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Meme // prospective geektoy purchases
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Meme: Find the 42nd entry in your journal. Then take the 4th word of that entry, and then the second letter of that word. Then convert that letter to a number in accordance to where it is in the alphabet, ie. a=1, b=2 ... z=26. Then pick up the nearest DVD to you, and play it until the counter on your DVD player reads that many minutes. Then count the number of words that are said in the following minute. Arrange your books by ISBN, backwards. Then pick out the one in the position equal to the number of words you just counted. Count the number of letters in the title and turn to that page. Then count the number of words in the title, and take that numbered sentence on the page you just turned to. Then forget about this and make whatever entry you were just about to make anyway.

So, I'm thinking about buying a new geektoy. Only I'm not entirely certain what I want to buy. The two things that I'm considering are either a digital camera, or a nice keyboard -- ergonomic, lots of buttons, etc, etc.

Advantages of the digital camera:

I don't actually have a camera of any description at the moment. Unless you count the craptastic webcam
It's cooler
I get to show you all what my new appartment is like

Advantage of the keyboard:

Probably more useful in the long run
My wrists would thank me
Less danger of it getting put to one side and not used for months at a time

So, naturally, I come to LiveJournal for counsel. And I do not doubt that you will say both yes, no, maybe and ask another community.

Poll #287038 geek toys

Which should I get?


Further advice, third options, petitions to get both or neither, specific models or brands to get or avoid, and cries of "mongoose!" are all welcome in comments.

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A camera would be nice, but a decent keyboard makes such a big difference to your everyday computer use. My vote is the keyboard. Probably a good cherry keyboard.

A camera would be nice, but a decent keyboard makes such a big difference to your everyday computer use. My vote is the keyboard.

*nods* Seconded.

Probably a good cherry keyboard.

I used to like Cherry as well back when all keyboard were simply "normal", but I don't know what they're like these days now that ergonomic keyboards are en vogue.

As for cameras, I haven't a clue myself, but my brother-in-law recommended the Kodak EasyShare DX6490, and the reviews I read sounded good as well. May be a bit too advanced, though.

I've a cordless legitech ergonomic keyboard that I like very very much. I'd recommend that to anyone looking for something similar, and it was fairly decently priced.

Likewise, I have a Sony Mavica FD75 digital camera that I'm exceptionally fond of. It takes amazing quality pictures considering it was under $150.

If you're getting a camera

If you plan to take a lot of photos indoors, especially in low light, do not get a Fujifilm camera. Mine (received as a Christmas present) takes fantastic pictures outdoors but is basically useless in low light. My camera is the discontinued FinePix 3800 model (very cheap right now) so that may account for some of the weirdness but the folks at the local camera shop do not generally recommend the FinePix cameras even though Fuji is practically their in-store brand. Short of buying a digital SLR (my heart's desire if I could ever afford it), the FinePix series are a good deal for a person like me who wants some manual control... provided you'll always have a steady supplies of batteries (two LCD displays gobble up power) and plenty of light.

One guy at the camera shop has a special fondness for Canon cameras. Judging by his description, several Canon models would have been perfect for my needs. Can't tell you much more than that but I've seen him recommend them to a lot of customers.

I say camera, but then I always have to hunt for an old enough keyboard when I need a new one. I can't stand new keyboards.

I don't want any extra keys (I want full sized spacebars and backspaces). I love my old clunky IBM keyboards, someone finally pointed me to the people on ebay selling them, and I am a happy camper. They were getting much to hard to find dumpster diving.

i feel evil for buying MicroCrap, but i <3 my microsoft wireless optical desktop pro. 5-button mouse + ergo kb == pure joy.


About MicroCrap: they're said to have bad software but good hardware. At any rate, I've heard good things about their keyboards and mouses.

Their optical trackball is the best computer pointing device I've ever used. On the whole their hardware division is very good.

I'll let you know what my Canon camera is like when I actually get it and have a chance to play with it.

The roomie's bf has a SEXY keyboard. Typing is sooo smooth and mmm....I want one myself.

Picture here

Also, if you're thinking about buying a camera, keep in mind that unless you have a RL friend who loves taking pictures, there won't be many of you. And I want pics of you. So I'm a little biased.

The meme made me laugh out load and worried oscarhocklee. Well done! :o)

Mongoose. That's a fun word.

Get a shiny smooth keyboard! More expensive than a camera, but frustrating to learn how to use! Perfick.

www.maltron.co.uk - my keyboard, without which I'd be in deep doggy do. But I think you're more sensible than me and haven't got yourself into a state where you'd need a RSI-keyboard. Nevertheless, I think a properly ergonomic keyboard would be A Good Thing.

As a camera option, is it possible to upgrade your phone to one with a camera, or are you pay-as-you-go? The resolution on some of those doesn't appear to be too bad, and if you're not using it very often, would probably be cheaper.

My wrists would thank me is pretty much the reason why I vote as I do. Health over comfort. At least in this case. :P

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