Those of you that know me will remember that I carry a full-sized keyboard in
my laptop bag. I find it much easier to code and demo if I use the same keyboard
all the time. So, I carry it with me. My keyboard is like a constant companion
that goes wherever I go, and my recent trip to DevConnections in Orlando was no
different. The birds were singing. The sun was shining. My keyboard was firmly
secured under the flap of my bag... or so I thought. As I approached the Orlando
hotel, I had no idea that my close friend's lifetime was near its end. There was
nothing that would have alerted me to this fact. Suddenly, my trusted comrade
slipped from the bag and shattered on the hard cement. And when I say
"shattered", I don't mean that a few keys popped off. I mean that keyboard
blood and guts were strewn everywhere. As I surveyed the gory scene, I realized
that repairing my keyboard was out of the question. The ground was littered with
twisted plastic shrapnel and warped springs. It had become my own proverbial
"Humpty Dumpty". There was no way this egg was going back together again.
Believe it or not, this tragedy absolutely paralyzed me. Because I spend all
of my time with the same keyboard, I am a complete novice (i.e. a "newbie") at
using my laptop's built-in keyboard. With only the keyboard on my laptop, I was
reluctant to do demos during the conference. I would sit in front of my laptop
blushing and stammering into the keyboard like a seventh grade boy asking his
first girl to a dance. I had to face the facts: I couldn't avoid replacing my
dear friend. Only one questioned remained. Should I purchase the same model or
go for an upgrade?
I spent some time looking online and finally settled on the Logitech G15
Gaming Keyboard. It's newer, sleeker and sexier than my old buddy, but it also
has a very attractive feature: holes that I can use to tie
it to my
laptop bag. There are lots of other great features like the LCD screen and the
extra 18 user-programmable buttons, but the holes were the selling point for me.
No longer will I put my closest friends at risk.
Helpful holes allow me to use straps. YAARRR!!! (pirate-speak)
Securely attached to my Tom Bihn Super Ego.
This thing's not going anywhere!
This experience has served to cement a universal truth in my mind. It is the
sort of axiom that I wouldn't mind having engraved on my tombstone at the end of
my days. The idea is basically this: no matter how sophisticated humanity's
achievements in technology, no matter how rich our medical advancements, gravity
wins. Gravity always wins.
Words to live by.