GETTING SERIOUS


Mechanical Keyboard

It's done! I've taken the plunge. Chiclets are out and Cherry MX Browns with migraine-inducing RGB lighting effects are in.


I've been looking at typewriters for a while. Ever since I saw Tom Hanks extolling the virtues of them in a video -- and after reading his collection of short stories, each of which feature a typewriter.

The thing is, I could see it just becoming a novelty item that sits on a shelf. I would love to use it for writing, but I think it would be too impractical: it wouldn't get used at that point.


It was then that I had the idea.

I would put a smaller amount of money into a mechanical keyboard for my PC. I could reproduce some of the feeling and sense of occasion that I would be looking for in a typewriter, without all of the inconvenience.

I already have a very distraction free work environment -- no social media, no email, no notifications -- so, a typewriter wouldn't provide anything new there. But, little did I know... the mechanical keyboard rabbit-hole-world was about to be unleashed!


Ruined by choice

The sheer number of options and prices and customisation levels makes it almost impossible to make and informed choice. There is also a lot of what I like to call 'Wine Tasting': multiple levels of nuance (real or imagined) that 'experts' can feel but mere mortals struggle to detect. There is a lot of information that is guided by the experts preferences.

Long story short: I took the view that, whichever switches and keycaps I chose, I would get used to and they would certainly give the typewriter-like feel that I was looking for.

A Ducky SF One 2 RGB in White with Cherry MX Brown switches


That was the choice I made. It was a well regarded brand, reliable switches, the size was something that I liked and RGB works with every kind of room-look.


Progression

The terrible thing that I have to admit, is that I've become obsessed. I've been training myself to type correctly and to type faster. It's a sickness.

Using the free training site keybr.com to build in the muscle memory for typing, I've managed to go from 29 words per minute (wpm) to an average of 40 wpm (peaking at 54 wpm). That's all within one week of practice -- obsessive practice that is.

My target is to reach 100 wpm and I'm pretty certain that I can do it. Especially with this keyboard.


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