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It’s been a frustrating day. My beloved Kinesis Advantage keyboard, that stalwart defender against repetitive strain injury, has stopped working for no apparent reason.

I’ve managed to do some computer work today anyway, but it’s on the horrifically non-ergonomic keyboard of my Macbook Pro 2012, which means I get pain after using it. It also has the tiny little problem of a nearly-dead “e” key. The most common letter in the English language is now unavailable unless I press hard, in a manner most un-ergonomic for my precious left middle finger. Of course, if I stab the “e” key and it doesn’t fire, I get even more ticked off at my crappy equipment.

One day I will be able to type at a luxurious setup which does not destroy my body during use.

Let me attempt to dissolve my frustration.

The day of the luxurious setup is getting closer as I type. For years I’ve typed while hunched over because a laptop was all I had. I have a cable coming in the mail that will let me hook up a monitor, thus blessing me with proper head, shoulder, and arm position for typing.

Furthermore, of all the people I could possibly know, one of my local friends is an expert on keyboard design and repair. I’m helping him paint a building soon, and I bet he would be willing to fix my Kinesis in return.

Problem solved – in the future, at least. Until then, I’ll have to find some other way to type. Job applications and translations won’t write themselves.

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