Well, this past weekend was a sales tax holiday here in Massachusetts, so of course I had to go out shopping.
I didn’t really get all that much: some shoes and clothing (no advantage there - clothes are always tax-free in Massachusetts), an inexpensive shredder (to shred all those pre-approved credit card offers until my opting out takes effect), and a lovely ergonomic keyboard.
It was an impulse buy, probably influenced by my friend and co-worker Rob recently buying the older version of this keyboard off eBay (the newer versions have moved keys around and he’s a stickler for “proper” key layout). Also, my wrists have been feeling a little iffy at work lately. I sure don’t want to develop any RSI - I know it can be very difficult to get rid of (I got tendonitis in my shoulder from swimming my junior year in college, and I’ve always felt a bit of a twinge when I’ve swum after that).
I used the older version of this keyboard two jobs ago, when I first got out of college. And really, it’s not at all hard to get used to. In fact, it was more strange to go from a split keyboard back to a normal one than it was to get used to the split one in the first place.
A split keyboard really is better for your wrists. If you put your hands on a normal keyboard, as if you were typing, you’ll notice that your hands are kind of angled in together. An ergonomic keyboard keeps your hands more in line with your arms, reducing the stress on your wrists.