I have a new laptop. It’s very nice, but I really don’t like the keyboard. It’s one of those “chiclet” keyboards (the name is something to do with American chewing gum) that are supposed to save space and be generally wonderful. Well, I don’t like it. I was already having trouble hitting the keys on the left hand side hard enough – now it seems that I can’t hit any key hard enough. And it really is this keyboard, or this type of keyboard; I’ve been using a desktop elsewhere, and that is just fine and dandy (with the possible exception of those tricky A’s).
I’m no touch typist (my mother is; she would just hate this thing), but I’ve never been one to hammer the keys, either (my husband does that; you can hear him typing several rooms away). And it seems that this particular chiclet keyboard, at least, likes being bashed. Bloomin’ thing. I don’t want to bash it! I’m not even sure that I can. I’ve looked for settings. I’ve adjusted the touch pad (which was oversensitive, as if in compensation; it’s still not quite right). But darned if I can find anything that tells the keyboard to pay more attention.
I don’t even think that its got anything to do with my Parkinson’s. My right hand is unaffected by the Parkinson’s, but I still don’t seem to be able to hit the ‘L’ properly. I think it might be related to the angle that the keys are hit at, because it’s the ones at either side that are the most troublesome – including the shift and CTRL keys..
I treated myself to a pen and tablet, initially to bypass the touchpad (and because I’ve used one before and found it better than a mouse, let alone a touch pad). Then I discovered that Windows 7 will recognise your handwriting on such a device. Which it does pretty darn well – albeit with a few bizarre idiosyncracies (it’s a bit like the predictive text feature on many mobile devices – sometimes you get incongruously wrong words. So I have to be extra-vigilant when I’m proofing a piece).
And, of course, the pen and tablet makes graphics work much more fun.
This post was (mostly) written by hand on my clever tablet.