One thing that didn't make sense though was he mentioned the iMac keyboards. I assume he meant to say MacBook/Air/Pro, since those are the ones getting all the hate.
I wouldn't classify the Magic Keyboard as disastrous the way the MacBook keyboards have been, since it doesn't suffer the same types of catastrophic reliability problems. But ergonomically it's a horror show.
Of course, I mostly preferred the one before it because, aside from needing batteries, the keys had a bit more bounce.
And, of course, I'm mostly very happy because it's an immense relief to type on now that I have one of those fancy MacBook Pros...
When I first got this MacBook I thought the complaints were overblown. And yet, even after having it for months I still have trouble with it:
- double-pressing keys or, more regularly, somehow not pressing properly so entire chunks of words are skipped.
- daring tion in the document to put my palms anywhere near the machine and accidentally putting the cursor in an an entirely different loca.
- trying to up the brightness or volume and the touchbar not responding. I use caps lock as esc so the missing escape key doesn't bother me too much.
and perhaps worst of all, for the first time in years I've started feeling pain in my shoulders/fingers/arms again. and the only explanation I can think of is this fucking keyboard.
If you like mechanical keyboards without the noise, MX Clear (modded with brown springs) or MX Brown switches are the way to go. There's a whole subreddit on DIY and keyboard mods.
Also, one undeniable fact is that other people in the office/household usually aren’t amused about loud keyboards.
My partner and kids don't like many things about my job of a software developer, but they've learned to live with that. There are many, more difficult jobs in the world. And my family probably happy with the fact that I don't have a job that entails leaving them at 3AM with a fear that I may not come back alive.
Besides, at this point, split, mechanical keyboard for me is not a gimmick - I literally cannot type for longer than several minutes on a regular keyboard, my wrists hurt badly. I honestly think - Kinesis Advantage might have saved my career, my only regret that I haven't made the switch before I had my RSI, which was so severe that left me no option but to try it.
Recently I've tried out a Matias laptop pro keyboard. A bit retro-clunky looking and heavy, but it has good key travel and isn't as loud as some other "mechanical" keyboards. Not bad for a Bluetooth Mac keyboard.
What is your Mac keyboard of choice?
It's a fine keyboard that's ruined by a terrible arrow key layout.
Until you pointed it out, I couldn't quit put my finger (hehe) on the reason why.
I imagine writers have it even worse than programmers.
Well, I dunno about that. One of the major projects I'm currently working with, has over 130K lines of Clojure (tests excluded), and that is not too big of a project. I'm too lazy to figure out the proper way to count "words" in that project `wc` shows over 5M. In comparison - "War and Peace" [technically] is ten times smaller.
Programmers do type a lot. Possibly, way more than writers have to. And that's just code. Have you ever thought about how much typing happens outside of coding? When reviewing PRs, replying to emails, etc.
That is why every single programmer must invest into choosing the right keyboard; learning how to maintain a proper posture; maybe learn non-traditional ways to input text - Vim and Emacs keybindings; try Stenographic input¹; Speech recognition², etc.
Because when they don't - sooner or later they end up having problems: back and neck pain, headaches, RSI, hemorrhoids.
Think you're probably right about how much programmers type. I was going to write that if a programmer sets something up to track how much they type, they'd have to measure it by keystroke because I don't know whether all aspects of most programming languages would count as "words". Plus navigation, shortcuts etc. Tracking by keystroke or character would be better. But then... if you asked me what I consider a high or low number of keystrokes for a working day I'd have no idea what to tell you, whereas if you told me you typed 20-30k words or more in a day I'd be hoping you are using a good keyboard and sitting properly.
> I disagree. I don’t think the Bible joke was brave at all. I think if you’re going to take on an entire religion, you should maybe know what you’re talking about. JK Rowling is a Christian and JK Rowling famously said that if you’re familiar with the Scriptures, you can easily guess the ending of her book. I don’t like it.
It was a professional critique from one comic to another. Norm wasn't offended by the Christian jokes, he just thought they were amateur-hour comedy at the expense of an easy target.
Point being -- people who are professionally funny, like Norm MacDonald or Taika Waititi, that's not how they are all the time. And you know when they're being funny and when they're being serious.
What is funny is suggesting that that should be the #1 priority for the Writers Guild of America.
As with any good joke, if you read deeply and between the lines, he's also clearly stating his opinion on the WGA and its problems. I'm just not familiar enough with the circumstances to know what the satire is about.
In the video he complains about the smallness of the keyboard causing his shoulders to be in a bad position. He also talks about the “bounce back“ of the keys.
Would be great if Apple just ran with this and reinvented the keyboard. That might mean nothing more than an external split keyboard that tents, for example.
You can hear people laughing at the end of his remarks.
can we keep going
First of all - he is a vampire. And then all the other things you've mentioned.