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Posted on 2011.09.08 at 14:30
Current Location: 67114
Current Music: Two Step from Hell: Power Of Darkness Voume 1, Epic Drama
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Life aboard the USS Jimmy Carter is surprisingly serene with bouts of excitement. When General Quarters sounds we go "lights out" in the CIC which was wrecking havoc upon my woefully standard keyboards. You see, there are two keyboards I really, really like. The IBM/Lenovo Type-M keyboard (Not to be confused with the grandaddy of all keyboards, IBM's EOL'd "Model M") and Apple's "Pro" model A1048. There are no others. After all, I type. A lot. And despite being a touch-typist, it is helpful to be able to see the keys every so often, drax0r's blacked-out Model M not withstanding.

It was then with heavy heart that went out in search of another.

I had some pretty specific requirements. I wanted a 10-key number pad. I wanted volume buttons above the 10-key number pad. And I wanted no other multi-media buttons whatsoever. I wanted it backlit, wired, and I didn't want to spend $100 on it.

Enter the Saitek (MadCatz-series) Cyborg v5:


Click for BRILLIANT full res goodness!

Par for my course, I ensured the next-gen was out and selling (Cyborg v7) saving me $30 (and a headache of buttons I didn't require as it turns out).

Of course I cannot take full credit for that awesome photo, as it was in part, made possible my mr_dowg and his most excellent gift. Its what illuminates that which the keyboard does not. It is the heart, and soul, of the USS Jimmy Carter.

Thanks again dude.

You so rock.

Comments:


drax0r
drax0r at 2011-09-08 20:11 (UTC) (Link)

I find it interesting that you didn't include the Model M keyboard in your list if not because you're the most likely person I know to need a proper buckling-spring design rated for 1,000,000 keystrokes.

Of course, 1,000,000 normal typing keystrokes is probably like 750k ehowton keystrokes, you key-banging mofo.
ehowton
ehowton at 2011-09-08 20:30 (UTC) (Link)
We use morse-code in the USS Jimmy Carter.

TAP-TAP-TAP; HOLD-TAP; TAP-TAP HOLD-TAP TAP; TAP-TAP HOLD-TAP!
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2011-09-08 20:12 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! The picture turned out awesomely! Makes sitting in the dark at my computer while you took it worth it. ;-)
ehowton
ehowton at 2011-09-08 20:31 (UTC) (Link)
....you were in the office then?
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2011-09-08 20:36 (UTC) (Link)
I was incognito.
drax0r
drax0r at 2011-09-09 15:27 (UTC) (Link)
You have lights on when you use the computer? How to you bask in the cold glow of the monitors when there's so much ambient light pollution?
drax0r
drax0r at 2011-09-09 15:35 (UTC) (Link)
Oh hells yeah.
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2011-09-09 17:35 (UTC) (Link)
It depends on what I'm doing. I'm a good touch typist, but unlike ehowton's keyboard mine is dark and ordinary. So I occasionally need to check my finger placement.

That said, when I'm just mousing around, then yes, the ambient light from only the monitors is a glorious thing. :-)
Jobu
jobu121 at 2011-09-13 20:01 (UTC) (Link)
Dude that soooo rocks!
ehowton
ehowton at 2011-09-13 20:02 (UTC) (Link)
I know, right?
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