Modern computer keyboards suck. They have no “feel” and they wear out quickly… As most of you should know, IBM made it's earlier fortunes selling typewriters, and as such, it's early customers demanded keyboards that had the same heavy feel as the typewriters. The keys were wonderful; it took some effort to push them down, and they clicked nicely. They gave you feedback… I guess it's sort of like the difference between playing a real piano and playing a cheap synth.

I moved my IBM/RT keyboard (that will give some of you even more hints into jobs I've had in the past) from computer to computer until changing standards and wear and tear eventually made me phase it out… I have never found a keyboard as nice since.

Anyway, thanks to programming and drinking at the same time, my “normal” keyboards have become gummed up and some of the control keys have stopped working. I'm sure I could dismantle and fix them, but I don't have time for that right now, so I picked up a couple of $20 keyboards to replace them. While at the computer store I watched a customer freak out…

He was a well dressed older man, slighly balding, and reaking of superiority and snootiness. He asked to see someone that worked at the store who happened to be at lunch. When he was told this, he loudly and angrily retorted “Why isn't he here? I told him I was coming in today!”

He then refused to tell any of the other people in the store why he needed to talk to this guy and eventually stormed out after having made a huge scene. I guess that if you're rich, then people are supposed to cancel their lunch for you…

Anyway, I'm working on the suspension FAQ and maintenance software, and Rachel is working on an image update.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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