to ask a chat agent about it. That conversation went like...
Me: I've a question about item 6203016.
BB: I'll be happy to answer you all your questions.
Me: On the Specs page, under the Memory section, it shows that 7 memory sticks are included.
BB: Yes, It is included with the tower of this computer.
Me: But there are only 2 memory slots, and 1 of them already has an 8GB memory stick in it. Why would 6 (or 7) extra sticks be included and NOT be part of the overall capacity? Why not just put one in the other memory slot and call it good?
BB: It is because it can be expandable up to 16 GB memory. In case you can expand the memory in the future.
Me: I understand that, but that's not what I'm questioning. Why does the web page show that 7 memory sticks are included?
BB: It shows because it'll be there with the tower and if you want you can upgrade the memory in the near future.
Me: That makes no sense whatsoever. Since there are only 2 memory slots in the system, why would the web page show that 7 memory sticks are included?
BB: It might be a technical glitch in the web page, we'll be looking in to it surely.
On occasion I do get chat agents that actually know about their wares. This was not one of those times.
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that's why I (often) put a stroke thru the middle of the 7
I have done / do it always. I can vary on doing it all at once or in two lines but always with the line in the middle.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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To date, very roughly 30 million people have been vaccinated in the US. Coincidentally the number of people (not vaccinated) that got the virus, is also approaching 30 million. Let's look at the effects on both groups: Of those vaccinated I have not seen any reports of deaths directly attributed to the vaccine. Of those who became infected, the number of deaths is approaching half a million!
How do you like them odds, partner?
We are very appreciative of the people who made the vaccine possible for us!
Of those vaccinated I have not seen any reports of deaths directly attributed to the vaccine. Of those who became infected, the number of deaths is approaching half a million!
Although I have my and the Mrs' vaccinations scheduled, I have to disagree with your use of the data. They really aren't measuring the same thing.
One is testing to see if, in a pool of 30M there are any deaths from becoming a member of a certain pool. The other, should be related to a pool of all persons who have not been vaccinated and the lethality of that state.
I agree with the point you are making but the proper comparison is roughly an order of magnitude less horrific than you claim. Restated: mortality of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated.
I wish our shots were in March instead of April, so you know where I stand on this.
Yeah - a rapid read and your post makes a strong point. I just can't help myself thinking about things the way I do: claims on TV/Radio all but put me in agony (and I can't shout back at them in any meaningful manner).
Indeed, we hope to get Phizer or Moderna vaccines because they really work well in preventing the disease, altogether. IF the claims for J&J's less effective vaccine are true in that those who get COVID after their vaccine is administered have very light symptoms, if any at all. I'm a full-blown skeptic . . . Oxford recently gave a big push to the efficacy of the AstraZenica vaccine (which has some possibly serious drawbacks with the elderly, like hardly working at all) - but I also recall it's based on Oxford's own research: did someone say "conflict of interest?".
So, responding to your post as I did - it's a compulsive thing
My idea has always been to not die or be hospitalized and to avoid the long-term effects that are apparently more common than than was originally thought.
which has some possibly serious drawbacks with the elderly, like hardly working at all
Hmm. This is actually a lie spread by the EU. The issue is that in the original testing, there were very few over-65s involved in the tests. The difference in mortality between the control group and the vaccinated is therefore a small number, and the number of those in the group who got C19 is small - possibly because, being over-65, they were less exposed to the virus (by design or by lifestyle). There is therefore not much data on the efficacy in over-65s, so its efficacy cannot be reported with a high degree of statistical confidence. However there is NO evidence that the efficacy is any less. That type of vaccine for other viruses has no "diminishing returns" with age and there's zero reason to expect it to be any different with the Covid vaccine.
What I find hilarious is the way the EU screamed the house down when their tardy ordering of vaccines left them short, and they risked a major international incident by trying to impose a hard border in Ireland, and in the EU (not a national government) conducting a raid on a private company. Having now accepted they're behind the curve in getting the AZ vaccine, they're now working hard spreading rumours that it's ineffective anyway. Absolutely pathetic at every step.
The latest data I read (via MedScape) puts J&J at about 66%; and in South Africa, more like 50%. So far as that goes, then, if my wife and I both get J&J then it's more-than-likely that one of us is unacceptable (not even including the S. Africa, strains).
Susceptibility is the wrong parameter. What counts is what are your chances, after being vaccinated, that you will get seriously ill from COVID? That's the real story if you really think about it.
So far, the only reliable mass-data in a real environment is Israel. Heavily leaning towards the most susceptible (such as 65 & over), they've been using Phizer and Moderna. Both seemed to do what I'm looking for at barely below 100% efficacy.
As for the J&J, and AstraZeneca - I wish both of them good luck as that's like wishing us all good luck and is a sensible hope. On the other hand, I see motivations for a little fudging of statistics to restore confidence in their yet-to-be-authorized (in US) vaccines. Switzerland is withholding authorization for A-Z .
Meanwhile, at the time I'm writing this, France and Germany[^] are saying no A-Z for seniors. Considering how desperate the EU seems to be to get the stuff, it seems like there's something compelling about their decisions.
NY is way behind in vaccinations. My doctor's office contacted me with this delay, so it is fact, not fiction.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state's vaccination program. As of 11AM today, New York's health care distribution sites have received 1,554,450 first doses and already administered 95 percent or 1,475,122 first dose vaccinations and 81 percent of first and second doses. Delivery of the week 8 allocation from the federal government is in the process of being delivered to providers for administration.
and so it would seem that NYS is about as caught up as it can be. I'd look for non-equitable distribution of vaccine. Was it fairly distributed on a per-capita basis or did some states (politically favored by the then current administration) get extra (thus shorting others)?
My (our) appointment is through a NY State site - from when I made it until it happens was roughly three months. Are you relying upon your personal physician to get the vaccine? If so, that could be the problem.