Keyboards for the clumsy
There is an ad on TV these days, showing a fellow waking up to a three-foot-tall alarm clock, dragging a five-foot-wide attache case and trying to talk into a six-foot-long telephone receiver. The ad is for a cold medicine, and at the end, the main character recommends the tablets to a secretary sitting behind an eight-foot-wide keyboard.
That ad came to mind when I read lan's Quest in the January '89 issue and noticed the line "12 cm wide by 14 cm high, with a 6-cm gap between keys (almost 7 cm on the AT)."
Those keys are about 5 inches by 6 inches with a two-inch gap. Does the author have the keyboard from the commercial, or should it have been mm (millimeters) rather than cm (centimeters)?
As I come from Europe, I could not help but submit this piece of "constructive criticism."
Boca Raton, FL
Well, the secret's out. The truth is that Ian's hands became incredibly enlarged when he had a run-in with a steamroller. Rather than give up computing, he had special keyboards made that would allow him to type with his now foot-long digits. We do thank you, though, for mentioning that TV advertisement. One of Ian's keyboards came up missing a while back, and now we know where it went.