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rpm wrote:Which model? I've used 101, 102 and one of the Ultra models, but I only have the 101 left....
I have two of the Ultras (the full Ultra, not the Ultra-T). Unfortunately, both have the bug where when you type with just the right tempo the last key will self-repeat a random number of times. I just have trained myself to not type in that particular tempo.
When Northgate went under, Creative Vision Technologies bought the rights and the tooling, and produced the keyboards under the Avant Prime and Avant Stellar brand names. I persuaded my previous company to buy me one, and the producer assured me that they didn't have the bug, and I never ran across it. Unfortunately, they only did the 101 key and the Ultra-T; they never did the full Ultra. Even more unfortunately, the keyboards were a side project for Creative Vision Technologies, and when they were absorbed by another company earlier this year, the product line was dropped.
I haven't figured out what adapters I need to use the keyboard on a modern machine; my home system is old enough to take the old keyboards as-is.
Tangential story; I used those keyboards like crazy, and they got dirty. One day my project at work was to clean the keyboard, so I brought in an empty soup can and some dish soap. I popped off all the keycaps (I still have the tool that was supplied with the Northgates) and threw them all into the soup can with hot water and dish soap. Let them soak for a bit while taking the covers off the rest of the keyboard and cleaning them up. I then used a toothbrush on the soaking keycaps, and rinsed them off with hot water. Worked great. While doing that, a cow-orker wandered by and couldn't believe that I putting computer parts on the copier and copying them; I asked them else was I going to know where the keys went back on the keyboard. They got a thoughtful look on their face and wandered off.
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Drunk: 69+94+15 wine, 20+29+4 non-wine
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mommadeb1 wrote:depending on how my back is doing and if I have to do jury duty.... I think I will go to Trader Joes this week... suggestions on wine I should be looking for?
The VNTJS Sauv Blanc is St. Supery. Lance and Windmill PS is Quixote. And the Trader Joe's Chilean CS is very serviceable for the $3ish price. Lastly, there's a $5 black label Cava that, again, is serviceable for the $$. Also, buy the 100 calorie oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and the sweet potatoe fries.
"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke
"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen