Dave’s computer advice

January 31

A few days ago I switched back to my trusty IBM SK-8805 keyboard.  I was using a “cool” looking Ortec laptop looking keyboard.  No matter how cool you think your keyboard looks, go with the one that feels the best.  The IBM is loud, a little ugly at times, but I can type twice as fast on it, with the half the errors.  I am sure this IBM will last darn near forever as well.

My advice is never ever skimp on your input devices.  A cheap mouse/keyboard will give you carpel tunnel.  You can have the most kick ass computer in the world, and if your keyboard sucks, you will hate the computer.  This also goes for monitors as well.  Get the best that you can afford.  Eye strain=headaches.  I have had the same monitor for years, it was expensive and huge (19″) when it was new, and still looks great now.  The computer you can skimp on, if you can upgrade it in the future, or it is so cheap you can throw it out. A keyboard/mouse/monitor should outlast 2 or 3 generations of computers, easily.  

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Posted by on January 31, 2008 in Uncategorized


4 responses to “Dave’s computer advice

  1. Ron

    February 2, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I’m a big fan of the IBM Model M style keyboard. Mechanical Alps switches, rated at something like 5,000,000 presses–per switch.

    I used one of those at my old job, until some uptight bitch kept complaining about the noise of my typing. If I was feeling up to it, I could have killed her with the 5 pound, steel-backed, keyboard.

  2. Dave

    February 3, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I do like the M series IBM’s a lot except for the force required to press the keys. My IBM has about the same travel, but much lighter feel. Makes life a little easier for a touch typist.
    I do really like the built in USB hub on my keyboard, prefect for my USB wireless mouse. I use a Logitech with the invisible LED, gets amazing battery life and has back and forward buttons AND it is good for lefties as well. This used to be Tiff’s mouse until she got a new keyboard/mouse combo. (Same mouse)


    July 17, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Can you please tell me where is the F key on the ibm sk-8805?

    • admin

      July 17, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Not quite sure what you mean. The F key is in the same spot as any standard 103 key IBM. There is no Fn key on this keyboard.


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