Bugger, I've DoNE IT AGAIN

Monday 20/6/2005

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When is somebody going to redesign the computer keyboard to my exacting specifications?

I know there have been several attempts to update its design, splitting it into two to make it less stressful on the writsts, moving the keys into different positions so as to make typing faster, but they still drive me to fits of anger and the solution seems to simple.

The problems with the modern keyboard are well documented and stem from the design of the original typewriters. The keys were deliberately arranged in a way which slowed down typing, allowing the mechanism to keep pace with a professional typists abilities. That's why they are in such a bizarre qwerty form, but the problem isn't with speed of typing, the problem now is with accuracy and in order to demonstrate I will not correct any more mistakes in my typing in this section from the end of this senence.
,br> I've notice I already made on mistake just missing off a < before the br> and the line break is wrong. I'm quite a fast typist, but I'm a very innacurate one 9as are many). We're not trained typists, we just pick it up as we go along and end up with really bad techniqu, but the modern keyboard just doesn't help us at all. it's not the arrangement of the letters, I can get used to that, it's the other little bits, particularly the location of the caps lock key, right next to the A.

Why can't they just move the caps lock somewhere else, or get rid of it entirely? I never use it, never. I do however have a tendency to hit it and end up typing entire paragraphs ot text only to have to delete them later. OK, if I were any good at typing I would be watching the screen as I typed and noticed my mistake, but I'm not, I look at the keys and watch my fingers just like everybody else who never did a pitman secretary course.

I think I might remove the caps lock key from my keyboard using a screwdriver, it will drive the computer dude here mad but will certainly help me in my efforts to lead a relaxed and peaceful life.

And surprisingly I didn't accidentally hit the caps lock today, just to prove myself wrong. I'm still going to have at it with a screwdriver and I suggest you all do the same. Then let's post our caps lock keys back Dell and Microsoft etc. and let them know that we don't want them and what a waste of space they are.
,br> it's not quite 'take the power back' but every little step towards a saner world is a step in the right direction. Power to the people my friends, and to the music that never ...


I was in a bit of a hurry today as I had to work late (late for me that is) and didn't have much time for cooking. Fortunately I had some pre prepared polenta in my cupboard and a few lamb chops in the fridge. Normally I would have made my own pesto sauce (it's much much better than the stuff out of a jar) but there was little time. Still, not a bad dinner, and probably a lot better than the majority of the people in Britain were having.

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  • Lamb Chops with Pesto Sauce
  • Fried Polenta
  • Petit Pois
  • Salad
  • Bread and Butter


    Lamb Chops with Pesto Sauce
    3 Lamb Chops
    2 Tbsp Pesto
    1/2 Glass White Wine
    50ml Single Cream
    Black Pepper


  • Rub 1/2 the pesto onto the chops and fry in a very hot, dry pan for about 2 minutes per side. Remove the chops and allow to relax. Add the wine to the pan and reduce until about 1/4 volume. Mix in the rest of the pesto, the cream and some pepper. Drizzle over the chops.


    *All quantities are very approximate and for a single person